Body Systems, Tissues and Cells

The Body Systems

Learning in Body Mind Centering® (BMC) includes intellectual, experiential and relational methods. Participants study every level of tissue, through lecture, imagery, movement, embodiment and group process. The Skeleton, Ligament, Muscle, Nerve, Organ, Endocrine, Fluid, Fat, Fascia, Skin and Perceptual systems are studied and explored. Each body system is composed of living, growing tissue, in turn made up of related cells. With practice, we differentiate our experiences until we can initiate movement from specific body systems, tissues and cells in our bodies. This is done by directing attention into a specific area and noticing what we feel, what we think and how we want to move when our attention is there. As a community, we pool our empirical research by collecting our described experiences. This adds to each individual's and the work's ever growing data base on the nature of each system and how it supports and expresses in body and mind.  


The personal experience of tissue is called embodiment and is a vital part of the study and practice of BMC. First we study the tissue, using pictures, texts, or anatomy books to formulate an image of the structure. Then we go on a movement journey, called a somatization. People lie or sit comfortably in the room. Some move and others work in stillness. The facilitator guides the group on a journey inside their bodies. Participants notice the sensations in their bodies and the feelings and images which arise in these places. With direct somatic experience, we discover that body systems, tissues, and cells have characteristic qualities of sensation and consciousness, which we refer to as the "mind" of the tissue.

When we have somatic experiences of any of the systems of the body, tissues, and cells, either singularly or in combination, we call that "being in the mind" of the tissue. We find that the mind of each of the body systems has a unique character. For example, the Skeletal System reflects effortlessness, clarity and form. It is the architecture or structure of our body. The Organs are about what we carry with us, the stories of our lives, how we digest things and what kind of routines we prefer. The Muscles express our vitality and power. The Endocrine System underlies our sense of intuition and is active in our potent, archetypal moments as well as in the overall regulation of our body.

As we explore the systems, we find that we each consistently favor one way of organizing and expressing through the systems over another. This favored way is our strength, a sometimes vulnerable strength as it is subject to overuse. When there is over use of one system, it can be the basis of injury, illness, and/or emotional and psychological distress. BMC cultivates awareness in all the systems and their interrelationships, so that what is less expressive becomes activated to help the overworked system rest and recuperate.

1) Body Systems, Tissues and Cells;
2) Developmental Movement Patterns;
3) Touch and Repatterning; and
4) Movement Facilitation and Expression.