BodyRide is bodywork designed to open your body, balance your mind, and deepen your connectedness. Explore non-verbal communication tools based on mutual support and open-hearted listening. This bodywork awakens energy flow and leaves both the giver and receiver in an energized yet relaxed state of grace.
Dynamic Interactive Bodywork, 'BodyRide', integrates sophisticated bodywork, partner movement, somatic education, insight meditation, relationship exploration, energy clearing, and much more. A session is an intuitive unfolding of movement, touch, sounding, speaking, and pausing that safely invites you to go deeply into your healing process while being fully received and embraced at every level. I am a companion to you in the fullest sense, meeting you with my presence not just emotionally or mentally, but physically, with my whole body as well. How I touch and move with you invites you to safely and deeply connect with yourself, while receiving witness and support.
We set the stage, then I hold the space by inviting and encouraging your process as I witness and accompany you. You determine the direction, pacing, focus, and depth of healing that occurs. I resonate with you empathically and support you intuitively, much as your wise and loving grandmother would receive you unconditionally; holding, listening to and being with you. Accepting you completely and wanting only for you to feel deeply loved and supported right now, just as you are.
As I interact with you with whole body listening,your body instinctively responds to mine. You receive non-erotic full body contact--a nourishing touch that you likely haven't received since infancy, if then. My body literally 'dances' with yours as it takes you in, meets, and responds to your body's communications. This 'whole- body listening' is a rare and powerful way to invite you into your own experience. It allows me to be as close and supportive as possible to you without imposing anything on you. You get to take yourself in with full support.
It is my experience, and that of those with whom I work, that when one's body is met in this way by another body, it releases it's habitual contractive fear of being dominated or abandoned.
Recipients of this work experience a profoundly deep feeling of absolute safety and pleasurable well-being. Their nervous systems experience deep as they sense it is safe to unconditionally trust.
“We interact with others because we want to feel more deeply connected to ourselves.” -harmony gates
"Deep contact in dance, you met me on levels that facilitated me to drop in more profoundly to my own full body experience of being held, attuned to, connected with, and responded to in a way that peels away layers of feeling separated from the flow of life and humanity.
All the ingredients that co-regulate the nervous system of the
receiver, and help heal early attachment wounds." --John Grey PhD Therapist
"You are a Powerful woman with very unusual knowledge. You facilitated a postural change in me that transformed my whole self-image. You are on the cut-ting edge of the cutting edge."
“Harmony brings you into her world of movement and connection in this amazingly strong, gentle way...Her groundedness and relaxation are contagious” -- Ingrid Good; Berkeley Artist
"The work you do is a beautiful cross pollination of contact dance, compressive massage, joint mobilization, stretching, nurturance and gentle guided movement to facilitate release of the most deeply held physical tension in my body. I love the intuition you have developed that allowed the pace of the session to be slow and the moments of pause that you brought while we were engaged in a movement so that subtle shifts occurred naturally. I also love the contact with you and your body. I felt completely held in that sacred way that I experience when someone is being fully present with me. The floor was our third partner in this unique dance massage. Through my contact with it, I felt massaged from nearly a 360 degree perspective! My exposure to contact dance has been very limited, so I am clear that even if I knew nothing about contact dance, as long as am open to a much fuller body contact with a therapist, I would have received the same degree of benefit."
"You also taught me
on a cellular level
what I knew intellectually
and that is that
I am sensual by nature
and withholding that
so as not to make others uncomfortable
is not serving any of us except to deeper forms of bondage
You taught me that I can explore the expansion
of my sesuality and desire
with out being oblidged to be outright sexual
that each moment is a choice
to show up and
I can show up
and any combination
and or rearranged
and changed choice"
"Harmony meets us where we're at and gently and easily steers us toward the intended learning goal. We learn to listen to each others' movement, and to choose conscious responses to it. Her classes have us progress in our learning in a steady, congruent manner. My partner, who is in much pain every day from old shrapnel, is opening to his body and a new dimension of being in his body gently and in cooperation as opposed to his old approach of pushing his body harshly beyond its zone of genuine well-feeling. I see Harmony's work as integrating a positive body awareness into the psycho-spiritual health of the human being. Her work also helps us to get and stay in touch with our bodies' natural tendency for well-being, and integrates the body's pleasure in a way that's easy to accept despite our cultural heritage of pleasurephobia."
"Reach in, Reach out, Be Touched"
"Dancing with you made me feel like a perfect dancer and a perfect person"
“The most powerful experience I've taken away from my sessions with Harmony is learning to connect with others while remaining connected to myself.” --Patrick Numair; Marin, CA
“I came to this class wanting to explore staying centered while relating to others. This class continues to meet my needs and exceed my expectations. I love moving with Harmony and will definitely keep coming.”
Join us in this fun play space for adults; a space that allows and encourages us to be our whole selves, expressing and connecting with our spontaneous energy, and active bodies.