Individuals reveal their body in relationship to themselves, others, and environment. My work is about supporting clients to achieve a satisfying relationship to themselves.
At times, we experience limitations, discomfort, or difficulty expressing ourselves with some reasons. In that state of mind, how can we encounter dysfunctional and unpleasant situations when it is necessary? The first step is acknowledging how the body is experiencing the particular situation and what the body wants to express after that. Then, we can find a way to experience the same situation differently in the future more functional or satisfying way.
Body is both functional and expressive. In my work, I assess client’s receptivity and patterns to find the best way to approach client. Some clients need functional skills to be expressive whereas others need expressive quality in their movement and life.
I see clients in San Francisco and Berkeley. I am currently available M-F 10am to 2pm (PST) and Thursday evenings 6-9pm in Berkeley. Clients with limited time availability, please email me to discuss possible dates and times.
I have been utilizing two types of dance and somatic movement principles in my services.
Implication of Contact Improvisation:
- Physiological Level:
- A salient feature of CI 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 requires responsive adjustment to attune to the shifting point of contact and to negotiate how two movers shift from one maneuver to another.
- Psychological Level:
- 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. A child develops their healthy sense of self by exchanging constant responses and feedback with their caregiver and from their environment. The particular relational dance form of CI is about exploring multidimensional ways of relating to others through physical contact and constant negotiation. Through this practice in 2010, I discovered what nurturing relationships may feel like for the first time in my life. It has been my active meditation practice with a notion that the unknowns become known by physical contact and non-verbal communication.
- Through the implication of CI, clients can potentially learn attunement skills, cognitive flexibility, adaptation, resiliency, and setting boundaries.
Implication of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis:
“It takes two to know one.” Gregory Bateson
update on 5/28/2023