The popularity of yoga and Zen meditation has heightened awareness of somatic practices. Individuals develop the conscious embodiment central to somatics work via movement and dance, or through touch from a skilled teacher or therapist often called a somatic bodyworker. Methods of touch and movement foster generative processes of consciousness in order to create a fluid interconnection between sensation, thought, movement, and expression. In Moving Consciously , Sondra Fraleigh gathers essays that probe ideas surrounding embodied knowledge and the conscious embodiment of movement and dance. Using a variety of perspectives on movement and dance somatics, Fraleigh and other contributors draw on scholarship and personal practice to participate in a multifaceted investigation of a thriving worldwide phenomenon. Their goal: to present the mental and physical health benefits of experiencing one's inner world through sensory awareness and movement integration. A stimulating addition to a burgeoning field, Moving Consciously incorporates concepts from East and West into a timely look at life-changing, intertwined practices that involve dance, movement, performance studies, and education. Contributors: Richard Biehl, Robert Bingham, Hillel Braude, Alison East, Sondra Fraleigh, Kelly Ferris Lester, Karin Rugman, Catherine Schaeffer, Jeanne Schul, and Ruth Way.
"The somatic movement field is growing rapidly and these authors are well suited to represent its diversity of theories and applications. Through their vast experience they provide a range of perspectives that demonstrates the full scope of somatic phenomena. A wonderful introduction to the more philosophical strand of somatic inquiry."--Martha Eddy, founding director of Dynamic Embodiment SMT and Moving for Life/The Center for Kinesthetic Education
"The care Fraleigh has taken to guide the reader through the different contributions, framed by her own writing, makes this a very readable and accessible book that is likely to appeal to a wide range of readers, particularly dance teachers, body work practitioners and students."--Dance Research
"Full of passion, care, and creative spirit, this book brings the depth and scope of somatic movement into view and should be read by all artists, scholars, and students interested in working closely with their embodied dancing selves."--Vida L. Midgelow, author of Reworking the Ballet: Counter-Narratives and Alternative Bodies
"I was impressed with the organization, structure, and meticulousness of Moving Consciously. It will be a welcome addition to the growing literature in the field."--Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, author of Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link
"There is not another publication that so completely addresses the merging of dance, somatics, and phenomenological practice. Beautifully written, well conceived, thought provoking, and reflective. It will become one of the new and long lasting 'must reads' in the field."--Becky Dyer, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, Arizona State University