Who is Matthew Nelson?
With a philosophy grounded in awareness, connectivity, and flow, Matthew Nelson takes a scholarly and mindful approach to helping people transform through movement. Matthew brings over 20 years experience on his path, achieving qualifications that include an MFA in Modern Dance, and certifications in Laban Movement Analysis, Massage, and Pilates. Whether you seek relief from pain and trauma, or want to enhance your focus and performance, Matthew’s experience, education, and compassionate presence can help you feel more at home in your body.
An artist, activist, scholar, and therapist, Matthew likes to play between the lines of techniques and traditions, consistently seeking solutions to the timely question of how humans can learn to live with resilience and in diversity, efficiently and easefully collaborating with each other from a base of compassion. He breathes embodiment as ground zero for the critical realization that we are living systems, made up of living systems, and participating in living systems.
Modalities of Training
Somatics is a field that studies movement and awareness. There are many somatic methods, from the very physical Feldenkrais and Alexander techniques to the subtle imagery of Body-Mind Centering, the direct bodywork of Rolfing, and even the more psychological applications of Hakomi. Matthew has studied somatics as a field of knowledge, and weaves methodologies from all of these approaches. Matthew is certified in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (LMA), a system of somatic inquiry passed down and consistently developed over more than a century. Particularly prominent now in the academic circle of modern dance, LMA provides a language for making sense of movement. Somatic awareness and practices are about connection: We will connect you with the many parts of yourself so that you can better your connection with others and your world.
The fasciae, or connective tissues, are a network of physical support that wrap every part of our bodies. Long ignored by anatomic science, fascia is now the center of much study and discovery. Muscles control the motion of the fascial network as sailors control a sail-boat; they depend on the sails and ropes the fascial network provides. Fascial bodywork focuses on the functional networks of connection between all parts of the body through gentle physical manipulation. With almost 20 years of experience seeing and affecting movement through touch, Matthew integrates many other systems and techniques into his fascial bodywork including craniosacral, deep-tissue massage, and shiatsu. In classes and trainings he can help you perform bodywork on yourself and others.
Pilates is a system of exercises and equipment developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s. The system particularly stresses internal support through the torso for control of the limbs. Pilates work creates dynamic stability through the entire range of motion, and provides excellent strength training for extreme activities. It also supports helps with the simple stresses of daily life such as walking, sitting, and mowing the lawn. Matthew certified in Pilates with LBDC in the lineage of Marie-Jose Blom, a program very strong in rehabilitative work and myofascial repatterning. We will help you generate supportive alignment and balance in your soft tissue network.
Matthew holds an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. Modern Dance is an art exploring the intelligence of physical experimentation. Matthew integrates many systems and vocabularies of movement to meet the creative needs of any problem, from finding the source of your pain to creating coherence in a group. Matthew is a choreographer, creating movement practices for people based on their individual needs and interests. We will help you find meaning in your movement.