Beck Beverage (They/Them) About Me
Hey! My name is Beck. I'm an artist, movement coach, and guide for folks exploring embodiment.
I'm interested in the relationships between feeling (sensing/emoting), relating to nature, movement, and creativity. My personal practice combines a decade of studying and integrating functional fitness, somatics, philosophy, forest bathing, sensory deprivation (float tanks), automatic drawing, and more.
In a not-too-distant past life, I owned a gym here in Portland, OR that catered to folks who didn’t usually feel comfortable in fitness spaces (Sweet Momentum Fitness). Now I spend my time working with folks virtually and in-person at my home-studio, making a lot of art, and gardening.
I’ve been grateful to collaborate in-sessions with folks in my practice who come from many different backgrounds, interests, abilities, and needs. I am experienced working with people living with auto-immune conditions, folks who have experienced a history of injury or trauma, people who self-identify as neurodivergent, brand-new beginners, artists/creatives, and athletes in training.
I am transgender, intersex, queer, neurodivergent, white, thin, and able bodied. I am continually re-learning, re-understanding, and revising my practices as I evolve as a practitioner. I am regularly engaged in continuing education in groups and with teachers one on one.
My intention as a practitioner is to support you in the way you need. I’m not a fixer or a “healer”. I do not promote or coach weight-loss or other aesthetic goals (muscle building, getting toned, etc.).
Find me on Instagram: @transembodimentproject
Land and Lineage
My practice space rests on the unceded traditional homeland of the Cowlitz people, the long-time human stewards of this land. Colonization, industrialization, and the embodiment of white supremacy have been significant ecological events, as this way of life has created monumental changes to this region’s ecosystem and people in a short period of time. Colonization has caused the pollution of local waterways, introduced invasive plant, insect, and animal species, and is responsible for the death and displacement of thousands of people.
I am aware of my participation in this process of colonization and gentrification, and I am engaged in the long-term project of collaborating with the earth and the more than human world around my home and practice space, with the intention to restore habitats and native food sources on the land around my home.
Oppression has been embed into much of the training I've received as a movement professional.
Somatic practices are rooted in practices appropriated from Asian and Black cultures and then taught through the lens of eugenics.
Fitness evolved to prepare the body to survive attack. From the risks of hunting, gathering, and fighting, to typing, driving, and the human-world risks associated with living in a body that doesn't conform to beauty standards.
I am continually re-learning, re-understanding, and revising my practices as I evolve as a practitioner. I am regularly engaged in continuing education in groups and with teachers one on one who challenge me to engage with my blind-spots.
Over the course of my career, I am grateful to have learned a lot from experiences and relationships with Dametris Harrison (my manager when I worked at McMenamins Crystal Hotel), Luke Jude (founder of Sweet Momentum Fitness), Devon Riley (movement teacher), Kevin Moore (movement teacher), Justice Williams (activist, coach, and founder of Fitness 4 All Bodies), Tam Whiley, Nadine Mazzola, and the ANFT Blue Spruce Cohort, and Jane de Forest (intuitive practitioner).
Notable Education and Certifications include
- Bachelors of Science, Portland State University
- Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Association of Nature and Forest Therapy
- 50+ Hours of coursework with Fitness 4 All Bodies
- Decolonizing the Fitness Industrial Complex
- Eugenics, the Science of Separation
- Reframing Masculinity and Gym Culture
- Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
- Corrective Exercise Specialist, The Bio-mechanics Method
- The Reembody Method, Levels 1 and 2