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Frequently Asked Questions about Kinections℠

What does the name Kinections℠ mean?

Jeffrey Mehr combined the words kinesis (Greek for movement) and connections to create the word Kinections. It means connecting to self and others through dance and movement.

What is the difference between dance/movement therapy and LivingDance~LivingMusic™?

Dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual. There are many approaches to dance/movement therapy - from the psychodynamic to the behavioral and from the person-centered to the transpersonal. LivingDance~LivingMusic is a unique form of dance/movement therapy that emphasizes the healing inherent in dance itself.

What does emphasizing the healing inherent in dance mean?

LivingDance~LivingMusic emphasizes the integrity of the unified bodymind, works directly with fundamental elements of dance, and engages creative processes that tap our innate capacity to heal and grow. Facilitators of LivingDance~LivingMusic recognize the relationship between elements of dance movement and psychological phenomena, but they focus first on building a dance movement repertoire because healing is inherent in dance. Psychological explanations provide additional support.

Do I need dance training to benefit from LivingDance~LivingMusic?

You do not need dance training to benefit from LivingDance~LivingMusic. LivingDance~LivingMusic works with natural elements of dance to which we all have access: breath, muscle connection, pulse, etc.

Where can I go to experience LivingDance~LivingMusic?

We have monthly day long LivingDance~LivingMusic workshops at Kinections in Rochester, New York. We also offer week-long intensives in Corfu, Greece and Costa Rica. If you or your group would like to experience LivingDance~LivingMusic for two days or more and you cannot come to Rochester, New York, we will be happy to bring the work to you. Contact us!

How can I get trained to facilitate LivingDance~LivingMusic groups?

Take pre-requisite courses in dance/movement therapy and LivingDance~LivingMusic, apply to the facilitation certificate program, and complete the seven courses in the certification program.

How can counselors or other mental health professionals benefit from what Kinections has to offer?

LivingDance~LivingMusic fosters more than self-awareness and expression. It provides nonverbal methods that build relationships, establish boundaries, reduce stress, foster feelings of effectiveness, and generate, not just confidence, but also charisma. It also attends to the subtle and not so subtle stages of healing, curative factors, and group processes.