Rudolph von Laban was a visionary artist and dancer, who developed a system of analyzing movement that encompasses qualitative aspects of Body, Effort, Shape and Space which is known as Laban Movement Analysis (LMA).
Irmgard Bartenieff, one of Laban’s protégé’s and a trained physical therapist, focused on further development of the Body aspects of the work with an emphasis on the six basic developmental movement patterns and the connectivity of the full body creating easeful movement in all activities. Her work is known as Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF).
Movement Therapy allows a practitioner to analyze the movement of a client looking for areas of dysfunction and uses somatic movement approaches to correct the issues. As a CLMA, Lindsey Hanahan uses LMA and BF work to facilitate the client’s movement re-education with an emphasis on body repatterning. This approach ideally results in pain- free, easeful movement replacing what was previously dysfunctional movement patterns. And because the approach is so unique, movement therapy can often unlock pain cycles and relieve long-standing movement issues that have failed to respond to other, more conventional approaches.
Like the Laban/Bartenieff work, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement is a therapeutic approach to improving physical and neurological movement patterns and behaviors. MOVE staffer Michael Driscoll is a highly skilled Feldenkrais practitioner, and incorporates the work of Moishe Feldenkrais in both private sessions and his Pilates classes.