Relationship in Movement Approach (RIMA)

Experience the Relationship In Movement Approach (RIMA) which Brad Johnston and Kathleen Rea have developed in Toronto where participants discover and play with how contact dance practices can act as metaphors for relationship dynamics. Learn how non-verbal communication through dance opens up a moving and beautiful “world” that people in relationships can co-create, share and learn from. The purpose is to help couples deepen their relationships and become aware of their patterns of relating. The approach provides an alternative way of working through issues in which movement is used on its own or in combination with talk-based processing.


Brad Johnston is an Embodied Life Coach with training from Coaches Training Institute and from Philip Shepard author of “New Self New World” on the Embodied Presence Process (TEPP). He earned is Honours B.A. in Psychology and Theatre from Brock University and has a Graduate Diploma in Social innovation from the University of Waterloo. He started dancing when he was 50 and is now an avid contact improviser. In 2015 he left his career of 23 years as a public servant with the Ontario Government and sold his house. In the next phase of his life he intends to learn how to integrate his brain intelligence with his gut wisdom – and to teach this process to others so they can feel the sense of inherent wholeness available to all of us.

Kathleen Rea danced with Ballet Jörgen Canada, National Ballet of Canada & Tiroler Landestheater (Austria). Kathleen is a certified instructor of the Melt Method (Hand and Feet) and teaches Contact Dance Improvisation at George Brown Dance and Niagara College. She and has choreographed over 40 dance works and been nominated for five DORA awards. Kathleen is a recipient of a K. M. Hunter Award and is a published author (“The Healing Dance”, Charles C. Thomas). She has a Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy and is a certified psychotherapist (CRPO) with a private practice for the past 15 years. She recently became a candidate teacher or the Axis Syllabus.