Imagery pp 237-241 | Cite as

Imagination and Movement Therapy

  • Rose A. Dendinger


The purpose of the session was to have people experience imagery through movement. What I have done in this paper is to select images from those given in the session, and give an explanation as to the intent and rationale for each image. The session was opened with some brief comments on the nature of the interaction between imagery and movement. Imagery flows out of movement and movement flows out of imagery. The body’s motional usages of and emotional attitudes toward space, time, energy and rhythm can engender in the imagination deep images. The way we move within ourselves, gesture, posture, touch, or the way we move and are moved in relationship to another person contains the non-verbal movement history of our way of being in the world. This non-verbal history is inscribed in our very muscles and breathing. It is as if there is a retention of memory in the body, and movement can release this memory.


Psychiatric Disability Dance Therapy Feeling State Movement Therapy Emotional Attitude 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rose A. Dendinger
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  1. 1.Institute for Psycho-Imagination TherapyLos AngelesUSA

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