What is Body-Mind Centering?
Body-Mind Centering® is an integrated and embodied approach to movement, the body and consciousness. Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, it is an experiential study based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles, utilizing movement, touch, voice and mind. Its uniqueness lies in the specificity with which each of the body systems can be personally embodied and integrated, the fundamental groundwork of developmental repatterning, and the utilization of a body-based language to describe movement and body-mind relationships.
The study of Body-Mind Centering® is a creative process in which embodiment of the material is explored in the context of self-discovery and openness. Each person is both the student and the subject matter and the underlying goal is to discover the ease that underlies transformation.
The Body-Mind Centering® approach has an almost unlimited number of areas of application. It is currently being used by people in movement, dance, yoga, bodywork, somatic studies, physical and occupational therapy, psychotherapy, child development, education, voice, music, art, meditation, athletics and other body-mind disciplines.
On the photo: Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen/ photocredit: Kim Sargent-Wishart
School for Body-Mind Centering®
Since 1973, the School for Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®) has been dedicated to sharing this dynamic approach to embodiment studies with the world. There are graduates in 32 countries and on five continents. Programs and Immersion Series are now offered by Licensed Organizations in Europe, North America, South America, Australia, and Asia. Graduates of Programs receive a certificate from the School for Body-Mind Centering®.
School for Body-Mind Centering® Programs, Immersion Series, and courses present detailed and specific approaches to the personal embodiment of our cells, our body systems, and our developmental patterns. The principles and techniques learned can be used for personal growth, for professional enhancement, or to begin a career in the field of somatic movement and/or infant developmental movement education and therapy.
The Programs offer an experiential approach to movement, the body, and consciousness. There are currently four programs:
Somatic Movement Education Program
Infant Developmental Movement Education Program
Body-Mind Centering® Association
Body-Mind Centering® Association (BMCA) is the international not-for-profit organization for BMC® professionals, committed to the practice, education and ongoing development of this work.
BMCA began in 1985 and developed into a professional organization through generous hours of volunteering and financial contributions from practitioners and supporters.
BMCA is dedicated to enhance the exchange between BMC® professionals, to exploring, sharing, and further developing the Body-Mind Centering® work. It sets the standards and Code of Ethics for all BMC® professionals, serves as an interface with other somatic disciplines and represents BMC® professionally in the world.
BMCA members live all over the world, including the Americas, Europe, the Middle and Far East, and Australia.
Here you can locate BMC® professionals in your area.
Here you can find BMC® classes all over the world.
Glia – Body-Mind Centering® association for German speakers
From the desire to connect within the German speaking BMC® community, Glia was founded in 2016 by a group of BMC® graduates. Glia is offering a platform for networking, support, and representation of BMC® in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Online and in person meetings offer a possibility for exchange, feedback and common research. Glia works in close cooperation with the Body-Mind Centering® Association (BMCA).