Alumni Spotlight: Mary Abrams

Mary Abrams

Mary Abrams (IMA ’11) is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and teaches in NYC and internationally. Her work is informed by her MA degree from Goddard College in Consciousness Studies, which was focused on embodied movement, affective neuroscience, and Epistemics (a model for how humans create meaning); dance; and 26 years of Continuum. Mary owns and directs Moving Body Resources in New York City, a space for somatic movement and wellness practitioners from around the globe. She led and taught the MA Dance & Somatic Well-being course from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK and USA; and she currently teaches on the Continuum Training at the Somatische Akademie or Somatic Academy of Berlin, Germany. Mary served on the board of directors of the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA) from 2002-2011.

In this episode we talk about Mary’s introduction to somatic movement and continuum specifically through her experience in the NYC downtown dance scene; her connection to Goddard before she ever thought of attending and being “outed” as a consciousness studies person. We talk about how the pandemic has affected her studio, Moving Body Resources, and how she is keeping the community space alive virtually and through your donations. Mary says, “when you’re doing body work or body-oriented practices, you’re also awakening what’s happening for you emotionally, mentally and spiritually as well as physically.”

The Save the Space campaign is a crowdfunding campaign to sustain the physical space of Moving Body Resources through the Covid-19 pandemic economic crisis. On the page you will find the GoFundMe link, events and workshops, breathing and movement sessions, and space rentals. Any donation is greatly appreciated! Upcoming events include a March 24 Zoom class taught by Mary and sponsored by the Somatic Academy of Berlin (Germany) and a Moving Body Salon, live on Zoom, featuring 10 performing artists on April 10, 2021.

To help save Moving Body Resources, please visit: https://movingbodyresources.com/save-the-space-mbr/

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