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Authentic Movement

Authentic Movement (AM) is a movement practice focusing on the inner body, the exploration of inner happenings, and nonjudgmental witnessing.


Authentic Movement allows us to become aware of inner impulses, to let them enter our perception and to transform them into movement. It offers us a doorway into an inner world where we sometimes don’t have that much access to (in our daily life), which would like to be expressed. Emotional processes may follow, which can lead to a greater movement and expression potential. It can help us to explore deeper layers of our self, to find new ways of expression and to honor the here and now. The expression of „whatever is right now“ can bring strength, quietness, peace, joy and a feeling of being „whole“. AM is being used in dance therapy and in artistic processes.


In Authentic Movement there is a simple structure (dyad): the mover goes into the circle with her eyes closed for a set amount of time and follows her movement impulses. The mover has the freedom to express herself through her body, dancing, moving or resting, she can use her voice and has the possibility to make contact with other movers. For each mover there is a witness. The witness is in a nonjudgmental internal space where she watches her own impulses, thoughts and images as she is viewing the mover. In the end there is a verbal feedback between the mover and the witness, the mover begins to share her experience about moving and then the witness shares her experience.


Additionally there are group structures such as the breathing circle and the long circle and variation in the witnessing (i.e. moving witness).

Citation: Tina Stromstead
Authentic Movement facilitates a descent into the inner world of the psyche through natural movement. Through the process we are reconnected with deeper instinctual resources and spiritual intelligence that dwell in the molecular structure of the cells, and recover unlived parts of our nature on intrapersonal, interpersonal and transpersonal levels. The practice develops a sense of embodied presence, of being ‘at home’ in the body.
During a time when many of the patriarchal power structures that have given meaning to our existence for thousands of years are crumbling, Authentic Movement allows practitioners, within the context of a healing relationship, to discover a new paradigm that offers guidance from an inner source. Physical, psychological, spiritual, social, affective and aesthetic dimensions are included in this holistic practice. Authentic Movement is used in individual and group settings, is effective within the context of psychotherapy, medicine and meditative practices, and is a potent source for artistic expression.