Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MS in Dance/Movement Therapy


Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program


The purpose of this thesis is to explore and embody the process of cellular awareness as described in a variety of somatic works including, but not limited to, Body-Mind Centering and Continuum Movement. The discussion focuses on how cellular awareness can be developed through the use of imagination, visualization, and cellular sensing and attention via breath, movement, and sound. This cellular awareness can support a greater sense of self and a greater sense of vitality, stability, potential and connectedness between self, society, and universe. Cellular awareness is a relevant practice for dance/movement therapists in that the process promotes fuller embodiment and empowers the therapist to attune to kinesthetic subtleties (such as restriction or positive change) that occur at the cellular level in clients' therapeutic processes. Furthermore, modeling this form of embodiment can help clients feel contained and safe enough to begin reconnecting with their bodies and explore the benefits of knowing the Self at the most fundamental level.