Video #4: KMP Shape Family

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 Shape 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
click here to view The KMP Effort Family

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

As we go through the shapes that the body can make, the invitation is to notice the benefits and challenges that each shape can offer. Ultimately no one shape is the winner just like no effort or way of being is good or bad. They balance one another out and give us the opportunity to explore paradox in our system. Notice how these nourish and enliven you! Click here to view my Shape family practice video on Youtube!

The Shapes
– pin (stretch out as long as you can standing up or lying down, pointing your hands upward)
– ball (curl up as small as you can toward the floor)
– wall (open your body up as wide as you can with your feet wide and your arms outstretched to your sides)
– screw (twist yourself up into a curvy screw like shape)
– Try on each shape and take one breath in it. Then see if you can combine the shapes to make one shape go to the next with fluidity.

Shape Qualities: the qualities that each shape can have as they move
– Rising and sinking
– Enclosing and spreading
– Retreating and advancing
– Try on each shape with each quality and notice how it feels to rise and sink, close and spread, retreat and advance with each shape.

Modes of Shape Change: the way a shape can change from one to the next
shape flow is about me and myself, self to self, growing and shrinking (similar to free flow).
directional movement is arc and spoke-like, it is about me and relating to the environment (similar to the direct space effort).
carving is adapting and molding movements, the most complex use of joints, muscles and including adapting, accommodation, sculpting, and interacting with others.

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

About Alicia Patterson

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