What is Movement Mediation?

Movement mediation marries the embodiment of dance with the art of conflict resolution. 

Most of us go through times of crisis or conflict in our lives; sometimes we move through them to a space of clarity and calm by taking action on our own.  Other times we get stuck and find ourselves unable to move forward.

The process of mediation employs an outside observer to help individuals get unstuck,  gain new perspective, and better understand each other through verbal communication.  Movement Mediation brings a kinesthetic element to that process, leveraging the wisdom of the body for problem solving. Using talk and movement, the process invites the body’s movement to inform, inspire and initiate insights that may be hidden or blocked. Through movement, we improve access to our deepest expressions of sadness, joy, and discovery.  In short, Movement Mediation connects the wisdom of the body, mind and heart to cultivate a more complete vocabulary from which to tackle difficult issues.

Whether the conflict is within us (starting a new venture or entering a new phase of life) or with another person (difficulty with a partner, friend, or co-worker), by integrating kinesthetic wisdom into our mental and emotional vocabulary, we expand our capacity to move from isolation and confusion to connection and clarity.

What happens in a Movement Mediation session?

In a session, our work begins with an introduction to the process and setting a safe container for exploring challenging issues. From there, we prepare with sound vibration to begin to gain a sense of presence. Then, open the floor for a guided interchange of movement and talk, all aimed at gaining an understanding of self, other and the issue at hand. We use movement of the body to gain access to root issues surrounding the conflict. We use space in the room to create distance or closeness during the process. The session closes again with sound vibration.

This work can be done individually or with another — or both; you may wish to begin some work on your own, and then bring another into a future session.

“If you let your heart be moved, be open to the risk and the adventure of feelings, letting them work through to completion, you will change. Tears turn into smiles, anger into embraces.”  — Gabrielle Roth, founder of the 5RhythmsⓇ

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