In Mindful Movement: The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action, alumna Martha Eddy (Ed.D. '98) uses original interviews, case studies, and practice-led research to define the origins of a new holistic field—somatic movement education & therapy -- and its impact on fitness, ecology, politics, health, education and performance. The book reveals the role the performing arts and psychology have played in informing and inspiring the historical and cultural narrative of somatic arts - approaches to consciousness based in the awareness of the soma - the living body, such as the the Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body-Mind Centering®, the Feldenkrais Method, Ideokinesis among others. Providing an overview of the antecedents and recent advances in somatic study she includes contributions by experts Sangeet Duchane (Asian Studies), Rebecca Nettl-Fiol (US Higher Education), Kate Tarlow Morgan (Movement Education), Kelly Mullan (Physical Culture), Sara Reed with Sara Whatley (British Higher Education), and Eve Selver-Kassell (K-12 education). Eddy also highlights feminist perspectives in developing somatic movement, fitness and dance, social somatics (violence prevention and equity advocacy), embodied leadership, somatic views on spirituality and neuroscience, and the field of eco-somatics. Special attention will be given to the role that Teachers College has played in advancing application of somatic methods across disciplines. Mindful Movement unpacks and helps to popularize awareness of both the body and the mind and their inextricability.
About Martha Martha Eddy is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, licensed Teacher of Body-Mind Centering® since 1984, and Certified Movement Analyst with a doctorate in Movement Science from Teachers College, Columbia University, who teaches regularly with the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, St Mary’s College, the State University of New York-ESC, Princeton University and the Dance Education Lab of the 92Y in NYC. She was on the faculty of the TC Dance Education Program for 10 years (1990- 2000) and is the founder of the Center for Kinesthetic Education, Moving for Life DanceExercise for Health® as well as the Somatic Movement Therapy Training - Dynamic EmbodimentTM.