What is Movement Coaching?

Movement coaching leads to more choices

More choices results in more ways of responding in any situation, physically, emotionally, cognitively

Movement coaching is an enlightening and empowering support to your personal and professional life. I use principles and practices developed by movement pioneers Rudolf Laban and Irmgard Bartenieff. I apply these rich and creative perspectives to a diverse range of needs and contexts.

As Karen Studd and Laura Cox state in the title of their accessible book on human movement, every body is a body. At its simplest, every body, no matter what job or activity is involved, moves.

I work with your needs and goals to problem-solve, deepen, play and increase choice and awareness. Unlike a group movement class, you receive my full attention, guidance, feedback and dialogue about your individual movement. More information on working 1 to 1

You may be an actor, looking to improve your performance

You may be in business, looking to improve your communication and leadership skills

You may be recovering from an injury and wanting to get out of bed with more ease and comfort

You may be a dance teacher wanting to top-up your skills and resources

You may be a gardener wanting to alleviate Repetitive Strain Injury

You may be a new parent wanting to understand more about developmental movement for your and your child’s benefit

You may be curious about your movement potential!

How does it work?

Through guided exercises and explorations, observation and feedback, I help bring conscious awareness to your current movement preferences and choices. This process shines a light on habits and patterns – some which may serve you well, others which may be holding you back. By re-patterning, accessing new pathways and new choices in movement, you increase your range of how you respond and may act in any context. Working with me takes you from mere coping to mastery through the insights we discover together in a focussed movement inquiry.

It takes at least 30 repetitions of something to begin to re-pattern a movement habit. My sessions with you will equip you with tools for independent practice to work solo and achieve performance goals sooner.

How is this different to Yoga, Pilates and other somatic practices like Feldenkrais?

The Laban/Bartenieff Movement System shares many features with other somatic practices:

– exploring movement from the inside out

– in a context that cultivates acute awareness of the body-mind connection.

However, the work of Laban and Bartenieff is different.

– As well as exploring your inner connectivity, you bridge to moving in the general space.

This supports integrating subtle movement experiences and examines outer expression. This work is both micro and macro, looking at parts of movement and the effect on the whole person. Discoveries made about your micro sensations and perceptions of movement can have repercussions about how you may operate in your every-day life.

Is this Body Language?

Too often the notion of ‘body language’ presupposes a definitive meaning. Cultural, linguistic and individual differences in communication exist in specific contexts. This cannot be ignored. What the concept identifies is the importance of perception of patterns, but human movement is complex. In the attempt to convey the significance of non-verbal communication, journalists can fall into the trap of oversimplify movement behaviour and neglect the context.  Body Language study often focuses on still postures, but the actual information is in the process of change, the movement of how you got to the posture and how you move to something else.

What does your movement say about you?

 

 

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