Natural movement. Integral movement.
Your movement

RIVERS helps you to find, develop and sustain your natural movement and your integral movement

Natural movement is the functional movement that is embedded in your body. Integral movement is the quality when the whole person, and not just the body, moves as one.


Natural movement includes primary, evolutionarily grown forms of movement such as standing, walking, running, throwing and carrying. We also include our individual movement development: lying, rolling, standing up, squatting, crawling, hopping, jumping and landing, and so on. Natural movement provides stability, agility, flexibility, elasticity, mobility and fluidity. It allows you to move effortlessly and continuously, developing strength, power and endurance.


Integral movement is your wholeness moving, flowing and growing like a river. It is here where the social and cultural development of movement is reflected: on the one hand in expression, in gesture, in dance; on the other hand from play to fight to martial arts. Movement, sensation, state of being and interpretation form a differentiable but inseparable whole. Integral movement dissolves the apparent separations or reductions of body and mind and lets you experience how integral you are.

Köbi-Dynamik

Köbi-Dynamik

Natural movement Natural movement unfolds through expansion and contraction, or more precisely, through a process of centering, opening, expanding, blending and integrating. We call this process the COEBI-dynamics.


Cultivation Dynamics

Integral movement is cultivated through perception, through a process of observing and feeling, differentiating and integrating, and subtilizing and essentializing. We call this the cultivation dynamic.

Both dynamics unite as a whole without hierarchy. We call it Integraldynamics (see also the book). The bigger piece of the pie? Integration, since it appears in both dynamics.


Cultivation Dynamics

Integration

at all levels

Natural movement unfolds the functionality of your body and your movements. Integral movement unfolds the meaning of your beingness and the meaning of your life.

Both movements connect. Natural Movement connects the different parts of your body into a strong structure and powerful movement. Integral Movement combines all aspects of your being into a coherent process that connects with others and the world.


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We work in four quadrants

RIVERS RIDDLES
Movement puzzles for neuroplasticity and phenotypic plasticity (the capacity of the brain and the body to be shaped)

RIVERS BASE
Short movement sequences and flows with a specific effect on body and perception

RHYTHM
In addition to the Köbi and cultivation dynamics, we work with other dynamics. More about this in the Book of Movement

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Partner settings, learning fields and impulses for the promotion of structured spontaneity and diversity in movement

Not yet enough?

What distinguishes RIVERS from other contemporary movement methods?

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.

RIVERS and traditional movement paths
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RIVERS is indeed a next generation of movement practice. For the following reasons:

We become what we practice. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute have demonstrated this in research. Our neuroplasticity (and phenotypic plasticity) is shaped by practice. Our practice forms us. Limited methods may build new neuroplastic pathways and forms, but only to a limited extent. The more versatile the method, the more versatile, interconnected, agile humans we become. RIVERS is undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive movement methods of all.

Traditional practices specialize, modern practices also specialize. RIVERS eliminates specialization (but not the differentiations of specialization). This removes arbitrary restrictions on our movements. The focus is not on specialization and reduction, but on widening and varying. To ensure that this does not become random and that an optimal structure for practice is guaranteed, a clear, well-founded concept is needed that is up to date. A differentiated system that promotes differentiation. That is RIVERS.

Specialized methods are only valid in themselves. Traditions are burdened. They have evolved based on philosophies and consciousness structures and have been additionally blurred or complicated by the millennia. Traditions are widely masculine and based on a dualistic world view. Even when they try to overcome these dualisms, they do so more or less evidently by reducing them to one. (Monism. Even the scientific search for a world formula is an expression of the same monism). RIVERS is light. RIVERS has no metaphysical system. However, the methodology has clear structures that allow the experience and interpretation of something more comprehensive.
As a child of our time, RIVERS springs directly from an integral consciousness. In contrast, traditions have their roots in archaic, magical, mythical structures of consciousness (and partly still function in this way, or no longer function on this very basis, which is not renewed). Integral consciousness is characterized by the fact that it sees and promotes the interconnectedness of things without having to level these things to a common ground (as the pluralism of postmodernism does). In this consciousness, contradictions are not conflicts, but rather release the potential for growth.

Part of the dualistic world view is the separation of body and mind. RIVERS overcomes this separation by experiencing the components as parts of the whole, which cannot be reduced to anything. In other words, we experience body and mind as different forms of the same thing when viewed from different perspectives. Although RIVERS is a movement method, it is also a training of perception. The dualism that has shaped the last 2500 years is being eliminated by a new form of experiential possibilities and transferred into a new way of knowledge.

The modern world view includes the separation of art and therapy, play and spirituality, recreation and the world. For a shaman of the old times, art and therapy were not yet separated. Her holistic method was not divided into two methods. RIVERS removes separations between art and way, inside and outside, therapy and creativity. Because these restrictions are not inherent in the movement itself. They are not embedded in people but in external systems.