Body-Mind Centering®

There is something in nature that forms patterns.
We, as part of nature, also form patterns.
The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand:
if you want to know how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand.

– Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Body-Mind Centering (BMC) is an integrated approach to transformative experience through movement re-education and hands-on repatterning. Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the last 40 years, BMC is an experiential study that leads to an understanding of how the mind is expressed through the body and the body through the mind.

The work is based on the rich and varied sources of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and developmental principles. At the core of our courses are detailed approaches to access and explore each body-system and their integration in the patterning of our movement. We do this in a range of dynamic and physically active ways, and learn through our personal processes. Our experiences are the ground from which we work with others. This revolutionary approach is founded in the fullness of our very own sensory experience. The journey we take leads to greater awareness and deeper understanding of ourselves as human beings. It helps to understand how the mind is expressed through the body, and the body through the mind.

The programs and courses present detailed and specific approaches to the personal embodiment of our cells, our body systems and our developmental patterns. The principles and techniques learned in our courses can be used for personal development and for professional enhancement. This work is currently being used by people in movement, dance, yoga, bodywork, physical and occupational therapy, psychotherapy, child development, education, voice, music, art, meditation, athletics and other body-mind disciplines.

Body-Mind Centering® and BMC® are registered service marks of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, used with permission. All courses of the BMC® programs in Italy are directed by Gloria Desideri and organized by Leben nuova.

Read Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s Biography

BMC Spreading in the World

In 1973, in New York City, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen established The School for Body­Mind Centering (SBMC), to ombrella her exploration and developing her educational approach to movement studies and the art of touch and repatterning. In 1977 Bonnie, with her husband Len Cohen and their children, moved to Amherst, Massachusetts, where she continued her research and began to regularly train practitioners and teachers who would continue to transmit the work. In 1982 the basic structure of the whole curriculum of studies was developed, and since then it has continued to evolve throughout the years, generating always new ways to explore the physical structure, its psychophysical integration and the embodiment process.

After the first 10 years when BMC spread mainly in the United States, then, in the early 90’s, the approach began to expand also in Europe. In 1994 a first certification program was offered in Amsterdam, Holland, then later, in 2003, in Chiemsee, Germany.

Since 2006, new independent organizations, licenze by the SBMC, started to run certification programs in Europe. Leben, in Italy, initiated this new phase, immediately followed by SOMA in France, Moveus in Germany, EMA in United Kingdom, and Babyfit in Slovakia. More schools then developed in the Americas: The Kinesthetic Learning Center, in North Caroline, and Corporalmente in Brazil. At the moment, more centers are growing in North America, Canada, Poland and China.

Beside the certification programs licenze by The School for Body­Mind Centering®, the BMC approach spreads also through the work of many individuals, artists, practitioners, teachers, therapists and bodyworkers, who have studied BMC, more or less extensively, and they integrate its principles in their work. Today, BMC permeates many different fields and combines with a vast range of professions and disciplines.

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