RIVERS has evolved out of more than thirty years of experience. This is one of the differences between RIVERS and many short-lived methods and trends.
What sets RIVERS apart from other serious methods is its methodology. We work with the ten verbs of Köbi and cultivational dynamics. These give us and all RIVERS movers an extremely clear framework as well as maximum freedom for individual movement exploration and development.
Because movement in a non-specialized field can either quickly become arbitrary and one doesn't stop far from the beginner level, or one specializes again, even if unnoticed.
Nobody offers a universal range, even if it is sold as such. Because one always comes from a particular perspective. No matter how comprehensive it is, it is a perspective, a positioning, a background. It is not possible to teach "pure movement". It is always a selection, a style. As in any method, the selection is made by a specific question in a specific context for a specific context.
This is why we distinguish between methodology and method. The methodology is Integraldynamics and is simply described by ten verbs: to center, to open, to expand, to blend, to integrate, to observe, to feel, to differentiate, to subtilise, to essentialise. Since Integraldynamics describes a dynamical process but does not impose a specific form and content, it can be expressed in different ways anytime and anywhere (even beyond the practice of movement). This is the advantage. The disadvantage is that it does not offer concrete forms and contents. It thus puts a challenge on those who do not yet have a movement repertoire and techniques.
This is where RIVERS comes into play, the method which provides the most intelligent impulses in various forms (movement sequences, flows, learning fields, etc.) in order to develop skills and build up a repertoire. RIVERS is clearly a child of its time, based on cutting edge research as well as the personal movement background, movement- and body-types of Martin and Katrin. As broad as these are, they are still a selection. Even though we are always working towards finding and cultivating each individual's own movement and using open learning fields to do so, we also have to work with movements that we provide in order to broaden the range of movements or to cultivate certain aspects in a targeted way. This is done in the trinity imitate - integrate - innovate, which is described in Integraldynamics (see the book Integraldynamics).
RIVERS is both valid in itself and a guide to Integraldynamics, and while the latter could be called "universal", which we do not, we are realistic enough not to claim to offer "pure movement". This is why RIVERS is called RIVERS (and we sometimes playfully call practitioners RIVERS) and not just "movement". This realism is also a difference to certain other movement methods.
Complex systems such as movement require a true simplicity in the approach which does not simplify, reduce or falsify, but which fully unfolds this complexity. This is what the ten verbs and their families of verbs offer us (see the Book of Movement and Integraldynamics).
We also claim to be on the cutting edge. We remain open and differentiate. We keep up to date with research and incorporate relevant results.