What is Bartenieff?
A person. “Irmgard Bartenieff (1900–1981) was a dancer, physical therapist, cross-cultural scholar and pioneer in the field of dance/movement therapy. A Renaissance woman who enjoyed weaving disciplines together, she was always ready to investigate movement in a variety of fields—including child development, ethnic dances, nonverbal communication and physical rehabilitation.
What will SME do for me?
For some it has a profound impact on many aspects of life- feeling moreconnected to self (body, mind, spirit) – feeling more connected to one’senvironment, others and community. Some people find greater range ofmotion, develop muscle/skeletal strength, postural improvements andincreased balance, grounding and integration. For dancers it may offer a deeper connection to self-expression and ease in difficult technicalmovements. It can provide emotional healing as a person begins theprocess of repatterning, movements of the muscles and tissues open andsometimes create an emotional release.
Is SME Physical Therapy?
SME is a good complement to physical therapy. Physical therapists arehighly educated and work the body to heal, strengthen and reach specificphysical goals. In SME, we are also highly educated, but rather than setexercises aimed toward specific results, ours becomes a process ofmoving mindfully. Key word is; process. You know the old saying “it’sthe journey not the destination”- we learn through being in the moment;your body becomes the teacher. If it’s physical therapy that you arelooking for, see if you can find a SME/T near you; the “T” stands for “therapist.” You may also try Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique,Skinner Releasing Technique- these are some of the other somaticmovement therapies used today.
I’ve heard of Somatic Therapy, is it that?
No. Somatic therapists are professionally trained psychologist. The link below helps explain.
Is it Dance Therapy?
Not really, well, all dance is therapeutic in some way . However, adance therapist is professionally trained in psychology among othertherapies. You can find dance therapists and training programs online.
What is an SME Session Like?
A session can either be highly specialized for an individual or be generalized for broader outcomes as in a group setting. To determine where to focus the time together, a practitioner will observe your movement with a trained eye, speak with you about how you’re are feeling, what you are sensing or experiencing, and guide you through movement practices. With group classes it’s the same but broader.
Billing & Pricing
Online payment must be submitted before our sessions together please use the convenient scheduling and payment button. I will also accept cash with exact amount paid upon arriving, our session will be rescheduled if payment is not received.
Only applies to private sessions: 24 hour notice to receive either a credit or return payment.