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Somatic Movement Dance Therapy

The Healing Art of Self-regulation and Co-regulation

A comprehensive account of the relationship between somatics, spirituality, and physiology.
 
A major contribution to a growing profession, Somatic Movement Dance Therapy presents an in-depth exploration of the subtle, embodied skills of therapists working in this field. Amanda Williamson leads readers through the techniques therapists use to enhance the efficiency of their artistic and therapeutic practice. Grounded in her own experiences as a practitioner, Williamson discusses the importance of gravity, self-regulation, co-regulation, the health of the vagus nerve, social engagement, fascial unwinding, and more. She also attends to approaches that are emblematic of international practice, such as the keen focus on soft-tissue-rolling in gravity for long periods of time, breath awareness, presence, and nonduality.
 
Relevant to those working in somatic movement and the independent dance sector, this book provides a foundational look at the art of therapeutic practice in the studio. Photographs demonstrate how to put theory into action and allow readers to observe students exploring their own health through self-regulatory improvisation. Thorough and accessible, Somatic Movement Dance Therapy offers insight and support to students, lecturers, and practitioners working in a field that demands strength and methodological ingenuity. 

352 pages | 277 figures | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

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