more movement classes are designed and created according to your goals, your learning interests, your movement history and your body’s needs. Underpinning all more movement sessions is a specific and world-renowned movement methodology – Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis or (LMA).

What is LMA?

Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis is a comprehensive vocabulary for the language of human movement, in it’s function and expressive meaning. It provides a framework with which to observe, understand, explore and challenge the way we move in any context, be it performance, fitness, communication or simple everyday activities. It is named for two historical movement practitioners: Rudolf Laban and Irmgard Bartenieff.

A Quick Peek at the LMA system

So, what is the LMA language all about? What does it do? How can I use it?

There are four main categories in the LMA system. Each can be thought of as a different lens or filter through which to observe and describe any given movement. This process of differentiation may reveal to us a way of experiencing movement we have never previously discovered or noticed.

Body describes the function of the moving body: neuromuscular patterning, efficiency of movement, what part of the body is involved and how it is executing the movement.

Effort describes the expression of energy in movement: the quality, or dynamics, that might reveal attitude, investment or even emotion and intention.

Shape describes the basic forms of the body and how they can change. That change, or forming, can be described as occurring in response to self, other or environment, as well as in terms of how much of the body is involved.

Space describes where movement goes in the environment. This can be in terms of our immediate ‘reach space’ (Kinesphere), out to the wider world. The Space category includes various ways of mapping the myriad of possible pathways we can take in space: directions, planes, diagonals and spirals.