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The Continuum

MmOoHeelToe – my intro

Emily Conrad  Founder of Continuum Movement

My Story – Emily Contrad and Renate McNay
Intro to Continuum – Emily Conrad
Open Attention (discussion by practitioners)
Peace Prayer, Emilie Conrad
Versatility, Emilie Conrad

Read Beth Pettengil Riley and Priscilla Stanton Auchincloss “A Moving Inquiry“.


(shortened for the purpose of learning sequences – normally, these would be longer dives)

“Hey Jude” mini-dive using N and HA sounds (Estas Tonne):

Variation of Cari’s Embryonic Mini-Dive using Primordial Breath and M sound:

The Eyes Have It Mini-Dive using Shhh and Zshhh:

I Rib U Not with M and E and O

ENT with H-U-M

ninalolawowo basic (marcella)

marcella describes her dive

ninalolawowo advanced (marcella) (sped up)(music is white noise to cover t.v. sounds in background)

The Blurs – your animal body “growl”

Inside the throat, the airway is essentially a round tube with the vocal cords narrowing the airway, acting as a valve, technically – the glottis.  “Vocal cord” is a part of a muscle on the side of the larynx, covered with special tissues that can vibrate at a high speed. It resembles a lip of tissue much more than a cord.

Distortion takes place at the level of the false cord (ventricular folds), level 2 (see ‘Levels of the vocal tract’). The ‘noise’ is created by vibrations of the false folds. The false folds do not have a flexible and excess mucous membrane as do the true folds which means that they do not vibrate as fast and delicately as the true folds and therefore they produce a distorted sound. The distortion takes place above the true folds which mean you can add lots of volume to this effect without damaging the voice. Once you have created the ‘noise’ by using the false folds you can add a mode to the distortion and thereby gain power and metal. The more a sound is distorted, the more ‘noise’ and the less tone there is. Full distortion (100% distortion) is only ‘noise’ and no tone. Distortion is a mixture of ‘noise’ and tone. Distortion is an effect that can contain a range of emotions from aggression to devotion. It has little to do with your speaking voice, some call it pre-vocalization. (Can sound like a stomach growling but comes from the throat instead.)

Janis Joplin is an example of someone who used distortion in her singing. However, we use distortion in the blurs without the notes. In order not damage vocal chords, noise needs to be made at the back of the throat (visualize the back of the mouth). It is not coming from the vocal cords in the front – the speaking part of your voice). There may need to be fluid in the throat at first to help get it started. Its like gargling with sound. Let it be very gentle because if you do it incorrectly it is not nourishing it is irritating.  It did allow me to go into the wordless void where I had external awareness but without thought. It is like a little death and kind of peaceful.


Life on Land_ Exaptation

Life on Land – Tissue

Life on Land – Culture

The Polyvagal Theory
Porges S. W. (2009). The polyvagal theory: new insights into adaptive reactions of the autonomic nervous system. Cleveland Clinic journal of medicine, 76 Suppl 2(Suppl 2), S86–S90.

Polyvagal Theory vs. Continuum discussion between Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz and Dr. Steve Porges. Polyvagal Theory focuses on neuro-regulation, yet to my way of thinking it is somewhat different in that it emphasizes prosocial behavior as a means of co-regulation. My experience of "neuro-regulation" in Continuum is independent of co-regulation that takes place between people. I am listening to my own body instead of the soothing voice of a teacher (voice, gesture and the safety that is created in the presence of others) as I dive deep within to follow inner movement. However, a community of practitioners provides a support system (we are not in actual physical proximity in Zoom). Our discussions create a shared experience where we learn to speak a new language around our experiences. But for me the Continuum is the lived experience of self-nourishment. Our purpose is to find a door or portal into it. But I do experience the effect of my practice in my social relationships when my body has felt nourished: I am peaceful and less reactive and am even compassionate. Continuum Movement allows me to know what loving kindness actually feels like because I am being loving and kind to myself. While the social engagement system (voice and face of regulated others) is a beautiful thing it is not actually necessary to experience the Continuum. At the same time, so much of what Steve Porges said (30:36) describes a big part of the experience of Continuum in that if you throw away defensiveness, the body's endogenous rhythms can express themselves. He says that psychological stillness is allowing the homeostatic neuro physiological processes to optimize how they function."

WATER By Theodor and Wolfram Schwenk (excerpts) Peder B. Helland (piano)

HOLOGRAPHIC TOUCH Carol Ann Agneessens, MS.

Gravity and the Fluid Body

Embryology – The Nervous System

Embryology and Cranial Sacral Therapy

When the Moment Sings: The Muse Within (1996)

Healing From the Core® and the Continuum Process 2010 – Overview Part 1 of 2

Healing From the Core® and the Continuum Process 2010 – Overview Part 2 of 2

Gesture, Gravity, & Dexterity Overview – A Continuum Virtual Intensive with Emilie Conrad

Donnalea interviews Dr. Sue Carter (she is married to Steve Porges)