UKSMDT scope of creative, theraputic and ethical practice


Somatic Movement Dance Therapists/Practitioners faciliate sessions within the following scope of practice

Sensory-perceptual motor expression


Facilitate awareness of the sensory-motor feedback loop (through sensing, feeling, perceiving, and moving consciously)


Support the development of sensory-perceptual movement awareness


Explore interoception, proprioception, gravi-ception, and kinaesthetic intelligence


Explore interoceptive awareness, reducing exteroceptive overwhelm, in order to ease the nervous system


Explore experiential anatomy and physiology, uniquely blending objective knowledge with subjective experience (first-person sensory-perceptual experience of the living body)


Facilitate a balance between resting (afferent sensing) and action (efferent motor expression)





Resting, releasing, easing and softening


Release and ease the myofascial tissues; supporting the reduction of sympathetic arousal, inviting parasympathetic release, softening tissue tonus and releasing emotional holding


Creatively explore the fluid nature of the human organism, supporting the free flow of fluids through tissues


Support breath awareness and cardio-ception (heart-sensing), inviting the vagus nerve into a state of health


Release restrictions, tension and stress in living tissues, via inviting free-flowing movement patterns, as well as supporting ease and fluidity through touch and bodywork


Support the fascia into a state of health, exploring bio-tensegrity


Use gravity as a fulcrum to reorganise myofascial pain


Movement fundamentals and development


Explore ontogenetic and phylogenetic developmental movement patterns 


Explore somatic movement fundamentals such as:  gravity, weight, mass, space, time, breath


Explore different rhythms, qualities, directions, energies, forces, and planes of action


Explore the differentiation and integration of body parts


Explore free-improvisation, supporting fascial fluidity, skeletal-muscular dexterity, spatial awareness and movement range


Explore movement polarities: parasympathetic/sympathetic, inspiration/expiration, up/down, high/low, left/right, direct/non-directional, inhalation and exhalation etc


Movement observation and analysis

Hands-on, Touch and bodywork


Teach anatomy and physiology through subjective experience and objective knowledge


Reconnect participants to their sensory-motor feedback loop


Enhance afferent sensing and conscious efferent motor expression


Bring awareness to living tissues and body systems that are often beneath consciousness


Support skeletal-muscular alignment


Balance asymmetries, releasing stress and strain, and supporting easeful posture


Support anatomical differentiation and movement integration


Support fascial release


Release habituated patterns of neuromuscular holding and support movement fluidity


Enhance moment-by-moment breath awareness and cardio-ception, reducing sympathetic arousal, and integrating mind and body


Calm and balance the nervous system (reduce sympathetic arousal and support parasympathetic ease)


Connect with Self, others, and the community group through the nonverbal language of touch, dance and movement


Support expressivity, creativity and the imagination-in-movement


Support imaginative sensory-perceptual movement pathways, inviting the embodied imagination to arise


Movement & the imagination


Explore the relationship between sensation, emotion, image, symbol, impressions, and the embodied imagination


Explore the imagination-in-movement as the bridge to the soul: a unique process where unconscious contents can be integrated into symbolic form through imaginal expression


Work in a dyad, exploring the witness/mover container


Explore the transpersonal as a vital source of knowledge and connection


Offer a non-judgemental environment and heart-centred co-regularly space

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Guiding Scope of practice for Somatic Movement Dance Practitioners

Somatic Movement dance practices are uniquely crafted around the following approaches. Specialists tend to work
in groups, while therapists work one-on-one, and in groups. Registered SMDS adhere to the following health &
safety, ethical and practice-based guidelines.

Guiding Scope of creative practice for Somatic Movement Dance Therapists

Somatic Movement Dance Therapies (SMDT) are crafted and lensed through the areas outlined below. Registered SMDT’s adhere to the following Health & Safety and ethical guidelines. Specialists tend to work in groups, while therapists work one-on-one, and in groups.




Somatic Movement Dance Therapists ask their clients and participants to sign touch consent forms. These forms explain clearly why touch is used and delineate the type of touch practitioners use.