The Original Shapes of Posture, Breathing and Movement (German: “Urgestalten”)


An Original Shape has the primal quality of posture and movement as it can be found in the “inner wisdom” of any new-born human being: Every healthy child develops its individual motor skills naturally: it begins by lying on its back, then moves on to crawling, sitting, standing up, and eventually standing freely and walking. The development of these primary motor patterns lays the foundation for a human being’s “original” experiences of movement and is a prerequisite for his cognitive development. Dispokinesis draws on these original experiences. With the upright stance, our arms are no longer needed for support and balance and our hands become free to grasp and act.
With this decisive developmental step the child moves from grasping to grasping meaning (comprehending) and the ensuing development of fine motor skills enables target-oriented acting.

The attendant circumstances of the child’s developmental processes are crucial for the final result. Hindering or harmful influences leave deep traces in motor patterns and mental and psychological development. They hinder motor skill and psychological maturation.

The Original Shapes of Posture, Breathing and Movement / Additional Exercises

The Original Shapes and further exercises are the actual core of Dispokinesis. Their central theme is to coordinate and finetune the stabilising functions (body tone and floor contact) with differentiated forms of movement and breathing. Approximately 30 easy-to-learn basic exercises mirror the human being’s natural developmental steps from a lying down position to standing upright, all along preserving their expressive quality. The goal of these exercises is to make one aware of certain sensory- and psychomotor processes (what are my reflexes when I stand up, what do I feel with certain postures, movements, breathing?) and to change them if needed. They help us to recognize stereotypical behaviour and to find our way back to original movement patterns, both on the physical and the psychological level.