Body-Mind Centering (BMC), integrates movement re-education and hands-on re-patterning. The work is based on the rich and varied sources of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and developmental principles.
The School for Body-Mind Centering (SBMC) was founded by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in 1976 in New York City and later moved to Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. Currently SMBC offers courses and training opportunities in USA and other programs are licensed in Europe.
Fundamentally our courses offer methods and processes that enable participants to experience and explore each body system and their integration in our movement patterns. Experiential anatomy involves a wide range of dynamic approaches and physical activities.
The underlying premise is that we learn from our personal process and that this becomes an informed and insightful starting point for our work with others. The journey we take leads to greater awareness and deeper understanding of ourselves as human beings. It helps us to understand how the mind is expressed through the body, and the body through the mind.
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen is the creator of Body-Mind Centering® and the founder and educational director of the school. For over thirty-five years she has been an innovator and leader in developing this embodied and integrated approach to movement, touch and repatterning, experiential anatomy, developmental principles, perceptions and psychophysical processes. She is the author of the book, “Sensing, Feeling and Action” published by Contact Quarterly Publications. (See our products page to purchase it).
Bonnie is a Registered Occupational Therapist and a Registered Movement Therapist and is also certified in Neurodevelopmental Therapy, Laban Movement Analysis, and Kestenberg Movement Profiling. She has practiced occupational therapy and taught in university hospitals; helped to establish a school for occupational and physical therapy for the Tokyo government; practiced bodywork and movement in psychiatric settings; taught in the masters program in Dance Therapy at Antioch New England College; taught dance at Hunter College and at the Erick Hawkins School of Dance in New York; and presented workshops throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.