Practitioner Training Program
Meet Teri
Founder and Director of SOMATIC MOVEMENT ARTS










Teri Carter MS, CMT, RSME, CC, speaker, author, mentor, dancer,
internationally recognized somatic movement educator and body-
work therapist has taken her decades of practice, research and study
of anatomical science and alternative therapies to  develop her unique
training program. Drawing on cutting-edge science, proven body-work
therapy, somatic practices and life coaching methods Teri created the

helping thousands break the barrier of
self-limitation into optimal fitness, health and performance. Teri
founded the Somatic Movement Arts Practitioner Training  Program,
Infinite Waves of Health Speaker Summit, and SOMA Fest - The
Somatic Movement Arts Festival LA/NYC.
Requirements and application for graduation and certification in the SMA Training Program.
The SMA training has both residential and virtual study components ~ live seminars in
Los Angeles and virtual/teleconference sessions.  Courses can be taken individually.  
And, students completing the 500 hour, two year certification program can receive the
credentials of Registered Somatic Movement Educator or Therapist through ISMETA
(International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association).
Somatic Movement Arts offers courses and certification in Somatic Movement Education
SMA was developed by Teri Carter, as an experiential study that recognizes that the
body and mind as a fluid system working in harmony, allows individuals to effortlessly
connect with their 'innovative-self' and the world around them.  
SMA integrates practices
of Embodied Anatomy, Continuum based movement, principles of Chi Gung, Authentic
Movement, nature retreats, and a hands-on component to make this approach unique.  
Learn the foundation of working experientially with the body, movement, and
Somatic Movement Arts (SMA) is for you if you...
  • desire to become a professional in the field of Somatic Movement Education
  • have an interest in exploring the body-mind connection in an experiential way  
  • work in the fields of somatics, fitness, athletics, movement, dance, yoga, education,  
    performance, child development, psychotherapy, massage or health care
  • you are looking for a concentrated approach to working with others using the         
    body, mind, movement, sound and touch in a dynamic and profound way.
Somatic Movement Arts
is a revolutionary self-care
approach that allows for
thought patterns, the
nervous system and all of
the body systems to
creatively return to a
natural state of calm and
SMA supports
people in cultivating a
dynamic and responsive
connection to their body's
intelligence – our bodies
have the innate capacity to
transform, heal and flourish
even in a changing world.
Each course applies this language to Experiential Anatomy practices, revealing the embodiment
and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles.  The
specificity with which each of the body systems can be personally explored, embodied and
integrated is a creative process in the context of self-discovery and openness. Each person is
both the student and the subject matter and the underlying goal is to discover the ease that
underlies transformation.
Students of the SMA Program experience and learn somatic self-care processes that
help prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active
living.  Simple and powerful ways to access the infinite wisdom within are shared to
modulate physical, emotional and mental health. Students learn how patterns of stress
and trauma are expressed through the body, effecting the way we experience every
aspect of our lives.  

Somatic Movement Arts can be applied in many areas, including movement, holistic fitness,
dance, yoga, bodywork, somatic studies, physical/occupational therapy, life performance
coaching, conscious entrepreneurship, psychotherapy, child development, education, voice,
music, art, meditation, athletics and other body-mind disciplines.
The curriculum is based on the knowledge that we are primarily
fluid beings, 70-80% water, and the fluid within our bodies is
the primary agent of change.  Our body's structure of
connective tissue is form that is 'negotiable' on physical and
energetic levels, able to transform, heal and innovate by
engaging in experiential somatic processes of movement,
touch, sounding/voice and mind.  A body-based language to
describe fluid movement and body-mind relationships is utilized.