embodied anatomy & movement development:


with Erik Bendix

What is BMC?

Body-Mind Centering® is an integrated approach to movement, the body, and consciousness. Each participant in BMC is both student and subject matter, both inquiring mind and living anatomy to be learned about. We learn how all body systems contribute to how we move, and how to distinguish between systems, tissues and cells through touch and observation. We also learn the development of movement from conception through infancy, and how our histories layer into the ease with which we are present today.

Can BMC benefit me?

Students of BMC have at times found profound relief from stress and pain, as well as many openings to greater expressiveness, empowerment, and vitality. Strictly speaking, such positive experiences are side effects of the primary endeavor, which is learning. Potential benefits of BMC could be described this way:

~Deep learning about the miracles of life inside us
~Profound support and transformation
~A treasuring of individual uniqueness
~Inclusion in a thoughtful and open community

Body-Mind Centering is a toolkit for self-exploration.The field of its exploration is potentially limitless, and is being engaged in by networked practitioners with different interests worldwide. It is a unique tool for understanding both microcosms of bodily sensation and macrocosms of group interaction.

Who developed BMC?

Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen 

(photo by Marilynne Morshead)

Body-Mind Centering was developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, who has worked worldwide with countless other explorers of how the mind expresses itself in movement. Drawing on her experience as an occupational therapist, modern dancer and somatics pioneer and on what she has learned as a practitioner of yoga, Tai Chi, and Zen meditation, Bonnie has spent close to half a century using mindfulness to explore anatomy and how movement develops. Renowned for her ability to help brain-damaged children and her extraordinary knowledge and gifts as a teacher, Bonnie is also widely loved for her simple humility and willingness to learn.                                         

...I tend to teach both to the unconscious and to the conscious in the student...I sow the seed so that they can continue to learn at home.
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Erik Bendix

Erik trained as a Body-Mind Centering Practitioner from 1996 to 2000 in Berkeley, California, and as a Body-Mind Centering Teacher in 2012 in Paris, France. He is one of few BMC Teachers to also hold AmSAT certification as an Alexander Technique teacher, and has training from both disciplines in developmental movement. He trained with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, the originator of BMC, as well as with Joan and Alex Murray, the pioneers of the Dart Procedures©. He is past president and founder of the Institute for Body-Mind Centering, and has taught movement workshops worldwide. He is a well-known folk dance teacher, an innovative ski teacher, a poet, a translator, and a devoted father of two adult sons. He lives with his wife in a log house he designed near Asheville, North Carolina.

Frequently Asked Questions

BMC practitioners want to discover:

1) Which aspects of your body  are more in the light of your awareness, which more in shadow?
2) How do your patterns of movement fit into your lifetime of development?
The way you move has roots in earlier phases of your development, and these phases can be retrained. Equally, the way you function can right itself when aspects of body systems that have been unconscious emerge into awareness. BMC practitioners exploring these questions follow a client’s lead rather than imposing an agenda. Even in deep rest, the client of a BMC session remains an active participant. Even in full movement, there is quiet witness.

What Others Say

As a painter for several decades, I had become painfully 'lopsided' from working at my easel using the dominant hand. Over the course of several sessions, Erik Bendix helped me to regain balance, grounding and peace -- not only in body, but mind and life as well. I sing highest praises of recommendations for what Erik does.
Sally Sweetlandvisual artist
Erik's work and teaching bring to life the beautiful synergy of science, art, and intuitive aptitude in relationship to each unique body and its present needs. His depth of keen listening and awareness of the body's support from within is truly remarkable to sense in action
Jessica Markowner of Happy Body Fitness & Wellness in Asheville, NC; certified practitioner and instructor in Orthobionomy®, certified Pilates instructor
Erik and I have been students together, we’ve taught together and I’ve taken some of his classes. I appreciate the depth of Erik’s study and experience. I find him to be a compassionate, creative teacher; receptive and responsive to his students. He gives his students the support and opportunity to have a somatic, embodied experience. He shares the wealth of what he has read, studied and learned.
Roxlyn Moretcertified Teacher and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, certified Laban/Bartenieff Analyst (CMA), Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-500)
I love Erik and his work. He is a truly wonderful human being who has so much embodied knowledge and skill that he shares with an integrity and compassionate clarity in his presence, his words, and his hands-on work. I have also had the pleasure of collaborating professionally with Erik and I have thoroughly appreciated both our collaborative process and our teaching together. Erik is creative, generous, and forward-thinking in his embodied approach to his work and his life.
Sonja H. SutherlandFeldenkrais practitioner®, LearningInAction.org
Erik's hands are responsive, subtle, and his patience comes from deep knowledge and experience.
Fanchon Shurchoreographer
In one session with Erik many years ago, I discovered a repositioning of my head on my spine and a completely new relationship to the world through my eyes. It precipitated a journey of awareness that continues to this day, and would not have been possible without Erik’s gentle hands and deep insight. I consider him to be a master somatic movement practitioner.
Mark Taylorpresident of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA), director of the Center for Body-Mind Movement, former director of the School for Body-Mind Centering℠, former director of Dance Alloy dance company
Erik has a sensitive presence that mindfully and compassionately supports people in both his individual sessions and group classes. I have directly experienced and benefited from his individual work and greatly enjoy teaching with him.
Myra Avedon, M.A. Somatic PsychologyCertified in Osteopathy, Massage Therapy, Somatic Movement Therapy, Body-Mind Centering®
In his work as a somatic practitioner and in his interactions with people, Erik touches the deep spaces in himself and others with gentleness, compassion, and deep wisdom. He perceives with “the ears of his ears and the eyes of his eyes,” encouraging in his students and clients a freer, more flowing, joyful, and resonant embodiment of the whole self. Just to be in his presence is healing.
Diane Elliotrabbi, teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist


30 Cumberland Ave. Asheville, N.C. 28801, U.S.A.
To schedule sessions with Erik Bendix please call him at (828) 450-1670 (cell)
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