Private Somatic Movement Therapy

I facilitate private sessions for couples to improve attunement and communication skills and for individuals to rebuild self-esteem from interpersonal trauma and build satisfying boundaries by examining their own embodied responses regarding “yes, maybe, no”, for example. I have been utilizing two types of dance and somatic movement principles: one with Contact Improvisation (CI) as a couple therapy and relationship therapy, and another is Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (LBMA). Through the implication of CI, clients can learn attunement skills, cognitive flexibility, adaptation, resiliency, and setting boundaries. Those are great skills both in private and professional life. You can achieve these essential life skills by practicing CI with me. For the implication of LBMA, please check Kinesio Psychotherapy.

“It takes two to know one

Gregory Bateson
  • Therapeutic use of Contact Improvisation

Attachment theory and Intersubjectivity are good references to describe my relationship to Contact Improvisation. “I see you see me” was a quote from a book I read in attachment theory. This relational dance form with physical contact and constant negotiation is just like being in a relationship to me. Through CI, I learned what nurturing relationships feel like. Nurturing relationships require constant exchange and responses through communication and negotiation in the same way a child develops their healthy sense of self by giving and receiving constant responses and feedback with their caregiver and from the environment.

  • Practicality of Contact improvisation

I approach Contact Improvisation as a means of Somatic Movement practice with another person. It has been my active meditation practice with a notion that the unknowns become known by physical contact and communication. I practice multidimensional ways of relating to others through Contact Improvisation. A salient feature of Contact Improvisation is a constant and spontaneous physical exchange of weight and contact (at least) between two bodies. Two bodies are in a dynamic and nonlinear relationship with a point of physical contact while maintaining a shifting point of contact. It entails a principle of responsive adjustment to attune to the shifting point of contact and to negotiate how two movers will shift from one maneuver to another. Movements occur concurrently as a result of spontaneous self-organization from the dynamic and nonlinear relationship between movers.

update on October 15, 2022

You can check the way I relate to another body in the context of Contact Improvisation below:

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