HAPTIC GAMMA EMBODIMENT Module 1-2021 english

Touch, Movement and Perception, for self regulation and co-regulation

Referent: Marcelo Muniz
About the referent

Why we call this work Haptic Gamma Embodiment.

Haptic is defined as a quality, when kinesthesia and sensoriality are used together in a touch, creating a palpatory sense. In a clinical perspective not only the sense of touch, but all the senses are integrated with kinesthesia, which extends the concept of haptic system. Every movement of the body, that is an expression of kinesthesia can protect me from a sensation, or can seek a sensation. This creates a dynamic relationship that we may call haptic.

At all times the body tonus is modulated by expressiveness (as I manifest my presence from the inside out in relation to the other) and by the impressiveness (as I receive and perceive the presence of the other from the outside in). The haptic system can be dissociated, where the emotional defense system is organized through inhibitions and where there is no relation of fluidity and continuity. Then we will see blockages and constrictions, fixations of attitude and perception.

Gamma refers to the neurological pathway where emotion and spatial orientation can be modulated. It is through this pathway that we can create new forms of expression and coordination. We can  enlarge the sense of orientation, self-regulation and co-regulation, when we expand the haptic engagement with space through a state of receptive presence (Gamma).

What is the purpose of this work?

This process allows us to find better stability and fluidity in our agency capacity, renewing our habitual and attitudinal dynamics. In developing self-regulation and co-regulation, we invite new emotional responses in the present moment in order to create balance through better quality of embodiment. For that we use touch, movement and perception to develop and improve the dynamics between impressiveness and expressiveness. This work improves the somatic sense of self, opens up for better regulation of tonus in the body and thereby provides stronger/better resilience in the face of life’s challenges.

What can you learn?

  • How to do body reading,
  • Identify holdings and fixations in the posture and movement;
  • Identify inhibitions of perception and space orientation.
  • How to bring balance to autonomic nervous system.
  • How to work and create a more free and dynamic flow throughout body and mind as a psychobiological process.

This approach is a somatic process from the phenomenological and neurophysiological perspectives on the quality of human presence and attitude. Being an exploratory process, it is a skill in the sense of developing and improving the continuous and dynamic flow between gravity, space-time and energy in the human dimension of life.

Who can learn and benefit from this work?

Because this relationship is implicit in all human contexts, the proposed explorations in this work can be used as tools in the most diverse fields of knowledge, such as education, psychology, bodywork, trauma work and art.

Therefore, professionals in these areas can integrate the skills developed in this process into their respective practices.

The Curricula

The process is presented in five workshops with four days each, with experiential and theoretical content (see program below).

Module I

  • Embryological development,
  • Gravitational field and kinesthetic memory
  • Inter and intra subjectivity
  • The body as territory and the body as agent
  • Alpha and gamma command
  • Haptic system
  • Quality of touch and resonance
  • Phoric Function

This work was organized by Marcelo Muniz from his experience as a somatic therapist and movement educator, through 30 years of clinical experience, education and individual research in various fields of knowledge. The basic concepts, the theoretical fundaments and the original vision, as well as many of the presented practices in this work, come from Hubert Godard’s work, as a teacher and movement researcher. Marcelo organized and systematized this approach in order to offer to a greater number of professionals a useful and creative way of using the knowledge of gravity and space in the perspective of a phenomenological process.

This workshop will be presented in english. Due to the Corona hygiene rules, the workshop module 1 is only offered with a limited number of 15 participants.

Date: From Thursday, 13.05.2021 until Sunday, 16.05.2021
Place: Hamburg-Altona
Costs: 680.- €