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Listening, Compassion and Trust: A Reflection on How the Body Psychotherapy Discipline of Authentic Movement Impacts the Experience of Physical Pain

by Nelson, Kimberly Ann, MS

Abstract (Summary)
Physical pain occurs on a physiological level and is understood to have affective, behavioral, social, and cultural components. Current research supports the relevance of incorporating a biopsychosocial model with pain treatment, often relying on a variety of adjunctive therapies for successful outcomes. Body Psychotherapy disciplines may be particularly valuable to this population considering that many of these therapies work to integrate physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of an individual. The current study qualitatively investigates how the Body Psychotherapy discipline of Authentic Movement impacts an individual’s experience with his or her physical pain. The literature review includes a brief discussion of Body Psychotherapy, Authentic Movement, physical pain, and concludes with a synopsis of research involving both Body Psychotherapy and physical pain. Three subjects participated in six sessions of individual Authentic Movement. The findings suggest that individuals discovered or enhanced their ability to listen to themselves and their pain, discovered greater compassion toward their pain, and enhanced trust in their bodies as a guide. Participants suggested that enhanced listening, compassion, and trust were helpful for them resisting their pain less.
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Advisor:Julie Dolin

School:Naropa University

School Location:USA - Colorado

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:chronic, physical pain, authentic movement, body psychotherapy, pain

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Date of Publication:05/31/2006

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