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'soma' = body
somatic education = learning through body-mind integration
From birth we take in the environment through our senses and interact bodily and mentally to communicate our needs.
All through life we communicate bodily to express emotions and thoughts; it is generally known that 70% of communication is non-verbal - through bodily gestures and postures. We cry tears from our body when we are very sad or very happy. We hug our dear ones to show our caring feelings. We build houses from ideas begun in our creative mind, sorted out with our logical mind into sets of plans, before building structures using our physical bodies in motion.
As we grow and begin talking and walking we learn through bodily motion to coordinate gross and small motor skills needed to read and write; our brain hemispheres integrate their specialized areas of reception and storage; academic subjects are integrated in a flowing sequential time line. As with any muscle or ability, the more it is used the stronger and more capable it becomes to assimilate more and more; the motor skills ever an integration of body to mind and mind to body for action.
Body to mind through the senses -
kinesthetic, sight, hearing, touch
powered by enthusiastic, spirited energy
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Susan Helene Kramer is an international author of more than 50 collections and a thousand articles on ballet, rhythmic movement, modern dance, somatic education, music, ballet, philosophy, relationships, social issues and meditation, yoga and practical spirituality for children, teens, adults and those challenged with some translations in Dutch, French, German, and Spanish, and with her husband, Stan Schaap- http://www.powertoshare.com resides in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
From an internet
Edward W. Maupin, Ph.D., wrote a paper titled "Somatic Education: its Origins, Ancestors, and Prospects"; March 1998. http://www.edmaupin.com/Somatic/somatic_origins.htm
Dr. Maupin gave permission to link his paper to this web site. Here is an excerpt, but click on his link for the entire article: