Working with pain: A self-study
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Injuries and illnesses can have a serious impact on the ability of a dance/movement therapist to engage in professional work. Not only can health problems impair a therapist's mobility but can also lead to a loss of self-confidence. The author presents a self-study involving a leg injury. This study includes an examination of experiences and reactions to that injury together with specific techniques she developed so that her therapy practice might continue during the period of recuperation. The study concludes that the problems generated by the loss of mobility can be overcome and that the process of confronting these problems can lead to a therapist's growth. The concerns discussed in the article are examined with respect to injured or ill dance/movement therapists, but may prove relevant to all dance/movement therapists since the physical constraints of aging are inevitable.
KeywordsHealth Problem Health Psychology Specific Technique Physical Constraint Professional Work
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