ABOUT MOVEMENT AND TOUCH THERAPIES

The body is the vessel that the mind inhabits.

The mind is like the wind and the body is like the sand;
if you want to know how the wind is blowing, you have to look at the sand.

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

My intention is to help others discover a deep, sensuous experience of the body by nourishing qualities of improvisation, play and curiosity in all aspects of our lives. My work with clients includes somatic movement therapy and equine experiential learning practices that help us feel and understand ourselves with greater clarity, are experiencing our bodies in a continuous, feeling, conscious way - what I call "body presence".

Between 60 and 80 percent of our communication is nonverbal - spoken in the bodily languages of movement and touch - including conscious and unconscious movements, gestures, postures, and facial expressions. The whole encyclopedia of our moving experience is an intricate web of connection.

For most people, movement is functional - about going somewhere or doing something. In that doingness, much of the expressive world of our movement can be lost. We forget that we are all dancers. We forget to play.

As we become more aware of this ongoing, improvisational movement matrix that we are a part of, we begin to connect to the richness and permeability of our bodily animal selves - feeling ourselves part of a larger, interactive whole - anatomically, energetically, psychically, spiritually, and emotionally.

My background is as an improviser, dancer, choreographer, writer, rider, teacher, movement educator and therapist. In my experience, the most reliable and authentic teacher is the body. Learning to listen to what the body is expressing can help to unravel many of the patterns or beliefs that limit our pleasure and creativity.

I am a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSME/T) accredited by ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association). I am also a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner, and am Guild-Certified in Tellington TTEAM (Tellington Touch Equine Awareness Method), working with horses and humans.

My writings on movement and dance have been published in Contact Quarterly, and my book, Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body was published by Trafalgar Square Books in 2017.

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Paula has been an inspiration to me since my teens, when she taught dance in a summer theater arts program on Cape Cod that I participated in. Fast forward many years, and I discover she lives in Kent, CT, right in my neck of the woods. Like me, she pursued training in somatic movement therapy, as well as continuing her life as a movement artist. And adding her work with horses into the mix! She recently came to my house to do somatic movement therapy with me and my new hip, having been the person to recommend the surgeon in Boston that I used! What can I say . . . I love how she sees, how she communicates, how she uses her hands. I'm getting regular PT, but Paula's work adds so many dimensions to it, attending to my inner attitudes, stress, holding patterns, and strengths as well as to healing my post-op tissue damage. A woman worth knowing and following!
Sharon True