Training Descriptions and Links

This is an alphabetical listing of the professional trainings and workshops that Kim has completed. It includes brief descriptions and links.

Allergy Antidotes

Reduce your sensitivity to stimuli that provoke an allergic-type response: environmental, food, or emotional. Simple techniques you can learn to do on your own.

Anatomy Trains®

Anatomy Trains® maps the ‘anatomy of connection’ — relationships between muscles and fascia, which is the continuous web of connective tissue that surrounds every cell and serves as an organ of structure. Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians provides a framework for a new understanding of whole-body patterning in posture and function – the interplay of movement and stability – and shows how to resolve movement and posture compensations in a way that no analysis of any single muscle can give.


Jean Couch directs The Balance Center in Palo Alto, CA. She oversees teachers, teaches public classes, and leads teacher trainings at her studio and at Esalen. The primary focus of The Balance Center is to present the alignment and movement guidelines distilled from the research of Noelle Perez-Christiaens.

Bones for Life®

The Bones for Life program uses simple, gentle movement sequences to stimulate bone health by directing force through the skeleton. These sequences also help to improve overall body organization and self-usage so that vulnerable joints are protected.


Gentle movement explorations into the fluid nature of the human body and human movement. Developed by Emilie Conrad.

CranioSacral Therapy

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.


Simple, gentle movement sequences designed by Moshe Feldenkrais to improve self-awareness and body usage.

Meridian Stretching

After a car accident, Bob Cooley gradually developed Resistance Flexibility and Strength training to restore his own ability to function and be pain-free. The program systematically stretches and strengthens 16 major muscle groups — 8 in the arms and 8 in the legs. Bob relates these muscles to the energy meridians used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. As a result, each stretch is named after a body organ. He maintains that improving the tone and health of a muscle through which an energy line runs can have a positive impact on that energy line and the related organ. I like this program because I consider it a safe and smart way to target individual muscles. If having a workout is your cup of tea, this is a great way to do it. Resistance levels can be ramped up or down to satisfy professional athletes as well as people with fibromyalgia.

Pelvic Rotator Cuff Institute

Janet Hulme, M.A., P.T., works to educate physical therapists and other bodywork and movement practitioners about a synergistic team of muscles that she calls the pelvic rotator cuff. This team includes some of the internal and external hip rotators, abdominal and low back muscles and the pelvic and breathing diaphragms. Restoring balance and proper function to these muscles can prevent and reverse: incontinence, organ prolapse, and back pain. Participants have also noticed increased balance in standing and walking with a reduced risk of falls.


Liz Koch leads great workshops and retreats that use simple and gentle movements to guide participants to restore the psoas muscle to its proper juicy, supply and dynamic state.

Sounder Sleep™

Gentle movement and breathing techniques to relax the body, calm the mind, and lull oneself to sleep.


The science of Yoga was first developed in India thousands of years ago. It is a mind / body health and wellness system that encompasses a wide range of teachings and techniques. All branches of Yoga are committed to cultivating health and to supporting  personal and spiritual growth.

Kim first attended teacher training with Bikram Choudhury. Bikram Yoga is a challenging sequence of 26 basic poses and 2 breathing exercises to be practiced in 90 minute sessions in a heated room (usually 105°).

Immediately after graduating from Bikram, Kim was mentored by Jay Jones at her studio in Salt Lake City, UT.

In his Advanced Teacher Trainings, Jimmy Barkan dips back into the teachings of Bikram’s teacher, Bishnu Ghosh. Barkan has developed a challenging Sun Salute framework that incorporates basic and advanced poses from the Calcutta lineage.

Karen O’Donnell Clarke is a Kripalu-trained Yoga teacher who has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She teaches other Yoga teachers how to work with special populations, especially the elderly and participants with MS.

In addition to Foundations of Balance, Jean Couch also teaches Yoga classes and workshops. Author of The Runner’s Yoga Book, Jean is skilled at guiding students into the classic alignment taught by Noelle Perez-Christiaens at l’Institut Supérieur d’Aplomb in Paris.

Odile Thibault has trained with Noelle Perez-Christiaens for over 20 years and teaches at l’Institut Supérieur d’Aplomb in Paris. In her American workshops, Odile guides modern students into the alignment in gravity that was common among traditional Yoga practitioners in the days before tucked pelvises and slumpy spines became a cultural norm.

Neurogenic Yoga marries the ancient practice of Yoga with the modern method of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) as developed by David Berceli. This combination facilities the lengthening and relaxation of the psoas muscle and the release of physical and emotional stress and tension. Neurogenic Yoga uses yoga asana (postures) and pranayama (breath) to prepare the body for neurogenic tremors. These tremors are the nervous system’s way of discharging long-held tension or unconscious muscle contraction in order to restore the body to wholeness.

In Progress

Kim is currently enrolled in Spacial Dynamics, Level 1. Spacial Dynamics is the study and enhancement of the relationship between the human being and space through various movement technques and activities. Participants become skilled at recreating dynamics that reconnect, regenerate, and reintegrate, thus replacing dis-ease with ease. Level 1 trainees meet for 20 days each year for five years. Kim expects to complete this program in 2014.

As she proceeds with Level 1 training, Kim has also completed the following Level 2 Spacial Dynamics segments:

Spacial Dynamics: Reflexes: Prisons or Portals
All human babies are born with the same reflexes — grasping, sucking, startle, various neck reflexes, etc. Ideally, the reflexes get integrated during the first years of life, but sometimes one or more are retained. Retained reflexes interfere with the ability of the individual to respond freely to the world around them and can wreak havoc with body alignment. At the training, we learned how to identify retained reflexes and some tools for integrating them. On a personal level, I am finally resolving some very stubborn postural quirks and tensions that turn out to be reflex related. As a teacher, I can now see that many students who struggle with particular poses are dealing with retained reflexes. With my new skills, I am better able to help them find real ease and new freedom in all their movements.

Spacial Dynamics: Dynamic Embryo

What are we actually doing as a human being when we are an embryo? The patterns in our prenatal experiences serve as a kind of template for patterns later forming the tissue of our complex postnatal life of behavior and soul. By exploring the very beginnings of human life, we see that matter is formed from congealed movement. By following the processes that form the human embryo, we shed some light onto such themes as healthy development, the purpose and wisdom of the human form, and, indeed, the very meaning of human existence.  Jaap van der Wal, PhD presented lectures and slides grounded in functional anatomy and his passion for embryology. Jaimen McMillan led participants in Bothmer Gymnastics and Spacial Dynamics activities to experience the pulsing interplay between space and the creation and re-creation of the physical body.

Spacial Dynamics: Body Image

Body image is the picture an individual carries of his or her own body. These perceptions and misconceptions of our bodies play important roles in how we act, inter-act, and are re-acted to. Besides taking a serious look at how modern society contrives to control and manipulate our sense of what is beautiful and desirable for financial gain, we also profit by taking some playful glances at ourselves. In a supportive group environment, we help each other shed old molds and grow into the skins we are in. We learn exercises and create spaces for ourselves to move from images that confine towards the freedom of the archetype.

Spacial Dynamics: Auto-Immune Disorders

In an auto-immune disorder, there is a type of protective gesture that could be an attack or an alarm to oneself. This very often happens when an individual’s relationship to space becomes skewed — when the world seems to close in — and when time seems to race. Currently, we have an epidemic of sleeplessness, nervousness, allergies, being sick on a regular basis, auto-immune disorders, and diseases that take someone’s life. We will look at exercises to restore healthy relationships in time and space to address auto-immune issues in general. In particular, we will explore in some detail movement aspects of: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Ulcerative Colitis.

Spacial Dynamics: Hands-On Therapeutics

Perhaps the most intriguing contribution of Spacial Dynamics to the field of movement are the “streams.” The streams are dynamic pathways in the space around the body which help interweave puzzled pieces back to a unified Gestalt. Physical clumsiness and soul alienation give way to cohesive movements that are enlivening and awakening. The muscles and the joints follow new, dynamic movement maps toward long forgotten archetypes.

This course puts the accent on learning and thoroughly practicing a myriad of Spacial Dynamic streams, both in giving and receiving these soothing and energizing hands-on techniques. We will then apply them to Bothmer® and Spacial Dynamics® exercises to test their effectiveness in consciously creating new connections to our bodies, surrounding space, others, and yourself.