Moving Cycle Description

Based in contemplative, phenomenological, and humanistic traditions, the Moving Cycle is premised on the observation that adaptive motion promotes healing, from a cellular to an organismic level. These motions take place in four stages, which build on each other to identify, repair, and integrate conscious movement experiences. The first stage is Awareness, where symptoms (most often experienced as sensations) work to get our attention. Learning to pay high quality, non-judgmental attention to our body forms the first phase.

Second is Owning, where our sensate focus, coupled with an openness to associations that emerge (images, sounds, words, emotions, and memories), generates responsive movement impulses that can be supported and sequenced. Taking ownership of our present moment, embodied experience through moving it consciously accesses stored resources within us, and can over time re-establish a feeling of empowered wholeness based on direct experiences of being able to act on what we are experiencing. Accomplishing this heralds the third stage, Appreciation. When we access inner resources and move with them we tend to feel more whole, complete, and satisfied. Satisfaction and the completion of old patterns can actually feel disorienting, and special attention to how our body can integrate positive states forms the basis of this third phase. The fourth phase is Action. This phase helps us to negotiate our movement processes as they occur in daily events and relationships, often in the context of practicing them with our facilitator, as well as taking time to apply session events to daily living. It also helps us to embody our calls to activism, in whatever shape that might take.

The Moving Cycle, though an ordered sequence, is individual to each person in each situation. We are all on many Moving Cycles in our lifetime, some which take moments to complete and others that will take our entire lifetime. Within it, we are accessing our core nature more than the history of our experiences.

The Moving Cycle uses several techniques to "fuel" each of the four phases. The first is breath. Balancing ones breathing literally gives the body enough energy to support and enjoy our feelings and actions. Our next form of fuel is sensory awareness, a staple of many healing traditions. Tracking my current body states in a non-analytical way can be seen as a form of data gathering from parts of myself that hold important information for healing and creativity. The third form of fuel is movement itself. Whether it is the motion of breathing, heartbeating, brain waving, or running across the floor, movement separates that which is alive from that which is not alive. In a Moving Cycle session, finding the organic impulses of the body to move forms the heart of healing and empowerment. Lastly, the Moving Cycle uses the power of an attuned and interactive body-to-body relationship with the facilitator as a way to hold and care for emerging states, and as a way to pair our ongoing experiences to our ability to navigate our relationships.

The Moving Cycle can directly and quickly access our core issues, and puts us on the path of healing. You do not have to be in a certain physical shape to do it. All abilities are welcome. The Moving Cycle continues to reveal itself to us and to shape itself within changing sociopolitical contexts. I hope and trust that students who train in it and clients who experience it will continue to shape it according to their own experiences. In some respects, this Cycle should feel simple and obvious to anyone practicing it, taken for granted like the healing of a cut on ones finger.