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Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is a method and language for describing, visualizing, interpreting and documenting all varieties of human movement. The framework considers movement from the separate but inter-related categories of Body, Effort, Space and Shape.
The Body category includes considerations of functional anatomy, developmental patterns and actions. A key piece of the Body category, Bartenieff Fundamentals℠ (BF) is an extension of Laban Movement Analysis, developed by Irmgard Bartenieff, a physiotherapist who studied with Laban. She created BF by applying Rudolf Laban’s movement theories to the physical/kinesiological functioning of the human body. BF is a construct that focuses on movement integration and harmony using the twelve Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement. It was developed to provide exercise concepts for the experience of the body in motion with an awareness of how and why it is moving. Practicing the Fundamentals strengthens the body’s internal support for both everyday and highly skilled movement.
The category of Effort considers the inner attitudes or quality of movement expressed through one’s actions. Space - also known as Space Harmony - considers the ways we use the Space as we move. Shape considers the shapes that we make within our body, between ourselves and others, and with our environment as we move.
You can find out more about LMA and BF as well as the program of study for a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), by visiting: Laban Institute of Movement Studies