Resources & Articles
Recent Interviews and Publications
Interview on B Intentional with Ber-Henda Williams,
on storytelling, embodiment, and creative imagination toward healing, on December 2, 2018.
Interview with Barbra White, Body Mind Spirit Radio: Calling All Leaders and Healers, October 25, 2016:
Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices
"Of the somatic practices I have explored over the last two decades, Authentic Movement and Contact Improvisation are the two disciplines with which I have been most engaged.
....Through my explorations in the intentional intersection of the two practices, calling upon some of the benefits of respectful, supportive touch; deep, interoceptive attention; and reciprocity within the relationships among participants – I have found that my colleagues, students and I have experienced enhanced feelings of both vulnerability and security. We thereby may vastly expand our possibilities with regard to the personal insights and artistic resources we may tap."
From: Cohen, Stefanie, “Sightless touch and touching witnessing: Interplays of Authentic Movement and Contact Improvisation”, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 2: 1, 2010, pp. 103-112
Online Resources Organizations and Journals
The word “somatic” derives from the term “soma,” which essentially means: a body aware of itself in movement.... Somatic movement educators and therapists work with people to support their well-being and invite them into the process of their own self-care. We help clients foster a sense of wholeness and of interconnection; of ease, presence, and vitality; and to gently re-pattern their bodies through physical exploration.
For more information about the practices I employ, please visit any of the following sites:
Somatic Movement Education:
• JDSP – Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices –
Crazy Wisdom Journal – Excerpt –
...Milagros: Stefanie, I have done a lot of work with you and have benefitted in a profound way, mostly emotionally. Are there clients for whom somatic work has really moved them beyond what they've be able to work on in more talk-only therapy?
Stefanie: What comes to mind right now, specifically, are the ways in which several of my students and clients have attended to grief through the Authentic Movement work.... Some clients come to the movement work from talk therapy sessions in which they have felt validated, seen, and acknowledged for the strength they've demonstrated within challenging life circumstances, but are unsure of how to proceed beyond there. Within the movement work, then, they come equipped to experiment, to play, to listen to other possibilities beyond the meanings they have made of their experiences; and to practice — quite literally, taking other kinds of stances. They then sometimes return to talk therapy with new insights from their embodied investigations....
From: Cohen, Stefanie and Paredes, Milagros, “Exploring Whole-Body Healing: A Two-Way Interview Between
Milagros Paredes and Stefanie Cohen”, Crazy Wisdom Community Journal, Vol. 55, Fall, 2013, pp. 52-58