Non-Linear Movement Method®
The Non-Linear Movement Method® is a powerful somatic method developed by Michaela Boehm over the past 2 decades of instruction and practice.
The method is rooted in her early training in Kashmiri Shaivism and fused with her extensive expertise in working with trauma, emotional closures, and physical contractions in her clients and students; as well as in implementing this technique in her own practice.
In recent years Steve James refined and clarified the method, added original material, and contributed significantly to formatting it for educational delivery.
The method can be applied independent of fitness level or age and adjusted to fit anyone’s individual needs.
Tara completed certification as a teacher of the method in December 2020.
This method has many deep & powerful applications...
Smooths out the nervous system
The demands of modern life create stress and tension in the body and an overactive mind. The NLM Method encourages an identifying and unwinding of the patterns of contraction and through gentle, non-force movements relieves the bodily tension and underlying mental loops. The result is a systematic, self-guided unburdening of the nervous system.
Processes & identifies emotions
As the body unwinds and the mind relaxes its pressured pace the emotions associated with these patterns become apparent and are being let go of. You can note recurring emotional loops for further processing and at the same time allow emotions to simply rise and release.
Awakens sexual energy & sensual sensation
As tension, contraction and emotion are being released the body becomes sensitized and we are able to feel deeper. One of the marked results of this sensitization is an ability to feel increased pleasure and well being. Participants report an increased ability to connect through their body, both with themselves and others.
Releases trauma patterns into flow
One of the results of traumatic experience (fresh and old alike) is “freeze”, a state in which body, mind and emotions are stuck in a state of numbness. Often “freeze” is falsely perceived as a feeling of “calm/nothing”, which results in an inability to release the experience and ease the bodily patterns. The NLM facilitates a continued movement, which gently opens the freeze pattern and allows for recognition and release of the underlying bodily and emotional patterns.
Unites mind & body in intimacy with physical sensation
Through continued engagement with the release of contraction and facilitation of emotional awareness the engrained patterns become apparent and less pronounced. Over time physical sensation can be engaged with and the acceptance and tolerance of all sensation increases. Intimacy with whatever is present is possible.
Creates high bodily responsiveness
NLMM educates the body how to release and process contractions, stress and emotional tension. The body becomes highly attuned to all sensations and can note, react or release fluidly and without having to attend to traumatic or suppressed backlog.
Opens access to bodily wisdom
By putting emphasis on movement and circumventing the analytical mind and loops of tense thinking the natural intelligence of our bodies is accessed. Through gentle guidance the mechanisms of “freeze” and refusal to feel are being loosened and bodily wisdom can create the necessary actions and releases.
Practice Session Information
I use Zoom to connect for our online practice sessions. You will receive the link to the specific Zoom session you registered for via email after signing up.
- Download or update Zoom prior to connecting for class, we recommend giving yourself at least 15 minutes to do this if you’re doing it right before class, we don’t want you to miss anything. If you have technical questions about Zoom, here’s their support platform for help: https://support.zoom.us/hc/
You can also reach out to Jade at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can point you in the right direction.
- Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early so we can start promptly and to account for any possible connection troubleshooting.
- Make sure you have access to audio/sound
Participants have said that they had the best results by either connecting speakers to their computers or using wireless in-ear headphones.
Here’s more about testing your audio on Zoom
- Set up a quiet, private area for practice
- Grab your yoga mat or something similar (a blanket will work)
- Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in
- Have a blanket ready for the integration period at the end of the class
Online classes are currently offered weekly, you can book directly into the class via the scheduler below. Classes will be released in monthly blocks.