Beautiful words from Zoe Avstreih, dance/movement therapist and Authentic Movement pioneer.

Photo I took at the MOMA Bjork exhibit.

Photo I took at the MoMA Bjork exhibit.

“Authentic Movement is a wise and generous teacher, a portal into the school of the body.  It asks only that we be true to ourselves in the present moment, look within, and trust the teacher that resides there (Avstreih, 1993).  In a state of open receptivity, both mover and witness are pulled inward, activating the unconscious and the Self, the image of the divine that resides within.  Willingly relinquishing habitual and conditioned responses of the ego, both are pulled towards the center, creating the space to be moved by contact with the Essential being.  In these moments, the movement takes on a quality of transparency, profound presence, immediacy and truth.  Opening to that which is both uniquely us and simultaneously larger than us, we touch the numinous, the mystery of existence, the unbroken wholeness of our being.”

Avstreih, Z. (2007). Achieving body permanence: Authentic Movement and the paradox of healing.  In P. Pallaro (ed.), Authentic Movement: Moving the Body, Moving the Self, Being Moved, (270-274).  London: Kingsley Publishers.

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About emilyadannunzio

Board Certified-Dance/Movement Therapist. Movement Analyst (GL-CMA). Researcher. Dancer. Bartender. Detroit, MI.
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5 Responses to Beautiful words from Zoe Avstreih, dance/movement therapist and Authentic Movement pioneer.

  1. Jeannine says:

    no words to express how much I love this. thank you for sharing and for being a conduit to the truth, always ❤

  2. Thank you for this, I want to digest this and move it.

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