About Michele Miotto

Throughout my life journey I have been called to the path of embodiment and what it means to inhabit, live, and move more fully in my being. The dedication of my professional life has been exploring this journey with others through teaching, moving and touch.

My home for private practice and teaching for the past 30 years has been Santa Cruz, California, and I have additionally given classes and workshops across the West Coast. My clients include a range of people who are challenged by chronic pain and illness, loss of function due to aging, or poor postural habits, to mothers reclaiming their bodies, as well as others seeking emotional ease, well being and personal growth. I also work with athletes, musicians, and yoga/bodywork practitioners seeking to enhance their performance.


I developed the Living Embodied process after extensive training in multiple modalities of movement and bodywork. My journey to understand the worlds of therapeutic touch and movement has unfolded over my lifetime. In 1976 I began a private practice in Postural Integration. Later, while completing a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, I continued my training to include Rolfing.

My desire to find ways for my clients to be able to sustain and continue the benefits of Rolfing led me to study movement in addition to bodywork. While exploring a variety of movement modalities, I wanted to discover ways for my clients to more actively participate in the movement of their lives. This path of movement brought me to ongoing studies of Yoga, Feldenkrais®, and Continuum with Emily Condrad-Daud. A desire to expand my knowledge of the language and components of movement led me to study Laban Movement.
Through working with of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen's Body-Mind Centering®, I discovered the dimensions of the inner body and the support available from anatomy, physiology, and embryology. My commitment to this work led me to become a Certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®. In doing so, I was fortunate to have assisted Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen in Embodied Anatomy and Yoga, Embodied Development Movement and Yoga trainings in Berkeley, California.

Through working with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen's Body-Mind Centering®, I discovered the dimensions of the inner body and the support available from anatomy, physiology, and embryology. My commitment to this work led me to become a Certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®. In doing so, I was fortunate to have assisted Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen in “Embodied Anatomy and Yoga” as well as “Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga” trainings in Berkeley, California.

It is said that our body is our greatest teacher. This has been particularly true for me. My own health challenge of lupus has been a profound teacher. This disease causes the immune system to stop recognizing itself and attacks the connective tissue in the body. I realized that I had to ask myself the question, "Does my immune system hear my inner dialogue, and where has my dialogue been attacking myself?" Through the process of Body-Mind Centering®, I have learned many ways to approach and manage this debilitating disease. In dealing with this experience, not only have I regained my strength and a profound sense of well- being, I also gained a greater understanding of the mind body connection.

Certification in: Postural Integration, Rolfing® and Rolf Movement®, Iyengar Yoga, Body-Mind Centering®, Feldenkrais®, Laban Movement Analysis, Gyrokinesis®, and the Franklin Method®.

Additional training: Qi Gong, Pilates, Dynamic Stick Stretching, and Visceral Manipulation

Body-Mind Centering® is a registered service mark and BMCSM is a service mark of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen used with permission.