'Bodyscapes' / The Art of Movement in 5 Simple Exercises

'Bodyscapes' / The Art of Movement in 5 Simple Exercises - student project

If you are a designer, an artist, or a self-explorers, who whats to understand how movement is the fuel of life and creativity...
If you want to know how this creative practice of body-space awareness through movement can help you:  think faster and solve problems creatively, manage your time, navigate through your ideas, thoughts, and emotions, express yourself without words, to draw like an artist and dance like a dancer, then this class is for you!!! 

So what is a "bodyscape"?

It's the equivalent of "landscape" within our bodies, where only we have access. Bodyscapes represent the shape of our imagination, our view of our inner spaces, the way we perceive our bodies, and our story. Bodyscapes are already shaped throughout our lifetime but they can also be built/shaped by us through conscious interaction with our environments.

We can be the Architects of Ourselves!

Bodyscapes as Landscapes is my project in progress where I work with the relationship between our bodies and the environment we live in. Through my practice, I guide people into discovering their ways of relating with their surrounding physical spaces, but also how to access their imagination and all the spaces that have been written there throughout their lives. 

What to expect in this class:
In this class, I will present 5 practices that help me build body-space awareness through the art of movement. 

Physical movement not only helps us maintain our physical condition but also sets our thoughts and ideas in motion, waking up our memories and revealing our unique inner spaces, which can be a huge source of creativity, daily inspiration, and self-awareness. 


The 5 exercises: 

. Moving from within / Arriving in the body:  This is an easy warm-up exercise that you can use before every practice or simply in the morning to start an active day. It will help you detect pain in your body and set your bodily fluids in motion. Use an extended half-an-hour-version for a more physical result. 

. Moving with sound: In this exercise, we focus on the effect of sounds on our bodies. As the sounds make our bodies vibrate, we will try to catch these impulses and translate them into free drawings, which are the visualizations of our inner movement. This exercise trains us to tune in not only with music but also with the sounds of our environments in general and helps us discover our inner rhythm. 

. Moving with touch: Touching our surrounding spaces can give us all the information we need to understand and detect them. By using touch as a spatial navigation tool, we train our body and brain to the qualities of the spaces which we record in our bodily memory. Every part of our bodies is a scanning surface, a window to our brain. What we touch that we become!

. Moving with vision: In our societies vision is dominating all the other senses, and that's why we don't give it a priority in our exercise order. Not that it is not important, but we need to give space to the other senses in order to build our bodily sensitivity. We will use 'vision' in order to recognize what attracts our attention and how we choose to chance our proximity to objects or people in spaces and to draw quick inspiration from our immediate surroundings. 

. Moving with thoughts: Staying still is a state that also includes motion, inner and mental motion. Our thoughts are moving even when our bodies stop, and in this meditative exercise, we will start by observing our thoughts and let them move us in space. By paying attention to the ways our thoughts are 'traveling' in our minds, we are able to detect our thinking patterns which affect our movement in our daily activities. Once we are able to observe them we are able to change or influence them. 


How to follow the class:

This is not a one-time exercise! In order to benefit from this practice, you can use it regularly in order to create something from scratch, get unstuck in your working flow, or simply check in with yourselves for an inspiring day to come. The more you engage with the practice the more you can unfold the story of your imaginary landscapes, your very unique bodyscapes. Be precise with your findings and take notes of your experiences. Slowly you will be able to realize the moving and thinking patterns and start playing with them consciously, or changing the ones that no longer serve you.  

Mix and match the classes!!!

There isn't one RIGHT way to follow the class. The more playful and attentive you are the better. If you like an exercise more than another, follow it for a while and check the progress on your results. Use different ways to express your experience: use words, or drawings, collages, digital painting, film, music, and any other medium you have immediate access to. This is the way to reflect directly in your living environment and build a strong connection with people and the material around you.  


This class is designed for every person who wants to stay connected with their creative side and wants to learn some techniques of exploring their self-potential. You don't need to be an artist to draw, a writer to write, or an architect to understand space. Everyone can benefit from this class in their own field of interest or expertise.

I hope that this class will help you unlock the doors to new personal directions in your creative life and figure out your ways of staying aligned with your most intimate space: your body!


 Experience needed?

You don't need any special moving skills in order to follow the class! Everyone can work from their own level. 

As humans, we are all movement experts!

This practice will help you realize what your body already knows and your mind hasn't discovered yet. I am very excited to share my practice of how to unfold your movement intelligence!!!


Let's get moving!!!



Eleni Danesi

A journey into bodily creativity