An Intelligent Body is An Empowered Body

Austin Somatic Movement Education


Meet Ellen

Your body is your home. In order to sustain a healthy life you need a home that provides safety and is nourishing, supportive, loving and empowering. A home that lifts you up. Your own body. Your own home. Through a heathy life-style and cultivating self-awareness, Somatic Movement Education provides a pathway to ownership. The greatest down payment is YOU.

Ellen Bartel MFA, CMA, RSME, Moving For Life™ cancer exercise specialist and hospice volunteer. She is an award winning independent choreographer and an established dancer in Austin, TX. She recently served as the Interim Education Coordinator and was an Assistant Instructor at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC. She served as a facilitator of creative and somatic approaches to grief in NYC and Austin. Previously, Ellen has been a peer review dance panelist and also a Creative Ambassador for the City of Austin. She has been a dance educator for over three decades teaching in Central Texas and New York and continues to choreograph original work for site, stage and video.


What is Somatic Movement?

Conscious action, movement re-patterning and nervous system regulation

Somatic or soma refers to knowing one’s body as it’s being lived. In other words, consciousness. Include the body’s movement, and there is action; conscious action.  In Somatic Movement Education (SME) movement initiates an internal awareness that can educate a person into becoming a mindful being.

Neuroplasticity describes the brain’s ability to adapt and change by creating new pathways for information to be received and delivered throughout the body. Somatic movement educators guide the development of new neuro pathways by re-patterning old habitual movements, that may have become unsustainable, harmful or limiting, with new options. Waking up the body to reach its potential.


Postural Alignment Somatic Integration * ****

The group class uses Bartenieff Fundamentals integrative practices such as Body Organizations, heel rocks, the Basic 6, Breath Support, Diaphragm/Pelvic rhythm and more. It’s  an hour-long flow with music that includes warm-up dropping into our soma, full body integration for strength, ease and healthy posture.

 Private - $45 / Group @ Myo Austin $25 

Grief Processing * ** ***

Grief does not have to be from the death of a person it can be a loss of job, pet, fire, self, community, home etc. This work is for people who are seeking gently guided movements to access their body’s internal emotional space and someone who will listen with compassionate empathy.

Private - $30/ Group - Donation

Authentic Movement ** ***

Moving from your inner witness while an outer witness provides a safe environment for movement and healing.

 Private - $45 / Group - $20 per

Moving For Life™  **

An hour-long low impact aerobics class designed to address individuals who are in cancer treatment or recovering from treatment. Online only, Signup required. Time zone of online classes is EST 

Group - Donation Suggested 

Somatic Movement Education Training Program 

This program is a one-year, 560 contact hour curriculum that includes experiential, practical, and theoretical pedagogical methods for promoting body and mind integration, movement re-education, observation and analysis of movement, embodied anatomy, hands-on physical cuing, and neuromuscular re-patterning in the Laban/Bartenieff tradition.  

* These sessions include touch and hands-on cueing with permission

** No movement experience necessary
*** To get a group started reach out to Ellen via email

**** experienced dancers with difficulty moving onto the floor or use a wheelchair are welcome to attend group movement classes





What They Say

"As someone with a less than friendly relationship with their body, I was nervous about starting SME. But sessions with Ellen met me right where I was and offered a gentle push towards more awareness and alignment. I came away from each session feeling stronger and more integrated. And it was actually fun!"


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