“Somatic” refers to the physical body and somatic practices are those which bring more awareness to bodily sensations through specialized sensory receptors called proprioceptors. There are other parts of the brain that are the biological basis for emotions and can be accessed through developing sensory acuity. Sensory acuity is the ability to notice what you are experiencing through your senses. Only the things that we notice are available to work with, use and change. The Feldenkrais Method is a somatic practice.
Developmental practices are those that support children by embracing the most current & effective approaches in learning and social, emotional and motor development from birth through childhood, enabling them to reach goals that are both challenging and achievable.”
Leigh Scott is a somatic educator and author of her own parenting programs with more than 35 years in private practice in the Hudson Valley. She has creatively combined the most effective aspects of many parenting programs, cutting edge social neuroscience, attachment research and mindfulness-based somatic practices, with her life’s experience as a parent and now grandparent. Recently, the focus of Leigh’s work has been the social, emotional and motor development of infants and postpartum support for parents.
Leigh’s Certifications & Programs include:
"Without Leigh, I don't know if my husband and I would have survived our crash landing into parenthood! In each visit, she calmed our feisty baby and taught us new skills to navigate the difficult newborn weeks. I would often say to myself, "What would Leigh do?" Because of Leigh's work with our family, we were able to be more attuned to our baby's needs and help her develop and thrive."
- Sarah and Wallace Patterson and baby Rose
“We first met Leigh Scott just before our eldest son was born.
Leigh has a remarkable knowledge of infant development, especially over the first year of life and how to support this naturally unfolding ability within babies.
My husband and I refer to Leigh Scott as the baby whisperer because of her ability to connect and engage with babies.
One of the most astounding examples of this is how our newborn responded when in her arms.
He moved and stretched himself in a way we had not seen him do when we held him.
Through her face-to-face playful interactions she observes and supports babies through whatever developmental movements they are doing.
Whether our son was in her arms, on his back, belly, reaching out for a toy, learning to roll or beginning to crawl, Leigh delighted in getting down on the floor and connecting with him while giving us tips to support normal healthy movement.
We were so grateful for Leigh’s baby Feldenkrais classes and one-on-one sessions."
- Erin and Steve Davis and babies Jude, Boden & Niva
"I first met Leigh as a colleague in a psychology study group, where she introduced me to the Feldenkrais Method of healing. I soon became a client of hers to treat my subtle and longstanding physical muscle tensions. The experience was extremely helpful.
Besides just the physical benefits of the Feldenkrais Method, part of my healing process was the interaction with Leigh herself.
She is a beautiful soul – intelligent, thoughtful, calm, and wise. Leigh also coached my daughter on how to use movement and touch to deepen her connection with my three month old grandchild . After knowing Leigh for five years in our study group and seeing her in action, I highly recommend her to parents and children of all ages."
- Amy P. Schneider, Ph.D., New York, NY
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