Genuine lessons from a somatic movement therapist

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Dancer and somatics practitioner Isadora Duncan / Photographs of dancers by Arnold Genthe‎

Oh, sweet indulgent self-care. Don’t mind if I do. Yes, please.

Feelin’ myself, I’m feelin’ myself
I’m feelin’ my, feelin’ myself
I’m feelin’ myself, I’m feelin’ my, feelin’ my, feelin’ myself
I’m feelin’ myself, I’m feelin’ my, feelin’ myself
I’m feelin’ myself, I’m feelin’ my

Self-care lyrics can pick us up when we need a boost. Somatics, an emerging term in pop culture but an idea that has been around much longer, is another way to self-care. Somatics is a movement technique that I learned through my career as a dancer for most of my life. …


How to dance together even if we can’t touch each other. A choreographer’s musings during social distancing.

Dancing happens in relationships that is, in relation to yourself or with another imagined or real partner. In July 2019, I made a dance together with dancers Irene Gimenez, Nicola Migliorati, Adam Moore, and Ashley Handel for Laban Theatre in London. Never had I thought the movement research and practical takeaways we developed for that show titled Touching from a Distance, would feel so incredibly relevant just a few months later when touching suddenly became forbidden worldwide.

In this time of ambiguity, what I know for sure is that you don’t need to be a dancer to get the benefits of the explorations we uncovered. Here are three thoughts from a choreographer on how to deal with the moment we are in. …

About

Zjana Muraro

Dancer, Choreographer, and Somatic Practitioner in the Ilan Lev Method. Writing about practical philosophy for a healthy and happy life IG: smarihda / zjana.com

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