The Emotional Body: Emotional Fluency for Actors

  • The Emotional Body: Emotional Fluency for Actors
  • The Emotional Body: Emotional Fluency for Actors
  • The Emotional Body: Emotional Fluency for Actors
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About this course


One week

Term Start

August 2021

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcome from those aged 18

Emotional Body® lessons centre around the instruction of the emotional effector patterns, while using somatic education methods to help you understand how to fully embody these patterns and physically “tune into” your body using all your senses (sight, smell, taste, sound, touch, and movement). Gentle and gradually paced lessons raise your awareness of minute muscle movements, breathing patterns, and emerging feelings. Lessons are designed to connect these somatic sensing skills with the development of physical self-regulation of emotions, emotional fluency and personal expression. Learning how emotions emerge and express in and through your body is an essential element in achieving somatic self-regulation of emotion.

Emotional Body courses may also incorporate additional somatic education methods (taught by certified practitioners) like Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® lessons and Estill Voice® lessons to help individuals achieve an even deeper understanding of physical and vocal expression patterns inherent in their behaviour, and provide new choices in expression. 

Click on the links below to learn more about these methods, how we utilize them in our practice, and how you could learn to cultivate your expressive capabilities and apply these new skills to your personal and professional development.

Why choose this course?

Emotional Body® courses are designed to provide you with the ability to sense, reconnect with, and physically regulate emotions. Using research-supported methods, Emotional Body instructors use gentle and gradually developed somatic sensing lessons to help you learn emotional fluency and physical emotion regulation methods. Courses are beneficial for personal and professional development purposes.

Emotional Body courses have a distinct instructional style that includes: (1) a new language of emotional effector pattern labelling, (2) low-intensity lessons when introducing the emotion patterns, (3) and somatic sensing lessons.  This course also includes lessons on recent emotion research, emotional fluency and literacy, and physical and vocal expression development. Emotional Body instructors have a clear understanding of the distinctions between, and philosophies behind, the various instructional methods used in their courses, and they clearly identify them in their practice. 

Due to the unpredictable circumstances caused by the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, the Emotional Body® instructional team has created a virtual online learning environment. Our training is a tailored series of live virtual courses designed specifically for an online community. Remote sessions will provide small groups with an intimate teacher-to-student ratio learning environment when experiencing the emotional effector patterns. Larger group sessions held for discussions and Feldenkrais lessons will help promote community and sharing ideas with a cohesive group. Scheduling plans will consider maximizing opportunities for reaching as many of our international community members as possible, while also taking into consideration work-at-home situations and varying time zones.

Fee and Application Information

Monday 2 August to Saturday 7 August – 4pm to 9pm BST (UK) daily

(Each day will consist of 2 hours training, 1 hour lunch break and 2 hours training)

Total of 24 training hours

Early Bird Fee: £300 5 Tickets available 
Usual Booking Fee: £350

How to Apply

Please email for any enquiries.

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Course content

Everything you encounter triggers emotions that influence your health, relationships and perceptions. Imagine having emotional fluency and intelligence to recognize and regulate your responses to life. Emotional Body courses offer a safe, science-based path toward understanding and mastering your "emotional body." Discover a new way to improve your interpersonal relationships, expand and clarify your emotional expressive range, and experience enhanced clarity that supports your personal and professional goals.

This course applies both the Feldenkrais® method and the Emotional Effector Patterns to help you recognize, identify and explore different ways breathing and movement are associated with the characteristic functions and attitudes of emotions, without evoking any personal content. All six emotional effector patterns will be taught, as well as neutral and Step Out.

In our safe and nurturing environment, you will learn to:
- Increase vocal, physical, and emotional expressive range
- Connect your somatic sensations to identifiable emotional states
- Understand and speak about emotions with comfort, wisdom, and grace
- Identify and allow space for emotions in yourself and in others
- Access vocal, physical and emotional expressions with ease
- Employ restorative strategies to balance and calm the nervous system
- Discover personal and professional benefits and applications

Who is this course for?
The course is open to anyone interested in learning more about their emotional bodies, and might be of particular interest to performers, psychologists, educators, public presenters, and people in the business fields.

Testimonials from intensive training in Toronto, May 2018:

"An extremely informative physical exploration of how the body and breath are interwoven and connect to the triggers that spur our emotional feelings". – Michael Kelly, Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Action

"Laura is a true master teacher and workshop leader. I found the Alba work fascinating, applicable and valuable in my work as an actor and voice/acting teacher". – Marya Lowry, Associate Professor, Brandeis University, Founding member and Resident Actor, Actor’s Shakespeare Project Boston

"I would recommend this work to anyone who has reservations about accessing challenging emotional material, as it applies to the moment at hand, without evoking emotional memory. Go ahead: surprise yourself. "– Patricia Tedford, Associate Professor of Acting and Voice, Thorneloe at Laurentian University, Sudbury

"Learning the emotional effector patterns has allowed me to focus on what my body is doing and what I am doing to my scene partner; not “where I need to be” in a moment. Laura Bond is a master, who teaches with patience, care and specificity. This work is a distinctive and effective rehearsal tool to help me deepen character, which happens to be startlingly complementary to the other tools that I have at the ready." – Arielle Zamora, Actor-Creator

Testimonials from the Online Intensive, July 2020

"As a standup comic, public speaker, and actor, I was blown away by The Emotional Body approach to expressing emotions -- the lessons were laid out so that anyone can learn how to get in touch with and express their authentic emotions..." - Carter Morgan, Standup comic and Developer Advocate for Google

"I was sceptical about taking an online course with this material, but this course was phenomenal!" - Natasha Lorca Yannacañedo, Actor/Assistant Professor

Laura Bond (Lead Instructor/Trainer) is the founder of the Emotional Body® and has been described as a world-class somatic practitioner and scholar dedicating her career to providing safe and reliable techniques for physical emotion regulation and the development of emotional expression and fluency. She is a master teacher of Alba Emoting™, having studied an intensive teacher-training path in Chile with its founder, Susana Bloch. Laura is a full professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville and a certified master teacher of the Estill Voice™ technique. She teaches physical emotion regulation methods in university classes, private lessons, and through national and international workshops. She is the author of two books: TEAM for Actors: A Holistic Approach to Embodied Acting, and The Emotional Body: A Method for Physical Self-Regulation.

Jessica Beck (Lead Instructor/Trainer) is an award-winning theatre director and radio producer based in London. She is also a certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method®, a teacher of Alba Emoting™ certified by founder Susana Bloch, and has a PhD in performance practice from the University of Exeter under the supervision of Phillip Zarrilli. Jessica is an internationally recognized master instructor and teacher trainer of the emotional effector patterns, Alba Emoting™, and the Emotional Body® courses. She is currently working as a radio producer for the BBC World Service and National Public Radio.

Lavinia Plonka (Lead Instructor/Trainer) is a body language expert helping people improve their movement, behavior, relationships and careers for over 35 years. Her unique expertise connects the dots among posture/movement, emotions and the mind. Lavinia’ s training and professional career have included theater, dance, yoga and the martial arts. From Esalen to the Council on Aging, from Beijing to Mexico, Lavinia’ s popular workshops explore the intersection between movement, emotions and the mind. She is an instructor of the emotional effector patterns, Alba Emoting™ and the Emotional Body® courses, and is a certified Feldenkrais® practitioner. She is the author of several books, including What Are You Afraid Of?: A Body/Mind to Courageous Living, and Walking Your Talk: Changing Your Life Through the Magic of Body Language.



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