Somatics and Body-Mind Centering

Body-Mind Centering® (ボディ・マインド・センタリング)は何ですか?
Body-Mind Centering® (BMC) は健康や動きへの革新的なアプローチであり、内側から身体や組織、器官を経験することをベースにしたボディワークです。ここでは、次の2つを前提としています。ひとつは、心と身体は分けることができないもので、私たちの中心であること。そして2つ目は、あらゆる組織や器官からの声を聴く感覚を養い、そして積極的にその感覚を使って自分自身の組織や器官を動かし変化させることができるということです。

BMC® は、様々な分野の色々な場面で応用されています。BMC® の手法をプラスすることで、ヨガ、ダンス、ピラティス、ジャイロトニックなどをされている方にはより質の高い動きが、また、カイロプラクティック、理学療法、作業療法、ボディワーク、マッサージなどの療法士の方には、より高い施術効果がもたらされます。もちろん、身体の自然な動きや自己成長、身体と心のつながりに興味がある方にも、もっと深いレベルの洞察が得られることでしょう。

The word “somatic” comes from the Greek word Σωματικóς (Somatikòs), meaning “of the body”.   The Somatics Movement, evolving for the last 100 years in the West, was coined by Dr. Thomas Hanna in the 1960’s and refers to a view of the human being that is radically different from the mainstream perception of the mechanical body.   Hanna stated that, “Somatic awareness allows a person to glean wisdom from within.”  Some of these pioneering approaches include Alexander Technique, Rolfing, Continuum, Feldenkrais Technique, and Body-Mind Centering.  Somatic practices view the body itself as highly intelligent and promote the experience of the truly integrated mind/body/spirit nature of humans.  Somatic Education doesn’t involve manipulations or adjustments.  Instead, it teach the nervous system to make those adjustments from within.  Through direct experience of the body, by attending to movement, anatomical structure, subtle feelings, and tones of consciousness, we access the innate knowledge.  The result is long-lasting improvements in physical function, health, self-understanding, and self-sufficiency.

Body-Mind Centering®
It was at the School for Body-Mind Centering that I received my somatics training.   Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®) is, essentially, a practice based on experiencing the body from within. We develop sensory feedback from tissues or organs and then actively move and change them. It is a detailed and specific approach to the personal embodiment of our cells, specific tissues, body systems, and developmental patterns. Through movement re-education and hands-on re-patterning, one holographically explores the body to understand self and increase physical and psychophysical integration.  Each person is both the student and the subject matter.  BMC® leads to an understanding of how the mind is expressed through the body and the body through the mind.  BMC® has an unlimited number of areas of applications within the creative, athletic and therapeutic fields.

Cellular Awareness
The foundation of Body-Mind Centering® is cellular awareness.  The cell is the basic unit of life and contains the potential for developing more complex and differentiated forms and encouraging the emergence of higher levels of consciousness.  Accessing this primal ground of awareness is a simple, but not alway easy, basis for stimulating greater change.

Developmental Movement
Body-Mind Centering® works with the automatic and reflexive patterns of movement known as Developmental Movement Patterns.   These patterns are the sequence of movements that an infant goes through as it grows.  Each movement is a brick in the foundation on which other, more complex, movements are built. Missing elements weaken that foundation, cause excess tension in the body, and create less effective or efficient movement.   A persons Developmental Movement sequence can be interrupted by injury or illness or by being pushed into activities before the they are developmentally ready.   Underdevelopment of patterns can be a factor in almost any social, physical, or psychological disturbances experienced as an adult.

Embodied Anatomy
Body-Mind Centering® also focuses on the in-depth and experiential study of all the body’s anatomical systems. Typically, we think of movement in terms of bones and muscles.  Body-Mind Centering, however, explores how all the anatomical systems (organs, nervous, endocrine, fluids, fat, muscles, ligaments, fascia, and skeletal) can support movement. Each system reflects an aspect of the self and expresses its own quality of movement, feeling, touch, sound, perception, and attention. Through movement, breathing, and touch you can bring these aspects of self into a more balanced and dynamic relationship with each other. Organs for example, provide inner support to our movement, breath, and voice; underlie our feelings and expression; and give aliveness and expression of feeling to movement.  Toned, healthy organs support the muscular and skeletal framework from within.  Depleted, tired, or torquing patterns in the organs can cause joint weakness, alignment problems, and neurological distrubances.