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 offer coaching and bodywork for the trans and queer community and anyone else who is interested in healing and transformation.


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 writingnoise/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 

(2017) Somatic Bodyworker // trained by generative somatics and 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

Training and experience 




Studio 34

4522 Baltimore Avenue 

Philadelphia, PA

Remote sessions also available through Zoom


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