'Body-Mind Centering is an ongoing,
experiential journey into the alive and changing territory of the body.
The explorer is the mind — our thoughts, feelings, energy, soul,
and spirit. Through this journey we are led to an understanding of how
the mind is expressed through the body in movement.'
Activating different bodysystems
Body-Mind Centering® helps us get to know and to sense concrete anatomical
and physiological structures. Together with the sensing and feeling of
the specific body structures we explore and experience the various emotions
that emerge through this process. The blood in it´s different rhythms
(arterial and venous) for example, reflects our innate tendency to be
more outward looking or extrovert, or more inward looking.
We often have preferences for specific body systems and find it harder
to access others. During a session we will try together to recreate a
balance in order to find support for those systems which have been neglected
(= shadow systems). For example in the case of back pain we might try
and find support for realignment through the organs or connective tissue
and thereby find a way of releasing tension from the muscles and the skeleton.
Repatterning of developmental movement patterns
Another approach we can work with is the repatterning of developmental
movements and reflexes which are the base of our adult movement and alignment.
Developmental movement patterns that we missed in our early life can limit
our adult movement range as well as our creativity and emotional expression.
As we grow up our body often compensates for these skipped patterns by
developing strong holding patterns, tensions or pain.
Where are the origins of BMC®?
Body-Mind Centering® (BMCtm) was developed by the former occupational
therapist and dance teacher Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen at the start of the
1970’s in America. During her therapy and dance work the people
coming to her for help with both physical and psychological problems were
making remarkable recoveries. It was her desire to understand and communicate
to others this natural ability, "to perceive and to help people
help themselves" that led her into her research.