Eliza Parker



Embodiment Work is about using your strengths and developing what’s in shadow. It considers your relationship to your environment. It can enhance study and performance of the movement and martial arts by expanding range of personal expression. It is a creative, educational, and deep approach to health, rather than a quick-fix, helpful for all ages.

Embodiment Work involves:
       • Experiential, user-friendly, functional anatomy
       • Movement facilitation and re-education
       • Gentle touch to help body tissues heal
       • Addresses all body systems (bones, muscles, ligaments, organs,
          endocrine, nervous system, fluids, etc.
       • Developmental movement patterns and reflexes

Who is Embodiment Work for?
       • Infants showing use of only one side in movement, developmental
          delays, who have been adopted (to assist bonding), or parents who
          want to learn more about their baby’s development
       • Adults who want to address their pain or health challenges in a
          non-invasive, educational way
       • People who have had a stroke
       • Actors, dancers, vocalists, teachers, and counselors/psychologists
       • Children with developmental movement challenges

Why infant developmental work?
Basic developmental movement patterns and reflexes are the basis for all adult human movement.

For infants:
       • Sometimes they skip a pattern because a neuro-muscular pathway
          is blocked. It can be opened with a gentle reminder, done
          non-invasively through play.
       • If they show a particular movement only to one side: having
          preferences is necessary for survival; but having all options
          available is necessary for coordination and balanced movement
          through the body
       • Each pattern coresponds to brain development

For adults
       • Rebuilding these foundational patterns can improve movement
          and comfort
       • It can provide support needed for grounding and comfort
       • These patterns are interwoven with brain development; even adults
          can increase brain function, concentration, and problem-solving

What is Experiential Anatomy?
       • A user-friendly, hands-on, functional way to learn about your body,
         related to daily life
       • We look at the anatomy books, but we also bring it to life
       • Involves all learning styles: visuals, words and names, movement,
         and models to touch - Finding it and feeling it on yourself
       • “Live” anatomy is different than studying a cadaver
       • Adults are experiential learners too, not just children!

Eliza is a certified Practitioner of the Body-Mind Centering® Approach


Embodiment quote


Heal by listening and intending
Learn about your body
Increase brain function
Greater ease and range of expression
Understand different learning and   relating styles
Understand your own physical-   emotional connections
Find grounding, presence, and   connection


Above: A 10-month old side-lying/sitting, supporting with her arms.

Below: Establishing support of the
arms feeding into the torso and head

Eliza Parker

Eliza Parker
A playdough model of cell membranes
Photo by In Light Photography



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