(MARTHA EDDY bio cont’d.)
She also maintains a private practice as a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) specializing in Dynamic Embodiment© that involves teaching clients to bring awareness to their movement coordination to enhance functional and expressive capacity. She especially enjoys her work with infants, children, and teens with behavioral, perceptual, and/or motor challenges. Her private work draws on her decade of training and teaching in neuro-developmental movement therapy with occupational therapist, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and physical therapist, Irmgard Bartenieff. Her unique synthesis of BodyMind Centering and Laban/Bartenieff studies provides a foundation for her own method – Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy Training. This program and her community outreach work are affiliated with the non-profit educational arts organization Moving On Center that she co-founded with Carol Swann in 1995. She maintains her position as founding co-director and Director of Somatic Studies at Moving On Center — The School of Participatory Arts and Research (MOC). The school’s mission is to train movement professionals to be leaders who use mindful physical activity in somatic approaches to health, education and performance in their communities around the world. MOC is unique as a somatic movement education program that integrates creative expression inclusive of performance in its educational methods with course work offered periodically in NY, MA, CA and in various locations around the world (www.DynamicEmbodiment.org). Eddy continues to provide curricular oversight for the school. As a faculty member of the State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College (ESC), many of her courses can be taken to complete a Masters degree. She also is affiliated with a doctoral level program at the International University of Professional Studies in Spiritual and Somatic Psychology. She guest teaches at diverse training programs and universities internationally as well as having taught in most of the major dance festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She periodically teaches open classes at Movement Afoot and at CKE. She served as Coordinator of the Riverside Church Wellness Center for the years following 9/11 and has worked on numerous trauma recovery teams, most notably Inner Resilience with Linda Lantieri.
Martha Eddy serves as a consultant to the NYC Department of Education (e.g., developing the K 12 dance curriculum, Blueprint for Dance; providing in-service training for Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists who work in the school system; advising principals). As a result of her ground-breaking doctoral research on “The Role of Physical Activity in Violence Prevention Programs for Youth,” Martha Eddy works as an independent educational consultant or in conjunction with Educators for Social Responsibility and Project Renewal/The Tides Center in schools and community centers throughout the country inclusive of New York City public and independent schools. She played the role of Senior Program Advisor in the development of Project Renewal’s Stress Reduction Days for the NYC public schools in the Ground Zero region post 9/11.
She continues to deepen her research and teaching methods regarding violence prevention in schools and recreational centers across the country by implementing her Peaceful Play Programming. She is currently writing numerous articles and a teaching manual on this topic. As part of her Embodying Peace classes, she leads workshops with adults or children in conflict resolution, violence prevention, body awareness, non-verbal communication, neuro-motor strategies in education, stress reduction, the use of the arts in socio-emotional education, as well as related fields (www.EmbodyPeace.org).
Martha Eddy has also been a research associate of the Kinesiology Department of San Francisco State University and is a Senior Research Associate with the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. She has piloted a study of the effects of aerobic exercise on aerobic capacity and self-perceived vitality amongst women who have been treated for breast cancer. This has involved pre and post surveys of participants’ experiences in a flow-based aerobics program with special attention to lymphatic drainage through full rhythmic dancing that Dr. Eddy designed called Moving On (Aerobics) from Breast Cancer. She is currently involved in two research projects. In one study, sponsored by the Body-Mind Centering Association, Martha worked with Dr. Christine Kris (neuropsychologist, researcher and educator) on a quantitative polygraphic and correlated qualitative study of the developmental movement performance of people with brain disorders. The other study is with the Medical School and Dance Department of the University of Calgary and involves the integration of qualitative movement observations in the detection of special needs for the young child. The goal of each study is to develop a movement based assessment tool that has validity in diagnostic and therapeutic environments.
Her academic positions have been with Antioch New England Graduate School, Columbia University, Connecticut College, Hampshire College, Hope College, New York University, the New School for Social Research, and San Francisco State University. She has provided curricular oversight to the development of somatic movement education and therapy programs including Springfield Colleges in Massachusetts and Luther College, in Iowa. She has designed and taught courses in these universities including overviews of the field of somatic education and the relationship of kinesthetic learning to:
anatomy & physiology
dance and dance pedagogy
fitness and weight loss
physical education pedagogy
qualitative movement research design
Martha Eddy is an avid arts advocate with a specialty in dance and perception. She serves on the board of the Yard – among America’s premiere dance residencies for emerging choreographers. Through the power of physical movement she has found that any person or group can become better at feeling life’s satisfactions, embody peace, and contribute to creating stronger and happier communities. Martha lives with her family in New York City.