Somatics is a term often used in holistic and movement based practices referring to the use of the body to achieve the goal of said practice. The root, soma, simply means “body” or “of the body,” both Latin and Greek in origin.
Trauma of any kind can be held in the body, causing pain, lack of mobility, illness, and other physical or emotional limitations. Injuries can leave a lasting impression on the physical and emotional bodies if left unattended.
A Brief Statement about Bones for Life
Bones for Life is a dynamic and transformational program which helps us move better. Everyone regardless of age can participate in these processes/exercises and get results which include better walking, more ease in sitting and standing and other daily functions as well as improved breathing, posture, work, rest and play.
This body of work was created by Ruthy Alon, a senior Feldenkrais practitioner
having studied with Feldenkrais himself. She found the way African women used thier bodies to carry large vessels of water on their head fascinating. She created "The Water Carrier's Walk" as part of the program and uses the concept of our bodies for weight bearing activities a significant part her approach.
I use BFL as part of my approach not only to learning, practicing and performing, but also to better health in daily living. I find working with musicians and other clients, BFL has an amazing way of creating incredible change by allowing our bodies to become more aware of what it is truly capable of.
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Comments from clients and students
I've been student of the vocal arts for over 25 years. My time working with Dr. Bozeman has benefited me tremendously. He is a skilled coach and a gifted musician with glorious insight into the way the body works while singing. He has helped me create sounds that I didn't know were possible and has given me a renewed confidence and composure in my performance. - Lacey Gilliam, soprano, Louisville, Kentucky
Dr. Bozeman's body mapping sequence transformed the way my most advanced singers approach alignment. It gave them the physical context to understand how healthy singing is produced in relation to the body. I am anxious to see how they continue to use these steps and strategies for finding a better singing alignment, and therefore overall sound! -
Phillip Jennings, Choral Director, Pleasure Ridge Park High School,
Exquisite musicality is what Robert displays in performance, and he has the unobtrusive technical mastery to fulfill both the structure and the profound emotion of what he plays. Further, Robert has gained the rare skill to generously articulate what he does so that others can improve both technically and musically. -Barbara Conable, Alexander Technique Teacher and creator of Andover Educators
Dr. Bozeman's work with our students was truly extraordinary.
His work is important for all musicians and for all movers!
Dr. Larry Bitensky, Music Program Chair, Centre College
Working with Robert has helped my career tremendously. Not only has my public speaking voice improved, but I find that I am much more aware of the way I carry myself in a professional setting and more confident with my poise and presentation skills.
Erin Cooper, Speed Art Museum
Dr. Bozeman worked with three very different singers at Susquehanna during their hour voice lessons with me and he demonstrated a high level of sensitivity to each. He first introduced and explained basic principles and then applied those principles to aspects requiring particular attention--correct body alignment, physical awareness (both spacial and personal), efficient use of breath energy, and awareness of unproductive tension. He reinforced attention to these aspects through physical concepts and exercises which he had the singers try and repeat when necessary. All the singers he coached were able to very quickly produce a freer and more open, focused and resonant sound. This was especially evident in their increased ability to access the higher register with less strain and with a fluid connection to the middle voice—a transition which is historically problematic. All of the singers and I easily warmed to his relaxed and encouraging style of teaching/coaching. He was a welcome presence and a benefit to us all.”
Dr. Nina Tober, Associate Professor of Music, Susquehanna University"
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