Meg Eginton, MFA, RSME-T
manage and relieve chronic pain,
process grief and trauma,
ease negative habits,
develop better breathing,
release excessive tension, and
become more in touch with their body-minds for more ease in everyday living.
About Eginton Alignment Somatic Movement Therapy
The ultimate goal of Eginton Alignment Somatic Movement Therapy is to provide you with knowledge and confidence in your ability to learn how to help yourself feel better without any practitioner's help. There are accessible movement, feeling, imagining, and thinking skills you can safely employ for long term health, mobility, and ease and joy in everyday moving and living. Better alignment (posture-in-motion) is always part of feeling better, and is the start to feeling better. Understanding and changing the connections between your body, your mind, and your habits of behavior lead to feeling better and feeling more of what you want to feel, with lasting, long-term results. You will know how to help yourself.
Somatic Therapy, What is it?
Somatics is a field of movement and bodywork which involves learning to consistently and simultaneously experience both internal physical sensations, emotions, and the outer environment within which one moves and feels. In true health we are able to stay connected to our interior sensations and to our outer environment, in the present, consistently. We are not waylaid by the past's pressure on our current mental and physical health. We are able, in the moment, to make good choices. We change our pain pathways and rewrite our thought scripts.
In the context of therapy, somatic movement means small movements inside our bodies on the enteric level, and in our muscles or body boundaries, and consciousness of movement and thought patterns that lead to pain or psychological discomfort. To change these negative body and mind patterns, you learn to move differently: release tension with your thought, recognize physical sensations from within that warn you of coming anxiety or pain, learn to be aware of personal anatomy, be present in emotional and stressful circumstances, release the habits, once adaptive, of past injuries and traumas.
It's a physical process. It's hands on body work combined with special home exercises made specifically for you. Somatic Movement Therapy is often suggested by psychotherapists as a way to become more at home in one's body, and more aware of one's instinctual ability to "know what you want" and to access whole person being and healing. It's suggested by doctors to help with neurodegenerative disease, and injuries that don't respond to traditional physical therapy, massage, chiropractics or medication. Meg Eginton is good at teaching breathing and body awareness (and emotional recognition), resolving or guiding control of chronic pain, releasing PTSD and CPTSD symptoms, getting rid of repetitive negative movement behaviors and habits, healing "bad backs" and "frozen shoulders, and painful hips, menstrual cramps, migraines," and helping with body image and eating problems, recovery from grief, healthy aging, recovery from stroke, and fighting the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease and MS. She educates, works through the fascia, teaches better alignment, coaches, and moves with you until together you find your answers to your problems.
Treatment is guided by the needs of the patient/client, sometimes in collaboration with their primary psychotherapist or psychiatrist, orthopedist, or primary or specialist physician. The person is always active in the process of exploring the causes and reliefs of their discomfort, intentionally participates in movement processes, and notes the resulting positive changes in physiological and emotional response. The process of receiving and self-creating comfort and ease helps the individual heal and solidify healthier habits for living. Repeated experiences of success, experienced during treatment sessions, ensure the patient develops a more intelligent body-mind, upon which they learn to depend for guidance and direction in times of physical challenge and emotional insecurity. These positive experiences of new ways of living in and using one’s physical and emotional self create stronger connections to inner life, and reinforce a sense of wholeness and belief in one’s unique capacity for ongoing self-care. Eventually, the therapist becomes unnecessary for healing or management of chronic conditions. Often the person no longer needs any outside help with their body.
Eginton Alignment Somatic Movement Therapy treatment methods include:
Table Work, which is gentle hands-on calming, and myofascial induction of movement
Repatterning of musculoskeletal use
Sensory Awareness meditation
In-session reflection and simple home journaling
Stretching and strengthening of weak muscle groups, including pelvic floor (psoas and more) muscles
Movement and retraining, exploration in everyday life
Creative practices including journaling and studio work
Support for healthy aging: gait, strength, balance
Feldenkrais method repatterning
Life coaching for pain release and CPTSD as it relates to bodily discomfort.
Your First Appointment or Class: What to Expect?
Prior to your first evaluation and consultation for therapy please fill out the Eginton Alignment Somatic Therapy/Education New Patient forms. Meg will send them to you electronically, or you can do them in the office. They will take about 15 minutes to complete.
Prior to your first class please fill out the registration and liability forms for classes and workshops. Meg will send them.
We do not wear street shoes anywhere in Movement for All studio and offices. Please do feel free to bring non-street shoes, or socks for class. We keep our studio floor spotless. There is a public bathroom with plenty for changing into studio clothing.
What to wear to your first therapy appointment. Please wear a soft long sleeved shirt and loose fitting soft pants. Please drink a small cup of water before your appointment. It is best to not eat a lot just before your session. Hydrate well the day before. This initial evaluation and treatment requires two hours, so it is a good idea to visit the restroom before we begin.
Your evaluation will begin with a thorough oral intake interview with Meg Eginton RSME-T to assess your movement and alignment history, general and specific health considerations, and your needs and goals for somatic movement therapy. Meg will do a hands-on analysis of musculoskeletal alignment, tissue tonus, and your range of motion when you are standing, sitting, and in other personal range of motion issues. She will then introduce you to Table Work, and follow this intake with suggestions for immediate use, in the office.
Table Work is not massage. In a Table Work session the person lies on a massage or Alexander table, face up and fully clothed, and participates in the session by exploring movement and breath capabilities guided by Meg’s hands. It is an activity of “active non-doing.” The This gentle hands-on work releases tension and frees breath while it re-patterns movements to be more efficient and easeful, drawing from developmental movement pathways, and the methods of Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement, and Gindler/Selver Sensory Awareness work. Table Work and breath work are deeply relaxing, and yield immediate therapeutic benefits.
Following your appointment, if you decide to follow an individualized plan, a commitment of six sessions is required. This usually guarantees resolving of your presenting issue and provides you with enough individualized homework for ongoing independent self-care. Your individualized plan will be developed in partnership with you. Often includes written notes for your individual exercises to take home. Occasionally audio and video are used, recorded directly on to your smart form.. The exercises and/or compensations that Meg makes for you are for use in getting better, and for long term use. The are similar to PT exercises sometimes, but more specific and individualized. She can go over PT exercises and tweak them, and she will also review your gym work if asked.
Often the exercises are drawn from dance training, and always from Meg’s long experience with people and what works. She works with what you like to do.
Eginton Alignment History
In 2014, after many years of study, performing until she was 40 in New York and Europe, and professorships in higher education and private practice Meg Eginton formed Eginton Alignment Somatic Movement Education and Therapy in Iowa City, IA. The purpose of her work is to umbrella all of her movement activities and to serve individuals of all ages, genders, strengths and vulnerabilities -- and walks of life. She first rented space and worked at Eastwind and Virtue medicine and now works out of her studio and offices, Movement for All, LLC. She has also had practices in 4 other cities, since 1992, and used her university teaching as her "lab." Meg has worked with approximately 1000 people, insuring a deep and unique understanding of problems, and constitutions both physical and mental, and how to help.
Why is Meg’s Work Different?
Eginton Alignment differentiates from other forms of bodywork, energy work, and physical therapy through emphasis on discovering what methods for home use will yield people maximal return on people’s investment of time and money. Meg's therapy offerings are very cost effective in the short and long term. People gain control over pain and discomfort, whether physical or emotional. People take away skills that will last them a lifetime. They continue to get better, on their own, and without Meg’s hands and classes --- and with our practitioner teachers classes.
Fees, New Clients:
2 hour Intake interview, exam: $200.00
1.5 hour lesson/session: $165.00
1 hour of lessons/sessions follow up visit: $110.00
Eginton Alignment Movement for All, LLC donate 1.5% of profits to social justice organizations.
Slightly reduced fees sometimes available. Please ask.
Meg Eginton RSME-T follows all standards of practice, ethics, and scope of practice guidelines of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. You can read these guidelines here: http://www.ismeta.org/ws/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Standard-Code-Scope.pdf
About Meg Eginton (bio)
Meg works with people of all ages and many sorts of needs. She is credentialed as a Registered Movement Educator and a Somatic Movement Therapist (RSME-T) by the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA, 1994). She has been in private practice for since 1992, and has had private practices in Sarasota, Cambridge MA, and New York City and in in Iowa City from 1996-1998, and since 2014. As Head of Movement at three universities Meg developed The Daily Dozen work, a group form that teaches Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais method self care, to effectively and quickly produce good alignment (posture-in-motion). She began training teachers in her Somatic Movement Education and Therapy method in 2006. Her certified teachers are located in Canberra AU, Los Angeles, and St. Louis. She would like to start training two Iowa teachers to join her practice.
Training: her primary Somatic Movement Therapy, Alexander Technique, and Feldenkrais mentor was the renowned Dr. Lydia Yohay (ACAT, LISW),with whom she studied and apprenticed from 1984-1991 in New York City. She was mentored by Ilana Rubenfeld, a second wave (after Reich) somatic movement psychologist. She is a lifelong student of the mindful meditation Sensory Awareness work of Elsa Gindler and Charlotte Selver. In 2016 Meg studied Howard the “Unlearn Your Pain” method of solving psycho-physiological pain with its founder, Dr. Howard Schubiner, MD and and traveled to London to attend a summit in non-pharmaceutical means to resolving chronic pain, led by the experts in this field of mindbody medicine. She has studied and received permission to teach dance for people with Parkinson’s from the Mark Morris sponsored “Dance for PD” program in New York. Her life coaching work, which she uses primarily for helping people change their relationship to chronic pain and neurological disease, comes through Strategic Intervention founded by Tony Robbins and Family Systems therapist Chloe Madanes. She is also a certified Death Midwife, which means someone who helps people move through the transition from life to death -- in non-medical ways.
Meg danced and acted professionally in New York and Europe. Companies she danced in include the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Stephen Petronio Dance Company, Viewpoints Founder Mary Overlie's group, and Douglas Dunn and Dancers. She maintained a modern dance company of her own for nine years in NYC, France and Italy. Meg was a member of one of the earliest Authentic Movement groups. She starred on Broadway in the 4 Tony Award nominated silent (no talking) play , Largely, New York, by post-modern vaudevillian Bill Irwin, and had small roles in movies and plays off-Broadway, including Scent of a Woman with Al Pacino. She has choreographed dances and directed plays that were performed in the US, Europe, and Russia. It was during her training and performance career that she trained and began teaching movement and dance for actors, after being invited to be a guest artist at Yale University. She chose to work with actors because they were interested in finding ways to move and dance that were expressive of soul, and she became less interested in teaching "technique" as she aged. Now, she is not even sure that technique should ever be separated from "soul" if one wants to make art or be fully human.
Meg was Head of Movement for the Atlantic Theatre/New York University Tisch School for Arts, and also for Harvard University’s American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. At ART she was also the resident movement coach and choreographer for the professional company. As a professor at Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory she developed the movement program and served as interim director of the conservatory, expanding performance and training opportunities for students. She retired from FSU in 2013. She has taught her work internationally in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Russia. She continues to teach The Daily Dozen and coach the physicality of acting, for the University of North Carolina School for the Arts, and the NYU Tisch Atlantic Theatre Advanced Acting Workshop.