offers enjoyable and intriguing, body-mind centered, experiential activities (personal
exploration/group initiatives). It provides the participants with new information
about themselves, and their interactions with others. The training highlights
personal potential and supports creative group process.
applies somatic (body-mind) psychology and movement improvisation, to personal
mastery and organizational development. The activities deal directly with relevant
business and group challenges, including:
- effective communication
- leadership and personal mastery
- conflict resolution
BodyMindWellBeing cultivates individual potential
- increasing embodied awareness
- experiencing the body's
- enhancing body-mind integration
- reducing stress
BodyMindWellBeing offers on
- introductory lecture/demonstration
- 1 to 5 day seminar
- ongoing consultation (individual/group)
health is directly linked to the ability and willingness of individuals within
the organization, to learn, change and grow. Increased awareness is the foundation
of learning and development. Operating without awareness and expression forces
reliance on old beliefs and habitual patterns of perception and action.
fosters a deep level of awareness and authenticity in the individual, which develops
new resources that transfer to the group. Enhancing individual/group resources
and potential, increases life/job satisfaction, thereby reducing costs inherent
in sick days, staff turnover, new employee training, and a general lack of motivation.
BodyMindWellBeing facilitates increased awareness by developing embodiment
skills. Embodiment increases the ability to be more responsive and present with
ourselves, and others.
BodyMindWellBeing incorporates experiential
anatomy, simple movement exercises, group initiatives and guided imagery to develop
a greater sense of embodiment. Exploring body systems and movement patterns facilitates
a genuine and practical relationship with one's self.
Following each experiential
activity, the facilitator assists the group in recognizing, articulating and evaluating
the information gained. This discussion supports the application and transfer
of the learning to broader situations, in both work and life.
Augmenting Communication Skills
Communication is an exchange of information
between two or more people, the sender(s) and the receiver(s). It includes the
perception and interpretation of meaning between the individuals. Messages are
transmitted through symbols and/or the exchanges of behavior.
within an organization is a challenge due to the potential diversity of its constituents.
Beyond a lack of personal congruence, different people often have different styles
of communication and assign different meanings and interpretations to events and
Movement is a basic form of communication. When body and mind are
congruent, communication with others becomes more clear. Dialogue is a form of
communication, an exchange between two or more people that is a catalyst for growth.
Exchange by its nature requires interaction or contact. This contact produces
During the dialogue process, people learn how to think together,
not just in the sense of analyzing a shared problem or creating new pieces of
shared knowledge, but in the sense of occupying a united awareness, in which the
thoughts, emotions, and resulting actions belong not to one individual, but to
all of them together.
BodyMindWellBeing facilitates dialogue and
"united awareness" by engaging participants in movement experiences
that focus on interaction and relationship. Building on lessons learned during
the Awareness and Expression portions of the workshop, participants
practice the ability to stay in relationship with both self and others, noticing,
tolerating and then using the energy inherent in the exchange.
is a brief sample of a communication exercise used by BodyMindWellBeing
to augment communication skills.
Communication Exercise #1 (part A)
- Practice awareness and body referencing (paying
attention to your own body messages) while engaging in relationship.
responsiveness to others.
- Experience leading and following.
- Find a partner. Sit facing your partner. One person leads, the other follows.
One person begins to speak, telling a story. The other person attempts to speak
along with the leader, matching word for word. Pay attention to sensation in your
own body as you follow your partner.
- (Repeat, exchanging the lead.)
and face your partner; one person leads, the other follows. No locomotion, no
voice, moving only in place. Try to mirror your partner exactly; include the expressions
on his or her face, include the breathing pattern if you can. Track your own sensation
while following or leading by oscillating your attention from your own internal
experience to your partner, and back.
- (Repeat, exchanging the lead.)
a moment to talk about the experience with your partner. What was satisfying?
What was difficult?
Communication Exercise #1 (part B)
- Change partners. This time only one person moves at a time, changing
the lead. Move (walk) all around the room. (No voice.) The moving person can move
until their partner begins to move. Remember, only one person can move at a time,
and you can interrupt your partner at any time. When you are interrupted, you
must stop your movement until you decide again to move and interrupt your partner.
the whole space. Experiment with different types of locomotion.
the timing. Interrupt in short or long intervals.
- Begin to bring some
element of your partner's movement into your part of the dialogue. Copy a gesture
or a posture, and then explore (expand/exaggerate) it, weaving it into your own
- Bring your movement to a close. Talk about the experience
with your partner. What was satisfying? What was challenging? Was this experience
like other conversations? Why? Why not? What type of "conversation"
occurs at work?
Communication Exercise #2
- Practice awareness and body referencing while engaging in relationship.
responsiveness to others.
- Experience cooperative movement.
- Change partners. Begin standing side-by-side. Your goal is to stay in step
with your partner as you walk and move around the room. Use only movement to communicate.
No one is leading or following, you are moving together.
- Experiment with
stopping and starting; changing directions; going backwards.
- Join another
duet, making a foursome. Continue moving in "sync". Continue
with direction and timing.
- All quartets break back into duets, maintaining
your synchronized movement. All duets join with two other duets to form a sextet.
Continue exploring direction and timing in this new configuration. What do you
need to do to include everyone? How does your movement and attention need to change
as the group grows in size?
- Everyone join. Can you move as one group?
the group into a circle.
What happened? What did you notice about yourself
during this experience?
B. began the discussion saying that she noticed
that she liked leading more than following. Other group members noted their preference.
T. said he liked following because it gave him a break; "It was relaxing
to have someone else in charge."
B. said that she liked interrupting
her partner and that she had to pay close attention to move when they stopped.
One group member noted that she had to pay more attention as the groups got larger,
and that she was challenged by the need to focus. L. stated that there had to
be "a lot of give and take" and that he had to slow down at first in
order to move with the group. He noted that he felt "annoyed" at the
need to slow down, but in the end, the satisfaction of moving as a group was "worth
BodyMindWellBeing Facilitator asks:
So what? What does
this have to do with you and your workplace/group?
In response to the
second question, "So What? What does this have to do with you and your work?",
F. said that the "give and take" was a vital communication skill. He
noted that the experience of 'listening' with his whole body was new for him.
H. said that she liked the duets more than the quartets; "It got too complicated,
and I felt flustered. That's why I like just working with one person at a time
at the office."
D. said this exercise replicated work at the office
because two people often started a project, and then everyone joined in. He stated
that they (the group) could bring the lesson of slowing down and pacing themselves
with each other. Other group members agreed. L. stated that he enjoyed the experience
of group-lead, where anyone could decide where the group was going, or when they
were going to stop. L. said, "It felt like the whole group was creating together,
a group mind and body."
I really appreciated today. I learned a lot, and it was fun. I feel like
I know everyone better and that makes it easier at work.
was a stretch for me, but I got to know people in a different way. We've had longer
training where we sit and just talk. I feel that I learned more about myself and
others in a shorter amount of time. Thanks.
At first I felt a little
uncomfortable, but as the day passed, I could see the benefit of the workshop.
I particularly appreciated the creative component and the group problem solving.
was fantastic. Great to get together doing something different. I learned new
things about myself and my colleagues.