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Module 3: Embodied Anatomy & Movement Re-patterning: Body Systems 1

Embodied Anatomy Body Mind CenteringThis module offers an embodied exploration of the Skin, Skeletal, Organ, Muscle and Fluid systems of the body, through touch, movement, voice, and dialogue.


Study includes both theoretical and experiential aspects, with a strong focus on the embodiment of each system. The personal meanings and psychological expressions embodied within these different tissues are also explored.

Based on Body-Mind Centering®, this approach offers a way to gently come back home to the body, to re-experience the integration of sensation, feeling, mind and spirit that is ours by nature. We learn to awaken awareness in the body through focused touch, breath, guided imagery, movement and vocal expression, allowing the innate cellular intelligence of the bodymind to guide our explorations; we can learn to trust again the body and the knowledge that it carries.

Through focused touch and sensitively guided movement, areas of tension and blockage can be released, and the core of inner support and strength experienced. As habitual patterns in the body change or become more flexible, the mind also changes, allowing for greater openness, choice, spontaneity of being, and a deepening connection to self.

This module also provides a thorough grounding in Anatomy and Physiology that embraces both a practical and holistic understanding of the human body. Beginning from the premise that the body and its systems not only take form and function physically but also hold the stories and life experiences of the individual, the course material will examine the concept of a “psychosomatic unity” (Reich) in conjunction with clinical theory and major pathologies.

Tutors: Beverley Nolan & Jane Okondo
2019: 6-8 Sept, 4-6 Oct, 1-3 Nov, 6-8 Dec
2020: 10-12 Jan, 7-9 Feb, 6-8 Mar, 3-5 Apr, 8-10 May, 12-14 Jun
Times: Fri. and Sat. 10:30am–6:00pm Sun 10:00am–5:30pm
Venue: Dartington, Devon.
Cost: £2700 (£300 Deposit to secure your place, plus 10 monthly payments of £240 (due on 1st of each month, Sept 2019 – June 2020); or the EARLY BIRD fee of £2550, when paid in full to be received by 20th July 2019)

Registration Form: please contact us to express your interest.


Attendance at Module 1 or other relevant experience; please apply with details of previous study and professional practice.

Weekend 1. The Skin, Touch and Tissue Layers

We explore the layers of skin and subcutaneous tissues, and how personal boundary issues are embodied within them; the significance of touch for physiological and psychological development; touch in bodywork practice, and the ethics of touching. The Body-Mind Centering® approach to Touch and Repatterning is introduced. Students also learn to identify and make contact with the various tissue layers of the body.

Anatomy & Physiology studies will include:

  • The skin: layers of skin; sensory receptors of skin; body temperature control
  • Function of skin as place of boundary, definition, communication and transformation between inner and outer worlds
  • Cellular membranes as primary boundary and place of communication and transformation

Weekends 2, 3 & 4. The Skeletal and Connective Tissue Systems

Bones, joints, ligaments and connective tissue are studied, and awareness brought to these tissues and the qualities of touch, movement and awareness expressed through them. Techniques of Touch and Repatterning through the skeletal system are taught, to experience the inner core support that this system provides. Attention is given to working with postural and movement problems, and injury prevention.

  • Anatomy & Physiology studies will include:
  • Development, structure and function of bone; the three layers of bone •   Bones and joints; types of joints, their function and alignment
  • The skeleton – function of individual bones; emotional function of bone
  • Skeletal structure and energy; palpating bone
  • Synovial fluid
  • Connective tissue: fascial sheaths, tendons, and ligaments: differentiation and integration of structures and systems

Weekends 5, 6 & 7. Organ System: Cardiovascular & Respiratory, Digestive & Urogenital

The organs give volume, internal support, power and emotion to movement and vocal expression. They carry our ‘gut feelings’ and embody emotional attitudes and responses. Physiological and emotional functions of the organs are explored, and techniques of Touch and Repatterning taught. Through focused touch, movement and voice we can find the internal support of the organs for the skeletal-muscular framework, and discover and give expression to feelings and attitudes embodied within them.

Anatomy & Physiology studies will include:

  • Heart, blood, blood vessels, and circulation
  • Lungs, pleura, diaphragm; movements and regulation of respiration
  • Breathing as a bridge between conscious and unconscious processes
  • Gastrointestinal tract – mouth, stomach, intestines; liver, gall bladder, pancreas
  • Digestion, absorption and metabolism of food
  • Emotional function of organs
  • Structure and function of kidneys, bladder and reproductive organs

Weekends 8 & 9. Muscular System

The muscles bring activity, vitality and power to movement. They function through largely unconscious neuro-muscular patternings, influenced by the emotional, physical and mental experiences of life; this can create tension, pain and restriction, as well as strength, flexibility and grace. Through bringing subtle awareness to these patterns, postural and movement problems can be addressed, emotional attitudes made conscious, and new choices experienced. Touch and Repatterning through the neuromuscular system is taught.

Anatomy & Physiology studies will include:

  • Structure, function and action of muscle tissue; smooth and striated muscle; nerve innervation, neuromuscular junctions, reflex responses
  • Anatomy of the muscular system
  • Functions and actions of specific muscle groups
  • Movement and sensation; muscle spindles and golgi tendon organs
  • The repatterning of unconscious neuromuscular patterns

Weekend 10. The Fluid Systems

The circulatory systems of blood, lymph, cerebrospinal, interstitial, connective tissue, cellular, synovial and fat are a connected and constantly transforming system of fluids which provide the matrix for life within the body. All life processes are dependent upon them. They mediate communication, nourishment, healing, protection and transformation. Their flows and rhythms support movement and emotional expression, as well as specific qualities of touch; we explore how the fluids inform each individual’s quality of touch in bodywork practice.

Anatomy & Physiology studies will include:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the Circulatory Fluids (cellular, interstitial, lymphatic, blood, cerebrospinal; connective tissue, fat, synovial fluid)

For more information the other modules, please click the links below:

Module 1: Infant Movement Development

Module 2: Authentic Movement and Therapeutic Presence

Module 4: Embodied Anatomy and Movement Re-patterning: Body Systems 2

Module 5: Somatic Psychology