Experiential Anatomy

A body oriented approach towards anatomical and physiological knowledge

Experiential Anatomy is a body oriented approach towards anatomical and physiological knowledge. The practice of Experiential Anatomy continues to evolve with the development of somatic methods such as Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body-Mind Centering, Feldenkrais Method, Ideokinesis, Laban Movement Studies, as well as in the context of Contemporary Dance, Improvisation and Contact Improvisation.

What is Experiential Anatomy about?

Experiential Anatomy is a multi-methodic approach towards anatomical and physiological knowledge which brings the individual sensuous experience into a dialogical research relationship with medical and scientific facts. Body systems and processes are deeply explored and integrated into the own body image based on i.a. Feldenkrais Method, Body-Mind-Centering and/or improvisation and in the use of images, materials, models and movement-experiments. Thereby a more complex and alive understanding of the own body and of body in general can develop. Simultaneously this learning method strengthens self-efficacy and autonomy. The practice combines trusting in the own body with knowing about the body.

When and how does Experiential Anatomy take place at the Somatic Academy Berlin?

Experiential Anatomy shows a creative diversity of didactics and teaching methods depending on the methods used. Individual movement research, group exercises and hands-on practice are incorporated. The facilitators Heike Kuhlmann, Nina Wehnert and Katja Münker regularly offer workshops with different topics.



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Katja Münker


Dance | Choreography | Performance | Somatics | Artistic Research | Walking Art | Mountain Hiking Guiding

Continuing education lecturer and director of Environmental Somatics and EMERGE/ Somatic in Dance at the Somatische Akademie Berlin. Member of the German Feldenkrais Association & ISMETA-registered RSME/RSMT/RSDE.

Trained as a physical therapist, Feldenkrais teacher, and mountain hiking guide, as well as in contemporary dance, (contact) improvisation, instant composition.

Conscious and embodied learning, the potential between individual freedom and collective inclusion in the environment, as well as joy, ease, and consciousness in the movement are the focus of her teaching. Her research-oriented practice is informed by deep-sensing investigation and reflecting evaluation. Beyond teaching her work includes performance projects, conference papers, and publications focusing on somatics and choreography, as well as on walking. Regular teaching at universities including FU Berlin, UdK Berlin, and HZT Berlin. Artistic research collaboration with AREAL_artistic research lab Berlin.


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