In tudays zoom discussion we talked a lot about the artifact that we have to deliver at the end of the study.
So I did some inquiry about the word and its definition:
german wikipedia: "scientifically worthless..."
"In diagnostics, an artifact is an apparent, but in fact unintentionally artificially induced causal relationship, for example, due to errors in data collection, evaluation, documentation, or interpretation.
Artifacts are products or phenomena created by human or technical influence. They are scientifically worthless because they say nothing about the actual object of investigation, but are merely a source of diagnostic error. "
english wikipedia: "error in the perception..."
"In natural science and signal processing, an artifact or artefact is any error in the perception or representation of any information introduced by the involved equipment or technique(s)."
that makes it interesting for me!
AI on somatics and embodiment
I was asking ChatGPT: what is the difference between embodiment and somatics?
And I have to admit, the answer was not bad:
"Embodiment and somatics are two related concepts that are often used interchangeably, but there are some important differences between the two.Embodiment refers to the idea that the mind and body are not separate entities, but are deeply intertwined and mutually influencing. Embodied cognition research shows that our physical experiences and movements can shape our thoughts, emotions, and perceptions. The body is also seen as a site of knowledge, where we can access deep intuition and insight that is not available through rational thought alone. Embodiment is often associated with practices like mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and other contemplative traditions that emphasize awareness of the body and its sensations.
Somatics, on the other hand, is a more specific term that refers to a holistic approach to the body that emphasizes its subjective, felt experience. Somatic practices often involve movement, touch, and awareness of bodily sensations to promote healing, self-awareness, and personal growth. Somatic therapies can be used to address a range of physical and emotional issues, including chronic pain, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Somatics is often associated with modalities like bodywork, dance, somatic psychology, and other forms of therapy that focus on the body as a primary source of information and transformation.
In summary, embodiment is a broader concept that encompasses the idea of mind-body integration, while somatics is a more specific approach that emphasizes the subjective experience of the body and its role in healing and personal growth."
feedbacking back to my cohort:
here is the protocol of the PVG meeting of last year.
and the agenda of this years meeting:
my Draft as a Presenttation
material from our discussion
thanks everybody for our discussion tonight!
these are the insparations that I noted down that I want to look into:
Dr Amanda Williamson on self and co-regulation in Somatic movement therapies
Les Todres, Embodied Enquiry
Celeste Snowber, Embodied Inquiry
Sondra Fraleigh, Back to the Dance Itself - phenomenological perspectives
Karen Barbour, Dancing Across the Page
Barbour also writes about ‘somatophobia’ the western fear of bodily knowing
Akinleye & Kindred, ‘In the between-ness: decolonizing and re-inhabiting our dancing - we discuss here the limits of language for expression of lived felt experiences
Valerie Preston-Dunlop and Susan Leigh Foster talk a lot about dance as a ‘language’ - very contested area of debate
Margaret Whitehead - Physical Literacy
Pedagogy of the Oppressed , Paulo Friere
here is another root of "Somatic Studies"
In germany in the 19th centuary there was a movement amongst psychatric medical doctors that called themselfs "Somatiker" (in opposition to the "psychikern") that believed that all mental illnesses had a physical root, more precise: are rooted in the brain.
Considering the newest brain research about trauma, and the effect that trauma has on the brain which leads to physical and mental illnesses these are really interesting roots:
"In the middle of the century, a "somatic reaction" (somatiker) formed against the speculative doctrines of mentalism, and it was based on neuroanatomy and neuropathology."
in my inquiry I found today the philosopher and sociologist Helmut Plessner.
His thinking could be a theoretical base for the somatic practices:
"His masterwork of Philosophical Anthropology is "Levels of Organic Life and the Human", which argues that the humans are 'naturally artificial beings' within living nature and attempts revocation of mind-body dualism."
"the formal qualities that make up our consciousness a priori — given as the conditions through which we experience things — conditions such as time, space, causality and number, and, indeed, the laws of physics, however we may then conceptualize them, are given to us both in our own physical nature, and in the physical nature of the environments we inhabit, through our growth from and interactions within these environments. "
In my first informal meeting with helen and my collegues melody and mathew we decided on areas of feedback, so that we can structure our feedback in a more helpful way:
please give critical as well as positive feedback about:
for your feedback:
please leave a comment on this post
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also the next MAPP Cafe will be a possiblility to share your feedback:
sunday 26.2. at 5pm CET
Meeting-ID: 879 9975 4460
Function & Metaphor
this picture below was a joint production of my students and me in the module "Anatomical Embodiment & Somatic Movement" of the "Basic Somatic Training", that just finished last week.
the texts came out of the reflections and writings after sensing and perceiving different bodyparts. so it is a kind of artefact describing the outcome of a somatic research:
the next MAPP-Cafe is in 3 weeks, sunday 26.2. at 5pm CE
Dieter Rehberg / somatic-training.com lädt Sie zu einem geplanten Zoom-Meeting ein.
Thema: MAPP Cafe
Uhrzeit: 26.Feb. 2023 17:00 Wien
Meeting-ID: 879 9975 4460
Mapp - Cafe
#MAPP - Cafe I prepared a zoom link for a second Mapp - Cafe on sunday 5th of february 5pm cet:
Dieter Rehberg / somatic-training.com lädt Sie zu einem geplanten Zoom-Meeting ein.
Thema: MAPP - Cafe 2
Uhrzeit: 5.Feb. 2023 17:00 Wien
Meeting-ID: 816 0988 0813
Exercising critical thinking
A Student of mine put my attention to a facebook post, and after applying some critical thinking I wrote an answer.
this text was posted on facebook site: “movement archery” of the two dance artists: Roser Tutusaus and Tom Weksler:
“It is difficult to think, speak and write about the movement of the spine. To move it is quite easy though, furthermore it moves by itself. Arguably every movement we do includes spinal movement. Our body is filled with tracts, neural pathways that connect the central nervous system with the spinal cord. So in a way, every action goes through both the spine and the brain by default.
The non-default is the scale of the movement and our ability to recognize it, both spatially and internally. Neuroplasticity relates to the ability to change the internal pathways of movement and information. That means to create new connections between a bodypart, space, brain and spine. So for example, if I always think about the hand and the fork when I cut a piece of Schnitzel and put it in my mouth, paying attention to my posture with every bite will eventually lead to neuroplasticity.
The spine, like the brain, is an extremely vital thing to our being. Therefore, it is a very secured place. Just like any reflex of our body will resist throwing the weight of the skull towards a stationary object, most muscles in the body will take over resistance and motion much before the spine does. So when we think we move the spine we do it minimally and mostly move other things. And this is a good thing! Movement is best done through collaboration of coordinations and not as isolated patterns. Nevertheless, the dominance of accessible coordination over others eventually leads to kinesthetic stagnation and not to adaptation. In that sense despite the constant involvement, the spine moves "little".
Drilling spinal waves or back bridges like there's no tomorrow is a questionable path towards making new neural pathways. They could be wonderful ways to condition or drill some patterns but the "core work" should be done through awareness to what we normally do without potent attention to the spine.
To conclude, the study of the spine is rooted in allowing vulnerability and concentration. Both are universally primal, but rarely practiced in our adult life.
"Life itself begins more with an inward spiral rather than an upward thrust" (G. Bachelard)
*In the second paragraph, bodypart relates to the sensory information that is received or stored through a place in the body. So in this context, bodypart is a perceptive physical point.”
This is my answer to the post:.
The post is written in a very convincing language, but at least three things that are written in this post are not true:
1.) ” So in a way, every action goes through both the spine and the brain by default ” .
There are a lot of nerves that do not go through the spine, because they directly come out of the skull. ( for instance the Vagus nerve)
2.) ”So for example, if I always think about the hand and the fork when I cut a piece of Schnitzel and put it in my mouth, paying attention to my posture with every bite will eventually lead to neuroplasticity.”
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the Nerve System to change, develop and learn (which is meant by the word ”plasticity”). This process is happening all the time as long as the brain gets enough oxygen to be sensing inwards and acting outwards. Neuroplasticity does not depend on awareness or attention to happen. Just with awareness and attention and other helpful qualities of sensing the nerve system gets different, more helpful, information and can ”plastify” in a more helpful way. So coming back to the example of the post: First of all you need to sense knife and fork and not think about knife and fork in order to plastify the brain in a way that changes your activity. But if you do sense, neuroplasticity will happen already there. And sensing is going on all the time anyway, and sensing is going on all the time everywhere in the body, also always in both the hands and the spine. So by just sitting and cutting your schnitzel neuroplasticity is going on with consequences for your whole body. But only if you have a special attention and quality of sensing and use that in a dialogue to change your movements and actions the nerve system can plastify also in a more helpful way.
3.) ” Just like any reflex of our body will resist throwing the weight of the skull towards a stationary object, most muscles in the body will take over resistance and motion much before the spine does. ”
A reflex is a specific pattern in the nerve system, where a specific sensory input leads to a specific reaction without a willful conscious decision. Inputs and reactions can be manifold. There are reactions that involve only specific muscles or organs, others involve body parts or the whole body. As far as I know there is no reflex that will resist throwing the weight of the skull towards a stationary object. We usually do not do that, because we have normally no reason for doing that, and we rationally assume that this will be painful, which has nothing to do with a reflex. But there are very special, abnormal circumstances where people do through their heads against walls. But once the head gets hurt, the pain can trigger a lot of reflexes.
According to my understanding there is no usual first reaction of the extremities before a reaction of the spine in a case of resistance. But one would need to specify what incident would cause the resistance. A sting of a bee in your hand would cause a different reflex of resistance than a loud noise behind your back.
More complex movement patterns, that build on the reflexes, do integrate first in the spine and later in the extremities when we learn to move as babies.
Although I do agree with the author's conclusion that awareness is essential for changing movement patterns, I also think that in our profession we should try to be as precise as possible with our words, and not throw around with words like ”neuroplasticity” and ”reflexes” just to make our text sound more interesting
And I think it always needs a helpful and healing quality of sensing to start a dialogue that is open ended and eventually can lead to more helpful and healing actions, that can lead to a more helpful plastification of the brain.
all the best
reading and watching
I am still reading and stay inspired by Ernst von Glasersfeld Book: "Radical Constructivism"
I found video series on youtube about lectures Glaserfeld did at the university of innsbruck. it is always good to see how a thinker moves and speaks, it is like getting also the somatic information of the persons philosophy.
other books that I found for my research:
while teaching todays SOMATIC MOVEMENT online class I realised that I have to think my talking and writing and advertising NOT from the capitalistic thinking of selling, but from describing somatics and my work as a healthy research in ones own life. And life is changing and developing all the time, that is why I cant and dont want to produce a product that I can multiply in an industrial way. I can offer real human connection, individual communication, care and solidarity, possibilties for learning and development
I should say and write and organise my website around that and make clear that also my website is in creative changing all the time as is life.
finally I have time to follow my interest in reading.
So what i found yesterday was:
my research of today
In this blog I will try to keep track from now on everything that I consider inquiry and learning to be used maybe in my MAPP research project:
Trauma and somatic Movement
today I did a little writing for my newsletter. As my text was different than my usual advertising texts, because of my writing experience at MAPP, I want to share this text here:
When I was preparing my draft with mind maps, these mind maps kept growing and became quite complex, so i decided to do a video presentation of the mind maps instead of a written text.
I share this presentation with you as it represents my thinking and reflecting at this stage.
please do comment.
This is my writing about the second area of learning to earn recognition from the university for my prior learning and professional practice.
The Somatic Dialogue is the main theoretical framework of my method PME.
But furthermore it is also my theoretical framework of how I think about learning and reflecting in a somatic way, that I will try to use in this study to become a Master of Professional Practice.
read more in the pdf
please do comment
the Anatomy of Mind
This is my writing about the first area of learning to earn recognition from the university for my prior learning and professional practice.
I have chosen this title , “anatomy of the mind”, to show how I have learned to dissect the mind in order to analyze and reflect on how the mind and it's functions are working, and how these learnings helped me to improve my work as a somatic teacher and somatic movement therapist.
read the whole essay in the pdf
please do comment
today I wrote an application for the "The World Arts and Embodiment Forum (WAEF)".
as there was a lot of reflecting on my work envolved, I share my application here:
This workshop is a simple Somatic Movement class in which the theory can be directly perceived, embodied, reflected and shared.
This workshop will examine the intersection between Buddhist psychology and Somatic Movement Therapy to show its use for self-care and sustainable self-development as well as for Somatic Coaching, Somatic Touch and Healing Dance.
This Somatic Movement class will focus on the Somatic Dialogue and its use of the Buddhist concepts of “mind-factors” and the “law of action” for building resilience and preventing burnout. The “mind-factors”, especially the helpful and healing qualities of the mind, are always part of the beginning of the Somatic Dialogue, the questioning part.
The “law of action” is the key factor of the answer and the developmental part in the Somatic Dialogue. The questioning and the answering of the Somatic dialogue are furthermore mirrored in the science-based sensory-motor cycle.
Working with the somatic dialogue is stabilizing through finding a moveable balance in the body as well as in the mind. This moveable balance is, through its adaptability, more sustainable.
Inside of this highly experiential Somatic Movement class there will be a short presentation of the Buddhist concept of mind and its use in the Somatic Dialogue.
Buddhist psychology is not only the heart of the Somatic Dialogue, practicing the Somatic Dialogue in different somatic arts, becomes a spiritual practice in itself.
This workshop incorporates also sharing circles that blend indigenous circle-culture with highly developed democratic practices.
In addition this workshop will give some insight in the technology, that was developed during the covid-19 pandemic to work with somatic teaching & somatic coaching in an online and hybrid way for one-on-one sessions, group education and big trainings.
Workshop leader Dieter Rehberg is an innovating pioneer, who, based on his artistic and somatic education and practice, developed his own somatic method: Physio-Mentale Entwicklung (PME). PME has its roots in german expressive dance (rosalia chladek), usa-centered somatics and post-modern dance, buddhist psychology and trauma-informed neurosciences, as well as in cutting-edge approaches of short-time-counseling. The Somatic Dialogue is one of the key-factors of PME.
To participate you need:
perceive your thoughts and feelings
to be seen (camera on)
Bac. Dieter Rehberg, RSMT, is performer, Psychological Counselor (LSB), Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA) Dance Educator and Massage Therapist. He is the director of the "Institut und Akademie für Physio-Mentale Entwicklung" and of “The Somatic Training”. Since 20 years he works in his private practice in Vienna/Austria and teaches nationally and internationally.
Student Voice Leader
I am now your Student Voice Leader.
I was the the only one, that volunteered, so that is why the student union appointed me to be the Student Voice Leader for the program Master Professional Practice.
My duty is now to communicate your whishes, complaints, difficulties and suggestions,
in a strictly confidential way, to the university, especial to the program leader Helen Kindred.
So what would make your study easier?
What would you like to see improved on your course and how?
Please let me know!
This is how you can communicate with me:
email: dieter.rehberg[at]pme.or.at or DR681[at]live.mdx.ac.uk
phone or whatsapp: +43 650 5458610
there is also the possiblity to leave your message in complete anonymous way:
I set up a online whiteboard where you can write, post and upload anonymously.
You get the link for the whiteboard from me or from my post in our student groups.
We do have already two online student groups that work very well ( thank you honor!!)
One is using whatsApp as plattform, the other is on the plattform rocketChat, which is not censored in china, as we want to include our colleagues in china.
In this groups we have already a lot of discussion and mutual help, we do exchange ideas and share solutions.
I will send you the invitation links for these groups if you text or email me.
With all the information that I gather from you I will meet with the program leader and university staff formally twice a year and also have informal communication with the program leader.
So please let me know your concerns!
And I do believe, although our difficulties feel very individual and personal, there can be easily help and support on a structual level.
all the best
Reflecting on Reflecting
while reading about reflection I found this, which made me think:
"Reflection has generally been accommodated into educational and practice organisations from a technical rational perspective with little evidence of its efficacy in terms of better practice or more competent practitioners."
Johns, C. (2017) Becoming a Reflective Practitioner. Available at: https://app.kortext.com/read/345297 (Accessed: 15 October 2022).