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Integrated Body Mind Practices 3 (DNCE20020)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 6.25On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeDNCE20020
Semester 2
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The subject will involve further study and practice ofboth kinesiology and Feldenkrais.

In Kinesiology students will delve into ideokinetic processes to foster a balanced alignment of the skeletal system and re-education of neuromuscular habits in movement. Students will investigate the mechanical principles underlying the design of kinetic imagery and the relationships of both bone and muscle groups in relation to postural alignment and efficient physical coordination. Students will experience moving from a source of imagery, emanating from Skinner Releasing Technique, ideokinesis and/or anatomical based releasing techniques with emphasis on working with information, theory, somatic & experiential processes. The overriding theme is of integrating the appendicular skeleton to the stable and pliable axial skeleton and the stabilisation and integration of lower body structures.

In the Feldenkrais classes, the students will continue to investigate a range of different movement patterns with a focus on their own individual organisation and the connection between intention and action. Each class will include a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson, exploratory improvisation exercises, reflection and discussion. The development of kinaesthetic awareness through this process increases the students' stability, range and co-ordination and also gives them greater insight into the ways they can improve the dynamic quality of their effort, both internally and spatially. Through the processes of improvisation and witnessing in small groups, the learning from this class can be further clarified and integrated with other areas of their practice.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject will enable students to:


  • Utilise the actions of reach, push and pull as sources of movement and intent
  • Identify Ideokinetic principles underlying good postural organisation of the shoulders and arms.
  • Organise and move freely with the shoulders whilst maintaining an engaged centre and freedom of the neck.
  • Balance and mediate forces through the pelvis through the kinetic chain of the hips, knees, ankles and feet.
  • Integrate turnout without bracing through tensile lift.
  • Find internal space and support through the diaphragms of the body whilst in movement.
  • Maintain 3 dimensional depth whilst moving through space.
  • Maintain internal relationships whilst moving from deep imagery with both internal and external focus.
  • Move in a performance state


  • Increase stability, balance, range, co-ordination and agility
  • Improve spatial orientation, dynamic and quality of effort
  • Sense more clearly the connection between intention and action
  • Identify personal and interpersonal movement patterns
  • Work creatively in movement exploration – on their own and in collaboration with others

Last updated: 30 July 2019