For the first time, a training manual for Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement. An in-depth approach to whole-body movement training – effective, safe, subtle. Learn to move from within where you tune up your fascia to be the best you can be, and move as a living system from the inside out. Learn what movement to practice for a sustainable body.
Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement (BF) are fluid, non-ballistic sequences of whole-body patterns. Done lying on the floor, novice movers are relieved of worries about falling or poor coordination. In training programs and classes, the sequences progress through many variations of weight shift and level change preparing us to meet the challenges of life on two feet. If you are accustomed to conventional fitness training, yoga, or Pilates, you will soon see that BF has other goals and rewards. More than joint articulations or held positions, it builds orderly linkages that optimize the body’s deep architecture.
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The thing that really stands out and makes 3-D Workout so different from trending approaches, is that it actually organizes the body with regards to function. It seems that all the others are just doing movement for the sake of doing the movement, but 3-D actually has an inherent organizational and logical process.
This book is full of gems for anyone who aspires to maintain healthy bodily mobility for a lifetime. Woodruff’s descriptions of the basics of Bartenieff Fundamentals are lucid and easy to follow.
Dianne has integrated biotensegrity concepts extremely effectively. The description of the Basics and their Variations is lucid, and easy to follow, especially with the illustrations!
Dr. Woodruff draws on the principles of biotensegrity and how this emergent perspective of human form and function expands traditional biomechanical / kinesiological views. I am delighted to recommend this text to all!
I can’t just read this, I have to move it!
To say Dr. Woodruff is extraordinarily skilled and gifted would be an understatement. She presents complex, health-and-fitness movements in easy-to-understand language that everyone can grasp and use.
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This video provides a visual source for the movement described in Moving from Within: introducing Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement (BF). The video embodies the timing and phrasing of each sequence as a whole-body event. It enriches the manual rather than reproducing it in another form.
An instruction video for BF is very different from that for conventional fitness. BF is three-dimensional, omni-directional, subtle and complex in every way. Each sequence builds toward a whole-body, prototypic pattern of movement that underlies everything we do.
I have made many videos often with a professional crew and other times with amateur crews. Both contribute in their own ways to the making of a body movement teaching tool. Most professionals know video but not movement. They want to shoot a variety of angles and feel that watching a whole sequence unfold is boring. For BF, simple and complete in one shot is best for teaching and learning.
For Moving from Within I chose a crew of three, each experienced with the movement and its intention. A fourth, unwitting crew member, is Sue Carduelis who during a break in COVID restrictions made pre-video so I could rehearse and correct my demonstration. When COVID restrictions allowed we began what became two days of shooting.
That crew, Ann Rose (camera), Gloria Megarry (direction), and Michael Gatbonton (editing), are all professional 3-D Workout instructors. Their job was to produce an instruction video that captured key ingredients in BF. They must have eyes for the whole as well as the detail such as breathing and initiation of movement. They create a cooperative working environment–a functional and creative atmosphere that engages with the movement material. Their movement intelligence means we can discuss the objective and get the best result.
Key elements for optimal viewing and learning:
Finally, the video is a mirror for me to adjust and refine my performance and to respect the objective of the sequence. We bring patience to the process to re-think and re-shoot for the best result.