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A S S E S S M E N T How do we determine what to work with in Clinical Somatic Education? . How can you see this? Is a question I get asked frequently by teaching colleagues of various movement modalities. Training on 'body reading' and practice allows me to ask questions related to the clients movement, contractive patterns and comfort that are not part of most movement teaching trainings. . Not in a 'we have x-ray vision and know all the answers' kind of way, but yes, we might have a different focus on how we look at a client and a different way of assessing what might be the path we will work together with the client on movement and habitual restrictions. . One of the things we do is of course look at posture (it's a snapshot, it's not a static unchangeable 'thing', it's not the end of assessment and it's subjective!), but given that we work with *movement*, stopping at a static assessment to 'know' what to do is pointless. We're not furniture, we are made to move (thanks to Alfons for this!) . We also thoroughly look at movement, gait in particular, as we humans are also made for walking and walking should be the comfortable base from which other movements can be expanded. Again, the point of view is What is happening right now, what does the client feel, how does the client word his movement… being able to change the movements we do is relying on being able to accurately sense what we do (and often herein lies the issue!) . We look from the outside, the client senses from the inside and then we 'dance together' in gentle movements to find skillful effort. It's a first person (your sensing), second person (our moving together with hands on feedback) and third person (my observation of your movement) approach to give us a 3dimentional experience of what it means to be. At @essentialsomatics Clinical Somatic Education training, we spend a lot of time honing this skill of not jumping to third person conclusions, personal practice of sensing (humbling and honing empathy for the client's difficulties of sensing themselves!), and hands on skills of purposeful touch. . We don't have all the answers, but we might be able to give you a different perspective.