Leading-edge designs for body-centered research, development, and discovery
in the Field of
Somatic Arts & Science
We aim to better understand the lived-experience of human somatic embodiment and how it affects mental, emotional, and physical health.
Our study uses a combination of methods such as conducting participatory workshops and one on one interviews.
We explore how sensorimotor movement, emotions, identity, biology, the environment, and cultural context influence the encompassing phenomenon of living in the body.
Our research interest stem from the fields of psychology, biology, kinesiology, human development, and neuroscience.
Embodiment—the enlivened expressive response to awareness of one’s present moment experience—
What do we research?
We study a broad range of topics about how our relationship to our physical embodiment affects our mental, emotional, and physical health.
Embodiment, in these terms, is the enlivened expressive response to awareness of one’s present moment experience.
We refer to our capacity to pay attention with and to our body as somatic mindfulness. Our research is focused on how the cultivation of somatic mindfulness impacts our sense of embodiment.
Our current project investigates embodiment through movement. Titled, Body + Action + Agency, this project is focused on how kinesthetic engagement impacts our sense of somatic embodiment. Body + Action + Agency is for anyone who is interested in exploring the connections between our physical anatomy, movement, and sense of psychological choice.
How do we research somatic embodiment?
We conduct participatory group workshops and one on one interviews, both online and in person.We also read articles and attend trainings in the related fields of somatics, psychology, bodywork, dance/movement and kinesiology.
We aim to design our projects to have an integrative approach to how sensorimotor movement, emotions, identity, biology, the environment, and cultural context influence the encompassing phenomenon of living in the body.
How do we collect embodied data?
For the purposes of the research project we elicit data collection through our participants self-reporting. Self-reporting may be in the form of video interview, survey, writing, and drawing.
We find that self-reporting is best facilitated through each participant creating a feedback loop of attention to and attention with the body in present time, and developing self awareness of thier own experience to report from. We refer to the feedback loop and body self-awareness as Somatic Mindfulness Capacities. Our movement lab provides experiential education for cultivating somatic mindfulness capacities for the purpose of collecting embodied research data.
What do we do with the research data?
We repurpose the embodied data outcomes back into our study as a way to inform our future labs, clinical interventions, and research articles.