If you are new to Authentic Movement let me say that it is one of my favorite dance/movement therapy forms; I find it connects me to lost parts of myself and gives them voice to express. This practice offers the opportunity for your body to lead the way to feeling more alive and connected with your whole self. Participants utilize Authentic Movement in different ways to meet their needs. For some it is a meditative spiritual practice, or a mindfulness practice, others use it as a “counseling session”, or as a clearing of the palette, or even as conscious stillness, a place where you don’t have to “do” anything.
I facilitate sessions in Authentic Movement for individuals and couples with sensitive, supportive guidance; I also lead Authentic Movement classes and workshops. I hold a safe container which allows you to experience the surprises of your beautiful complexity.
The roots of Authentic Movement begin with Mary Whitehouse, a dancer, teacher and dance therapist who developed an approach to improvisation which she called “movement in depth.” Janet Adler studied with Mary Whitehouse and in the1970’s formalized a set practice which is called Authentic Movement. My study of this form comes through her lineage. The form of Authentic Movement designates two roles, one as a mover and one as a witness. The mover follows impulses by listening to deepest levels of kinesthetic reality. The witness holds responsibility for attentive listening/seeing the mover. This creates a safe space to follow your body’s impulses as they unfold. These impulses for movement and stillness arise from the non-conscious self. As a safe container with known expectations and responsibilities Authentic Movement allows you to experience the the unspoken.