The first and most important sign of life is movement: movement of breath, of the heart, and of the body in space. Somatic Movement Education is a discipline that uses movement awareness to create space for healing and transformation in the physical body, while tracking changes that arise in the emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies as well.
In Why Movement Matters, Taylor outlines how somatic movement awareness can provide resources for you as an individual; support your relationships with others; and provide a conceptual framework for facilitating change. He will outline six ancient ocean-based movement patterns and provide simple experiential activities that reveal how the patterns—or absence of them—continue to influence our movement, perceptions, and behaviors.
When movement is compromised through early developmental or attachment disorders, cultural inhibition, or trauma, one’s basic vitality and capacity for satisfaction is diminished. Restoring inhibited patterns allows us to move freely and fully in order to sustain our lives, defend ourselves, and enter and leave relationship with others. The process of restoring movement to the body is essential for mental health: simply put, trauma is movement that needed to be expressed but that was not able to happen. Why Movement Matters offers ideas for restoring movement, metabolizing fear, and enjoying life.
About Mark Taylor
Mark C. Taylor directs the Center for BodyMindMovement, offering 500-hour certification programs in Somatic Movement Education located in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Chile. The trainings prepare movement professionals and people in the helping professions to facilitate physical, mental, and spiritual transformation in themselves and in others, through the study of embodied anatomy and developmental movement. He also co-directs the Embodied Early Developmental Movement and Attachment Therapy training with Margery Segal and the Coherence in Motion training for trauma therapists with Debra Clydesdale.
He served as Program Director for the School for Body-Mind Centering® directed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and co-directed the Embodied Performing Arts Program in London, U.K. As a choreographer and movement educator, Taylor founded Mark Taylor & Friends in New York, directed Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, PA, and was on the dance faculties of Princeton University and the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Body-Mind Centering teacher, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Taylor has been inspired by being the parent of a son with developmental disabilities and supported by more than forty years of meditation practice. Until recently he served as president of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).