Emotional Body


Emotional Body™ course uses somatic education methods to help you physically “tune into” your body using all your senses (sight, smell, taste, sound, touch, and movement). Gentle and gradually paced lessons raise your awareness of minute muscle movements, breathing patterns, emerging feelings, and movements. Lessons are designed to connect these somatic sensing skills with the development of physical self-regulation of emotions, emotional fluency and personal expression. Learning how emotions emerge and express in and through your body is an essential element in achieving somatic self-regulation of emotion.

Somatic Self-Regulation of Emotion

Physical self-regulation of emotion requires developing deep and detailed somatic sensing skills and a knowledge of how these translate into emotional expression.

Somatic is a term that relates to the body. The word soma comes from the Greek word for body, and somatic sensing is physically “tuning into” many aspects of our bodies using all our senses (sight, smell, taste, sound, touch, and movement). Touch and movement sensing includes awareness of minute movements of muscles, skin temperature, pulse, breathing patterns, and any feelings like tingling, looseness or tightness of certain areas, resistance or ease of movement, and overall physical attitudes or intentions with movement. In addition to somatic sensing skills, physical self-regulation requires an understanding of how these sensations translate with respect to emotions. Learning how emotions emerge and express in and through our bodies is an essential element in achieving somatic self-regulation of emotion.

Few people have developed a heightened sense of bodily awareness and physical emotion self-regulation. Unfortunately, for far too many years, emotion has been addressed primarily from a purely psychological point of view. The perpetuation of a mind-body disconnect has caused us to live almost exclusively in our heads. However, with somatic sensing education and training, we can learn to more accurately recognize what we are feeling and express it clearly to others.

Emotional Body courses utilize research-based methods (taught by guild certified practitioners) like Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, Estill Voice Technique, Alba Emoting and the research supported emotional patterns to provide clear steps for helping you cultivate your expressive capabilities and apply these new skills to your personal and professional development.

Emotional Effector Patterns

Emotional effector patterns are precise breathing and muscle manipulation patterns. Each effector pattern has three parts: (1) a breathing pattern, (2) facial expression, and (3) postural attitude. All three parts work together to create one effector pattern, or biological code, that directly stimulates cells and organs. The resulting pattern creates a physical code that opens the door for one particular basic emotion to express throughout the entire body.

The discovery of these patterns helped to create a physical method for evoking and regulating emotion. The patterns are based on scientific findings, independent of gender or social heritage influences, and result in the expression of basic universal emotions and modes of expression.

The emotional effector patterns were first discovered during research completed in Santiago, Chile at the University of Chile between 1971-1973, where Susana Bloch, a full professor of neurophysiology and her colleague, Guy Santibáñez, worked together in the Medical School’s department of Physiology and the department of Psychology. They also collaborated with Pedro Orthous, professor of Dramatic Art from the Drama department to bring the scientific discoveries of the emotional effector patterns into a physical emotion regulation method they called the BOS Method (using the letters from their last names to create BOS).[1] Later in the 1980s Susana Bloch developed her own approach to teaching the emotional effector patterns that she called Alba Emoting™.

Emotional Body™ instructors have trained in the Alba Emoting approach to teaching the emotional effector patterns, and they have also developed workshops that use different styles of teaching the emotional effector patterns, like Emotional Body ™ courses, where a specific teaching style is used, various somatic methods are incorporated in the lessons, and the emotion patterns are learned in gradual developmental exercises with a focus on developing emotional fluency and somatic sensing.

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[1] Susana Bloch, Pedro Orthous, and Guy Santibanez-H, “Effector Patterns of Basic Emotions: A Psychophysiological Method for Training Actors,” Journal of Social Biological Structure, 10 (January 1987) 1-19.
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