Movement in Practice (MiP)
Movement in Practice, which is the use of movement to enhance human experience in education, health and the workplace, was devised by Occupational and Systemic Therapist Lindsey Lovatt and her Dance Psychologist husband Dr Peter Lovatt.
Movement in Practice utilizes movement to enhance human experience.
The essential human experiences can be grouped into Social Human Experience, Cognitive Human Experience, Physical Human Experience and Emotional Human Experience.
Social Human Experience
- Our relationships
- Our developmental stages
- Our communities
- Our social intelligence
Cognitive Human Experience
- Our thoughts, knowledge & learning
- Our imagination
- Our decision-making abilities
- Dealing with change
Physical Human Experience
- Our body
- The physical world beyond your body
- Our senses
- Our perception of time, and how we fill it
Emotional Human Experience
- Our feelings
- Our emotional intelligence
- Our beliefs
The process by which Movement in Practice utilises movement to enhance human experience is based on a four-step shuffle of Think, Move, Play and Dance.
Think about the situation that you are dealing with and think about the way you would like the situation to be.
Visualise the movements associated with that one aspect of human experience. Think about the way people move on a day to day basis, these can include small personal movements, such as the movement of hands, eye brows and the way people make eye contact, and larger movements, such as the way people walk and run, to the herd-like movements of whole groups of people.
There are dozens of definitions of the word “play”, and our favourite is from the Oxford English Dictionary:
a. intransitive. Of a living being: to move about swiftly, with a lively, irregular, or capricious motion; to spring, fly, or dart to and fro; to gambol, frisk; to flit, flutter.
We love this definition because of the movement qualities it brings to mind. Play, as sudden and unaccountable change, to move from one thing to another, without following a regular line and to flit and flutter like a butterfly.
At the heart of play is the idea that we should disrupt the status quo and shake things up.
There is a dance for every situation, for social bonding, creative thinking, physical wellbeing and emotional release. There are dances that can be done by individuals and by huge groups of thousands, and by every number of people in between. All dances vary, in terms of difficulty, physical needs, and in the amount of learning involved. This is what makes dance such a versatile activity. Everyone can take part in dance, and there is no specialist equipment needed.
Case Example 1: School
A school for boys in Australia had a problem with concentration levels. After 20 minutes of silent reading and writing the boys got restless, and their focus was lost. It became difficult for the boys to engage for the full 60 minutes of the lesson. The teachers introduced a special set of Movement in Practice exercises into the classroom. They found that time-on-task went up, and student engagement, focus and learning increased.
Case Example 2: Business
An international advertising agency had a problem with one of its teams. The team members didn’t get on and their creativity was drying up. Clients were beginning to grumble. The directors used Movement in Practice techniques to bring the team together. They found that once the team was socially bonded their client-focused creativity went up too, leading to happier clients.
Case Example 3: Health and Social Care
Drug addicts in recovery can find it difficult to find a new way to get an emotional high and to socialise with other people, in a drug- and alcohol-free environment. A drug and alcohol worker used principles of Movement in Practice by setting up a Zumba dance and exercise class for people in recovery. The drug and alcohol worker found the environment was a perfect way for people to experience a natural emotional high from the music and dancing, and also to enjoy the company of other like-minded people.
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