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Two-year Professional Training Course
Somatic Movement Dance Therapy

Approved by 'The Association for Somatic Moving & Dancing Therapies,
​The United Kingdom & The Republic of Ireland' 


MovingSoma offers their course at Penny Brohn retreat center

Penny Brohn UK - Live Well With Cancer 


​Upon graduation, students can register with UKSMDT as a 'Somatic Movement Dance Therapist' with UKSMDT.
 Additionally, students can register with ISMETA as 'Somatic Movement Educator/Therapists' through their fast-track approval process ISMETA.  We highly recommend students register with both organizations. 



The course provides students with the sensitive and attuned skills to practice to an advanced level with the public. The course is rooted in heart-centeredness and embodied compassion. While each module focuses on a discreet area of practice, the course as a whole is spirilloid learning. Each module blends and spirals into the next, enabling knowledge to be synthesized, revisited, digested, and refined. We highly value the intelligence and creativity of each student and aim to support their uniqueness, vision, and talent. Students are offered many chances to facilitate and lead sessions, enhancing their confidence before graduation. The course grows out of arts-based therapeutic research, where research is co-creative and emerges out of the living experience of both practitioner and client. Our students are invited to research in the last module, synthesizing their skills and developing best practice before graduation. 

Module 1:  Experiential Anatomy, Self-regulation and Parasympathetic Release

Module 2:
 Fascial unwinding and fluid-flow: the ethics and sensitivity of touch and bodywork 

Module 3:  Imaginal Movement: self-regulation & co-regulation

Module 4: One-on-one client practice: Research & Case Study

 Creative business skills, career development and new directions for practitioners forms part of the last module.



 We try hard to spread out the training dates in blocks to suit professionals and busy parents.  

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STUDENT REFLECTIONS & TESTIMONIALS

​Somatic Movement Dance Therapy supports clients to self-regulate through sensitive creative frameworks rooted in self-regulation and co-regulation. Our students are trained in co-regulatory processes rooted in cardio-centric sensing and breath awareness. The practice supports clients to:

  • Reconnect to their sensory-motor feedback loop​
  • Develop sensory-perceptual movement awareness
  • Sense-perceive their respiratory and cardiovascular system
  • Sense-perceive  and integrate exteroception, gravi-ception, interoception and proprioception
  • Sense-perceive and self-regulate  their synovial, cartilaginous and fibrous joints 
  • Develop awareness of gravity, ground, weight, mass and space
  • Develop awareness of fascial fluidity and easeful movement through soft-tissue rolling and relational touch 
  • Develop awareness of the craniosacral system 
  • Reconnect to their spirit and the imagination-in-movement
  • Sense-perceive afferent sensation and become consciously aware of efferent motor expression
  • Learn how to move from sympathetic arousal to parasympathetic release
  • Sense-perceive their heart and develop moment-by-moment breath awareness
  • Repattern neuromuscular tension through movement and relational touch
  • Become aware of  neuromuscular holding and learn how to ease pain through self-regulatory movement
  • Listen and move with the intelligence of living tissues 
  • Learn how to reduce pain through vagus nerve innervation, fascial release, breath, sound, heart, gravity, and soft-tissue rolling
  • Develop awareness of the healing nature of gravity and how to self-regulate the nervous system through gravitational play and interoception 


 

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Assessment is largely practical, supporting embodied confidence in preparation for professional practice. In addition, students are required to carry out practice-based research in the form of a written case study, advancing and sharing the health benefits of somatic movement/dance practice within the community and wider afield. For full modules and training dates please contact amanda@movingsoma.co.uk

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"I am in my first year of my Somatic Movement Therapy and Education training with Dr. Amanda Williamson at Moving Soma. Amanda's depth of knowledge about the body and the science that underpins Somatic work is incredible. The work gives you space to explore your body and mind as one. It can help with pain, anxiety, depression and more. I always leave Moving Soma in a different state of mind than when I arrive (feeling much calm and relaxed). The studio has a very calming and relaxing atmosphere and Amanda is so friendly you feel at ease as soon as you walk in the door. There is no judgment there, so you can really let your fears and emotion come out in words or in movement. 100% recommend visiting the studio!" 
Celine Parsons

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"I’m a first year student of the two year training course in Somatic movement therapy and education training with Dr Amanda Williamson. I come from a therapeutic background and I’m very excited by this course. For me, movement and self regulated movement make therapeutic work more whole. Letting go, just being within our body and allowing its own intelligence to express and feel its way through a life situation or emotion helps us understand and appreciate how or why we are where we are. It is, in brief, exploration from an embodied state of relaxation which side steps the ‘thinking, analytical, anxious’ brain, only to be rejoined to the brain with new information at the end of the process. This gift of nature is thoroughly researched and understood by Dr. Amanda Williamson and the other tutors. I feel I have personally benefited from this process, let alone enjoyed it and feel it is such an accessible therapeutic tool that I can’t recommend the course more highly". 
Heather Larkinjoans

"What an incredible practice Dr. Williamson has created and what a gifted and sensitive teacher she is. Having just attended my first weekend of training I am blown away by how Amanda has created such an intrinsically intelligent and intuitive practice which is rooted in the science of understanding the delicate complexity of our bodies neurology and physiology. Moreover, it is an unbelievably effective healing modality! After a lifetime of trauma, accidents and chronic pain and a lifetime of searching for relief, I am deeply moved by how such a seemingly "simple" practice offered me such a profound and life-changing experience in such a short space of time. After a few short training sessions, my physical body (and so all of me! ) felt so happy, so relaxed, so connected to my innate self and so in tune with, well, the unified field, or Source. It feels like this work is genius and perfect for the time we are experiencing. Only through individually healing the broken and missing connections buried within us, allowing us to find our wisdom and truth, can we ever hope to heal others or our beautiful planet home. As I reconnect to myself, so I reconnect to everything, to Love. Moving Soma is the key to unlocking the door to another reality, what a gift."
​ Hazel Rose

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Staff & meet the team

The course is directed by Dr. Amanda Williamson who is one of the pioneers in the field of Somatic Movement Dance Education & Therapy. https://www.movingsoma.co.uk/amandas-biography-books--academic-research-articles.html. Amanda works with clients of all ages and abilities, supporting people with stress, depression, and anxiety.  She is the founding  Director of 'The Association for Somatic Movement Dance Therapies, United Kingdom & The Republic of Ireland'.  Amanda's new book is titled 'Somatic Movement Dance Therapy: The Healing art of Self-regulation & Co-regulation'. Her recent articles are: 

 

Self-regulation, co-regulation & Cardio-ception: Parasympathetic ease-and-release in Somatic Movement Dance Therapy’, Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, 8:1&2, pp. 109–61.



‘Post-Newtonian anatomy
and physiology: The gravitational and parasympathetic
experience in bio-somatic dance movement therapy’

, Sympathetic holding and parasympathetic release: Vagal tone and beta, alpha and
theta in Bio-Somatic Dance Movement therapy’.

‘Bio-Somatic Dance Movement Naturotherapy: The occiput, scapulae and
sacrum – Fulcrums of support and reorganization’.
 
‘Fascia, Biotensegrity and Chirality: Bio-Somatic Dance Movement Therapy, Dance.

‘My Feet your hands’: Healthy
Feet in Bio-Somatic Dance Movement Therapy, Dance.

 Matrifocal Symbolism in the field of
Somatic Movement Therapy, in Spiritual Herstories: Call of
the soul in dance in dance research, Intellect: Bristol.

 

​Karin Rugman is acting chair for 'The Association for Somatic Movement Dance Therapies, United Kingdom & The Republic of Ireland'.  Karin is an experienced somatic movement educator, originally trained in Shin Somatics ®, with additional skills in Alexander Technique, Ideokinesis and Feldenkrais Method. She lectures closing with Amanda on the two-year training programme in Somatic Dance Movement Therapy' at MOVINGSOMA. 
Karin has a background in contemporary dance and is an experienced performer, choreographer, and teacher who has worked extensively in education and the local community for over 30 years. Karin is currently a part-time Senior Lecturer in Dance and Somatic Studies at Bath Spa University, where she has established an advanced program of somatic studies in the Dance Department. Her courses introduce students to the foundations of somatic practice, developing an understanding of kinaesthetic awareness in dance technique and performance, whilst investigating a deeper sense of self and exploring choreographic possibilities through somatic research. This work embeds body knowledge and self-regulation as a fundamental part of the students' practice, as well as encouraging a more confident and empowered body through self-knowing. Karin is also a qualified holistic massage therapist practicing in her local community. Her work centers around the use of touch as a medium for health and well-being. Over the years as a freelance practitioner, Karin has initiated and created numerous performance projects within the local community, schools, colleges and theatre groups, as well as devising and performing her own dance works. Her community work quietly continues in the background with more emphasis on facilitating somatic techniques as a tool for health. Recent work includes a collaboration with Untold Dance Theatre called the 'Confidence Project', a series of movement workshops that set out to support and build community and confidence within groups of women.
Karin has a BA(Hons) degree in Performing Arts, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, a Diploma in Shin Somatics®, and a Diploma in Holistic Massage. She is a registered somatic movement educator/therapist with ISMETA, a registered practitioner in Holistic Massage with MTI, a fellow of the HE Academy and a member of ESN (Eastwest Somatic Network). She is also a published writer in the field of somatic investigation.
 Contact: movingpotential@gmail.com
                k.rugman@bathspa.ac.uk


Application Process
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Application and acceptance to this course require, for example:
BA (Hons) in Dance (or related subject)
BA (Hons) degree in a cognate artistic field, with evidence of articulate and refined movement skills
BA (Hons) in an unrelated field, but with evidence of refined movement skills and curiosity about embodied health
Professional life experience equivalent to a degree, for example, training in massage, yoga, or a health profession. 

Fees: We keep our training fees low, acknowledging many free-lance choreographers and performers retrain. Our fees are in line with the values of The Association for Somatic Moving & Dancing Therapies, ​United Kingdom & The Republic of Ireland. (http://ukassociationforsmdt.co.uk/)
Cost £6,000

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B&B and facilities

It costs £60 plus VAT a night to stay at Penny Brohn, with an ensuite bedroom, bed & breakfast, and the use of the Chef's demonstration kitchen at lunch and in the evening, ideal for cooking and eating together. The center is very spacious, with extensive gardens and a lake, and there are many opportunities to take time out and rest. Some students might choose to stay in a B & B nearby, and there is plenty of choice in Bristol.   

 

How to pay
Payment Plans: Investing in yourself and paying for education is always a challenge; we recognize students have complex situations, and juggling the cost of living with fees can be extremely challenging. We, therefore, offer different types of payment plans to suit different situations. ​

Non-Refundable Deposit: £500 (once accepted on the course)

Students can pay in the following way:
*all figures are after deposit of £500
In Full : £5,500 
Annually: £2,750
Bi-Annually: £1,375

On all the above options, the initial payment must be processed by the start of the course.

If you need to pay another way that suits you, please contact us. We will do our very best to support you. 

What is our refund policy?
Cancellation of a first module fee, prior to 1 month before the start date, will result in a full tuition refund, minus a processing fee of £150. After 2 weeks prior to the start date, no refunds are available, as we will be unable to fill the student placement. However, in the best interest of the student, non-refundable fees (such as deposits) retained by The Centre for Embodiment & Somatic Movement Education & Therapy may be applied up to 100% to future modules, or applied to the following year's tuition. Equally 100% of these funds may be transferred to other courses and sessions we run at our disgression. Leaving any course before completion does not require further fees; however, leaving the course halfway through does not result in a full refund of course fees. 

If I already have a background or certification in related training, can I skip some of the prerequisites and training modules?
If you already have a background in any of the areas our training covers, you will find it helpful and supportive for the learning experience to revisit client practice.  Training to facilitate dance and movement through somatic philosophy requires daily and yearly practice – thus students are encouraged to attend all sessions and view repetition as a place of deep learning and synthesis.  Module exemptions are available for students under exceptional circumstances, for example, if a student has completed a cognate ISMETA training. 

 

First Years & New students

Dates

Module 3: Fascial unwinding & co-regulatory touch

 

Continuous Assessment

 

September

17th - 21st 

Fascial unwinding, co-regulatory touch & craniosacral self-regulation

 

September 21st

November

26th _ 30th    

Fascial unwinding, co-regulatory touch & craniosacral self-regulation

 

November 30th 

January

28th- 1st Feb

Fascial unwinding, co-regulatory touch & craniosacral self-regulation

 

February 1st

February

25th- 1st March

Fascial unwinding, co-regulatory touch & craniosacral self-regulation

 

March 1st

April

15th - 19th

Fascial unwinding, co-regulatory touch & craniosacral self-regulation

 

N.B. Assessments for Module 3 across the 5 days. 

June

17th - 21st

Transpersonal Movement & the Imagination

Assessment

 

July

22nd - 26th

Transpersonal Movement & the Imagination

 

July 26th

September 23rd - 27th

Transpersonal Movement & the Imagination

 

September 27th

October

21st - 25th

Transpersonal Movement & the Imagination

Assessment

 

 

 

 

Second years

Dates:

Module 3: Fascial unwinding, co-regulatory touch

 

 

 

Module 4: Research & Case study

On the filth day we start the last module, which continues throughout the year.

 

September 17th - 21st  

Fascial unwinding, co-regulatory touch & craniosacral self-regulation

September 21st

Research & Case study

Lectures

Guest lectures

November 26th _ 30th   

Fascial unwinding, co-regulatory touch & craniosacral self-regulation

 

November 30th  

Research & Case study

Guest lectures

January

28th- 1st Feb

Fascial unwinding, co-regulatory touch & craniosacral self-regulation

 

February 1st

Research & Case study

Guest lectures/tutorials

February

25th-1st March

Fascial unwinding, co-regulatory touch & craniosacral self-regulation

 

March 1st

N.B. Assessments for Module 3 across the 5 days. 

Research & Case study

Guest lectures/tutorials

April

15th - 19th

Fascial unwinding, co-regulatory touch & craniosacral self-regulation

 

N.B. Assessments for Module 3 across the 5 days.  

Research & Case study

Guest lectures/tutorials

June

17th – 21st

Research & Case Study Continued/moving training/seminars

 

 

June 21st

Continuing Supervision & Tutorials

 

 

 

 

 

July

22nd-26th

Research & Case Study

Research & Case Study Continued/moving training/seminars

 

 

 

July 26th

Continuing Supervision & Tutorials

September 23rd-27th

Submission Date

Graduate J

 

September 27th