Kestenberg Movement Profile


The Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) is a tool which assesses nonverbal behavior and can be used to evaluate individuals of all ages.  It contains nine categories of movement patterns.  Profilers record movement through freehand tracing of muscle tension and use symbols to represent different movement qualities.  The profiler observes the client and notates muscle tension fluctuation.  Using statistical analysis, the profiler is then able to describe the client’s psychological development, personality, feelings, temperament, defenses, learning styles, problem solving, coping mechanisms, self image, body boundaries, learning defenses, interpersonal and object relations, and social skills.  This information can then be used in a variety of ways, including treatment planning, therapeutic interventions, and clinical studies (Amighi, 1999 & Kestenberg, 1999).  The KMP can be used in individual counseling, group therapy, and for any person interested in learning more about their movement preferences and how movement connects to their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.