The Non-Linear Movement Method® (NLMM)

The Non-Linear Movement Method® (NLMM) is a powerful somatic method developed by Michaela Boehm .

The method is rooted in her early training in a Kashmiri Shakta Tradition and fused with her extensive expertise in working with trauma, emotional closures, and physical contractions in her clients and students; as well as in implementing this technique in her own practice.

In recent years Steve James refined and clarified the method, added original material, and contributed significantly to formatting it for educational delivery.

Tara is one of the few (only 30!) Level 2 certified teachers in the world, having completed Level 2 training in early 2022. That means Tara's classes incorporate additional modalities that have only been released within the Level 2 Teacher Training, and won't be found in classes with Level 1 Teachers.

She has been teaching online Non-Linear Movement Method® classes weekly since she was first certified in 2018.


    What is an Online Non-Linear Movement Method® Class?

    I'm so glad you asked!

    There are a few parts to the answer; what is an embodiment practice, what is an non-linear movement method class, and what is an online non-linear movement method class.

    I'll explain those elements in more detail below...

    A simple definition of embodiment in the context of these classes is "feeling the sensations of the body". It is about shifting your attention from your external sensory experience, and bringing that awareness to body and your inner landscape.

    And so an embodiment practice is an activity with the primary purpose of facilitating embodiment.

    There are a whole bunch of activities that facilitate embodiment. In my online classes we work with The Non-Linear Movement Method®

    What are the Benefits of The Non-Linear Movement Method?

    • Smooths out the nervous system

      The demands of modern life create stress and tension in the body and an overactive mind. The Non-Linear Movement Method encourages an identifying and unwinding of the patterns of contraction and through gentle, non-force movements relieves the bodily tension and underlying mental loops. The result is a systematic, self-guided unburdening of the nervous system.

    • Processes & identifies emotions

      As the body unwinds and the mind relaxes its pressured pace the emotions associated with these patterns become apparent and are being let go of. You can note recurring emotional loops for further processing and at the same time allow emotions to simply rise and release.

    • Awakens sexual energy & sensual sensation

      As tension, contraction and emotion are being released the body becomes sensitized and we are able to feel deeper. One of the marked results of this sensitization is an ability to feel increased pleasure and well being. Participants in the Non-Linear Movement Method report an increased ability to connect through their body, both with themselves and others.

    • Releases trauma patterns into flow

      One of the results of traumatic experience (fresh and old alike) is “freeze”, a state in which body, mind and emotions are stuck in a state of numbness. Often “freeze” is falsely perceived as a feeling of “calm/nothing”, which results in an inability to release the experience and ease the bodily patterns. The Non-Linear Movement Method facilitates a continued movement, which gently opens the freeze pattern and allows for recognition and release of the underlying bodily and emotional patterns.

    • Unites mind & body in intimacy with physical sensation

      Through continued engagement with the release of contraction and facilitation of emotional awareness the engrained patterns become apparent and less pronounced. Over time physical sensation can be engaged with and the acceptance and tolerance of all sensation increases. Intimacy with whatever is present is possible.

    • Creates high bodily responsiveness

      The Non-Linear Movement Method educates the body how to release and process contractions, stress and emotional tension. The body becomes highly attuned to all sensations and can note, react or release fluidly and without having to attend to traumatic or suppressed backlog.

    • Opens access to bodily wisdom

      By putting emphasis on movement and circumventing the analytical mind and loops of tense thinking the natural intelligence of our bodies is accessed. Through gentle guidance the mechanisms of “freeze” and refusal to feel are being loosened and bodily wisdom can create the necessary actions and releases.

    Practice Session Information

    What Can I Expect from a Class?

    Each online Non-Linear Movement Method® class has three parts;

    1. A short introduction, overview, and demonstration of the method
    2. A guided practice to carefully curated music
    3. A period at the end for rest & reintegration.

    Sessions run for the full 60 minutes.

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