Movement connects us all. We are all moving, all of the time. The moving body is the foundation of human activity. In a world where technological advancement allows for instant global connections, we are becoming increasingly disembodied. This gives rise to “dis-ease” in our physical, emotional and intellectual selves. This book promotes increased awareness of the power and potential of human movement. It takes into account personal uniqueness, as well as the universal aspects of what it means to be human. This book is for every body. In order to experience life to its fullest, it is important to keep in touch with our moving selves. It is not a “how-to” book. We are not advocating a specific movement technique or practice. It is about re-discovering that you are a mover and that movement is not just an activity. Our movement is the expression of ourselves in the world.
This second edition includes expanded chapters and appendices further explicating the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) for the benefit of students in movement analysis training programs. The text’s additions also serve as a testimony to the ongoing development of this system.
Karen A. Studd and Laura L. Cox are Master Teachers of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System, and have been friends and colleagues for more than 20 years. They have taught together in Europe and the U.S. and share the vision of promoting awareness of human movement as an essential body of knowledge. Both are Registered Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists, and are founders of WholeMovement, a group of Certified Movement Analysts working together to increase the visibility of LBMS worldwide, and to provide educational opportunities for movers in all walks of life, with the goal of transforming and enhancing the function and expression of human movement. For more information, visit