Sessions, Classes & Workshops

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS & APPOINTMENTS

All individual services (DBM work, somatic trauma therapy, and Sensorial Re-education/movement, etc.) are 70-75 minutes. Please note that in-home sessions are not offered at this time.

Location: 14407 Big Basin Way, Suite C / Saratoga, CA 95070 – ADA Accessible.
Please call (650-933-8227) or email (info@thecsbmt.com) for appointments.



CLASSES:

DBM SENSORIAL RE-EDUCATION & DBM SENSORIAL INTROSPECTION

Current, ongoing class is reaching capacity (as of 2/1/16). All classes combine Sensorial Re-education with Sensorial Introspection. New students are welcome. All students must RSVP by Friday, day before class.
Saturdays, 9:45am to 11:30am. $28/class or $150/6-pack. Cash or check.
Note: Classes for intro and advanced movers are currently being formed. Please inquire if interested: 650-933-8227

DBM SENSORIAL RE-EDUCATION: How do we accomplish 3-dimensional movement? What roles do rhythm, balance/reflexes and spatial orientation play in organizing 3-dimensional movement? The eased accomplishment of any gesture involves skillful perception: right timing of our respective body parts as they move along their designated spatial planes. But our perceptual fields are not always aligned with reality. Past injuries or emotional trauma can impact choices we make as we move, causing less spinal fluidity or joint and muscle stress, for instance. As 3-dimensional movement requires that we inhabit 3 planes, simultaneously (the frontal, sagittal and transverse planes), it's not uncommon for one plane to be blocked or beyond our perceptual scope. This class explores slow, mindful choreography to bring awareness to those planes where we exhibit less perceptual engagement. You'll become familiar with habit and stress patterns that compensate for such avoidance. You’ll also learn to discern the difference between perceptual and structural motor limitations.

DBM Sensorial Re-education supports what happens in manual therapy sessions. Here, the objective is to help individuals become autonomous in their relationship to the inner movement that is followed in DBM manual therapy. Sensorial Re-education classes introduce students to slow, gentle movement sequences - called codified movements – that are designed to cultivate awareness to how perception of the inner movement can organize biomechanical activity. This depth of perception enables us to consciously live the body's potential for effortless motility: we begin to glide through movement as opposed to simply muscling through it. Awareness of this movement occurs, in part, through sensorial training - 300+ codified movements that enrich cognitive skills (proprioception, focus/attention, being present to one's self, etc.). Each class explores the vast learning potential in ordinary gestures through evolving awareness of the inner movement. Students are closely guided through codified movement sequences that sensitize us to the nuances that make-up everyday gestures. We learn what it means to become movement.


SENSORIAL RE-EDUCATION PRACTICE GOALS:

To develop simultaneous awareness of the motor & sensory elements of movement


To render conscious what isn't conscious in body & mind whether in motion or in stillness


To render mobile what isn't mobile, an exploration of underutilized movement potential


To observe how the body & psyche respond to unexplored movement schemes and stillness


To learn to be with ourselves, others & the environment from a place informed by bodily intelligence


DBM SENSORIAL INTROSPECTION: Sensorial Introspection - a 20+ minute activity - is an opportunity to observe how we perceive the inner movement and the effects of this animation within our bodies from a place of relative stillness. This practice is essential to building the students' autonomy. It is an internal compass the involves no other interlocutor but ourselves and the movement. It is also a place to explore the limits of our own stability and the degree of closeness we have to our selves when we are still. We call this stillness a 'point d'appui', or a 'supporting point'. Done on a regular basis, Sensorial Introspection is an indispensable tool for the DBM student who is eager to develop a more autonomous relationship to the inner movement, beyond the practitioner's guidance.



WORKSHOPS

Upcoming Workshops:

• Exploring DBM Perceptual Touch for Bodyworkers – TBA Spring 2016 – The CSBMT, Saratoga


Past Workshops:

• Exploring DBM Perceptual Touch for Bodyworkers – November 1, 2015 – The CSBMT, Los Gatos


• DBM 2nd Degree Workshop Intensive – July 25-26, 2015 – The CSBMT, Los Gatos


• DBM Manual Therapy Intensive for Clients – April 25-26, 2015 – The CSBMT, Los Gatos


I offer this workshop to support my clients in their independent self-inquiry processes. The opportunity to occupy the roles of "practitioner", "client" and "observer" can profoundly support your conscious relationship to what's occurring within you - emotionally, physically and mentally - as a recipient of DBM work.
We will review hand-support on the table and while seated. Each round will focus on a different aspect of manual therapy practice. We will cover the following, but also attend to touch issues that organically emerge within the context of the workshop: 1) the relationship between resonance and pressure; 2) exploring the supporting point/stillness; 3) exploring the relationship between the rhythm of the inner movement and vitality; 4) exploring resistance - areas with little mobility or response.


• Hands-on Half-Day Review for Clients – Jan 18, Feb 15, March 15, 2015 – The CSBMT, Los Gatos


• DBM Intro to Movement Workshop – November 8, 2014 – Willow Glen Yoga


• DBM Workshop Intensive: Being Present to What’s There – Intimacy with Our Core Being – Sept 19-21, 2014 – The CSBMT, Los Gatos


We have been exploring the inner movement as a life force that transforms self through the softening or unwinding of the tissues. Self is transformed because the inner movement carries dual meanings: 1) the softening reveals something new, unknown, or forgotten – it represents our potential; and 2) softening also gives us access to our habitual patterns – we physically experience the conditioning of our movements, thoughts, etc. Often the experience of the transformation of the tissues is quite extraordinary; we might feel/sense, subjectively, that our matter has evolved into a different state – something more liquid or gel-like, for instance. In short, we feel things that ordinary don’t seem real or possible; this is how we sense into our potential.

An inspiring aspect of this work is the way it manages to find its way into our everyday lives. We take note of new interactions we have with people, sometimes while sensing the inner movement in our bodies or in the atmosphere. We become conscious of habits and choices that don’t serve our inner processes. We notice that we start to slow down in life and pace ourselves different. And, we begin to appreciate silence, recognizing that the sense of presence it brings is anything but still, but rather dynamic, vitalizing and transformative. In essence, we have been developing intimacy with the inner movement – a resource solicited via the tissues – to bring us closer to ourselves through slowness, silence and deepened kinesthetic awareness.

This workshop is designed to take us a step farther, to advance our understanding of the workings of the inner movement. The aim is to explore what happens in the encounter between self and the inner movement as a tool for transforming how we self-describe and self-monitor processes of change. We will do this by placing attention on what it means to solicit the self/the person, sometimes in advance of the inner movement, as a means to differently accessing the stories, events and memories that create/sustain resistance and struggle in our lives. Soliciting the self is a process of immediacy. It is an exercise in courageously dropping into the immediacy of felt-experience as a resource for understanding how we diverge from our core when confronted with resistance and pain. Using the inner movement as a guide/pathway to prevent straying from our core, the movement brings us closer to our essence, our uniqueness, etc. The movement becomes a tool for stripping away representations of our identity that conceal our core or essential self. In this way, not only do we connect with our potential, but we can also more deeply connect to our sense of purpose in life.

• DBM 1st Degree Workshop Review – Feb 1, 2014 – The CSBMT, Los Gatos

This review explores the following: 1) how to move from the 1st Degree into free movement, and 2) how to select and utilize the different subsequences within the 1st Degree to address individual issues (i.e., cultivating conditions for experiencing the inner movement; addressing pain and tension patterns tied to structural asymmetries; exploring weight transfer, timing and spatial orientation difficulties; developing a home-based practice from the 1st Degree, etc.)

• Exploring the 1st Degree – DBM Codified Movement – Oct. 26, 2013 – The CSBMT, Los Gatos

This workshop is an in-depth examination of the 1st Degree, the first of the 4 Degrees of DBM choreography; each Degree is designed to enhance sensory awareness of the physiology of movement.

The first aim of the 1st Degree is to explore space from a place of stability. Here, we balance the relationship between corporeal (embodied) and pericorporeal space (the space within reach of our limbs). Here also we play with a) symmetrical and asymmetrical movements of the limbs (when moving laterally, vertically or while pivoting), and b) rhythm, balance and timing - synchronizing the departure and end/arrival of each gesture, with awareness of significant speed variations among the different segments of the body when in motion (i.e., transitional movement - movement occurring after the departure and before the arrival). The benefits of such awareness not only involve eased coordination, but an enhanced understanding of the relationship between motor movement and sensory awareness.

The second aim of the 1st Degree is consciousness of the psychophysical impact of the exploration of corporeal (embodied) and pericorporeal movement, from a place of stability. Unlike examining extracorporeal space (the space beyond our reach), which brings us into relation with the world, play with the space between corporeal and pericorporeal space is largely about our relationship with Self. Here, the codified movements from the 1st Degree are the catalysts for the following: a) discovering the sense of Self through slow movement; b) situating Self - utilizing slowness and stability to express Self to Self, or to dialogue with Self; and c) constructing Self - observing how sensory awareness of motor movement transforms how we move and thus experience, know and renew Self.

Throughout this workshop special attention will be given to the psychophysical impact of exploring the 1st Degree. The workshop is designed to dive into topics for which there is little to no time to cover in class.

• The Sensible & Sensorial Introspection – Oct 5th, 2013 – The CSBMT, Los Gatos

The Danis Bois Method is a perception-enhancement practice. The inner movement followed in this work is aimed to hone our perceptual resources in relation to embodied experience. But what is the larger purpose of this? What does sharpening our perceptual resources bring us? DBM is about cultivating intimacy with self, a profound sense of self-presence through perceptual enrichment. This 3-hour workshop is designed to facilitate an encounter with self, or something true/authentic within us, through the Sensible*: a novel paradigm based on new skills for perceiving self through the body. The Sensible is a state of embodied awareness that emerges through perception of or in relation to the inner movement. It's considered a meeting point between our consciousness and the movement. As such, it is the space from which sense-meaning (transformative information) can be extracted from embodied awareness. This workshop will explore the cultivation of the Sensible through a specific modality within DBM - Sensorial Introspection/Meditation. It's about the practice of deeply listening to self and observing how we respond to the experience of being present to self. We will address some confrontational aspects of stillness/stability, which are commonly met with disinterest, tiredness, pain, and/or irritation. And we'll consider how to draw from such experiences, in the moment in which they occur, as important informational resources. This workshop offers the chance to understand the role of introspection in enriching how we practice and receive other DBM modalities - Sensorial Re-education (somatic movement) and Fasciatherapy (manual therapy), respectively. It will be of benefit to those wanting to incorporate Sensorial Intropection into a regular meditation or awareness practice. It will also be of interest to bodyworkers, wellness & healthcare practitioners, professional caretakers, therapists, artists/dancers, and others who would like to explore incorporating the Sensible within a therapeutic and/or expressive arts context. *Note: In French 'sensible' is usually translated as 'sensitive'. In DBM it is capitalized - 'Sensible' - and carries a deeper meaning: it conveys the idea of a particular "sensibility" of the body matter that emerges in response to the body-mind encounter (where neither body nor mind predominate each other). We are using the same term in English.