CREATIVE MOVEMENT TREATMENT
Creative movement sessions are conducted by a physiotherapist with expertise in the therapeutic use of movement and dance. The programme is based on the work of Rudolf Laban and his basic effort elements of space, time, force and flow, which enable the content of classes to be varied in many different ways whilst still focusing on the needs of the Huntington’s Disease person. The activities involve both the functional and expressive use of movement, and are enjoyable as well as reinforcing many of the overall aims of the physiotherapy programme.
Groups consist of 6-8 individuals with several volunteers and staff members, and are approximately one hour in length.
Example of a Creative Movement Session:
Warm-up activities – seated in circle on chairs or stools.
Bouncing hands over different body surfaces.
Light bouncing of different body parts.
(i) Choosing own part to move in own way and sharing movement with group.
Accompaniment: music with strong rhythmic beat.
(ii) Exploring full use of the space around the body with image of painting the inside of a large balloon with different body parts, eg. hands, head, elbow, shoulders, back, feet. Emphasis is on smooth, flowing movements.
Accompaniment: music with smooth, flowing quality.
Walking around room meeting others with contact between different body parts, e.g. , hands, elbows, shoulders, hips, feet, backs.
In pairs, exploring ways of moving different body parts through a movement conversation.
Accompaniment: any bright music.
Using brightly coloured scarves and exploring possible ways of moving them through space.
Sharing of ideas with group.
Free exploration using suitable music to support the various possible dynamics of movement.
i) angry conversation between two scarves (quick, strong direct movements accompanied by tambour beaten by leader).
ii) friendly conversation between two scarves (slow, gentle, flowing movements accompanied by Indian bells played by leader).
Sensitive mirroring movements between scarves – one is the mirror image of the other – so that both must move slowly as one.
Accompaniment: music with slow, flowing quality.
Hoops placed on floor. Curved floor pathways around hoops for spatial awareness using different forms of locomotion.
As above, but stopping with different body parts in centre of hoop at signal from tambour, e.g., left elbow and right knee; right hand and left foot; bottoms only.
Sharing hoop between two people – exploring different ways of moving the hoop and the body in relationship to the hoop.
Dance with hoops.
Accompaniment: bright music.
Exploring different positions for rocking body with different body parts taking weight. Music to accompany must have a rocking quality, e.g., "Morning has Broken", "Annie’s Song", "Kum ba Uah".
Sitting back-to-back with partner with whole of spine relaxed and upright – very gently rocking and swaying in different directions with gentle, slow, rocking music.
Relaxation – choose own comfortable position and while suitable background music is playing leader uses own voice, verbal instructions and mental imagery to increase awareness of relaxed diaphragmatic breathing.
Group sits on mats holding hands in a circle and gently rocks and sways with image of a piece of seaweed being gently washed over by waves.
Feedback from participants as to what they enjoyed, would like to explore further, how they felt during the session, etc.
Creative Movement Equipment
Cassette tape player and library of tapes with music of various dynamic qualities.
Percussion instruments: tambour, tambourine, cymbal, bells, etc.
Personal property – extremely important for providing the individual with a focus and extension beyond the body itself; for tactile and visual stimulation; and to provide a link with others.
Material of different sizes, colours and textures.
Ribbons and ribbon sticks.
Large woollen pom-pom.
Expendable items, such as flowers, balloons, paper streamers, bubble mixture, etc.