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Kinesphere Movement experience

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Learn about the Kinesphere before starting this workshop

Movement experience to discover ones Kinesphere

Close Reach Space

Workshop Guide

  • Sarting Position:
    • Begin by standing upright. Optionally, you can close or half-close your eyes and take a moment to pause, tuning into your body sensations.
  • Body Awareness:
    • Feel the connection of your feet with the ground. With each inhale, notice a subtle expansion into the space around you, increasing your body's volume. With each exhale, feel a gentle contraction, reducing your body's volume.
  • Initiating Movement:
    • Gradually initiate movement, starting from your hands. Begin with small movements close to your body, gradually extending to include your feet, as if massaging the ground.
  • Progressive Movement:
    • While keeping at least one foot rooted in place, continue with small movements involving other parts of your body. Explore movements of the head, chest, back, belly, and legs, maintaining a focus on small, controlled motions.
  • Exploration and Experimentation:
    • Experiment with different movements while keeping them close to your body. Explore the range of motion within the immediate space surrounding you.
  • Focus on Kinesphere:
    • Throughout the activity, remain aware that you are exploring the close reach space of your kinesphere
continuing to middle and far reach space of your kinesphere

Workshop Guide

  • initial Position:
    • Begin by keeping at least one foot firmly planted on the ground while standing in place.
  • Expanding Movement:
    • Gradually expand your movements, starting with small motions and gradually increasing the range. Imagine inhabiting a larger and larger area of the space around you as you move.
  • Balance Exploration:
    • Experiment with balancing on one leg while reaching with the other toward your kinesphere—the space surrounding your body.
  • Directional Exploration:
    • Explore different directions of movement, reaching to the sides and behind you. Remember that all the space surrounding you is part of your personal space, your kinesphere.
  • Level Changes:
    • Vary your movement by changing levels. Reach upwards, expanding into the space above you, and then downwards, closer to the ground.
  • Observation and Awareness:
    • Observe how your movements create a bubble or sphere around your body. This is your personal space, entirely yours. Notice how you can adjust the size of this bubble—expanding it to its maximum and then shrinking it to its minimum.
playing with „the bubble“, using imagination

While continuing in movement (you can play with the intensity – moving quickly, slow down, pause) feel the bubble
How thick / thin it is?
Does it have a color? Can you see through?
You are the creator of your bubble – you can change the thickness, you can change the color and transparency, you can decorate your bubble with whatever you like

Progressing into the space

When you spent some time having fun with decorating and experimenting with the qualities of your bubble, let´s set off on a trip into the space

Start move from your spot and observe, how your bubble is moving with you

How it changes, when the space around you changes - you get close to the wall, when you arrive into a corner, or when you are in the middle of free space

Meeting others

When you are doing this in a group, while progressing into space you can start observing and playing with:

What happens with my bubble, when I meet someone?

Does the feeling of my bubble changes? Its´shape, its´ qualities?

How is the contact with the other affected by our increased awareness of our bubbles?

Approach the other with kindness and respect to their bubble and when it feels safe and comfortable, you can start playing  with „two bubbles meeting“ – can they overlap or you get bounced away, when trying to get close? What happens, when you change the speed of your movements?

Try different partners

Going back to myself

Find a way to separate with your last partner and find your own space again

Pay attention to your bubble – how does it feel like now, after the contact? Are there any changes in its´ qualities? Is your awareness of your kinesphere changed and how? How does the movements feel like now?

Slowly diminish your movements and gradually pause (you can close / half close the eyes)

Standing still, pay attention to your body – how does it feel like now? How do you perceive your feet on the ground? How is your breath flowing through your body? How do you perceive parts of your body? 

And how can you feel your bubble, your kinesphere now?

When you had your eyes closed / half closed, open them now and look around

During the rest of the day or whenever you wish, you can observe, how you feel your kineshere

In different situations, with different people  

Closing Remarks

This experiential can be used to raise awareness of:

Your personal space
Your boundaries
It might also support a sense of safety and comfort in your body and „your space“
It might support an enlivening feeling in your body moving in space

by being more conscious of your personal space and thus also space of others, it might support you to navigate yourself more sensitively towards yourself and others in setting boundaries and adapting them in different situations and encounters  

About Kinesphere

Before starting this workshop, read up on it here