See below for descriptions of our classes planned for September 2017 when we will expand our offerings for babies, toddlers and adults.
Babies! with Amy Matthews, Sarah Barnaby & Nisha Kewalramani
Toddlers with Sarah Barnaby & Amy Matthews
Age Group Classes with Amy Matthews & Sarah Barnaby
Be With Your Baby: Touch, Handling & Movement with Sarah Barnaby & Amy Matthews
Adults: Developmental Movement with Amy Matthews & Sarah Barnaby
Developmental Fundamentals with Amy Matthews
Patterns & Pathways with Sarah Barnaby
Movement for Any Body with Sarah Barnaby
These group sessions are structured as open exploring time, where IDMEs are available to support the infants in their process, and talk to parents and caregivers about any questions that might come up.
The IDMEs focus on principles such as “baby ball,” balancing extension with flexion, the value of “small falls”, and prioritizing the process of learning rather than achieving a particular position.
Babies! is intended for babies from newborn to walking and their caregivers. Planning and expectant parents, as well as adults of all ages, are welcome to come and observe.
The cost for Babies! is a sliding scale, from $1-$25, based on your ability to pay.
These group sessions are structured as open exploring time, where IDMEs explore with caregivers how to support the toddlers in their process, and how to apply principles such as “baby ball,” balancing extension with flexion, the value of “small falls”, and prioritizing the process of learning rather than achieving a particular position in this older age group.
Toddlers is intended for children from confident walking to 3 years old and their caregivers.
The cost for Toddlers is a sliding scale, from $1-$25, based on your ability to pay.
Age Group Classes for Babies
These 4-week series of classes are limited to 6 babies and their caregivers.
Come learn to observe, appreciate and facilitate your baby’s movement and perceptual development. Our age-group focused classes are child-oriented and child-led. We value process over milestones and respect each child’s timing as their whole self develops.
Note that our age groupings are meant as rough estimates and do not imply optimal or desirable milestones. Our intention is to meet each child where they are. Let us know if you have questions about which class best meets where your child is now.
Through a combination of discussion, observation and practice with the babies, we’ll cover developmentally relevant topics that apply to all age groups, such as:
- how to support your baby’s sense of safety, comfort and bonding as they arrive
- handling and touch principles and techniques
- rhythm and timing
- balancing flexion and extension
- “baby ball” and flexor tone
- how to observe preferences and facilitate more choice
We’ll also cover topics relevant to each particular age group:
Arriving to Midline (birth-3 months)
- orienting to gravity, including side-lying and tummy time
- finding “midline” and how to support it
- supporting your baby’s crying and processing
Rolling & Pivoting (4-6 months)
- rolling and pivoting
- head righting
- symmetrical and asymmetrical movement patterns
Crawling & Sitting (7-9 months)
- orienting to space, including reflexes and falling
- belly crawling into hands and knees crawling
- pathways to sitting
Standing & Walking (10-12 months)
- orienting to space, including reflexes and falling
- supporting kneel sitting, kneel standing, kneel walking, squatting and cruising
- pathways to standing and walking
Be With Your Baby: Touch, Handling & Movement
A Workshop for Planning & Preparing Parents
Come learn about how you can support your baby’s movement and perceptual development before they arrive. Our approach is based on principles of Body-Mind Centering®, including valuing process over milestones and respecting each child’s timing as their whole self develops.
Would you like to have more confidence about handling and interacting with a small baby?
Would you like to practice handling skills (picking up, setting down, transferring)?
Would you like to know the positions that help a baby feel oriented and secure, and the positions that help them learn to move?
Would you like to learn about a philosophy and principles that can guide you as you develop your own relationship with your baby?
How we handle a baby affects all aspects of development: their patterns of perception, their problem solving abilities, their emotional well-being, cognitive functioning, and their sense of agency in the world. A child’s early experiences of movement and touch influence their ability to self-soothe and self-regulate, and to relate to themselves and others throughout their life.
Your habits and choices about how you pick up your baby, set them down and hand them to others can facilitate (or inadvertently impede) their later movement choices. Before your baby arrives, come learn about how you can support their movement and perceptual development.
This workshop has been developed by Sarah Barnaby and Amy Matthews, who are certified Infant Developmental Movement Educators. Their approach is based on principles of Body-Mind Centering® that include valuing process over milestones and respecting each child’s timing. Each offering of the workshop will be taught by Sarah or Amy.
Through a combination of discussion, demonstration and practice (with dolls), we’ll explore these themes and topics:
Gravity and the “fourth trimester”: supporting your baby’s arrival after birth: safety, comfort and bonding; the relational aspects of listening to, interpreting, responding to and supporting your baby’s rhythms and timing.
Touch and handling: touch and handling principles and techniques around picking them up and setting them down; side-lying and tummy time as positions for orienting and relating to gravity; supporting your baby’s cyclical movements of flexion and extension through“baby ball”
Developmental movement: overview of development: the movement patterns and progressions that babies go through as they make their way to walking
Self-regulation, adaptability and resilience: supporting your baby’s rhythms and cycles: rest and activity, internal and external attention, timing, flexion and extension; “baby ball”
Crying: supporting your baby’s crying, processing and expression
Preparatory self-care for caregivers: adult developmental movement: pathways that support getting down to and up from the floor with a baby
Class size is limited. This workshop is appropriate for anybody who holds and handles (or plans to handle) babies, including parents, doulas, nannies, grandparents, babysitters and other caregivers.
Adults: Developmental Movement
As adults, how can we inhabit the open-ended possibilities of being where we are and moving from there — and living into what could be, which isn’t necessarily where we were?
This movement class explores developmental patterns in the context of our adult bodies. Moving through these patterns in our current bodies can help us understand our movement choices and offers a way in to adding more choices.
Informed by a Body-Mind Centering® approach to developmental movement, Adults is an opportunity to consciously re-engage with the early learning process of finding our way to walking. Each class will start with rolling on the floor and sequence through several developmental movement patterns on the way to standing upright.
No previous experience with developmental movement or Body-Mind Centering is required.
This class weaves together principles of embodied anatomy, developmental movement, the Bartenieff Fundamentals and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) to take you on a tour of your own body and breath.
The full class is spent lying on the floor, focusing deeply on connectivity within the body and your relationship with gravity and space. These relationships and connections are the building blocks for our activities of daily life, as well as for practices like yoga asana, martial arts, sports, etc.
No prior movement experience is necessary. This is an excellent class for people with injuries, and for anyone who would like to know their body better.
Patterns & Pathways
This movement class focuses on the multifaceted, not either-or, dynamic relationship between support and movement. We will draw upon developmental movement patterns and principles of Body-Mind Centering to cultivate clear pathways of support and ease in movement. Open to any level of movement experience.
Movement for Any Body
A little understanding of the anatomy of movement can go a long way! This is a movement and anatomy class for everybody (and any body), offering an accessible approach to learning more about your body in movement. If you’re interested in understanding your anatomy, becoming more fully embodied or learning more about your movement patterns, this class is for you. No previous knowledge or movement experience is necessary. Those who have previously studied anatomy are also welcome.
Here’s a sample weekly schedule.