Book Talk: Mindful Movement: The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action, with Martha Eddy
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 12/01/2016
Uploaded: 12/16/2016
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Tags: Eddy, mindfulness, Movement, Somatic

Description/Abstract: Book Talk: Mindful Movement: The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action, with Martha Eddy, 12/6, 3-5pm

Please join Dr. Martha Eddy on December 6th as she discusses her new book, Mindful Movement: The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action (Intellect Ltd., 2016). In three parts (Influence and Development of Somatic Education; The Emergence of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy; Current Trends in Somatic Thinking and Being), Eddy's book is hailed as clear, inviting, and rich in detail, as it creates awareness of the critical relationship between the body and mind.

In Mindful Movement, Martha Eddy uses original interviews, case studies, and practice-led research to define the origins of a new holistic field—somatic movement education & therapy -- and its impact on fitness, ecology, politics, health, education and performance. The book reveals the role the performing arts and psychology have played in informing and inspiring the historical and cultural narrative of somatic arts - approaches to consciousness based in the awareness of the soma - the living body, such as the the Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body-Mind Centering®, the Feldenkrais Method, Ideokinesis among others. Providing an overview of the antecedents and recent advances in somatic study she includes contributions by experts Sangeet Duchane (Asian Studies), Rebecca Nettl-Fiol (US Higher Education), Kate Tarlow Morgan (Movement Education), Kelly Mullan (Physical Culture), Sara Reed with Sara Whatley (British Higher Education), and Eve Selver-Kassell (K-12 education). Eddy also highlights feminist perspectives in developing somatic movement, fitness and dance, social somatics (violence prevention and equity advocacy), embodied leadership, somatic views on spirituality and neuroscience, and the field of eco-somatics. Special attention will be given to the role that Teachers College has played in advancing application of somatic methods across disciplines. Mindful Movement unpacks and helps to popularize awareness of both the body and the mind and their inextricability.
-- Publisher's Description

Martha Eddy, alumna of Teachers College (Masters, Applied Physiology; Ed'D, Movement Science and Education), is a registered somatic movement therapist on the faculty at Empire State College, SUNY, and Princeton University. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization Moving for Life: Dance Exercise for Health. Martha served on the certification program faculty for both the School for Body-Mind Centering and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies from 1984 to 1994. She founded the Somatic Movement Therapy Program (SMTT) in 1992 and renamed it Dynamic Embodiment-SMTT in 2008. Martha Eddy is also the founder and director of the Center for Kinesthetic Education (CKE) in New York, and a co-founder of and the director of Somatic Studies at Moving On Center in Oakland.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, December 5th.

Where: 306 Russell