Rudolf Laban (1879–1958) was the first researcher to study the psychology of movement. He developed a method for mapping human movement, and revealed to us the subtle web of connections between our body and our thoughts, feelings, and intentions.
In fact, most modern theories about body language rely on Laban’s work.
What does it mean?
Each one of us has our own “movement language” – a certain way we conduct ourselves in the world, the way we feel most comfortable.
If we could choose between several such “languages” at each given moment, if we could pick a “language” that is most suitable for a certain situation – what would happen?
We would have access to an endless number of possible actions, reactions, and attitudes that were lying dormant within us all this time.
Changing the way we physically express ourselves can lead directly to changes in the way we think and behave.
How does it work?
By studying simple, basic movement characteristics, we can become familiar with an endless array of possible actions and reactions. Some are already familiar to us, while others seem very strange, making us think, “It’s not really who I am . . .”
You can feel the difference: Learning is taking place through the body – physically, not theoretically. This enables us to evade the barriers of consciousness and intellect, to modify limiting patterns, and to develop skills that are absent in our interactions with others, such as speaking to an audience, assertiveness, real-time reaction, and strong presence.