Body-Mind Centering® (BMC) is an integrated approach to transformative experience through movement re-education and hands-on repatterning. Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, it is an experiential study that leads to an understanding of how the mind is expressed through the body and the body through the mind.
The work is based on the rich and varied sources of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and developmental principles. At the core of our courses are detailed approaches to access and explore each body-system and their integration in the patterning of our movement. We do this in a range of dynamic and physically active ways, and learn through our personal processes. Our experiences are the ground from which we work with others. This revolutionary approach is founded in the fullness of our very own sensory experience. The journey we take leads to greater awareness and deeper understanding of ourselves as human beings. It helps to understand how the mind is expressed through the body, and the body through the mind.
Through the study of each body system and the developmental movement process, participants learn the fundamentals of embodiment practices. Whilst working on ourselves and others, we embody the anatomy and physiology of our physical structures; we touch and are touched in partnering hands-on techniques; we use sound, vibration, verbal dialogue and more to access the body’s wonders. The experience of the inner tissues is brought to consciousness and taken into expression. The SME material has immediate applications to movement based disciplines— such as dance, yoga, sports, martial arts – and to other therapeutic modalities such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, bodywork and massage.