Why get certified in Shin Somatics®?
- Enhance your skills as a therapist, performer, teacher or athlete.
- Release self-defeating habits of movement and mind.
- Discover joyful healing dances in moving with nature.
- Help people discover the healing power of mindful movement.
- Learn how to design and teach simple Core Movement Patterning lessons
- Learn how to relieve pain, relax tension, and improve performance.
- Learn how to translate your talent and creativity into hands-on therapeutic bodywork.
- Become a registered Shin Somatics® hands-on therapist or teacher
- Become certified to teach Shin Somatics® Land to Water Yoga
- Become a registered yoga teacher through Eastwest and Yoga Alliance, RYT 200/500
Eastwest Workshops feature SHIN SOMATICS® LAND TO WATER YOGA
Shin is Centeredness in Japanese, also Heart, Core, Body, Mind, Spirit, Tree Trunk Shin Shin Ichijo: Body and Mind are One is the Eastwest Logo Calligraphy
Low Cost Housing available for program participants
Shin Somatics® Certificate Programs
The Eastwest Certification Program with Registration through ISMETA
Become Certified with 7 levels of Workshop Study, or through an individually designed certification program that includes independent study. Choose any seven workshops toward certification. Workshops may also be repeated for credit and taken in any order through advisement. See also the link to individually designed programs at the bottom of the page.
Each level of workshop study represents 36 contact hours and 26 reading and home study hours for a total of 62. The workshops are multilevel. More experienced students in the workshops become mentors while continuing to advance in the shin somatics techniques and processes that provide the core of the program.
Background courses are prerequisite to the program, but may be taken concurrently with study at Eastwest. These may be college or professional courses. Some are available at Eastwest, and some may be undertaken through home study.
The 7 level program toward certification is designed for people who already have experience in some form of therapy, dance, bodywork, yoga, psychology, communications, leadership and group dynamics, sports and movement education, or music and theater, as shown in background courses below.
Eastwest Somatics is an approved school of the International Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).
Graduates of Eastwest qualify for the designation Registered Somatic Movement Therapist RSMT and Registered Somatic Movement Educator RSME through ISMETA.
Certification Requirement Summary
|Movement Science (required prerequisite or equivalent)||90 hours|
|Movement Function: Creativity (required prerequisite or equivalent)||160 hours|
|Shin Somatics Level I workshop & independent study||62 hours|
|Shin Somatics Level II workshop & independent study||62 hours|
|Shin Somatics Level III workshop & independent study||62 hours|
|Shin Somatics Level IV workshop & independent study||62 hours|
|Shin Somatics Level V workshop & independent study||62 hours|
|Shin Somatics Level VI workshop & independent study||62 hours|
|Shin Somatics Level VII workshop & independent study||62 hours|
|Case Study||36 hours|
Three courses from the following subjects: dance, sport or movement education, theater and music, psychology, philosophy and world religions. Not for certification credit.
Required Prerequisites, as listed above and furter defined below
Movement Science: Required Prerequisite, 90 hours
Select from: Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, Kinesiology, Dance Science, Sport Science, Movement Analysis
Ninety hours are included in the certification total hours and may be completed before or during the training. Experiential Anatomy and Kinesiology are offered at Eastwest. Transfer credit considered.
Functional Movement: Creativity and Therapy, Required Prerequisite, 160 hours
- Aesthetics of Movement and Healing Touch
- Authentic Movement
- Contact Improvisation
- Choreography and Somatics
- Dynamics of Walking and Running
- Functional Movement and Iliopsoas Integration
- Somatics in the Classroom (Dance, Music, Sports)
- Yoga, Meditation, and Movement Integration
- Arts Therapies (Dance, Music, or Theater)
- Topics of Performance (Arts or Sports)
- Dance, Music, or Theater Improvisation
- Arts for Children
Select from the above according to interest and talent. One hundred sixty required hours are included in the certification total hours, and may be completed before or during the Eastwest training. Students lacking in this background may take extra Eastwest Workshops to fulfill this requirement.
Note: Most of these courses are offered at Eastwest in small groups and workshops. Students may also apply for credit earned in other schools and programs.
Shin Somatics® Professional Certification through Individually Designed Programs
The Shin Somatics® Certificate Program offers a certificate of completion in variety of professional fields through individual contract. Students in this program are able to study somatics in relation to their expertise and interests and to include independent study. This program also offers the opportunity to study in your location of choice with registered somatic therapists and educators—certified through Eastwest Somatics Institute. All teachers in this program are also registered through ISMETA, International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association.
Some fields of study are listed below along with the requirements for the Shin Somatics® Graduate Certificate and the Shin Somatics® Associate Certificate. Directed courses of study in related fields may also be arranged through application and designed with specific goals in mind. Independent study is designed through contract with Eastwest Somatics Institute. Certificate students may also fulfill requirements through participating in Shin Somatics® Workshops offered through Eastwest Somatics Institute. Programs may be designed to include workshops, independent study, and private or small group tutorials.
The program is intended for candidates who are active in their professions as teachers, advanced students, dancers, creative arts specialists, movement specialists, therapists, communication and leadership specialists, or bodywork practitioners. Upon completion of the certificate program, candidates will receive associate certificates, or graduate certificates. Associate certificates are based on fewer hours and apply to those who take the program for personal growth or further development in their field. Those who complete the full program and achieve graduate certificates are eligible to apply to ISMETA for the designation of Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (rsmt), or Registered Somatic Movement Educator (rsme).
Credit for each course taken through independent study or private tutorial is based on demonstration of competency and completion of reading/writing assignments and/or reports of practicum hours. Credit for workshop participation is given at the end of the workshop. A final case study is required for the graduate certificate. On completion of all coursework and homework, the candidate is awarded a Shin Somatics® Certificate that designates their field of specialization and their associate or graduate status. Those seeking a certificate to teach Shin Somatics® Land to Water Yoga can design an associate certificate for that purpose with the help of an Eastwest Somatics designated instructor.
The Shin Somatics® Certificate Program meets the needs of teachers, dancers, artists, movement specialists, counselors, and communications professionals seeking to integrate somatic education processes and principles with their related interests and professions. Course work can be completed within a time frame and at a pace suitable to the candidate.
Students complete the required courses at their own pace, but within a three to six year time period. For each workshop, independent study, private or small group tutorial, active participation is required. If students take professional courses outside of the Eastwest Somatics Institute they wish to integrate with the certificate program, they can apply to receive approval to include such courses. Students may receive credit for two such courses upon approval and as they apply to their field of study. The student needs to demonstrate ongoing integration of somatic studies in their chosen field, and also needs to complete all written work, as well as the final case study for the graduate certificate.
Contract of Study
Students draw up a contract of study with the director of Eastwest Somatics, or with a designated teacher who will follow through with them in setting up the required study. The designated teacher may also be the instructor for some or all of the tutorials and independent study. The contract of study should equal 4 levels of workshop study though Eastwest for the Associate Certificate, or be the equivalent of 7 levels of workshop study for the Graduate Certificate. The Shin Somatics® Associate Certificate is based on 4 levels of study including the prerequisites. Certification to teach Shin Somatics® Land to Water Yoga requires 5 levels of study and a competency exit exam. The Shin Somatics® Graduate Certificate is based on the summary of requirements listed below and includes 7 levels of study plus the prerequisites. Prerequisites may be college courses in subjects listed below, or others that apply. They may also be taken concurrently with study at Eastwest, and some are offered at Eastwest. Students wishing to complete 8 levels of study may earn a Teaching Certificate.
Students in any of the above Shin Somatics Certificate tracks should take at least 2 Eastwest workshops where they participate with others in the learning process. It is recommended that these workshops be taken first, before independent study or tutorial study is undertaken.
Tuition Students register for courses as included in their contract of study with Eastwest Somatics Institute, and pay the course tuition through Eastwest. Registration information is listed on the Eastwest website: www.eastwestsomatics.com. See the registration page. The Eastwest Somatics Workbook may be purchased through Eastwest, for $12. All other books are purchased separately. Each level of Shin Somatics Study is $886. Designated teachers for independent study, private or small group tutorials are paid through Eastwest. Full time students may apply for partial scholarships or fee reductions. Payment distribution over agreed upon time periods is also possible. Retreats are priced separately.
Application Process Apply through email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a one-page statement of your goals and a short biography. A one-page recommendation from someone who is acquainted with your professional goals and educational background is also required.
Suggested Topics for Independent Study Papers (10 pages double-spaced)
Defining the field of somatics; Structure and rewards of autotelic activities; Practice as research; Designing a case study; Ethics in somatics; Somatics and aesthetics; Teaching dance technique in relation to somatics; Contact improvisation somatically designed; Choreography and somatics; Improvisatory paintings of dance experiences; Somatics in children's dance classes; Cultural bodies and the somatic structures of identity; Enjoying work; Dance and the experience of flow; Transcendence of ego-boundaries in somatic experience; Dance and the performative self; Therapeutic aspects of performance; Self-perception and personal development; Political bodies and somatic theory; Somatic movement re-patterning with victims of trauma; Environmental settings for somatic explorations; Common features of butoh and somatics; Philosophy of the body and somatic theory; Phenomenology of somatics; Modes of breath work; Repatterning in music and somatics; Music therapy and somatics; Effective communication and somatic processes; Somatics applied to group dynamics and leadership; Applications of somatics in social work and counseling; Somatic studies and developmental movement in infants; The embodied brain; Relationships between somatics and neurobiology; Applied anatomy in yoga and bodywork.
Yoga Certification through Eastwest and Yoga Alliance
Eastwest Somatics is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance
Sondra Fraleigh, director of the yoga certification program, is E-RYT 2000, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance at the advanced level with a minimum of 1000 hours of teaching before 2002 and a minimum of 1000 hours since then. Catherine Schaeffer, director of our yoga program is E-RYT 500 and a yoga continuing education teacher through Yoga Alliance and Eastwest.
Eastwest Somatics offers two separate segments of yoga training, permitting trainees to receive certificates after the first 200 hours and again after the 300 hours of advanced training. Trainees who complete both RYT 200 and RYT 300 programs can register as a RYT 500.
RYT 200 with Eastwest Somatics and Yoga Alliance (Registered Yoga Teacher with at least 200 hours of training) The certificate for RYT 200 also qualifies students as - Shin Somatics Yoga Teacher.
Summary of study at Eastwest: 5 levels of study, student teaching, experiential yoga anatomy project. (Each level of study represents one 5-day workshop). See breakdown below.
Shin Somatics Yoga 200 Certificate
for Shin Somatics® yoga registration and Yoga Alliance 200. This requires 5 levels of study at Eastwest as outlined below:
180 Contact hrs (36 for each level of study)
20 hrs of student teaching
Total of 200 Hours.
Extra 130 hrs of Independent Study (26 hrs. Independent study for each of 5 levels). This can be reading, hands-on work, informal teaching. Hand-in assignment on Yoga Anatomy required.
Total 330 hours
Background Studies for Somatic Education and Therapy plus yoga at Eastwest, also shown at the top of the page. Science Requirement: Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology of Movement, and Anatomy of Yoga.
Electives 15 hours: Movement function, creativity, and therapy. Dance, yoga, and creative arts therapies, may be completed before or during the training. Transfer credit from other schools or programs accepted. Also offered at Eastwest and in community outreach programs.
The 200 hour certification option is oriented toward fulfilling Yoga Alliance requirements for those who wish to specialize and Register in Yoga after five levels of study at Eastwest. This option does not qualify graduates for Teaching Through Touch, Shin Somatics Therapy or for certification through ISMETA. Eastwest students can apply for RYT 200 and Shin Somatics Yoga Teacher after level 5.
Special Features of Yoga 500 and Shin Somatics Certification
Shin Somatics Yoga 500 Certificate
This certificate requires eight levels of study and an experiential anatomy project. Level 8 is a course in teaching metholodology and practice. At this level students become workshop mentors. Yoga 500 is through Eastwest and Yoga Alliance. Students who complete Level 8 can be certified through Eastwest, ISMETA and Yoga Alliance. This certificate represents about 300 contact hours, background studies as listed at the top of the page, independent studies and case study.
Inquire about becoming E-RYT, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher through Eastwest and Yoga Alliance. This provides elegibility for becoming a teacher/trainer in certifying yoga teachers through Eastwest and Yoga Alliance.
TUITION SUMMARY SHIN SOMATICS®, YOGA 500, YOGA 200
Five-Day Workshops, Shin Somatics and Yoga, $886 each. Retreats priced separately. Eight levels plus a project on applied anatomy are required for Yoga 500. Five Levels plus a project on applied anatomy are required for Yoga 200.
Inquire about low cost home stay B&B Workshops and Tutorials in St. George Utah. Retreats priced separately. Prices my vary for each workshop/retreat location. Location links on the home page under Workshops & Retreats. Non-certification community participation students inquire about early registration discounts and reduced fees. Scholarships may not apply at retreats.
Two & 1/2 Day Tutorials: Tutorials arranged for small groups (2 to 5 people), 10AM to 5:30PM. Two tutorials plus one day of supervised study required for one certification level. Each tutorial, $443. For tutorials in St. George Utah, call 435-673-5316.
Schedule of Payments:
Payments should be made at least 6 weeks prior to each workshop. Early-Bird Discounts apply. Payment plans over time can be arranged.
Low Cost Progressive Shin Somatics® Yoga and RYT 200
Inquire about a teacher in your area, contact Catherine Schaeffer, email: email@example.com
Incremental sequencing of classes
Certificates granted to augment current teaching
Yoga Anatomy and Kinesiology
Meditation and Breath Techniques
Teaching Methods and Practicum
Prenatal, Postnatal, and Children's Yoga
Modifications for different skills and disabilities
Somatic Hands-On Yoga Therapy
Meets Yoga Alliance's standards for RYT 200.
Eastwest Somatics is RYS, Registered Yoga School.
Certificate I. 100 hours, Eastwest Somatic Yoga Certificate.
Certificate II. Additional 100 hours, YA 200 Certification, and Shin Somatics® Yoga Teacher
Each Certificate Requires 90 contact hours offered in 15 days of 6 hours a day.
Additional 10 hours of pedagogy and electives, maybe supervised study or with another approved school.
For those who wish additional study in somatics: Additional Certification through Eastwest Somatics Institute may be arranged for RSMT, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist through Eastwest and ISMETA.
Possible Class Schedules:
Five 3-day intensives (Friday through Sunday).
Seven 2-day intensives + one day (could be weekends).
Three 5-day intensives. (might be three 5-day weeks)
Costs for Each Certificate Level is generally $900
90 contact hours @ $10 an hour is $900. Three weeks of 5 days, $300 a week. Five 3-day intensives, $180 for each intensive. Seven 2-day intensives +1 day, $128.60 each intensive. Prices may vary at different locations.