Thirdspace Somatics is a project that continues to bloom in new ways. It is my private practice and it is also an ever unfolding collaborative effort to widen the scope and reach of somatic theory and practice.
I am interested in exploring how the social world shapes our bodies and beliefs, and how somatic awareness and practice can open up possibilities for us to shape it back, perhaps into configurations that are more in alignment with justice, desire, and liberation. As a trans person I see bodies as sites of change and potential. Healing and change-making are fused together, the personal and the political, the individual and the social.
I also offer workshops and experiential group practice aimed at exploring the relational, psycho-social, and environmental forces - or pressure points- that shape our bodies, movement patterns, and ways of relating.
My work also includes writing, noise/sound experiments, occasional podcasts, and most importantly ongoing conversations and collaborations with friends, mentors, teachers, and anyone who wants to create something together. Maybe you do?
<3 Rusti Mae (she/they)
(2018) Certified Somatic Coach // Strozzi Institute
(2011) Licensed Massage Therapist // Florida School of Massage
(2019) M.A. in Embodiment Studies // Goddard College
~~~ M.A. Thesis // Bodies, Ideology, and Collective Power
(2017) B.A. in Health Arts and Sciences // Goddard College
~~~ B.A. Thesis // Social Bodies: The Shaping of Internal and External Worlds (available as a book)
Partial training in…
Developmental Somatics // Bodynamic Institute
Relational Somatics // Relational Uprising
Rosen Method Bodywork // Rosen Method
Other relevant experience…
Theater of the Oppressed facilitator // trained in 2016 at Mandala Center for Change
Peer Support Specialist 2015-2017 // Gainesville Peer Respite // Intentional Peer Support
Facilitator and organizer 2010-2013 // Gainesville Icarus Project