The Feldenkrais method and women with eating disorders
Authors: Fortin, Sylvie; Vanasse, Chantal
Source: Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, Volume 3, Numbers 1-2, 27 April 2012 , pp. 127-143(17)
Abstract:In this article, we present an action research project conducted over 21 weeks with seven women suffering from eating disorders for an average of 34 years. The aim was to (1) describe the women's experiences of Feldenkrais classes via a variety of qualitative data collection methods and (2) to identify any possible relationships between changes of their body awareness and their eating disorders. A thematic analysis inspired by grounded theory showed that the action research using the Feldenkrais method of somatic education demonstrated a potential for helping the participants to consciously challenge dominant social discourse by engendering concrete changes in the way they perceived themselves. They reported being able to occasionally change their daily activities and various eating habits, thus revealing transfer of learning from the Feldenkrais classes to their daily lives.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2012-04-27
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