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Somatic Practices

 

 

The term is derived from the word "Somatic". Greek "somatikos", soma: "living, aware, bodily person" which means, pertaining to the body, experienced and regulated from within.

 

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“I think, therefore I move” Thomas Hanna
Since the 1970s, a growing number of dancers have sought additional training in mind-body techniques loosely called “somatic studies,” or simply, “somics.” Once considered esoteric and far removed from daily technique class, somatics is now a household word in a dancer’s training. University dance programs worldwide now offer substantive somatic studies and degree programs, and community studios offer extensive study and certification in various practices.

 

by the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
www.DanceEducation.org