The Somatic Arc of Transformation: Embodied Learning starts from heightening our Somatic Awareness, which is the process of understanding the automatic responses (Conditioned Tendencies or “CTs”) that we generate under pressure. CTs live at a cellular level, are part of our nervous system and can become transparent to us in time. Becoming aware of the habitual responses (which can manifest in terms of thinking, moods, posture, behavior, etc), will allow us to move to Somatic Openings, which is the process of expanding our capacity for new actions, behaviors and possibilities that will create a shift from our old shape to our new one.
The final phase of the Arc is generated through Somatic Practices. Learning is embodied through practice and recurrence and under pressure we revert to what we practice most. As long as we’re prepared to connect, listen and pay attention to our body, it can become our primary source of information in the revealing process, accelerating our transformation. New supporting practices will impact the way we breathe, stand, sit, walk, look, brace, speak, hold our shoulders, distribute our weight downwards or upwards, touch, face, extend, balance. Ultimately it will allow us to generate new behaviors and actions, letting go of the habitual responses, beliefs and paradigms that can get in the way of expressing our full potential.
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