The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action
By (author) Martha Eddy
Publication date:15 October 2016
Length of book:265 pages
In Mindful Movement, exercise physiologist, somatic therapist and advocate Martha Eddy uses original interviews, case studies and practice-led research to define the origins of a new holistic field - somatic movement education and therapy – and its impact on fitness, ecology, politics and performance. The book reveals the role dance has played in informing and inspiring the historical and cultural narrative of somatic arts. Providing an overview of the antecedents and recent advances in somatic study and with contributions by diverse experts, Eddy highlights the role of Asian movement, the European physical culture movement and its relationship to the performing arts and female perspectives in developing somatic movement, somatic dance, social somatics, somatic fitness, somatic dance and spirituality and ecosomatics. Mindful Movement unpacks and helps to popularise awareness of both the body and the mind.
'Mindful Movement is a thoughtful and comprehensive chronicle of the history of the field of somatic movement education as well as a critical and conscious call to future steps and advocacy. [...] This book is an asset to dance/movement therapists by identifying the multiple roots of somatic education. The book also begins to name the ways in which somatic education both intersects and differs from DMT and how each field can inform the other.'