BQ Summit Interview: Martha Eddy

Somatic Movement Education, Body Intelligence & “Peaceful Play”

Broadcast on February 17, 2016

“Peaceful Play” no easy feat in and of itself, is just the tip of the iceberg of what the Center for Kinesthetic Education (CKE) shares in New York City Public and Independent Schools. With somatic education at its base, specifically Dynamic Embodiment — which is steeped in Body-Mind Centering and Laban Movement Analysis, CKE consultants lead pre-K – 12 students and educators in diverse movement workshops that promote self regulation, neuro-motor development, creative expression, confirmation of classroom lessons, ecological awareness, and community building. There is more and since each child, classroom and school is different much is tailored to meet specific needs. The talk can share how these concepts and activities may apply to private practice as well.

In this session, we’ll explore:
• An overview of Somatic Education as applied with youth
• An Introduction to Dynamic Embodiment and its place in the larger somatic context
• The role of conscious movement in violence prevention, anti-bullying and community building

Hosted by Katie Hendricks with Martha Eddy

Martha Eddy

Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD Director Center for Kinesthetic Education
Martha Eddy, Ed.D. is a dance educator, exercise physiologist and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. Her decade of work on the faculties of the School for Body-Mind Centering and in Laban Movement Studies influenced her to develop her own Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy Training. She maintains a private practice specializing with children and adults, and provides educational consulting and evaluation in public schools and dance programs worldwide. As director of the Center for Kinesthetic Education she has implemented Peaceful Play Program for recess enhancement in New York City based on her doctoral research, “The Role of Physical Activity in Educational Violence Prevention Programs for Youth.” Her articles and chapters have been published in research, arts, and educational literature. Her upcoming book Mindful Movement can be found in the University of Chicago Press catalog. She is an advisor to BalletMet on developmental research implemented with Head Start. She has also developed Moving For Life, a holistic exercise program for cancer patients. Eddy remains active as a performer, teacher of BodyMind Dancing and has served on numerous boards including the Yard, National Dance Education Organization, the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS)


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