We seek to discover and discuss inherent bias and racism in our lives, our work as Structural Integration (SI) practitioners, and in the functioning of our institutions. We examine relationships the theory, pedagogy, history, and practice of SI (and of somatic practices in general) have with legacies and systems of racism and oppression. Wherever we find intersections of our field with racism and oppression, our intention is to clarify them, and wherever individual or institutional actions contribute to harm, we will call for accountability.
We are a group of practitioners of Structural Integration (SI) who came together in June 2020 in the wake of George Floyd’s and Breonna Taylor’s murders by the police. Our current members are all Rolfers® and majority white. Inspired by the momentum of the Black Lives Matter Movement, and by somatics leaders such as Resmaa Menakem and Don Hanlon Johnson, our initial intention to become anti-racist co-conspirators has led us to focus on the relationships that the theory, pedagogy, history, and practice of SI (and of somatic practices in general) have with legacies and systems of racism and oppression. Scroll down for our individual bios.
Liberation Somatics engages our community of bodyworkers and those who work more broadly in somatics around issues of racial and social justice. We believe that freedom, as well as many varieties of bondage and oppression, are experienced and propagated in our embodiment as human beings, therefore an exploration of somatics will contribute greatly to the liberation of all beings, and the undermining of white supremacy and other systems of oppression.