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Publications and Materials

Influenced by or related to Body-Mind Centering

This listing excludes essays from Currents, the BMCA Journal.

This list is updated bi-annually, on or near June 1 and December 1. Email Lisa with updated information in the format below.

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Allen, William Martin. “Cranial Osteopathy.” Translation by Silvia Mamana. Kiné Magazine #65 & 66, 2005.

Almeida Pees, Adriana.  Doctoral thesis: "Body-Mind Centering® e o sentido do movimento em (des)equilíbrio: princípios e técnicas elementares, na criação em dança, pela poética nas linhas dançantes de Paul Klee." (Body-Mind Centering® and the sense of motion in (un)balance: elementary principles and techniques, in dance creation, by poetics in the dancing lines of Paul Klee) (in Portuguese).  State University Campinas, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil: 2010.  Contact  The Abstract is online at the Central Library of the University:  Available April 2012 for download at the library.

Aposhyan, Susan. Body-Mind Psychotherapy: Principles, Techniques and Practical Applications. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2004.

Body-Mind Psychotherapy is an application of Body-Mind Centering® to psychotherapy developed by the author over the last twenty years and utilized successfully as a training method by psychotherapists, counselors, and other helping professionals.  An extremely helpful bridge to tapping into the body's wisdom in working with emotional issues.


Aposhyan, Susan. Natural Intelligence: Body-Mind Integration and Human Development. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Oct 1998.

Natural Intelligence offers important contextual understanding of the role of embodiment and body-mind dualism in our society. Filled with exercises to experience the body systems and early developmental movements, it is often utilized as a text for classes and as a self-help workbook.


Amory, Kate Kohler. "Acting for the Twenty-first Century: A Somatic Approach to Contemporary Actor Training," Perfformio, 2012: 1(2), pp. 5-20. ISSN 1758-1524.

Bainbridge Cohen, Bonnie, Basic Neurocellular Patterns: Exploring Developmental Movement. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2018. Book. Available at

The Basic Neurocellular Patterns (BNP) were developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen as an integral part of the Body-Mind Centering® approach to somatic movement education. The BNP form the underlying words and phrases in the language of human movement. They have a global influence on our physical, perceptual, emotional, and cognitive functioning. They shape how we bond, defend, learn, organize, and sequence information, and how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world. Done in sequences, they can also form the basis for a deep and ongoing personal movement practice.

The culmination of 55 years of research and 40 years of writing, this experiential textbook addresses human movement and its significance to our development and well-being. Included in its 430 pages are more than 400 illustrations and 80 explorations. With this book as a guide, Bonnie is inviting you to enter your own world of movement experience. She has provided discussions of the patterns to give you a theoretical framework of ideas, insights, relationships, and correspondences – a context in which to explore your experience. The exercises she outlines will help to guide your exploration of the patterns. The copious drawings not only illustrate a pattern or its correspondence in the animal kingdom, but also help you get a feeling for the pattern. The richness and subtlety of movement does not easily translate into words, so feeling is important in a book about movement.

_____ Dance and Body-Mind Centering®.  DVD.  Produced by Contredanse Brussels.  Available from: CQ, P.O. Box 603, Northampton, MA 01061. E-mail: Length: 2 hrs 45 mins (includes question and answer session). $35 plus shipping and handling.

A rare document of Bonnie in action as she teaches a workshop in Brussels in May 2004, speaks about the evolution of her work, and demonstrates her theories of weight, time, and space as they apply to dancing. In English, with live translation into French.

_____.Embodied Anatomy and the Upper Limbs. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2011. DVD set • Three discs; 4 hours 54 min. Available at

Our skeletal system gives our body the basic form through which we locomote through space, act on the environment, and sculpt and create the energy forms in space that we call movement. Through embodying the skeletal system, the mind becomes structurally organized, providing the supporting ground for our thoughts, the leverage for ideas, and the fulcrums or spaces between our ideas for the articulation and understanding of their relationships. Embodiment of the skeletal system provides the foundation for the psychophysical qualities of clarity, effortlessness and form. 

Embodying the bones and joints of the upper limbs from the hands to the shoulder girdle and ribs, including sections on the bones of the hands, ulnar disk, radius and ulna, elbow, humerus, windmill action of the scapula, freeing the rubs, finger relationships to shoulder girdle and ribs and working with the layers of bone.

_____.Embodied Anatomy and the Axial Skeleton. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2010. DVD set • Four discs; 7 hours, 12 min. Available at

Our skeletal system gives our body the basic form through which we locomote through space, act on the environment, and sculpt and create the energy forms in space that we call movement. Through embodying the skeletal system, the mind becomes structurally organized, providing the supporting ground for our thoughts, the leverage for ideas, and the fulcrums or spaces between our ideas for the articulation and understanding of their relationships. Embodiment of the skeletal system provides the foundation for the psychophysical qualities of clarity, effortlessness and form. 

Embodying the bones and joints of the axial skeleton (central core): the spine and skull, including sections on the six curves of the spine, the skull, hyoid bone, thoracic and pelvic diaphragms, relationship of the pelvic halves and legs, the embryological development of the axial skeleton and a bonus disc of axial skeleton guided somatizations. 

_____.Embodied Anatomy and the Organ System. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2012. DVD set • Five discs; 7 hours, 50 min. Available at

Our organs are vital and alive. They provide us with our sense of self, full-bodiedness, and organic authenticity. Organs are the primary habitats or natural environments of our emotions, aspirations, and the memories of our inner reactions to our personal histories. They support our tone and our feelings, and give volume to our movement.

Embodying the organ system with sections on: explorations of the organs; releasing adhesions between organs; initiating breath, voice, movement and touch from the organs; analyzing imbalances in individual organs; techniques to balance the organs; and the embryological development of the organs. 

_____.Embodied Anatomy and the Endocrine System. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2013. DVD set • Seven discs; 10 hours, 8 min. Available at

The endocrine glands 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 of chaos/balance and the crystallization of energy into archetypal experiences. The endocrine glands underlie intuition and the perceiving and understanding of Universal Mind. 

Embodying the endocrine system with material on: initiating breath, voice, movement and touch from the glands; relationship of the glands to the skeletal structures, reflex points and spinal energy centers; and techniques for integrating and balancing the gland. Covers the perineal body, coccygeal body, gonads, adrenals, pancreas, thoracobody, heart body, thymus, thyroid, parathyroids, carotid bodies, pineal, mamillary bodies and pituitary. 

_____.Embodied Anatomy and the Nervous System. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2009. DVD set • Three discs; 4 hours, 46 min. Available at

Experience first occurs on the cellular level. The nervous system records the experience and organizes it into patterns. It can then call forth the experience and modify the pattern by integrating it with the patterns of other experiences. The nervous system is the last to know, but once knowing, becomes a primary controlling system of the body. 
Embodying the nervous system with sections on: the somatic nervous system; the autonomic nervous system; sitting in the synapse, nerve reversal and healing; front, middle, and back bodies; releasing the brachial plexus and lumbosacral plexes; and embryology of the nervous system.

_____.Embodied Anatomy and the Fluid System. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2014. DVD set • Four discs; 6 hours, 47 min. Available at

The fluids of the body underlie presence and transformation, set the ground for basic communication, and mediate the dynamics of flow between rest and activity. Each fluid relates to a different quality of movement, touch, voice, and state of mind. These relationships can be approached from the aspects of movement, consciousness, and from anatomical and physiological functioning.

Embodying the Fluid System with sections on: cellular fluid, transitional fluid, extracellular fluid; fluid - membrane balance; blood; cerebrospinal fluid (CSF); synovial fluid; periorgan fluid; lymph; interstitial and cellular fluids; bone marrow; exploring the immune system through the fluids; fascia; fat; and ground fluid.

_____.Embodied Anatomy and the Ligamentous System. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2014. DVD set • Six discs; 8 hours, 41 min. Available at

Ligaments set the boundaries of movement between the bones. They coordinate and guide muscular responses by directing the paths of movement between the bones and provide specificity, clarity, and efficiency for the alignment and movement of the bones. Actively engaged ligaments underlie specific and effortless movement of joints. Ligaments support the psychophysical quality of detailed specificity. 

Embodying the ligamentous system with sections on: explorations of the ligaments; finding the spiraling action of ligaments; ligaments of the hands, forearms, and elbows; ligaments of the shoulders and shoulder girdles; ligaments of the ribs and spine; ligaments of the pelvis and hips; ligaments of the knees, forelegs, and feet; differentiating flesh and bone; and the embryological development of the ligaments.

_____.Embodied Anatomy and the Dynamics of Breathing. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2017. DVD set • Five discs • 8 hours, 3 minutes Available at

This video presents unique and effective Body-Mind Centering® principles for working with the breath. Your state of being is manifested through your breathing. Bringing kinesthetic awareness to the structures of your breathing allows you to better embody, articulate and balance them. This process opens pathways of expression between your unconscious and conscious mind and between yourself and others. 

Material covers: Gaining awareness of your own breathing and facilitating repatterning in others; Releasing holding patterns in the lobes of your lungs; Engaging your pelvic, thoracic, vocal, oral and cranial diaphragms and other structures; Journeying through somatizations of the diaphragms; Exploring diaphragmatic, cellular and embryonic breathing; Remembering your embryological development as it relates to breathing; Recognizing the psychophysical aspects of breathing and vocalization.These principles can be applied to any discipline that makes use of breath, voice and body: yoga, dance, bodywork, body-psychotherapy and other somatic movement practices. 

_____.Embodied Anatomy and the Dynamics of Vocalization. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2016. DVD set • Six discs • 9 hours, 39 minutes Available at

This video presents unique and effective Body-Mind Centering® principles for working with your voice. The expressive qualities of our voice communicate to others who we are. Bringing kinesthetic and auditory awareness to our vocal structures allows us to better embody, articulate and balance them. This process opens pathways of expression between our unconscious and conscious mind and between ourselves and others. 

Material covers: Gaining awareness of your own patterns of vocalization and facilitating repatterning in others; Using spatial planes and vowel scales in shaping your pharynx for clear overtones and vowel production; Distinguishing the production of pitch and intensity in your larynx (vocal cartilages and vocal diaphragm); Remembering your embryological development as it relates to voice; Recognizing the psychophysical aspects of breathing and vocalization. These principles can be applied to any discipline that makes use of voice, breath and body: yoga, dance, bodywork, body-psychotherapy and other somatic movement practices. 

_____.Embodied Anatomy and the Lower Limbs. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2010. DVD set • Three discs; 4 hours. Available at

Our skeletal system gives our body the basic form through which we locomote through space, act on the environment, and sculpt and create the energy forms in space that we call movement. Through embodying the skeletal system, the mind becomes structurally organized, providing the supporting ground for our thoughts, the leverage for ideas, and the fulcrums or spaces between our ideas for the articulation and understanding of their relationships. Embodiment of the skeletal system provides the foundation for the psychophysical qualities of clarity, effortlessness and form. 

Embodying the bones and joints of the lower limbs from the feet to the pelvic halves, including sections on the foot, ankle, foreleg, knee, femur, hip, pelvic half and the embryological development of the lower limbs.

_____.Embodiment and Expression for Musicians and Singers. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2015. Two discs; 3 hours, 45 min. Available at

This DVD was filmed at a one day workshop with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen at the San Francisco Community Music Center of San Francisco (SFCMC). It presents selected Body-Mind Centering® principles of embodied anatomy and their relationship to movement and music making/singing for creative expression. 

Through movement, sound, touch and mindfulness, this video explores: How to use the body effectively to produce high quality musical performances; How to improve breathing, tone, coordination, strength and technical proficiency;  How to use the 3-dimensionality of the pelvic, thoracic, and vocal diaphragms for fuller expression and volume; How to enrich the expressiveness of the music and sound by engaging organ mobility and support through improvisation; How to engage the dynamics of perceptual processing; How to be fully present and comfortable in your body while performing.

_____.Four Special Children. Burchfield Rose Publishers. 2005. DVD • One disc; 2 hours. Available at

A DVD of Bonnie working with four children with developmental difficulties. "I have chosen these four as they demonstrate in different ways how our perception and expression are functions of our mind and how easy it is to become aware and to change our mind and claim its power. They also manifest the reality of intelligence and its dependency upon desire, motivation and relationship." These sessions were videoed between 1983 - 1987.  

_____.The Mechanics of Vocal Expression, 2nd Edition. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2015. Book. Available at

This book is an introduction to some of the basic structures and principles of the vocal mechanism. When embodied, these principles offer an exciting and dynamic process for unfolding our physical voice to express what we experience, feel, think and cherish.The book includes exercises and suggestions for how we can deepen our awareness of them.

The structures of the voice are explored in the three major attributes of phonation: pitch, intensity and vowel production. There is also a brief look at the function of consonants in setting the rhythm or boundaries of phonation, which offers recuperation to the vocalizing structures.

_____.Practicing the Basic Neurocellular Patterns. Burchfield Rose Publishers, 2018. DVD set • Three discs; 190 minutes. Available at

This video on the Basic Neurocellular Patterns is designed to accompany Bonnie's book, Basic Neurocellular Patterns: Exploring Developmental Movement. It contains more than three hours of instruction covering: prevertebrate and vertebrate patterns; step-by-step instruction; demonstration of the Basic Neurocellular Patterns; key points for learning and teaching the patterns; rare classroom footage of Bonnie teaching.

_____. Sensing, Feeling and Action: The Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering®. Northampton, MA: Contact Editions, 2012 (3rd Edition).   Available from CQ, P.O. Box 603, Northampton, MA 01061. E-mail:

The collected articles for Contact Quarterly dance journal, 1980-2009, by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. This exciting book explores Bonnie's innovative approach to how mind expresses itself through the body in movement. It contains essays, interviews and exercises covering a broad range of topics, including Sensing, Feeling and Action; Perceiving and Action; The Action of Perceiving; The Alphabet of Movement; The Training Problems of the Dance; The Dancer's Warmup; The Mechanics of Vocal Expression; The Fluid System; The Organ System; Embryology; and the Nervous System.

New in the third edition: chapters on Mapping Transformation, and Dancing through the Fluids. Also new: an Index and a List of Explorations. 232 pages with 155 photos, illustrations, diagrams. $38. 

Taylor, Mark, Embody the Skeleton: A Guide for Conscious Movement. Handspring Pub Ltd., 2019. Book. Available at &

Somatic Movement Education allows efficient movement patterns to replace inefficient ones, resulting in ease of movement, more functional postural alignment, and the creation of space for the healing response of cellular and tissue reorganization. This book provides clear experiential guidance for embodiment of the skeletal system, through movement facilitation, hands-on facilitation, and movement meditations, supported by essential anatomical information and illustrations. Intended as a guide for movement practitioners, educators, and therapists in many disciplines and by anyone interested in mindful movement, the book addresses the healthy embodiment of each bone and joint in the body as well as techniques for bringing awareness to the skeletal system as a whole. The book is accompanied by a series of recorded movement meditations guided by the author.

_____. Sentir, Ressentir et Agir - L'Anatomie Experiemental du Body-Mind Centering®, republished in French by Contredanse, Brussels, 2002.

Berland, Erika. Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation. Somatic Performer Press, 2017 ISBN 978-0-9985876-1-5
This is a handbook for deepening one’s experience of the posture of meditation using somatic and Body-Mind Centering® principles of experiential anatomy. Includes many guided somatic contemplations, illustrations, and exercises for both new and seasoned meditators. 

_____“Somatic Training for Actors with the Principles of Body-Mind Centering®”  
A chapter from Movement for Actors (Potter, Nicole, ed. Allworth Press, 2016, ISBN 978-1-62153-541-6)

_____"Compression/Suspension Therapy for Dancers." Contact Quarterly 26:2 Summer/Fall 2001. This article is about using BMC® principles with the ligaments and organs.

Bindler, Nicole. Clitorial Embodiment: A somatic practice and a non-binary approach to experiencing the genitalia. Contact Quarterly 42:1 Winter/Spring 2017.

Brook, Annie. Birth's Hidden Legacy, Vol 2. Boulder, CO. SmartBody Books, 2014.

Birth’s Hidden Legacy brings somatic education and psychology together to address the very first somatic impressions and how they relate to behaviors in children and adults. It blends BMC® principles, kinesthetic movement science and neuroscience in an easy to understand, clearly written learning manual for psychotherapists and movement practitioners. Complete guide for how to access the earliest body stories, why that matters, and how to use BMC® based interventions and theory for resulting change emotionally, relationally, and physically.

____ Contact Improvisation and Body-Mind Centering®. Boulder, CO. SmartBody Books, 2001, 3rd printing 2016.

Contact Improvisation and Body-Mind Centering® is an excellent learning manual for movement educators, practitioners and dance teachers. Developed for home study or university application, it is filled with solo and group exercises for contact improvisation and movement awareness, including safety practices and boundary issues related to Contact Improvisation.;

____ From Conception to Crawling: Boulder, CO. SmartBody Books, 2001, 3rd printing 2016.
From Conception to Crawling is a primer for understanding movement development. Based on BMC® principles, filled with exercises and theory, a simple and effective reference workbook used by dance movement educators, and practitioners/parents for practicing crawling patterns, primitive reflexes, and early developmental movements.

____  From Conception to Crawling, DVD,3 disc set.
Excellent guide for somatic practices; Primitive Reflexes, Righting Reactions, Equilibrium Responses, plus the developmental sequences prevertebrate through vertebral. An entire disc devoted to infant development and hands on skills. Accompaniment to book of same title.

____  The Developing Infanta guide to Infant Mental Health and Well Being. 2017, SmartBody Books, Boulder, Co. 
Crawling shapes baby’s brain. Babies “know” how to crawl, but a difficult birth or post birth surgery, or even not being place on the tummy interrupts crawling abilities. Learn to help babies through a developmental timeline. Simple to follow hands on exercises, plus an appendix filled with advanced understanding of the brain in movement.

____  The Hidden Stories Behind Difficult Behaviors. CD, Audio CD,
Interview with Annie Brook, shows how to listen for the body story that underlies behavioral difficulties and challenges. Addresses earliest pre-cognitive impressions that can lodge in the primitive brain and drive behaviors.

____  Sensory Challenged. Boulder, CO. SmartBody Books, 2018. 
Sensory Challenged offers parents, teachers, OT’s and child care workers movement explorations and games to play with children. Exercises follow sensory development and help to re-educate children with hypersensitivity and issues of control and or/regulation. Highly supportive for gifted or challenged children.


Burns, Catherine.  The Active Role of the Baby in Birth. Self-published. Available through MamaBebe, 2228 Seabury Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406. (612)332-7459.

Caraker, Cathie. Body-Mind Centering® as a somatic approach to dance education. Available online:

Crosby, Candace, PhD.  Waves in Deep Still Water: Listening for the Mind.  The Center for Creative and Healing Arts, Missoula, MT, 2014. Cost:  $22.95.  Website:  ISBN:  978-0-578-14323-1.

Cummins, Alice and Downing, Brenda.  The Catastrophe of Childhood Rape: Traversing the Landscape between Private Memory and Public Performance.  M/C Journal, Volume 16, No. 1, 2013.

Davis, Joan. Maya Lila,  Bringing Authentic Movement into Performance: The Offering. Hard cover with CD and DVD. Elmdon Books, 2007. Contact or phone 003531 2876986. Website:  ISBN: 978-0-9540117-1-0.

_____.Maya Lila, Bringing Authentic Movement into Performance: The Process. Soft cover. Elmdon Books, 2007. Contact or phone 003531 2876986. Website: ISBN: 978-0-9540117-2-7.

Dymoke, Katy.  Inclusive Dance - the story of Touchdown Dancepublished by Intellect (Briistol/Chicago)  |
Inclusive Dance is an ethnography of disability arts, and historiographic overview of the 1980s when many new disability arts groups came to fruition. Touchdown Dance was the research 'ambition' of dancer Steve Paxton and theatre maker and psychotherapist Anne Kilcoyne, involving visually impaired and sighted adults in Contact Improvisation - a dyadic movement form requiring physical contact. Katy Dymoke took over Touchdown Dance in 1994 and refers here to archives, accounts and personal experience to share the learning that has been shared over the years to today.

Touch and movement are vital for accessibility and inclusion and modality specific approaches were devised to ensure a democratic process towards the inclusion of visually impaired people in a pro-touch activity. The continuum of movement based methods fills the gaps in polarities of visual and nonvisual and a two-way membrane interlinks all the participants in a body focused learning experience. The mutable membrane becomes a heuristic device for the relational realm, a locus for debate, for change. Touch deprivation, exclusion and inequality are the consequence of an inaccessible visually dominant society.

Three point of view chapters - from two visually impaired and one sighted company dancer - further describe the performance work, revealing how lives are changed and why sociocultural inclusion is imperative.

_____. Touch Sense Feel Move. Touchdown Dance Company, based in Manchester, England. CD, in two editions. Not Mac compatible. Standard edition: “This CD-ROM provides a wide perspective on the work and the experiences we offer.” Audio edition: “Specifically for people preferring voice-over and for the visually impaired. The contents are the same as the standard CD-ROM edition.”  Contact Katy Dymoke at or go to

The CD-ROM consists of chapters covering workshop provision with case studies and insights into their methods and processes, trouble shooting and access issues to consider when setting up or running integrated sessions.  It also includes video clips and photographs, alongside over 300 pages of text.  Contributors include Steve Paxton and Anne Kilcoyne, many participants and company members.  The CD-ROM also has video clips of the first performance by the company "I-radiate". The company’s main aim is to ensure access to opportunity and information in the dance world, specifically about the inclusion of visually impaired people but also to both disabled and non-disabled people.  Their specialty is in the use of touch as a mirror in the learning process and the excavation of touch as a language of communication, with the intention to normalise the perception of touch and to reaffirm its potency in both learning and teaching practices.  They have been called the world experts in the delivery of dance workshops with their specialist methods and processes using touch and sensory feedback techniques.  These are effective for all dance settings as well as within health and education.

_____."The Lost and Found - Helping Children Through Trauma Using Neurocellular Developmental Movement Methods." Chapter 11 in Rhythms of Relating in Children's Therapies, Connecting Creatively with Vulnerable Children. Edited by Stuart Daniel and Colwyn Trevarthen, Published by Jessica Kingsley, Philadelphia and London. 2017.  This new publication is available from the publishers Jessica Kingsley, here in the UK, this is preferable to other on line ordering as profit from sales goes to a children's charity, The National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children. [1]
Katy says: “My chapter, nr 11 is based on the application of the Infant Developmental Movement Education program and the BMC® approach in psychotherapy contexts. Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen has an
acknowledgement, alongside others...”

Eddy, Martha. Mindful Movement: The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscioius Action. Intellect, July 2016. ISBN9781783205837

_____. "Dance and Violence Prevention," Dance: Current Selected Research, Vol 7, NY: AMS Press 2009.

This chapter presents the dance elements from Eddy's dissertation research - "The Role of Physical Activity in Educational Violence Prevention Programs for Youth" (UMI Press (1998)), includes updated resources and reflection. This hefty essay, "Dance and Violence Prevention," presents the research method and findings about how dance can be effectively used to engage adolescents in embodied peace-making. More resources can be found at The editors will respond to email inquiries for individual (vs library) pricing.

_____. "A Brief History of Somatic Practices and Dance: historical development of the field of somatic education and its relationship to dance." Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Vol. 1, Issue 1, June 2009.,id=1711/.

_____. (2006). "The Practical Application of Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®) in Dance Pedagogy," Volume 6, Number 3, Journal of Dance Education, pgs. 86-91

_____. (2002). "Somatic Practices and Dance: Global Influences." Dance Research Journal. 34 (2) 46- 62.

Farhi, Donna. The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality through Essential Breath Work.  Henry Holt & Company, Inc., May 1996.

_____. Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit: A Return to Wholeness.  Henry Holt & Company, Inc., Apr 2000.

Foster, Mary Ann. A Handbook of Integrated Movement Therapies. Williams & Wilkins, 1999.

_____. Somatic Movement Patterning: How to Improve Posture and Movement and Ease Pain. EMS Press, 2004.

Frank, Ruella, PhD. Body Of Awareness: A Somatic and Developmental Approach to Psychotherapy. Gestalt Press, 2001.

Franklin, Eric N.  Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, 2nd edition. Human Kinetics: 2012.

_____. Pelvic Power: Mind/Body Exercises for Strength, Flexibility, Posture, and Balance for Men and Women. Elysian Editions: 2003.

_____. Conditioning for Dance. Human Kinetics: 2003.

_____. Relax Your Neck, Liberate Your Shoulders: The Ultimate Exercise Program for Tension Relief. Elysian Editions: 2002.

_____. Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance. Human Kinetics: 1996.

_____. Franklin Method Ball and Imagery Exercises for Relaxed and Flexible Shoulders, Neck and Thorax. Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products: 2008.

_____. Beautiful Body, Beautiful Mind: The Power of Positive Imagery: Over 80 Exercises and a 10-Day BeautyElysian Editions: 2009.

_____. Inner Focus, Outer Strength: Using Imagery and Exercise for Health, Strength and Beauty. Elysian Editions: 2006.

_____. the PSOAS integrating your inner core. OPTP: 2011.

_____. Happy Feet dynamic base, effortless posture. OPTP: 2010.

Garabedian, Helen. Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help Your Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger. Fireside/Simon & Schuster, Apr 2004. Contact

Goldman, Ellen. As Others See Us: Body Movement and the Art of Successful Communication. Gordon & Breach Publishing Group, Sept 1994.

Gomez, Ninoska, PhD. Refining Somatic Awareness and Mobility While Playing with Large Balls. Manual. Self-published. Contact: Ninoska Gomez, Tel/Fax: (506) 642-0378;

_____. Somarhythms, Somarythmes, Soma-ritmos:  Refining Somatic Awareness and Mobility Playing with Large Inflatable Balls. DVD, 9:53 minutes in each language. Productions Kaboum, 1990.

_____. “Afinamiento de la Conciencia Somática y de la Movilidad Mediante el Juego con Balones Inflables: Informe de un Proyecto de Investigación Empírico.” Spanish translation of the document “Refining Somatic Awareness and Mobility While Playing with Large Balls:  Summary Report of an Experiential Research Project.”  University of  Montreal, Department of Physical Education, 1991, 46. pp.   

_____. “ La Salud Desde la Perspectiva de la Educación Somática: Reporte de la Experiencia del Curso de 64 horas en el Programa de Maestría en Ciencias del Movimiento, de la Escuela de Educación Física de la Universidad de Costa Rica entre Agosto y Diciembre del 2005.”  (Health from the Somatic Education Perspective: Report on the Experience of 64-hrs course in the Master´s Program in Movement Sciences of the School of Physical Education, in the University of Costa Rica, between August and December, 2005.)  (only in Spanish). 

 _____. “Cultivar el Sentido del Movimiento y Moverse con Sentido.”  Redes de la Península: Revista de la Asociación Red de Comunicación Peninsular para Cóbano, Lepanto, Paquera y las Islas, Costa Rica. No 6, Año 1, pp 13-1. _____. “Cultivar el Sentido del Movimiento: Sentir el Cuerpo.”  Redes de la Península: Revista de la Asociación Red de Comunicación Peninsular para Cóbano, Lepanto, Paquera y las Islas, Costa Rica. No. 7, Año 1.

 _____ and Bolster, Gurney (1988).  “Movimiento, Cuerpo y Conciencia: Exploraciones Somáticas, 2006.”  Spanish translation of the manuscript, “Movement, Body and Awareness:  Exploring Somatic Processes,”  University of Montréal, Department of Physical Education, (1988), 187 pp., used for a Master´s level course on Somatic Education and Psychomotor Development.

Goren, Beth. “The Anatomy of Man and Woman.” Contact Quarterly, Summer 1979.

_____. “The Endocrine Glands: Structure, Function, Movement, Mind States.” Article, Tape, or CD. Self-published, 1981.

_____. Music for the Chakras. Tape, CD. Self-published, 1986.

_____. Organ Function. Tape. Self-published, 1983.

_____. “The Pelvic Floor Muscles.” Drawings by Kristen Kuester.  Self-published, 1980. (Abridged version published in Valley Women’s Voice.)

_____. Rapids. 1986.

_____. Rapids. (Second edition) Contact Editions, 2006. Distributed by the author ( and Contact Editions (

Grubinger, Lenore. Neurodevelopmental Movement Patterns and the Central Nervous System. Chart and User Guide. Published by Amajoy Developmental Center, Florence, MA 01062. 413-584-5193

Guthrie, J., Sargent-Wishart, K., Hill, H. and Clarke A., editors, The Art of Embodiment, Dance Therapy Association of Australasia with the Body-Mind Centering® Association, 2021.

Hartley, Linda. Wisdom of the Body Moving: An Introduction to Body-Mind Centering®. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1995.

_____.  (Editor) The Fluid Nature of Being: Embodied practices for healing and wholeness. Handspring Publishing; 1st edition (2022)

_____. Somatic Psychology: Body, Mind and Meaning. Wiley, 2005.

_____.Chapter in Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives. Intellect, Bristol. UK/Chicago, USA. 2014. ISBN: 978-1-78320-128-5

Jay, Laurence.  Nourrir ses echauffements en danse avec les pratiques somatiques, l'exemple du Body-Mind Centering® in Inventer la leçon de danse,  Marielle BRUN, Edition SCEREN, ISBN : 978-2-86619-332-4

Johnson, Don Hanlon. Bone, Breath & Gesture: Practices of Embodiment. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1995.

_____. Groundworks: Narratives of Embodiment. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1997.

Kaminoff, Leslie with Amy Matthews and Sharon Ellis.  Yoga Anatomy. Human Kinetics, 2007.

Knaster, Mirka.  Discovering the Body’s Wisdom. Bantam, 1996.

Kwantes, Janet. Co-producer of the film The Moving Child: supporting early development through movement. Hana Kamea Kemble, Director.  2016. ISBN: 9780995919105. 52 minutes. Contact info: The Moving Child Film, PO Box 31, GD, TATLAYOKO LAKE, BC Canada V0L 1W0, T: 250 476 1161,, E-download: $29 USD, DVD/BlueRay: $50.

Krafchin, Rhonda. "Fill in the Gap." Yoga Journal, Special Directory Issue, Winter 2000.

Loman, Susan.  The Body-Mind Connection in Human Movement Analysis. Antioch, NH: Antioch New England Graduate School, 1992.

Lozano, Anabella and Claudio Cravero. (Ed. Silvia Mamana.) “Esferodinamia y Yoga.” Kiné Magazine #58, Aug/Sept 2003.

Mamana, Silvia.  All her articles can be found on her website:  “Aplicaciones terapéuticas de los fisiobalones.” Kiné Magazine #57, June/July 2003.

_____. “Así en la célula como en el cosmos.” Kiné Magazine #56, Apr/May 2003.

_____. “Body-Mind Centering®.” Medicinas Alternativas Magazine #19, June 2003.

_____. “Body-Mind Centering®: Un caso de Parkinson.” Kiné Magazine #48, Aug/Sept 2001.

_____. “Crecimiento versus supervivencia.” Kiné Magazine #50, Dec 2001/Mar 2002.

_____. “Cuerpo, espacio y contacto.” Kiné Magazine #39, Oct/Nov 1999.

_____. “El cerebro abdominal.” Kiné Magazine #60, Dec 2003/Mar 2004.

_____. “El cuerpo fluido.” Kiné Magazine #45, Dec 2000/Mar 2001.

_____. “El poder de la linfa.” Kiné Magazine # 70, December 2005 / April 2006.

_____. “El sistema urinario.” Kiné Magazine #59, Oct/Nov 2003.

_____. “Esferodinamia.” Sano y Natural Magazine #19, Apr 2003

_____. “Integración Somática y Body-Mind Centering®.” La Luciérnaga Magazine #9, June 2002.

_____. “Integración Somática.” Kiné Magazine #54, Oct/Nov 2002.

_____. “La memoria celular.” Kiné Magazine #42, June/July 2000.

_____. “Los órganos como soporte del movimiento y la postura.” Kiné Magazine #57, June/July 2003.

_____. “Memoria, aprendizaje y movimiento.” Kiné Magazine #43, Aug/Sept 2000.

_____. “Memorias de la evolución.” Kiné Magazine # 40, Dec 1999/Mar 2000.

_____. “Rehabilitación para niños con necesidades especiales.” Kiné Magazine # 52, June/July 2002.

_____. “Respiración celular y respiración pulmonary.” Kiné Magazine # 58, Aug/Oct 2003.

_____. “Sistema endocrino, movimiento y comunicación.”  Kiné Magazine # 69, October / November 2005.

_____. “Somos aquello que hace la pregunta.” Kiné Magazine # 71, April / May 2006.  

_____. “Tocar y ser tocados.” Kiné Magazine # 74, October/November 2006.

_____. “Volver a empezar.”  Kiné Magazine # 75, December 2006/April 2007.

_____. “Yoga Expresivo.” Kiné Magazine # 29, Oct/Nov 1997.

_____. Training The Body Through Physioballs. Manual. Self-published. Buenos Aires, Argentina. June 2003. (in English). Contact: Silvia Mamana (54-11)4954-2942  e-mail:

Mamana, Silvia and Anabella Lozano. Esferodinamia Terapéutica. Self-published. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nov 2003. Contact: Silvia Mamana (54-11)4954-2942  e-mail:

_____. “En busca del equilibrio.” Kiné Magazine #65, December 2004/March 2005.

_____. “El esqueleto viviente.” Kiné Magazine # 61, April/May 2004.

_____. “Esferokinesis: Body-Mind Centering®y esferodinamia.” Kiné Magazine #66, April/May 2005.

_____. “Esferodinamia.” Kiné Magazine #40, Dec 1999/Mar 2000.

_____. “Los grandes olvidados.”  Kiné Magazine #63, August/September 2004.

_____. “Los ritmos del Sistema Nervioso Autónomo.” Kiné Magazine #68, August/September 2005.

_____. “Sistema Nervioso y contacto.” Kiné Magazine #67, June/July 2005.

_____. “Tejido conectivo y ligamentos.” Kiné Magazine #62, June/July 2004.

McHose, Caryn and Frank, Kevin.  How Life Moves: Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness.  North Atlantic Books 2006.

Miller, Gill Wright, editor.  The Fine Art of Moving. Granville: Denison University 2008. Hardcopy $20 or pdf file (free). Available through Denison University Dance Department. Contact: or

This 60-page text is a compilation of 16 undergraduate projects.  Each student researcher was linked with a BMC® practitioner as a mentor for his/her exploration.  The student projects confront basic reflexes and neurological patterns in the context of exploring movement interests ranging from "groundedness" and "centering" to "golf swings," "bench presses," and "learning to ride a bike as an adult."  This text is useful for teachers of any description. Bibliography included.

Miller, Gill Wright, Patricia Ethridge and Kate Tarlow Morgan, co-editors. Exploring Body-Mind Centering®: An Anthology of Experience and Method. North Atlantic Books, 2011. ISBN-10: 1556439687; ISBN-13: 978-1556439681.

Moradian, Ann.   Human Ecologies & Conscious Evolution (abstract)
____________  Dancing With Complexity: Fear & Trembling (open source)
____________  ChildhoodNature in Motion: The Ground for Learning (abstract)
____________  Missing In Action: Locating the Body in Interdisciplinary Studies (open source, thesis)

Mody, Carrie L. “El regalo de Alexander.” Trans. by Silvia Mamana. Kiné Magazine #52, June/July 2002.

_____. Alexander's Gift. Self-published, 2000. Contact: Carrie Mody (413) 253-3964;

Monroe, Marcia Palhares. Developmental Yoga: An Introduction to the Fluids Patterns. DVD. Contact: Marcia Monroe, (212)741-0271;  2004.

_____. Engaging the Child Through Yoga.  DVD.  Tara Publication, Rua:Sambaiba 699/603 bl 01;; 2006. 

An educational DVD on how to teach children from a Yoga and BMC® paradigm.

_____. Scoliosis, DVD. 2011. Contact:

_____. Searching for the Spine. Manual. Self-published. Contact: Marcia Monroe, (212)741-0271;

_____. Yoga and Scoliosis.  2011. Includes references to BMC®.  Contact:

Morgan, Kate Tarlow. “Being Held/Holding On.” ISMETA NEWS, Summer, 1997.

_____. “Mapping Dancing: Learning from Children.” Contact Quarterly, 20: 1, Winter/Spring 1995.

_____. “Out of a Dark Tunnel.” Contact Quarterly, 25:2, Summer/Fall 2000.

_____. “The Roxy: Breakdancing at the Disco.” Contact Quarterly, 10:2, Spring/Summer 1985.

Neimann, Barbara.  Mindfulness & Yoga Skills.  PESI Publishing & Media; 1 edition, March 15, 2015. Link

_____. My Calm Place: Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation Strategies for Children. PESI Publishing & Media; Box Crds edition, July. 2016. Link

Olsen, Andrea with Caryn McHose. BodyStories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy.  Station Hill Press, Sept 1991; Barrytown Ltd; Expanded edition (Nov 1998).

Orlock, Vera. “Body-Mind Centering®--Releasing into Options.” Movement Research Journal, New York City, 1999.

_____. “Body-Mind Centering®.” Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines, Ed. Nancy Allison. New York: Rosen Publishing Group, 1999.

_____. “Reorganizar el cerebro.” Trans. by Silvia Mamana. Kiné, la revista do lo corporal, anõ 9 - n° 41, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Apr/May 2000.

_____. “Reorganizar el cerebro.” Trans. by Silvia Mamana. Kiné Magazine #41, Apr/May 2000.

_____. “Somatic Integration Through Developmental Movement.” Impulse: The International Journal of Dance Science, Medicine, and Education, Champaign, IL,  Jan 1996.

Parker, Eliza.  "Our Life Tells Our Birth Story: How Babies Helped Me Heal," Chapter in Anthology of Women Living Consciously. Powerful You Publishing, January 2015.  ISBN-10: 1495136485; ISBN-13: 978-1495136481.  $19.95 + shipping.

Pisani, Enrique. Attack and Passing: Training Young Players According to the Ideas of Enrique Pisani. Double DVD, 122 minutes. MCLM Productions 2007.  To order:

Sargent-Wishart, Kim. "Embodying the Dynamics of the Five Elements: A Practice Dialogue Between Body-Mind Centering® and Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy," Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 2012: 4(1), pp. 125-42.

__________ (2021), ‘See where you are: Somatic meditation and contemplative photography’ Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, Volume 8, Numbers 1-2, 1 December 2021, pp. 97-107(11).

__________ (2021), 'Presence, perception and embodiment in Body-Mind Centering® and contemplative photography practices', in The Art of Embodiment, Dance Therapy Association of Australasia with the Body-Mind Centering® Association, 2021.

__________ (2021), 'The Enfolding Body: Embodying the dynamics of cell division', in Body and Awareness. Edited by Sandra Reeve. Triarchy Press.

__________ (2020). 'Fat Dance', Dancehouse Diary, Issue #12.2: New Topographies of the Body.

__________ (2016), 'Cast: Exploring Ground, Path, and Fruition in Early Embryology,' in H. Blum (ed.) Dancing with Dharma: Essays on Movement and Dance in Western Buddhism, McFarland Publishing, pp. 208-216. Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-9809-3/Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2350-4

__________ (2016), 'Ground, Path and Fruition,' in H. Blum (ed.) Dancing with Dharma: Essays on Movement and Dance in Western Buddhism, McFarland Publishing, pp.242-245. Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-9809-3/Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2350-4

__________ (2016), Making nothing out of something: Emptiness, embodiment, and creative activity, PhD Thesis, Victoria University, Melbourne. 

Saunders, Lee.  “Simon, Jennifer, and Lee: A Foot in a Sock in a Shoe.”  Self and Society: The British Journal of Humanistic Psychology.  Part I: Winter 2003; Part II: Spring 2004.

Schaeffer, Nancy. The Body Means Well: Empowered Healing. Mindful Way Press, July 2007. ISBN: 978-0-9681204- 2-2.  Book and CD. Contact:

This is a clear and compassionate approach to healing through awareness of the sensation, feeling and imagery of the physical body. Written for the lay reader, it includes narrative, guided imagery (also on CD) and expressive exercises, all designed to provide a gentle and relaxed path to embodiment.   Based on the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (BMC®) Anna Halprin (Life Art Process) and James Gordon MD (Centre for Mind-Body Medicine)

Shur, Fanchon.  Meditations for Expectant Mothers and the Life Within.  Growth in Motion, 2008.  CD.  Contact

An empowering exploration of your body's ability to bring new life into the world.  Fanchon Shur's stirring narration, along with Bonia Shur's gorgeous music, reassures you - for a peaceful pregnancy and a fearless childbirth.

Smith, Taavo.  "On Somatic Acting," Perfformio, 2012: 1(2), pp.21-23.  ISSN 1758-1524.

Spitfire, Karin. Standing with Trees: Poems.  Illuminated Sea Press, Belfast Me. 2005;

_____. Breaking the Frame.  Masters' Thesis, Norwich University, 1989.

Stokes, Beverly. Amazing Babies: Essential Movement for Your Baby in the First Year. Book or Video in VHS or DVD format, 47 minutes, color.  Contact: Beverly Stokes, Move Alive Programs, 418 St Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1P5, Canada; (416) 488-8456; US and Canada toll free: 866-300-2229; international orders: 416-488-8456;

_____. Amazing Toddlers: Moving, Communicating, Learning, Vol. 2. Video in VHS or DVD format, 34 minutes, color. Contact: Beverly Stokes, Move Alive Programs, 418 St Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1P5, Canada; US and Canada toll free: 866-300-2229; international orders: 416-488-8456;

Takashige, Hanna. "Catalyzing Movement for Healthy Aging." Article published on  December 18, 2012.

This article describes central aspects of Moving Into the Circle (tm), a somatic based program created for interacting with elderly persons who have neuro-cognitive disorders.

Taylor, Mark. Embody the Skeleton: A guide for conscious movement. Handspring Publishing. 2018.  ISBN No. 978-1-912085-09-5

Thompson, Barbara E. & Neimeyer, Roert A., Editors. Grief and the Expressive Arts:  Practices for Creating Meaning. Series in Death, Dying and Bereavement. Paperback, 336pgs. Routledge, January 24, 2014. ISBN-10: 0415857198; ISBN-13: 978-0415857192

Includes essays by Ione Beauchamp and Toni Smith, BMC® Certified Practitioners

Vocos, Inés. “Una bella experiencia.” Kiné Magazine #52, June/July 2002.

Vogeler, Sara. The 10 Best Ways to SUPERCHARGE your Health!

Weintraub, William. Tendon and Ligament Healing: A New Approach through Manual Therapy. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 1999.

Wiethaler, Veronika.  Connecting Pelvic Floor and Postural Exercises. Book and DVD. Morlacchi Editore. ISBN-10: 8860746736, ISBN-13: 978-8860746733. Aspects of Body-Mind Centering®applied to pelvic floor and postural exercises.

Witkowska, Ania. Understanding Babies: How Engaging with Your Baby's Movement Development Helps Build a Loving Relationship. Pinter and Martin, 2021.