“The symbols of the self arise in the depth of the body.” (C. G. Jung)
What is authentic movement?
Authentic Movement is an improvisational, self-directed movement practice. Its roots are in dance, ancient meditation practices and the analytical theories of C.G. Jung on active imagination.
In Authentic Movement, by paying attention to the body with our eyes closed, we release unconscious energies. We allow our sensations, feelings, images, stories and impulses to move us freely in the space, in the presence of a compassionate witness. Mover and witness enter into a dialogue exploring their experience.
What drew me to authentic movement
I first discovered authentic movement during a long personal enquiry into “What is it that makes us genuine and real?”. After years of training in different dance and movement methods, I felt that my body lacked a space of just being- in stillness and in movement- freely, openly, without following any techniques or rules, without being judged, without any expectation or outcome. Children can usually connect effortlessly to their spontaneous physical nature. However, most of us as adults have been deeply conditioned about what it means to have a body, and even more, a moving body. In authentic movement, we rediscover our true individual nature.
Is it for you?
Authentic movement can be used as a source of creative inspiration, as a spiritual practice, a development of body awareness, as well as a form of therapy. It is often used as a tool for exploration in Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions but it can also be experienced independently. Anyone who is interested in using the body in self-exploration can experience the value of this simple, yet very profound, form.It may be particularly beneficial for:
- artists who might feel creatively stuck or want to further their inspiration.
- dancers, choreographers and movers who wish to find their natural, fresh authenticity and to feel liberated from habitual and constricting patterns.
- feeling more centred and physically present.
- feeling more comfortable in our bodies and exploring our own unique and organic patterns of movements and habits.
- relaxing and looking after ourselves, especially during stressful and challenging phases.
- unfolding our psychological narratives – conscious or unconscious – in a non-verbal, safe and direct way.
- encouraging spontaneous expression
- learning how to trust the experience of our body in our everyday lives while making decisions, connecting in relationships and understanding our needs
- being witnessed, seen, accepted and respected as we are
I offer Authentic Movement practice to groups and individuals.