As we age, in western culture especially, there is an expectation that the body will become less fluid, that we will have drier skin and brittle bones, that we will be mentally less functional, and our movement will become compromised. Is this a normal process of aging? Or, are many of these attributes we ascribe to the aging process actually not aging, but a disease process that the body is going through?
Emilie Conrad, the founder of Continuum®, was a pioneer in the field of Somatics and was wise beyond her time. In the 1990’s she started teaching a different view of the aging body and how we could start to change the disease process of aging. Modern science is now beginning to catch on. The new pharmaceutical breakthroughs that change the “aging process” are now forcing the medical community to modify its viewpoint of what is normal as we age. Come explore movement, breath, and sound and learn how to reclaim the fluidity of our bodies.
Benefits of Continuum®:
- Increases vitality, health and healing
- Provides a spacious sense of well-being
- Develops core strength and flexible power
- Revitalizes bones, joints, and skeletal health
- Releases, relaxes and realigns, much like receiving bodywork
- Heightens sensuality and increases receptivity
- Awakens creativity, innovation and play
- Facilitates trust in one’s inherent body wisdom
- Deepens spiritual connection
- Provides a safe environment for growth and renewal
Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz, PhD, RSMT, RSME, is executive director of Continuum Movement®, founded by Emilie Conrad- Da’oud and also chair of the ECD Initiative for research in the somatic movement arts. She is the founder and owner of Cobalt Moon Center, a centre for integrative health in Neptune Beach, Florida, and is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (2002) and Registered Somatic Movement Educator (2002), an authorized Continuum Movement teacher (1998), and a T’ai Chi Instructor (1990). She is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing where she served as senior faculty, as Dean of the third year class in the US and Europe. She is also a certified Brennan Integration Practitioner, a graduate degree at BBSH that incorporates psychology and the human energy field. She is on the faculty of Esalen Institute, Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre and teaches workshops nationally and internationally in Continuum, Tai Chi, and healing arts. She has a PhD in Somatic Clinical Psychology. continuummovement.com
In this video, Donnalea talks about Continuum Movement® at Hollyhock: