“Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.”
-Aristotle
 
Celeste Pearlman believes that dance, movement and the imagination are key components to a language transcendent of borders, barriers and limitations. She systematically draws upon these tools in her private practice as a Somatic Movement Specialist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor.  
 
While rooted by formal education, her innate creativity seamlessly weaves into all aspects of her work, resulting in a sense of whimsy and delight.  As an avid animal lover with a background in performance and design, she is strongly influenced by images and patterns found in nature.    
 
Celeste is gifted at balancing playfulness and integrity, culminating in a uniquely specialized experience.  Her practice is built upon strong, one-on-one connections, with joyful attention to the individual. Appealing to an audience of full spectrum ages, her regular clientele ranges from students and gardeners, to professional athletes and hollywood celebrities.  
 
Having lived and/or rigorously studied in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Francisco, California; Montana; Arizona; Vermont; New York; Massachusetts, Miami and Hawaii, Celeste considers herself a lifelong learner.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TRAINING & INFLUENCE SPECIFICS:
 
Academic & Bodywork Education
• Bennington (Performing Arts Emphasis)
• Santa Monica College (Performing & Theatre Arts)
• Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute (Massage Therapy)
• Moving On Center, School For Participatory Arts & Somatic Research (Dynamic Embodiment™- Somatic Movement Therapy Training)
• Center for Kinesthetic Education
• DONA - Doulas of North America
• Specialized Somatic Movement & GYROTONIC® Workshops
• ADTA - American Dance Therapy Association
• Moving For Life TM- Moving on Aerobics (a specified movement curriculum, designed for survivors of breast cancer)
 
BodyWork Highlights:
2000- began formal massage and bodywork training
2003- became a trained doula and childbirth educator
2005- commenced studies in somatic movement therapy/Dynamic Embodiment™ (including introductory training in Bartenieff Fundamentals/Laban Movement Analysis, Body Mind Centering- Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s BMC, Hakomi & Alexander Technique)
2005- trained as a pilates instructor
2011- pursued the GYROTONIC® Method on a professional level
2012- furthered studies in Dynamic Embodiment™ & Moving For Life™
 
**Celeste is experienced in working with a variety of special needs-- severe head trauma, auto-immune disorders, anxiety & depression, pregnancy and more.
 
GYROTONIC® Highlights
• Level 1 Foundation with Authorized Master Trainer, Miriam Barbosa
• Level 1 Certification with Authorized Master Trainer, Lisa Marie Goodwin-Rice
• Leg Extension Unit with Authorized Master Trainer, Erika Hassan
• Level 2, Program 1 & 2 Pre-Training with Master Trainer, Jill Denison
 
Dance Highlights:
1992- accepted into/attended prestigious summer ballet program in Aspen, Colorado
1993- The Company (Beverly Hills)
1999- Synapse Dance Company (Santa Monica)
2004- Toured New York and California with live bands (Brian Lease “Fisherman”, Grave Danger, Deadbilly’s)
2006- Hip Brazil
2007- Featured dancer in fitness dvd, Bollywood Booty (Hemalyaa)
2008- CAF (Contemporary Arts Forum)
2010- Collaborator with SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre
2011 & 2013- Participant in DANCEworks (Larry Keigwin)
2012- Participant in DANCEworks (Doug Elkins)
 
 
Design Highlights:
• Costume Design & Stylist for Hip Brazil, (Summer Solstice Parade, Press Photos) 2010-2012
• Costume Design Assistant, (Doug Elkins Dance Company) 2012
• Costume Design & Stylist, (personal, private & community projects)
 
Animals Highlights:
• Veterinary Technician (Bay Animal Hospital, Cat Doctors) 2000-2001
• Loveland Farms (ranching, equine, poultry) 1994-1996
• The Gentle Barn (Equine Massage) 2009
• Lost Angels (animal rescue) 1999
• Amazing Animals Inc. (Exotics in the entertainment industry) 2010
• Petcentric (in home care & pet activity coordinator) 2007
• Sole proprietor of 10+ yr. Private Practice, Dog-walking/Pet-sitting (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara) 1999-2012
 
Celeste’s Daily, Personal Practice:  Gyrokinesis, gyrotonic, authentic movement and long walks.  Serenading her beloved orange cat, “Merlin” for the past 17 years.  Appreciating nature. Expressing gratitude.  Enjoying yoga, qi gong and pilates, sprinkled in.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Somatic Bodywork: Massage, Movement & GYROTONIC® Method • Santa Barbara, California • (805) 453-5672 •  www.SomaCeleste.com    
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