AQUILA ARTS MOVEMENT THERAPY
In Latin, aquila denotes an eagle or a high vantage. Debra Landau uses Laban Movement Analysis to observe people and their physical expressions from an objective and compassionate place and then tailors programs to the individual to increase her/his efficiency, functional range, and expressivity. Because Debra believes that mind and body are intimately entwined, she guides her clients in releasing the restrictions of their self-images and thoughts while exploring their true movement potentials.
Debra has been in private practice since 1993 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, offering both individual and group sessions to people of a variety of ages and abilities. Her work includes movement repatterning, hands-on work, conditioning, and injury prevention and recovery. In addition to her expertise in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals, Debra utilizes her training in the following movement forms to fully tailor her approach to each individual: Authentic Movement, Contact Improvisation, Skinner Releasing Technique, Body-Mind Centering, Grotowski Physical Theater, Alexander Technique, Pilates, Yoga, and Somatic Massage.
Debra loves helping people of all ages and abilities discover the adventure and joy of their bodies. Her clientele range from adolescents to the elderly. People attracted to this work want an integrated body-mind approach to address a variety of conditions such as injury rehabilitation, progressive neuromuscular disorders, recovery from trauma (past and present), autoimmune disorders, psychological disorders, paralysis, chronic pain, inefficient movement patterns, and unhealthy body image. Debra has specially trained with populations dealing with sexual abuse, schizophrenia, spinal cord injury, bipolar disorder, visual impairment, various neuromuscular disorders, domestic violence, movement disorders, and mental challenges including autism.
Debra is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) and a Registered Movement Therapist (RMT) and a Movement Educator.
PLEASE NOTE: As of February 2015 Debra is not accepting new clients, but is nonetheless happy to answer your questions.
For more information:
Aquila Arts, LLC
P.O. Box 25892
Albuquerque, NM 87125-0892
(505) 842-9418 at the AirDance ArtSpace
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An article by Lisa Gill was published (July 2010) about Debra at the Duke City Fix community blog... Trapeze and Movement Therapy
Debra had hip surgery late July 2010 and was unable to dance/walk for a time. She wrote about this experience... On Not Being a Stand Up Gal
The following testimonials were offered by some of Debra's clientele with the understanding that names would not be cited in the interest of confidentiality:
"Movement therapy has reawakened my child-like nature and helped me reclaim my confident self."
"I have been very impressed with Debra's knowledge of how the human body works, as well as her ability to inspire and facilitate change in others. I am extremely happy with the improvement in my body's flexibility, co-ordination and posture."
"Debra is trustworthy, knowledgeable and patient. In our group she regularly works with people who possess vastly different physical abilities, and are at different skill and recovery levels. In spite of the diversity of the group, I have never felt that my special needs were not met."
"[Debra] cares about each individual client and student and does not judge. Instead, she tries to understand each person's special needs so that she may address them appropriately. Because her knowledge, her preparation and her caring are so evident, she earns the trust of those she works with easily."
"Debra gave me the freedom and support to explore my potential self . . . allowed me to face the fear -- I got in touch with it and walked through it . . . helped me feel like I'm doing something in a situation where I otherwise feel helpless."
"Because [Debra] is nurturing, understanding and supportive of all honest efforts, she helps each [person] develop self-confidence and do her/his best work. She is cheerful, upbeat, optimistic - a joy to be around."
"[Movement therapy] has been a forum for transforming the nightmare of abuse . . . The process has relieved me of the toxic shame put on me as a child. Thank you so much for being my guide through this process . . ."
Debra Landau is also the Artistic Director of AirDance New Mexico
©2004 Anthony Richardson
When Albuquerque's ALIBI presented its Best of 'Burque 2002 issue, they had this to say about Debra Landau...
Best Alternative Healthcare
Practitioner, Debra Landau