The Embodied Teen (Paperback)

A Somatic Curriculum for Teaching Body-Mind Awareness, Kinesthetic Intelligence, and Social and Emotional Skills--50 Activities in Somatic Movement Education

By Susan Bauer

North Atlantic Books, 9781623171889, 376pp.

Publication Date: July 17, 2018

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The first book to offer a somatic movement education curriculum adapted to the needs and sensitivities of adolescents

Susan Bauer presents a groundbreaking curriculum for teaching teens how to integrate body and mind, enhance kinesthetic intelligence, and develop the inner resilience they need to thrive, now and into adulthood. Designed for educators, therapists, counselors, and movement practitioners, The Embodied Teen presents a pioneering introductory, student-centered program in somatic movement education. Using the student's own body as the lab through which to learn self-care, injury prevention, body awareness, and emotional resilience, Bauer teaches basic embodiment practices that establish the foundation for further skill development in sports, dance, and leisure activities. Students learn the basics of anatomy and physiology, and unlearn self-defeating habits that impact body image and self-esteem. By examining their cultural perceptions, they discover their body prejudices, helping them to both respect diversity and gain compassion for themselves and others. Concise and accessible, the lessons presented in this book will empower teens as they navigate the volatile physical and emotional challenges they face during this vibrant, powerful stage of life.

About the Author

SUSAN BAUER (MFA, RSME/T) is a teacher, dancer, writer, Fulbright Scholar, and somatic educator and practitioner. In her thirty-year career she has taught in middle school and high school, college, and community contexts, and has led teacher trainings and given conference presentations both in the United States and abroad. Her pioneering teacher training program, Embodiment in Education, is now in its tenth year. Bauer served on the board of directors of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) from 2012 to 2015. She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist with a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bauer holds an MFA in dance from the Department of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a contributor to the anthologies Embodied Lives and Dance, Somatics, and Spiritualities. For more information please visit

Praise For The Embodied Teen: A Somatic Curriculum for Teaching Body-Mind Awareness, Kinesthetic Intelligence, and Social and Emotional Skills--50 Activities in Somatic Movement Education

“How can we care for the life of our world if we haven’t learned to experience and care for our own bodies? By showing how to develop kinesthetic intelligence in the teenage years, Susan Bauer’s groundbreaking book will have an impact not only on countless lives but on the health and resilience of our culture as a whole.”
—Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy

“Susan Bauer o­ffers educators a dynamic curriculum with clear guidelines for helping adolescents discover ways to enliven their sense of self, recognize and accept the diversity of others, and establish a base of lifelong habits for well-being. This book should be read by anyone who wants to create a trusting and enriching environment for teens.”
—Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, developer of Body-Mind Centering® and author of Sensing, Feeling, and Action: ­The Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering®

“Finally, a first-person guide to embodied awareness focused on teens! Susan Bauer o­ffers not just ideas about moving and communicating but explorations and ‘best practices’ that have been tested and refined over decades. This book both includes and respects the voices of youth in these critical years of their development. A ‘must-read, must-own’ resource for respecting our bodies and the planet we all share.”
—Andrea Olsen, author of Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide

“Susan Bauer is a bold pioneer in somatic education.... The Embodied Teen presents a rationale and a program more comprehensive and systematic than many past experimentations in adolescent curriculum. Do not simply read this book, but act upon it in any way you can to make its vision a reality in the education of our youth.” 
—Deane Juhan, movement re-education therapist and author of Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork and Touched by the Goddess: ­The Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual Powers of Bodywork

“Although [this book] addresses youth, the material is valuable for any age level. Susan Bauer has written with clarity and interest in a way that any one of us as teachers can find new ideas and inspiration. I would not be without this book as a teacher or a student of dance.”
—Anna Halprin, PhD, author of Moving Toward Life: Five Decades of Transformational Dance and cofounder of the Tamalpa Institute

“Susan Bauer’s curricular manual is a rare beginning into an important world—how to empower teens to access their own body intelligence and build their resiliency, so needed in these times. Join this thoughtful call to get more holistically involved with our young people!”
—Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD, author of Mindful Movement: ­The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action