Whole Person Somatic Movement and Therapy Training Program

Coming 2018 to Austin!


Co-directed by Margery Segal and Mark Taylor


[email protected]



Whole Person Somatic Movement and Therapy

Co-directed by Margery Segal and Mark Taylor


The Whole Person Somatic Movement and Therapy program trains psychologists and therapists, movement professionals (yoga, dance, martial arts), educators, and body workers to incorporate developmental movement principles into their work.

The program is based on the knowledge that human development, both physical and relational, occurs first through the language of movement and touch. It provides a psychophysical model to support motor development and to repattern behavior. It includes instruction in movement facilitation, touch skills, creative expression, and psychodynamic facilitation.

 The 220-hour program consists of six 5-day modules over the course of two years, with additional hours of practice, observation, and self-reflection. Topics addressed in the program will be:

  • The role of the senses and perceptual processing in development, attachment, and bonding
  • The Basic Neurological Patterns: automatically developing motor patterns that form the vocabulary of normal movement and influence brain development
  • Reflexes, righting reactions, and equilibrium responses
  • Attachment theory and practice
  • The role of neurobiology in development
  • Embryology
  • The importance of eliciting delight in the process of parenting, caregiving, and therapy.


Outcomes of the Program:

  1. You will understand the normal sequencing of motor patterns and acquire skills to support them in others.

Participants will learn tools to encourage motor development patterns through touch, movement facilitation, and personal embodiment. The methodology does not impose or demand specific movements, but entices new patterns to emerge through a person’s curiosity, integrating the patterns into the matrix of body, mind, and spirit. Skillful facilitation of movement patterns arising from conception through the first year of life allows children to explore the world with ease and adults to fulfill their potential.

  1. You will refine your personal and interpersonal skills to sustain a full and nurturing therapeutic presence.

Personal dysregulation (psychological and/or physiological) results in dysregulated responses in your clients, dependents, and loved ones, which can interrupt the developmental or healing process. You will learn 1) to acknowledge when you are not fully present, 2) to identify strategies and tools to self-regulate and 3) to acquire skills to support others in doing so.

  1. You will refine your awareness of family systems or relational contexts while working with the needs of children and adults.

Whole Person Somatic Movement and Therapy utilizes a systems approach to development, emphasizing how the environment, the family, and the culture shape the development of the individual. Change in any part of the interpersonal or family system engenders transformation for all within the system.

Whole Person Somatic Movement and Therapy: Outline


Unit One

Embodiment of the senses and perception with a focus on attachment theory.


Unit Two

Embryological psychology approached through the study of intra-uterine motor development patterns.


Unit Three

Prenatal psychology approached through the study of primitive reflexes and the development of tone.


Unit Four

How to facilitate the development of personal power through understanding the birth experience and the study of vertebral movement patterns.


Unit Five

Mapping the embodied anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system to develop skills to support well-being and trauma resolution.


Unit Six

Charting developmental progress during the first year of life and beyond, incorporating tools for observation and redirection of the child and family.


Mark Taylor RSMT, SEP, Body-Mind Centering Practitioner is the Director of Body-Mind Movement Training Programs in the USA, Mexico, and Brazil http://www.bodymindmovement.com/

Margery Segal LPC, RSMT, IDME, PPT, Body-Mind Centering Practitioner is the Director of Whole Movement Center www.wholemovementcenter.com and has been teaching Somatic Movement and Pre/Perinatal/Birth/Attachment Therapy in the USA, Brazil, and Australia

Contact Me

Address: 1709 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 802-324-1731

Email: [email protected]

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1709 Rio Grande Austin, TX 78701

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