Maryska Bigos


Body-Mind Centering®

RSMT, LMBT NC License #953

919-286-7688 ext. 3

Maryska has maintained a private practice as a developmental movement specialist with infants to elders since 1982. Maryska is a Certified Teacher and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® and Practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of Functional Integration (FI) and Awareness through Movement (ATM), Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME), Dr. Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage & Decongestion Treatments, and Therapeutic Massage (NC License #953).  Maryska Bigos is the Program Director of Body-Mind Centering Practitioner, Somatic Movement Educator and Infant Developmental Movement Educator training programs offered by the Kinesthetic Learning Center in CA and NC. Maryska is the founder of Health Associates, MyBabyFUNdamentals and co-founder of the Kinesthetic Learning Center. Visit:

As a kinesthetic learner for over 60 years Maryska has been informed by the body as her vehicle for witnessing within herself, and in others, the expression of mind through body consciousness. Her teaching and private practice are based on the anatomical, physiological, psychological and developmental principles of Body-Mind Centering® and the Feldenkrais® Method. These two approaches communicate with an individual’s physiological systems as reflected in the organization and quality of their movement.

Maryska began studying with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen at The School for Body-Mind Centering in 1979, after training and performing as a dancer for over 20 years. She became a BMC practitioner and teacher, and an American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) member in the early 1980’s. She has taught with Cohen and individually at venues across the U.S. and served on the faculty for six to ten years to integrate BMC with: dance at the American Dance Festival 6-week school; yoga at Duke University Medical Center; the special needs of students at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind; bodywork and massage modalities at the Carolina School of Massage Therapy. Maryska has maintained a private practice for 35 years and is certified in a variety of bodywork practices that reflect her interest in the intimate connection between movement, body, and mind. She travels worldwide teaching FUNdamentals and IDME while being actively engaged in a study of the relationship between infant development, decision making and leadership skills.

Herstory:  Maryska Bigos first trained as a dancer. She studied and performed as a company member with the Omaha and Fort Wayne Ballet from age 5-17. While performing and teaching improvisation in Atlanta with Dance Unit, she studied Shiatsu massage and guest artists Danny Lepkoff and Robin Feld introduced her to Contact Improvisation in 1977 and in 1978 Ruth Alpert shared Body-Mind Centering®, which began her life-long passion to explore how human movement develops. Since completing her Practitioner certificate in 1982 and Teacher certificate in 1983, Maryska has studied and integrated body therapies, massage therapy, authentic movement, improvisational dance forms, voice, martial arts, anatomy, physiology and psychology into her teaching and private practice.

BODY-MIND CENTERING® stimulates our natural process of learning through movement and touch. This approach utilizes creative tools of movement, touch, sound, art and guided imagery to release unconscious patterns and limiting habits which create our fatigue, stress, fear, aches and pains.  As a result we experience greater sensitivity, flexibility, and coordination with an improved energy level and self image.

BMC is based upon an inter-relationship between one’s movement and state-of-mind.  Different from our external focus while moving through an exercise workout, sport or dance class, our intention will be to connect with the internal sensations which empower us with a strong sense of self.  We will facilitate each other through a series of movements which develop awareness during a baby’s first year. These spiralic patterns can mobilize an individual toward a fuller sense of self, and a greater ability to respond to others and their environment. Body-Mind Centering® investigates in a gentle mindful way, in an effort to re-explore simple childhood movements educators can teach individual clients.  In addition to gaining more efficient patterns of movement, we move beyond the muscular and skeletal systems to explore the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, nervous, ligamentous, soft tissue and hormonal systems for greater range.

All life is expressed through movement. While our movement awareness deepens, so does our ability to perceive patterns of thinking, speaking, feeling, maintaining energy and sensing in ourselves and our clients.  As practitioners, we guide clients to the level of freedom and integration we are aware of in ourselves. Most practitioners relieve chronic problems by attempting to relax muscle tension, or by imposing an external ideal to help clients. In a BMC session we focus on opening a physical map in order to reframe symptoms and complaints into valuable messages from the inner self.