Where does it all start?
What is our first experience of self and other?
When do we lay the foundation for our ability to connect and protect? How do we begin to learn what it means to be in relationship?
Growing Seeds of Attachment-an exploration of somatic tone and primitive reflexes is a 3.5-day experiential course integrating principles of Body-Mind Centering® and Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders to answer these questions.
The body’s earliest and most innate capacity for movement creates the bottom-up support for the relational cycle of movement: yield, push, reach, grasp, pull. In turn, these movements support the successful completion of the developmental tasks of embodiment, meeting needs, expressing wants, experiencing intimacy and belonging. How we navigate these tasks is reflected in the quality of our relationships with self, others and food.
The relational language of movement is built on our somatic tone and primitive reflexes. These movement patterns develop before and shortly after birth. They set the foundation for more complex volitional movements that connect us to safety and separate us from harm. Their integration allows for the complex actions of our everyday activities and support us in having effective relationships with ourselves and others.
This 3.5-day experiential class will help providers:
· Experience their own body’s innate capacities for and learned patterns of relational movement.
· Recognize when movement patterns indicate attachment injury or trauma.
· Facilitate sensorimotor experiences to build bottom-up support for relational movement.
· Provide psycho-physical education to clients and team members regarding the importance of addressing reflex patterning.
· Describe benefits of including Body-Mind Centering® or other reflex work in interdisciplinary treatment plan.
The training is appropriate for all members of multidisciplinary eating disorders treatment teams including mental health professionals (Psychologist, Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Art Therapists), medical providers (MD’s, Psychiatrists, Nurses), Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, treatment program staff and adjunct providers such as yoga therapist. This training is also applicable for the same professionals who work with common co-occuring disorders such as addiction, mood disorders and trauma which arise from the same mind/body/spirit constellation that gives rise to eating disorders.
***PLEASE NOTE: This class is strongly experiential and includes activities that require sitting and lying on the floor as well as giving and receiving touch. You are encouraged to participate to the level of your ability and comfort. If you feel hesitation or unable to participate in any of the activities, please communicate this to the training facilitators.
One of the following courses is required before you can take this course:
There are no CE’s offered for this course.
Developing and balancing tone. Exploring foundations for Yield and Push—Belonging and Embodiment
· Balancing Tone: Autonomic Fluid Rhythm (AFR), Simultaneous Condensing Expanding Yield (SCEY)
· Physiological flexion and physiological extension
· Antigravity flexion and anti-gravity extension
Patterns of holding on and letting go. Exploring foundations for Reach and Grasp/Release— Meeting Needs and Expressing Wants
· Primitive reflexes pertaining to grasping and letting go
· Primitive reflexes pertaining to gathering and reaching
· Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex
· Fear Paralysis
· Sucking and swallowing
Bringing mouth and hands together. Exploring foundations for Pull–Intimacy
· Rooting Reflex
· Primitive reflexes pertaining to the horizontal plane and organizing midline; Central Focusing, Moro, Babkin, Tractioning
· Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex and Hand-to-Mouth.
Weaving it all together. Exploring how to incorporate working with these foundations into ERED approach to recovery.