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Welcome to The Kestenberg Movement Profile


The profile which was developed after years of observation of children and adults by Judith Kestenberg and her colleagues (The Sands Point Study Group) was named the Kestenberg Movement Profile. Its structure and focus are based on the psychological profile developed by Anna Freud, with a strong emphasis on development. Its movement language is based on the Laban System of Movement Notation with modifications adaptive to its psychological focus (see a more detailed history below).

About Us

KMP Movement Analysis is the comprehensive system for identifying psychological, developmental, emotional, cognitive and global health/imbalance through movement observation, notation and interpretation.
Left to right: Mark Sossin, Janet Kestenberg Amighi, Hillary Merman, Penny Lewis, Sandy Muniz, Judith Kestenberg, Susan Loman


If the mind, emotions, and body are a closely integrated , mutually interacting system, then it is reasonable that we should be able to gain information about the mind by observing the body. The body and its manner of moving not only reveals aspects of current feelings and emotions, but can give us insight into an individual’s past. As Loman and Foley wrote in 1996, “...experiences get stored in the body and are reflected in body movement.” A person who feels rejected may develop a hollow, narrowed body attitude which expresses and reinforces such feelings throughout life. Because both physical and emotional experiences leave long term traces upon the way people hold themselves and move, the study of movement opens a door to the study of patterns of early development, coping strategies and personality configurations.