Come and join us for the first dedicated weekend immersion into “The Non-Linear Movement Method®” with founder Michaela Boehm.
In this fully experiential weekend we will explore the different modalities of NLMM in the context of how we relate to and through our bodies.
Through personal exploration, interactive processes and guided NLMM sessions you will have the opportunity to:
The Non-Linear Movement Method® (NLMM) is a powerful somatic method developed by Michaela over the past 2 decades of instruction and practice.
The method is rooted in her early training in Kashmiri Shaivism and fused with her extensive expertise in working with trauma, emotional closures, and physical contractions in her clients and students; as well as in implementing this technique in her own practice.
In recent years Michaela and Steve refined and clarified the method, adding new material and creating a system that is now being taught by certified teacher in 3 continents.
This method has many deep, powerful applications:
1. Smooths out the nervous system
The demands of modern life create stress and tension in the body and an overactive mind. The NLMM encourages an identifying and unwinding of the patterns of contraction and through gentle, non-force movements relieves the bodily tension and underlying mental loops. The result is a systematic, self-guided unburdening of the nervous system.
2. Processes and identifies emotions
As the body unwinds and the mind relaxes its pressured pace the emotions associated with these patterns become apparent and are being let go of. You can note recurring emotional loops for further processing and at the same time allow emotions to simply rise and release.
3. Awakens sexual energy and sensual sensation
As tension, contraction and emotion are being released the body becomes sensitized and we are able to feel deeper. One of the marked results of this sensitization is an ability to feel increased pleasure and well being. Participants report an increased ability to connect through their body, both with themselves and others.
4. Releases trauma patterns into flow
One of the results of traumatic experience (fresh and old alike) is “freeze”, a state in which body, mind and emotions are stuck in a state of numbness. Often “freeze” is falsely perceived as a feeling of “calm/nothing”, which results in an inability to release the experience and ease the bodily patterns. The NLMM facilitates a continued movement, which gently opens the freeze pattern and allows for recognition and release of the underlying bodily and emotional patterns.
5. Unites mind and body in intimacy with physical sensation
Through continued engagement with the release of contraction and facilitation of emotional awareness the ingrained patterns become apparent and less pronounced. Over time physical sensation can be engaged with and the acceptance and tolerance of all sensation increases. Intimacy with whatever is present is possible.
6. Creates high bodily responsiveness
NLMM educates the body how to release and process contractions, stress and emotional tension. The body becomes highly attuned to all sensations and can note, react or release fluidly and without having to attend to traumatic or suppressed backlog.
7. Opens access to bodily wisdom
By putting emphasis on movement and circumventing the analytical mind and loops of tense thinking the natural intelligence of our bodies is accessed. Through gentle guidance the mechanisms of “freeze” and refusal to feel are being loosened and bodily wisdom can create the necessary actions and releases.
NLMM is facilitated on a mat or blanket. Participants dress similar to a Yoga or Dance Class, in comfortable, non-restrictive clothing. NLMM can be adjusted to every level of physical ability and fitness level.
As someone who has studied and taught dance for most of my life, learning from Michaela and Steve, and doing the NLMM feels profoundly different to anything I’ve experienced before. To explore sensitivity and sensations though the body without force or imposition has been life changing. Not only are the NLMM practices deepening my own creative processes as a dancer, they are also changing the ways in which I resource myself and navigate my life.
The Non-Linear Movement Method is such a deliciously simple yet profound practice & the opportunity to explore such deep embodiment in a space with other students is honestly priceless. Michaela & Steve share their teachings in such a non-dogmatic & empowered way – it’s refreshing, funny & I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
I truly loved how much every cell in my body resonated with this powerful experience. I walked into the weekend very high-strung, tense and with “debilitating” nervous responses/mind chatter and left the weekend feeling like a brand new human. I especially loved the heart connections and expansion in this realm because they truly allowed my heart to soar while deeply tuned with another heart, in a blissful and yet effortless way.
Michaela and Steve are truly masterful in their craft – weaving a seamless tapestry together to guide us on a deeply embodied journey of enquiry. As a workshop facilitator, I really see facilitation as a true art form within itself, so it’s quite powerful to be guided through this journey by facilitators with such laser precision, quick wit and deep wisdom and experience.
The training was infused with depth, quality and soul. Every exercise felt intentional and every practice led me into a deeper experience of myself. Several months after the training, I continue to practice nearly daily and I continue to feel amazed and very grateful for the beautiful openings this practice has created in my life and my work.
Michaela Boehm teaches and counsels internationally as an expert in intimacy and sexuality. Born and raised in Austria, Michaela combines her training in psychology and extensive clinical counseling experience with her in-depth training in the yogic arts as a classical Kashmiri Tantric lineage holder. Michaela’s approach empowers her students through an eclectic mix of education, experiential exercises and guided explorations. Known for her work with high-performing individuals, her ongoing private clients include Oscar-winning actors, producers, business pioneers, and multiple Grammy-winning musicians. Michaela is the Author of “The Wild Woman’s Way”, published by Simon & Schuster/Atria in August 2018. She lives on an organic farm in California where she rescues and rehabilitates animals.Read more
Steve James travels internationally teaching somatic practices, meditation, yoga, as well as leading explorations in contemplative, mystic, and relational realms.Known for his intelligent, grounded approach and his dedication to first-hand research he has extensive experience in elite athletic performance, contemplative and spiritual disciplines, the arts, extreme outdoor survival, and human behavior.In addition to private client work and international public workshops, Steve has released a DVD series of his movement approach called the Movement Koan® Method, a fusion of joint-nourishing movement and body-based mindfulness.Read more
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