Advanced training in Somatic Centering™
for bodymind therapists.
August 24th > September 2nd 2022
Guadalajara – Mexico
If you are a certified practitioner/therapist in the field of bodymind therapy, come to enjoy yourself with colleagues coming from around the world and learn advanced Somatics and Bodywork skills focusing on the 4 Diaphragms of Body Balance!
At the end of this 10 days advanced training you will receive a certificate in Advanced Somatic Centering™ or Advanced Postural Integration Practitioner.
A unique opportunity to increase your skills as a bodymind practitioner
During this advanced training, we will introduce you to methodological work with the inner core, different release work techniques and pathways to enjoyment of deep inner power.
We will also introduce crucial discoveries from the last twenty years in natural and human sciences and implement many of these discoveries throughout the course of the workshop. New ideas and advanced directions for your practice will be suggested and our Advanced Manual will be provided to follow the classwork.
In order to really improve your practice and allow for more robust experiences for your clients, this training will combine:
- practical advanced bodywork for dissolving stubborn protective body armor, a concept originated by Wilhelm Reich and recognized by most contemporary psychotherapists. Body armor can be defined as the tissue-based manifestation of adaptive behaviors (i.e., personality defenses).
- deep experiential interactions,
- theoretical understanding of techniques,
- enlargement of our system of scientific reference.
Goals of this Advanced Training
During this 10 day training, we will work with the diaphragms of body balance which are the fontanelles along the cranium, the floor and ceiling of the mouth, the thoracic inlet with first rib, the breathing diaphragm and the pelvis. When these diaphragms are released, they begin to shift spontaneously, rhythmically and freely interact with one another, creating warmth and wellbeing.
Extending and Deepening your Knowledge and Skills
To deepen your knowledge base, many state of the art topics will be incorporated including overview and application of advanced somatics techniques, body language in action, advanced strategies for addressing developmental/maturational needs, the unification/integration of polarities, development of language, meaning and consciousness. We also will introduce advanced paradigm sessions for working with the core while strengthening the “pilot ego”.
Working with Stubborn Defenses
In order to touch the armored core, we need to recognize how the body organizes its defenses and how it forms character patterns of restricted breath, muscular contraction and habitual movement, as well as incomplete emotion and thought. To handle the shocks, traumas and all the continuing demands of our lives, we use characteristic attitudes and habits to try to ‘hold ourselves together’, ‘hold on to what we can’, ‘hold ourselves up’, ‘hold ourselves deep inside’ or ‘hold ourselves back’. By working with our breath and touching the deepest layers of our tissue, advanced practitioners help their clients learn where and how their persistent character armor defends the core and how to let it go. In this advanced training we will cover topics such as relationships as regulators, the social engagement system, the inhibition of action syndrome, the PTSD paradigm, the inflammation paradigm, pre-disease pathways, etc.
Empowering the Practitioner
We will work with the physical aspects and the energy/consciousness of the pelvis expressed through the pelvic floor and the sexual organs and learn to open layers of tissue and feelings while developing healthy boundaries. This helps the client to clear away old frustrations as well as pain and create a new possibility to connect within self and with others at a deep intimate level of passion, love and joy. The last stages of Jack Painter’s “Energetic cycle” (excited breath, orgastic breath, ecstatic breath, etc.) that relates to the tissue work around the deep core will also be explored.
Touching the Core
In the deep work with the core, the advanced practitioner follows the basic segments or diaphragms of body balance which include the fontanelles, the floor and ceiling of the mouth, the thoracic inlet and first rib, the breathing diaphragm, the pelvis and pelvic floor. Some of the deepest work with the core includes release of the core tissues of the pelvis, which holds many of our strongest feelings and attitudes. A thorough understanding of working with developmental and maturational needs is also included. Working with the structures of the core the advanced student learns to help the client open layers of tissue and feelings in a safe and respectful way beyond the initial 10 sessions of the Postural Integration Model. Advanced techniques and strategies will be taught to help the client clear away old frustrations and pain, to connect with self and others and ultimately connect at a deep and intimate level of love, joy and fulfillment.
Finding Harmony and Integration
Using the advanced somatic methods, you will learn new ways of helping your clients release their deepest armoring. With the release of very old habits and attitudes, clients also need help finding a new centre and integrating this newfound change into their lives. By coordinating tissue, breath and feeling with special somatic strategies, you, as a practitioner, help clients more fully integrate major dimensions of the self. By interacting skillfully with the core, advanced practitioners learn powerful ways to help the top of the body to cooperate with the bottom, the right and left sides to function as a team, and the front and back to move harmoniously with each other. With the discovery of a new inner center, energy can then radiate outwardly and inwardly in flowing waves through all the body diaphragms in a socially engaged and spiritually rich manner.
Implementing into Clinical Practice and Information Exchange
Different possibilities and new directions to enhance your private practice will be suggested. While all this work and new strategies are very powerful, we also realize the importance of spending time to discuss case studies coming from group members as well as the trainers. To enrich and deepen this advanced training experience, sharing circles will be utilized from time to time.
is a registered psychotherapist (member of EAP, EABP, BVP-ABP, WAPCEPC), and a licenced Psychomotor Therapist and PT in mental health (member of VVPMT). He is the director and founder of the Institute for Bodymind Integration in Ghent (Belgium), trainer for Postural, Energetic and Pelvic-Heart Integration®. He worked at the University of Leuven for many years (Psychiatric Centers and Faculty for Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences). He also studied under John Pierrakos, co-founder of Bio Energetics and Core Energetics. He is a teacher, lecturer and supervisor at the Netherlands, Polish and Greek Institutes for Core Energetics. He received various Shamanic Training (Lakota, Druid, Tibetan).
is a philosopher, trainer for Postural Integration® and Energetic Integration®. He works extensively in Latin America.
Who is this training for?
This advanced training is destined exclusively to:
- certified practitioners in Body Psychotherapy & Bodymind Integration Methods,
- certified practitioners in Core-Energetics®, Bio-Energetic Analysis and related disciplines with a minimum of one year of experience interested in “psychotherapeutic touch” and “myofascial integration”,
- certified practitioners of (Psychotherapeutic) Postural Integration®, Energetic Integration®, Pelvic-Heart Integration®.
Language used during the training
Teaching will be in English with translations possible into Spanish, French, Dutch and German.
Where and when does this training take place?
Place: Guadalajara, Mexico
Date: 10 days starting August 24th 2022 until September 2nd 2022. Book early if you fly!!
After successful completion of this training and a written 10-page long thesis, you will be granted the title of Advanced Somatic Centering™ Practitioner.
What does it cost?
Price is for Europeans and Northern Americans. Prices may differ for other continents. Please, contact us for further information.
The price includes 10 days of training and a manual.
It does not include travel expenses, accommodation and food.
How to apply for this training?
To enroll in this training you need send us a short CV including your experience and certification(s) as professional practitioner via the form bellow.
After sending your request and information, we will contact you shortly for an interview or first appointment with us. This first exchange will allow us to determine if this training meets your needs and expectations. Instructions for registration and payment will be given to you afterwards.