Video #3: The KMP Efforts

I’ve made a video series on developmental movement to go along with the Embodiment Guide I just wrote. This video series will be helpful to help you implement and practice the techniques and models I introduce in the Embodiment Guide. Click here for more information on the guide. Click here to go straight to the video on the KMP Effort Family!

If you missed the first videos, I see them as the foundation for growth in these areas:
click here to view The Bartenieff Fundamentals
click here to view The Satisfaction Cycle

The KMP has “families” which lead to different layers of the system. I’m going to review the effort, shape, and space families. After each family, I’d encourage you to take notes about:
– what each family and quality feels like to you
– where your challenges are
– where your strengths / familiar places are
– what feels familiar and what feels new
– your thoughts, emotions, body sensations, and breath

THE EFFORT FAMILY
The effort family has 8 different efforts and each pair of 2 relate to one another. As you read these, you may want to get up and practice each one. You can also practice on a smaller level with just your hand going through each as you read. Click here to visit the video and practice with me!

Flow
How do I keep going? This is the feeling stage. There is free flow and bound flow.
– Free flow is energy that flows through and out the body, fluent, carefree movements that are difficult to stop in an instant, the movement just keeps on going. Think water-like. No beginning and no end, circular movements. Move with your free flow for a few breaths.
– Bound flow is keeping energy within the body, controlled, restrained, careful, and can be stopped in an instant. There is a more linear and angular style in bound flow. Move with bound flow for a few breaths.

Space
Where do I go? How is energy focused into action? There is indirect space and direct space.
– Indirect space is meandering, multi-dimensional attention, flexible, moving toward an object or area in the space but without direction. If someone were trying to guess where you were going, they wouldn’t be able to figure it out. Move with indirect space for a few breaths.
– Direct space is pinpointed, channeling, honed in, and single-focus awareness in the environment. Find an object and move directly toward it without being aware of anything or anyone else. I want this and that is where I’m going, then move on. Move with direct space for a few breaths.

Weight
What is my impact? This is the force or pressure in a movement. There is light weight and strong weight.
– Light weight is less exertion, delicate, fine, and soft touch. Like you were picking up a baby. Move with light weight for a few breaths.
– Strong weight
is more exertion, forceful, pressured, and body weight makes a big impact. Think of the hulk. Move with strong weight for a few breaths.

Time
When do I need to finish? The attitude toward the duration of an action can be involved here. There is sustained time and quick time.
– Sustained time
is stretching out time, slow, lingering, leisurely, almost like time stops even though it is actually moving. Move in sustained time for a few breaths.
– Quick time involves a sense of urgency, may be startling, staccato beat, fast-paced. As soon as you touch something you’re onto the next one. Move in quick time for a few breaths.

Take a moment to check in with yourself on all of the layers:
– your mental tone and activity
– your feelings and emotions
– your body sensations
– the pattern of your breath

Re-read and “try on” each family in your movement for an experiential learning process.

I would love to hear your feedback! Please feel free to write to me with questions, comments, inquiries, etc. If there is a way I can support you and you feel called, don’t hesitate to ask. Sending all of my support and warmth for your practice!  Until next time, with love, Alicia

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About Alicia Patterson

Alicia Patterson is a Psychotherapist / Dance Movement Therapist, Birth Doula, Energy Worker, Dance and Yoga Facilitator in the Boulder / Denver area.
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