Suki Munsell, Ph.D.

Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator RSMT, RSME, Walking Coach, Dance Exercise Teacher, Bodywork (biomechanics)

Dynamic Vitality

I am a Teacher, humbled and inspired by my students’ transformation. I draw from a life-long career in movement and healing arts. Freedom from self-limiting habits is my goal for you.

Mill Valley, CA
In-Person Sessions
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Recent Reviews

5.0 of 5 (18)
Suki's walking program has taken me from being an occasional slow walker to a daily walker who's gaining speed and with no pain. I love the rolling up hills using the Dynamic Walking method, making my morning walks joyful and with effortless ease.
Your Body Wisdom 101 class sets me up for such an awareness and an aliveness that was missing. I love to dance around a lot but I wasn’t able to take advantage of the full range of motion I have. Now I’m much more aware of that. I use what you’ve taught in this class throughout the week. I experiment a little bit. There is a lot of carry-over. I’m always amazed at how you are able to introduce and fine tune the body and bring even more awareness than the week before. Thank you so much.
I noticed from years of walking that I wasn't using the ball of my feet and it was difficult to walk in a straight line. I've had 3 operations on one foot and even though it's long repaired, I noticed I was only using the outside of that foot. I learned to fan my toes by spreading through the metatarsals to simultaneously touch both my big toes and little toes on the inside of my shoes. Now, with a wider forefoot, I have more support and I'm able to push-off with greater ease. Using this [forefoot widening] technique I believe I’ll will reduce arthritis on the operated foot and give me a more balanced walk. Thank you, Suki"
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License, Credentials & Experience

Dr. Suki has been helping people for 55 years
Bachelor of Science in Education
University of Pennsylvania
Somatic Movement Educator
International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA)
Movement Education
International College
Somatic Movement Therapist
International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA)
Usui Reiki First Degree
Usui System of Natural Healing
North American Studio Alliance
Namasta
Tai Chi Easy - Practice Leader
The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi
I. Initiation 101, The Method and the Matwork of Joseph Pilates
PhysicalMind Institute

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Virtual initial consultation
Free initial consultation.
15 Minutes   •   FREE

Dynamic Walking Private Follow-up Consultation
After we've had our initial consultation, follow up with more training in Dynamic Walking, Stairs, Slopes, Speed, Poles and Hiking. The Dynamic Walking method works beautifully in conjunction with other sports and day to day activities to help you move more efficiently through life.
60 Minutes   •   $250

Dynamic Walking Private Initial Consultation
Are you in pain or stuck in old habits and ready to commit to change? Do you want to live your life doing the things you love, without pain getting in the way? With a personalized in-depth training program of walking and stretching tailored to meet your needs and goals, you can grow lifelong legs. At our first meeting, I will do a posture and stride analysis and create a program that works for your specific needs and get you back to doing what you love. I look forward to meeting you!
90 Minutes   •   $320


Mill Valley
450 E Strawberry Dr, 5, Mill Valley CA 94941, United States
Mon: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tue: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thu: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Suki Munsell, Ph.D. Answers
Balance naturally decreases with age due to changes in depth perception, muscle mass, reflexes, and coordination. The National Institute of Health reports that one in three people over 65 will experience a fall each year. The good news is that research on balance training suggests that practice can improve stability - both when standing (static balance) and walking (dynamic balance). Try these three exercises to integrate your visual (eyes), vestibular (inner ear), and proprioceptive (feedback from muscles and joints) systems for more responsive balance. Eye Scan Technique – Looking down when you walk, for fear of falling, tenses your body decreasing blood and energy flow. For greater trail safety, use this technique borrowed from race car drivers. Just as you’d scan the road ahead when driving, allow your eyes to scan the path ahead. Keep your head level, eyes at the horizon, then lower your eyes to scan far to near, to far to near, to far to near ... and continue. Look around to enjoy your world then return to scanning. Feed your brain continuous trail data from changing perspectives. First practice standing, then while walking on flat sidewalks at slow speeds, then graduate to uneven terrain in different lighting conditions. Uneven Hip Circles - Our cars have been engineered with independent suspension of tires for a smoother ride. Just as your shoulder can move separately of each other, ideally your hips can respond independently to trail conditions, like stepping off a curb. Take a wide stance and imagine you are circling a holla hoop around your abdomen. As you circle, turn your torso to face towards one leg then the other. Circle in both directions. Next, place one foot on a floor pillow and repeat the circling and turning. Before switching legs take a moment to notice the sensations. To challenge yourself further, if you feel safe, close your eyes and repeat the circling exercises. With eyes closed you cultivate channels of proprioceptive awareness from muscles and joints. Notice what you feel. Ankle Circles - Flat cement sidewalks are a modern convenience, but we have lost awareness of the ground. Ankles and feet stiffen and fluid can more easily accumulate in our legs. Our walk looks very old. Try this for yourself and notice it’s harder to walk and less energizing. Stand safely on one leg and point the toe of the other foot to the ground. Circle your higher ankle in one direction then the other. Let your hips get into the action by taking the circle all the way up the leg to the knee and hip. Stop and notice the sensations then switch legs. When walking, practice on uneven terrain to cultivate foot, ankle, and hip flexibility for a more flexible and independent you.

Suki Munsell Reviews

5.0 of 5 (18)
Suki's walking program has taken me from being an occasional slow walker to a daily walker who's gaining speed and with no pain. I love the rolling up hills using the Dynamic Walking method, making my morning walks joyful and with effortless ease.
Your Body Wisdom 101 class sets me up for such an awareness and an aliveness that was missing. I love to dance around a lot but I wasn’t able to take advantage of the full range of motion I have. Now I’m much more aware of that. I use what you’ve taught in this class throughout the week. I experiment a little bit. There is a lot of carry-over. I’m always amazed at how you are able to introduce and fine tune the body and bring even more awareness than the week before. Thank you so much.
I noticed from years of walking that I wasn't using the ball of my feet and it was difficult to walk in a straight line. I've had 3 operations on one foot and even though it's long repaired, I noticed I was only using the outside of that foot. I learned to fan my toes by spreading through the metatarsals to simultaneously touch both my big toes and little toes on the inside of my shoes. Now, with a wider forefoot, I have more support and I'm able to push-off with greater ease. Using this [forefoot widening] technique I believe I’ll will reduce arthritis on the operated foot and give me a more balanced walk. Thank you, Suki"
I am walking and sleeping without pain! Since taking the Dynamic Walking program I‘ve learned to let my body carry me up and down hills pain-free. I safely walk on uneven sidewalks without holding my back and hips in fear of the pain that I used to feel with each step. I also credit the Dynamic Stretching exercises with moving more freely during the day. I even sleep better on either side without hip pain and no longer wake up in pain. I hope your classes continue to help others, Suki. I think of you every day while walking with my dear dog, Tara.
2012 - I found Suki Munsell’s workshop “Yoga of Walking” to be both informative and delightfully playful at the same time. Suki's ability to observe the student walking was impressive, as well as her attention to the students particular needs. She playfully guided us in learning to observe our habits and patterns of walking and taught us how to move with more grace, freedom and awareness in every step. 2021 – Learning Dynamic Walking and Stretching is getting my body back home.
The Dynamic Walking curriculum you have set up is great: it's easy to follow, just the right amount of material per segment/lesson, and I love the bite size, small steps concept you rely on throughout. One of the reasons I felt it important to participate in your stretching class was so I could help bolster what seemed like a declining ability to literally balance myself. I've been doing the dynamic stretching routine daily and I can say that I've definitely seen improvements in that area. Many thanks for all you're doing to ensure we can find some level of peace through these extremely difficult times. Your generous sharing of these tools to help us all are beyond appreciated.
Suki Munsell is a master in her own right having created a whole new field of body awareness drawn originally from improvisational dance, merged into all aspects of health, vitality, and ongoing life. Truly she and her husband Russell are a most remarkable pair to learn from as they remain invariably enthusiastic, inventive, friendly and inventive teachers.
After only 1 week of classes with Dr. Suki, I noticed that my chest stays open all day long, the neck pain disappeared and I bring more attention to my posture all the time during the day. As a positive side effect, I feel more happy and energized. Moreover, I love the way Dr. Suki describes each exercise and makes metaphoric associations. It is easier this way to feel the movement and the energy flow. Dr. Suki´s trainings are a combination of Taijiquan, Qigong, Dance and Stretching. It is very inspiring, clearing and nourishing not only for body but also for the mind. I would even compare it to the meditation in motion. Also, training on ZOOM with Dr. Suki is a beautiful and unique experience that allows me to train with amazing instructor from the other side of the globe while being in Portugal. During this challenging time of COVID 19 and hard situation in lockdown - I found blessing - classes with Dr. Suki - a positive, mindful trainings that keep me alive, help me to bloom, give me a hope, allow me to shake my body and look at myself with kindness and love. From the bottom of my heart: I highly recommend Everyone classes and consultations with Dr. Suki. She is an amazing and inspiring woman with great professional experience and wonderful, loving heart. Zuzanna Grzywacz, Portugal
With Suki and Russ’ skillful guidance I discovered what it feels like to move from my core, to move with power instead of effort, and to feel the pleasure and joy moving in a natural, relaxed, aligned and balanced way. Suki and Russ are extraordinary teachers - intimately aware of the distinctions that make a difference, masterful in their communications, verbal as well as non verbal, present to and skillfully responding to the group’s energy and need, pacing and timing. They embody what they teach- transformation and healing through movement. They are a joy to be with, spontaneous, playful, engaging and so so creative! Creativity - developing and sharing our gifts, our unique art with the world is an energy movement from the inside out. It seems to fuel, nourish and strengthen us. It seems to make us more immune to the troubles and burdens of our human existence and of this world. It seems to serve as a fountain of aliveness and vitality. If you care about living a creative life from the inside out, inspired and empowered, and would like to participate in a community of likeminded people, join Suki and Russ in one of their classes!
My walking sessions with Suki gave me skills to not only make my walking and breathing more efficient but over time has changed my posture in remarkable ways. Being over 80 I was heading for an upper back postural slump, but the work I did with Suki brought a level of consciousness and simple technique to my walking which has literally reversed this trend over the last two years.
I began training with Dr. Suki Munsell in 1986, in a program that she had designed which changed my life. At that time, I had been a professional drummer for many years and knew I was missing something. Dr. Suki totally transformed energy, body image, and self-awareness which transformed my approach to drumming and life using her holistic, body-based techniques. Now, thirty-five years later, her Dynamic Walking Program is doing the same thing for me and many others. The result is a similar integration of body, mind and spirit that produces a strong core focused on balance with an elongated, straight but fluid posture that results in ease and flow applied to walking. During my time in this program, I began to feel as though I was gliding along the paths of life, walking gently yet firmly, connected to the earth and sky at the same time, with muscles working in pain-free harmony. The whole experience of walking dynamically brings me a profound sense of well-being. All people can benefit from walking the path with Dr. Suki.
After a debilitating hip injury, I returned to athletics pain free, thanks to the Suki Munsell and the Dynamic Vitality Method. Added benefits were posture improvement, breath awareness and building strength in a way that feels effortless yet is permanent. Suki is a miracle worker.
I am impressed by the similarities between what I’ve learned in Dynamic Walking, and Suki and Russell's Qigong/Tai Chi clasa. It's about moving though the world with a lifted body, momentum and ease ... and how to cultivate the life force energy to heal our selves and each other in the world. It seemed like magic to me when I started working with Suki. I had scrambled up a mountain off-trail and was almost unable to walk the next day. One session with Suki and I could get in and out of bed/car/chair without pain. I then took a class in walking - something that use to feel like trudging to my 59-yr-old body - and was transformed. Walking became easeful - like gliding. Loving this feeling and wanting more, I have worked with Dr. Suki every chance I get ever since. I wanted the people I love to experience it too. So, I invited my sisters and my dad to fly out and train with Suki. Seeing my father sitting in the sun with his arms stretched overhead like he was giving the universe a hug made my heart sing. I loved seeing him so lifted and open. I continue to work with Suki and benefit from her bio-mechanical insight and healing wisdom. I attribute my ability to walk -- not only without pain (that's where it started after an injury) but also with more ease, power and delight -- to what I have learned from Suki.
“Suki is among the most gifted communicators I have ever known. I have co-taught with her and am deeply impressed by her ability to gain rapport with a class while at the same time challenging the students to think, move and act beyond the current habits that sustain them. Her gifts have been applied to business leaders, lay individuals, body oriented teachers and psychologist. She handles them all with skill, sensitivity and aplomb. She is a natural.”
Dr. Suki’s Dynamic Vitality program for walking is a life changer! In just a few hands-on sessions, my wife Jane and I learned how to walk with total ease, comfort and power in multiple types of terrain.Taking the course with a buddy is highly recommended since it helps to reinforce what you learn and make corrections while practicing. Suki’s method was especially helpful for me in learning how to easily walk up and down the steep hills of our native Sausalito without stress on the low back and knees. Also great for just sauntering on flat terrain, with almost no effort, and in perfect alignment – and adding power and stability to trail hikes with poles. Wish I had learned Dynamic Walking years ago!
Dynamic Walking has totally rejuvenated how I move in the world. Before learning Dr. Suki's technique, I had begun to feel significant aging symptoms, mostly related to osteoarthritis in my knees. I found myself leaning heavily on the bannister going downstairs in the mornings and dragging myself uphill on my walks. After about 3 miles my hikes started to feel like work, not pleasure. By staying aligned and using her stair method I feel light, flexible and balanced, and have no more pain in my knees. I can now hike over 10 miles using the Dynamic Walking with poles technique. Dr. Suki has a deep understanding of how the body works -- it's amazing how much she can teach in just a few sessions. This should be part of every physical therapy program. Taking this series with a "buddy" was like having an extra brain. We could compare take-aways and cross-check our progress. And we both learned more quickly by seeing Dr. Suki correct the other. Now when we walk together we can easily refresh our check-list of things to keep in mind, give positive feedback, and share the joy of walking effortlessly.
After learning Dynamic walking and stretching, I feel ball bearing in all my joints from the waist down. Suki is a joy to work with. She has developed a wonderful course and she is the perfect teacher.
Before taking Suki's Dynamic Walking class, I used to grip the handrail going down stairs to alleviate my worry of falling. After learning the Dynamic Walking method, my confidence and ease of going up and down stairs allows me to skip the handrail all together! My joints are happier and so am I.





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