Senses and Perception 1
Our senses begin as potential and develop in response to stimulation and experience. The senses of touch and movement are located throughout the body -- in every cell. The senses of vision, hearing, taste and smell are located in the head. It is through our senses that we receive information from our internal environment (ourselves) and the external environment (others and the world).
How we filter, modify, distort, accept, reject, and use that information is part of the act of perceiving. Perception is a global experience. It is the psychophysical process of interpreting information based on past experience, present circumstances and future expectations. When we choose to absorb information, we bond to that aspect of our environment. When we block out information, we defend against that aspect. Learning is the process by which we vary our responses to information based on the context of each situation.
This course includes:
 Exploration of the six senses (movement, touch, taste, smell, hearing and vision).
 Analysis of the perceptual-response cycle as the process of perception.
 Bonding, defending and learning as psychophysical processes based on your perceptions.
Minimum course length: 4 days, 28 contact hours

Basic Neurocellular Patterns (BNP) (formerly called Basic Neurological Patterns)
The development of these patterns in humans parallels the evolutionary development of movement through the animal kingdom. The Basic Neurocellular Patterns are the words of our movement. They are the building blocks for the phrases and sentences of our activities. They also establish a base for our perceptual relationships (including body image and spatial orientation) and for our learning and communication.
The BNP are one of the foundations of Body-Mind Centering® and are interwoven with the Embodied Anatomy (body-systems material) in later courses. The BNP have extensive application in the areas of movement and psychophysical expression. Done in sequences, the BNP can also form the basis for a deep and ongoing personal movement practice.
This course includes:
 Exploration of the prevertebrate patterns: vibration, cellular, sponging, pulsation, mouthing, and prespinal.
 Exploration of the vertebrate patterns: spinal, homologous, homolateral, and contralateral.
 Distinguishing and integrating the actions of yield, push, reach and pull.
 Combinations of the vertebrate patterns that facilitate their integration.
 Facilitating developmental repatterning in yourself and others.
Minimum course length: 7 days; 49 contact hours

Primitive Reflexes, Righting Reactions and Equilibrium Responses (RRR)
If the Basic Neurocellular Patterns are the words, the Primitive Reflexes, Righting Reactions and Equilibrium Responses are the fundamental elements, the alphabet, of our movement. Underneath all successful, effortless movement are integrated reflexes, righting reactions and equilibrium responses. The reflexes are the most primitive patterns that occur in response to specific stimuli, and they establish basic survival patterns of function. The righting reactions are important in establishing a vertical or upright posture against gravity and a continuous head-torso axis. The equilibrium responses are patterns which maintain balance of the whole body in the dynamic relationship between the shifting of one's center of gravity through space and one's base of support.
This course includes:
 Fundamental building blocks of human movement (the alphabet of movement).
 Postural tone and physiological flexion and extension.
 Differentiating the RRR in relation to the three planes of movement (horizontal, vertical, sagittal).
 The roles of the RRR in readiness for relating to earth and heaven, gathering and reaching, taking hold and letting go, weight bearing, rolling, vertical uprightness, locomotion and equilibrium.
Minimum course length: 6 days, 42 contact hours

Ontogenetic Development
The period from intrauterine life through approximately 12 months of age is an extraordinarily formative time for humans. Our basic movement patterns emerge in utero, are present at birth, and develop through the first year of life. It is during this time that we build the groundwork for our movement and perceptual skills and pass through the milestones by which we mark our development
This course includes:
 Developmental milestones including: fetal movement, nursing, head control, eye-hand coordination, rolling, circumduction, belly crawling, quadrupedal creeping, sitting, kneelsitting, kneel-standing, half kneel-sitting, half kneel-standing, squatting, standing, cruising, walking.
 The sequence of development that allows the infant to progress through each and all skill levels during its development process.
 Patterns of movement that inhibit more integrated skills from developing.
 Facilitating integrated movement skills and inhibiting patterns which limit full development.
Minimum course length: 5 days, 35 contact hours

Ligamentous System
The ligaments set the boundaries of movement between the bones. They coordinate and guide muscular responses by directing the path of movement between the bones and provide specificity, clarity, and efficiency for the alignment and movement of the bones. When all of the ligaments of a joint are actively engaged, the movement of that joint becomes highly specific and is carried effortlessly to surrounding and successive joints. The ligaments support the psychophysical quality of detailed specificity.
This course includes:
 Initiating movement from the ligaments.
 Facilitating freedom, resilience, strength and integration of the ligaments through touch and repatterning.
 Releasing ligaments from the restrictions of surrounding tissues.
 Integrating ligaments into their corresponding fascial planes
Minimum course length: 7 days, 49 hours

Fluid System
The fluids are the transportation system of the body. They underlie presence and transformation, set the ground for basic communication, and mediate the dynamics of flow between rest and activity, tension and relaxation. The characteristics of each fluid relate to a different quality of movement , touch, voice, and state of mind. These relationships can be approached from the aspects of movement, mind states, or from anatomical and physiological functioning.
This course includes:
 The major fluids of the body (cellular, interstitial and transitional fluids, blood, lymph, synovial fluid, and cerebrospinal fluid).
 Distinguishing the qualities of specific fluids through movement and touch.
 Initiating movement from each of the fluids.
 Identifying individual psychophysical characteristics of each of the fluids and their various combinations.
 Gaining awareness of your own fluid affinities and recognizing their embodiment and expression in others.
Minimum course length: 6 days, 42 contact hours

Nervous System
Experience first occurs on the cellular level. The nervous system is the recording system of the body. It records our experiences and organizes them into patterns. It can then recall the experience and modify it by integrating it with patterns of other previous experiences. The nervous system is the last
to know, but, once knowing, it becomes a major control center of psychophysical processes. It can initiate the learning of new experience through creativity and play. The nervous system underlies alertness, thought, and precision of coordination and establishes the perceptual base from which we view and interact with our internal and external worlds.
This course includes:
 Distinguishing experientially the organization of the nervous system: central/peripheral; somatic/autonomic; sensory/motor.
 Differentiating and integrating from a psychophysical perspective the enteric nervous system of the gut, the parasympathetic and sympathetic pathways, and the somatic nerves.
 Assessing and releasing blockages in the nerve pathways (brain and spinal cord, autonomic nerves, major somatic and autonomic plexes and their peripheral pathways).
 Understanding the principles of nerve reversals and methods of releasing them.
 Exploring balance of the autonomic nervous system as a calm support for intentional movement.
 How intentional movement provides the container of expression for autonomic movement.
Minimum course length: 7 days, 49 contact hours

Endocrine System
The endocrine glands are the major chemical governing system of the body and are closely aligned with the nervous system. Their secretions pass directly into the blood stream and their balance or imbalance influences all of the cells in the body. The glands are the keystone between the organs and the nervous system and between the nervous system and the fluids. They create crystalline psychophysical states through which we are able to experience and understand the universal aspect of self.
This is the system of internal stillness, surges or explosions of chaos/balance and the crystallization of energy into archetypal experiences. The endocrine glands underlie intuition and the perceiving and understanding of the Universal Mind.
This course includes:
 Initiating breath, voice and movement from each of the following glands and bodies: coccygeal body, gonads, adrenals, pancreas, thoraco body, heart body, thymus, thyroid, parathyroids, carotid bodies, pituitary, mammillary bodies and pineal body.
 Distinguishing their reflex points.
 Aligning their energy centers along the spine.
 Establishing their relationships to bones and joints.
 Analyzing the glandular support of the spine and head.
Minimum course length: 5 days, 35 contact hours

Muscular System
The muscles establish a tensile three-dimensional grid for the balanced support and movement of the skeletal structure by providing the elastic forces that move the bones through space. They provide the dynamic contents of the outer envelope of flesh encompassing the skeletal structure. Through this system we embody our vitality, express our power, and engage in the dialogue of resistance and resolution.
This course includes:
 Innovative muscle principles (proximal and distal initiation, muscle coupling and currenting, A and B muscles, four stages of a muscle action, eight functions of a muscle).
 Embodying muscles and initiating movement at the molecular level (actin and myosin).
 The embodied functions of proprioceptors (muscle spindles and Golgi tendon organs).
 Analyzing the actions of individual muscles and of groups of muscles from the perspective of one’s position in relation to gravity.
 Interrelationships between muscles in different parts of the body and as they pass through different fascial planes.
 Techniques of muscle re-education and training
Minimum course length: 9 days, 63 contact hours

Professional Issues 1
What does it mean to be a professional and how do you transition into this role? This course will cover some of the important issues facing professionals in the somatic field.
This course includes:
 The student/movement educator relationship.
 Responsibilities of being a professional, including ethical guidelines and health precautions.
 Setting up and managing a professional practice, such as, finances, publicity, managing space and time, promotion, interfacing with other professionals, supervision and networking.
Minimum course length: 2 days, 14 contact hours

Competency 1
This course is a review of skills and an evaluation of competency.
Minimum course length: 1 day, 7 contact hours
Completion of all other SME courses