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Body-image, movement and consciousness: examples from a somatic practice in the Feldenkrais Method

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We think of consciousness as a thing. Observation of our experience indicates that we are actually consciousing, and that experiencing is closely related to movement and the muscular sense. The position of this paper is that mind and body are not two entities related to each other but an inseparable whole while functioning. From concrete examples from the Feldenkrais Method, it is shown that changes in the organization of movement and functioning are intimately related and that one cannot change without conscious experience. Implications for the resolution of controversies in the field of consciousness studies and the neurosciences are suggested.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Eschersheimer Landstrasse 70, D-60322 Frankfurt, Germany.

Publication date: 1999-02-01

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