Learn about SMA Certification
Our program maintains the high standards as an Approved Training Program of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).  Our graduates meet all requirements to become Registered Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists.
​​​​​​​The Somatic Movement Arts (SMA) CURRICULUM is based on the knowledge that we are primarily fluid beings—approximately 75% water—and it is the fluids within our bodies that are the primary agent of change.  Our body's structure of connective tissue is negotiable form, able to transform, heal and innovate when engaging in experiential somatic movement processes.

In SMA courses, students will experience the human body systems through the portal of the Embody Life Method, which synthesizes the practices of Continuum Movement and Experiential Anatomy to realize the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, and developmental principles through movement, touch, voice 
and mind. The body systems can be personally embodied and integrated with specificity.  The fundamentals of developmental repatterning and a fluid body-based language to describe movement and body-mind relationships will be used.

The SMA  Program is a synergy of three areas of inquiry...
  1. Observing, identifying and differentiating the interplay of movement in body fluids, tissues, anatomical systems, and psychophysical facets of self.
  2. Application of those skills into a dimensional understanding of movement and behavior in relationship to others and the environment.
  3. The relational art of working with others in classroom settings and one-to-one sessions, including self-awareness, stillness, grounding, listening and verbal skills.


Somatic Synergy

A discovery process of ourselves as fluid beings, having body-minds that are versatile. What are these bodies? Continuum Movement allows our bio-organisms to be mutable in form, regenerative and responsive to life circumstance. Movement is not something we do, we are movement. Learn how Breath, Sound, Movement, and Experiential Anatomy as a shifting scene of form can open your being to a world of transformation.
Location: Somatic Arts Space, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Fluid Body

Everything has been touched by the movement of water - our bodies, the planet, and the galaxy. Explore the fluid system within our bodies as one profound, resonant stream of intelligence that determines the flow of information and nourishment available to us. The fundamental choreographer of our tissue structure is fluid molecules, and their flow underlies our psychophysical states of presence, communication, transformation, and the dance between rest and activity. Embody fluid’s natural movement behavior of waves, undulations and spirals; a motif reflected in cells and embryos. Learn movement, hands-on and observational approaches to distinguish qualities and influences of major fluids, including blood, lymph, cellular, transitional, intracellular, cerebral-spinal (CSF), and synovial.


Discover keys to healthy and strong bones, and for moving in space with clarity. Living bone is an exciting matrix of connective tissue; three basic layers of cells and fluids that provide leverage, support, and form to our being. As fluid beings, our form is negotiable, regenerative and responsive. Embody the skeletal system with a dynamic perspective, understanding and transcending the biomechanical definition of movement in relation to gravity. Learn bone’s role in the body's oxygenation, as a container for the organs, the importance of piezoelectric pressure, and how breath and sound influence the architecture or your body. 

Senses & Perceptions

You will learn the process and patterns of how movement, awareness and response to our surroundings shape our being. This course is a somatic exploration of our 5 traditional senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. In addition, we'll address proprioception, interoception, kinesthesia, and empathy. Discover and recognize how we filter, modify, distort, accept, and reject sensory information to bond, defend and learn. As we expand our empathic capacities, our unfolding "orbital consciousness" transforms our bodies and perceptions. Our new structure gifts us with extended faculties, with new forms of sensing, receiving, communicating and ways of knowing; and free from habitual ways of being with ourselves and the world. 


We'll address Organs and Connective Tissue as both the substance that makes up our whole physicality, as well as, the various tissues such as fascia, tendons and ligaments that specifically make connections between the body systems. Organs provides us with a sense of self and organic integrity. Vital and alive, Organs support the tone of our postural alignment, our feelings, and give volume to our movement. There is a potential body tensegrity that is available to our vitality when tissue is wet, pliable, mobile, motile, and juicy.

Joints & Ligaments

Joints have dynamic potential to sustain our youthfullness. Ligaments play a large role in joint dynamics, as they coordinate and guide muscular responses and enhance specificity, efficiency and power for the alignment and movement of the bones.  When the ligaments of a joint are actively engaged and fluidly mobile, the movement of that joint becomes spacious and highly refined, a quality that is carried effortlessly to surrounding and successive joints. Explore ligaments as living tissues which are continuous with the fascial web that connects all systems, tissues, and cells of the body.  

Psycho-Physical Integration

Equine Assisted Somatics will help guide our inquiry. Sustaining homeo-dynamic balance requires that we have the capacity to respond to circumstance in with ease and awareness, and return to health when we experience trauma. We will learn to develop and maintain an intrinsic, open 'bio-system' that can modulate our responsiveness. This requires ontinually making conscious decisions to play an active role in the direction of transformation through increased presence and relationship with self, other and the world around us. We'll explore these inter-connecting body-mind patterns, in relation to repatterning of nervous system reversals through the fluids and different tissues of the body and through interconnections with the field/biosphere.


When we look at the “body” as movement ~ a dance of cells, molecules and interpenetrating wave motions within our ocean of fluids, we can see that each cell has living intelligence, a microcosm of the whole body. A cell is capable of knowing itself, initiating action, and communicating with other cells. The individual cell, its internal structures and the community of cells (tissue, organ, body) exist as separate entities and as one whole at the same moment. Cells breathe as oxygen and nutrients flow in and out of the membranous boundary. The fluid within the cellular matrix changes from gelatinous to watery. It is this exchange that allows the necessary cellular plasticity needed for movement and communication. These cyclical movements produce a coherent network of chemical signals and messages. Attuning ourselves to our cellular consciousness brings us to a state of restful wholeness.
Perhaps the most complex body system, the nervous system records your experience. First order experience is with your fluids and cells. Information from the physical world is relayed to your brain via
the senses using neural electrical signals. Our brain is “the last to know,” in response to our internal and external environmental information. The brain, central and peripheral nervous system 
are surrounded by a network of neurons, assisted by many glial cells, all working as a data receiving, processing, and transferring center for the human body. Our primary communication system, the nervous system thrives on creating patterns, which can be both helpful and limiting. It can engage in the learning of new experience through creativity and movement, and underlies thought, coordination, and establishes the perceptual base from which we view and interact with our internal and external worlds. You will learn to balance your nervous system and to work with nervous system tone in clients.  

Nervous System

Our glands are a slow communication system, producing and regulating hormones that serve as the body’s chemical messengers. The endocrine system is older and less specialized than the nervous system, which is primarily electrical communication in nature along with chemical processes. The Endocrine system relates to intuition, energy flow and internal chaos/balance, and is designed to balance itself. How do we know when we are out of balance? What are ways to invite healthy balance? What does ‘tone’ mean in the endocrine system? Balancing is an active principle, and the endocrine system helps us organize ourselves in relation to a complex world. The glandular bodies mysteriously lie along the embryonic midline or the adult vertical axis. We can find relationships with a number of analogies to other body systems, as well as movement and spiritual practices that have found the midline to be critical for transformation of both body and mind.

Endocrine System

Muscles are considered THE tissue that moves our bodies, in alliance with our bones and nervous system. As bundles of long, thin tissue fibers connected to bone, muscles move bones through space, and they are greatly guided by the central nervous system. From a Continuum perspective, we will also explore how the fluid system can move the body, via “fluid choreography.” In this course you will learn how basic muscle structure and function relates to bone and fascia; spatial forces of movement in relation to gravity; how muscles establish a dimensional tensile grid for balanced support and movement, muscle principles of proximal and distal initiation, muscle coupling and currenting, and stages of a muscle action at the neuromuscular junction; and the embodied functions of sensory motor neurons/ proprioceptors. We will analyze the actions of individual muscles and of groups of muscles from the perspective of one’s position in relation to gravity, as a fluid being.



The Basic Neurological Patterns (BNP) are patterns of movement inherent in the nervous system that provide a template for the understanding of normal human development. The patterns emerge from the study of both animal phylogeny—the development of pre-vertebrate and vertebrate life over time — and human ontogeny (embryonic, fetal, and infant development). In the course, you will begin to embody those patterns in yourself, and understand how your history of motor development created your personal habits of movement, behavior, and thinking. Once embodied, you can use the patterns to analyze areas of movement efficiency or inefficiency in yourself and others, and improve proficiency in motor, cognitive, and perceptual function. You will also be introduced to cellular breathing and cellular touch, which underlie all subsequent hands-on work in the program.   

Professional Issues

What does it mean personally and professionally to transition into the role of educator/therapist in the somatic field. We will summarize the major themes of somatic movement processes, integrating the body-systems with Continuum Movement. We will look at the responsibilities of creating and managing a professional practice,including: ethics, scope of practice, finances, marketing and online promotion and social media, managing space and time, leveraging and networking with other professionals, membership in professional organizations, and the integration of somatic practice into previously established professions.