In 2014, I was struck in front of a Contact Improvisation jam! Years of experiences already oriented towards motion and touch (communication and semiotic study at university, dance, yoga, massage) facilitate my way to the practice. While I am discovering CI, I meet new body and somatic practices (Body-Mind Centering, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Rolfing, Axis Syllabus, Gaga, Playfight…). And with Body-Mind Centering, I travel deeply for 6 years, trusting the intelligence of the animal body and moving from sensing, instinct, intuition!
For me, the most specific feature in somatic is that the brain/mental is trained to cultivate the place of witnessing/observing, letting the information going back up from the cells. It’s a deconditioning from its role and representation (mainly the neo-cortex) of governor/judge/projector of reality, supported by the social and scholar system. In that way somatic is a (re)education, where we are at the same time the study, the student and the teacher, the learning coming from the direct experience (touch and movement) and not only theoretical understanding. As a natural continuum of the practice, transmission is today integral part of my interest for movement and human being, with a consciousness of the co-regulation process into the teaching. I like to use the somatic poetry (sensitive wording, silence), which seems to have an incantatory power to touch the heart of the cells, to provide good vibrations, to open the doors… and to facilitate a diving/travelling experience.
Somatic education has mainly been passed on me through Alex Guex (Le Cycle) and Anne Expert (Matières training), as well as Infant Developmental Movement Education training with the Body-Mind Centering® school (on going) ; and I have been exploring CI through many various teachings (Alex Guex, Nita Little, Matthieu Godeau, Asaf Brachach, Charlie Morrissey, Mirva Makinen…).