Survey

Submitted by Joanna Cook, 55, Female.

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part I  - I am

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What do you do for paid and/or unpaid work? I'm a teacher.

What do you do in your spare time, do you have any hobbies?: Buddhisting, familying, a bit of walking, swimming, gardening, guitaring , singing...

What do you like to do for fun? Everything.

What is your cultural background? Parents, socialist, village, 70's

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part 2  - my movements

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What does the word 'movement' mean to you and do you consider yourself a 'mover'? Um, yes,  in some context but I'm not a mover and a shaker... I used to be a lot faster than I am now!

Did your Parents/Grandparents/Carers teach you about exercise, care for your body, posture, ways of moving? If yes what lessons do you remember? Nothing specific, I just picked things up, I was quite physical, I liked climbing, jumping, exploring, swimming and I could be reactive or responsive rather than considered.

What is your earliest memory of moving? With support, being lifted onto a sink, independently connected to bed, turning round then sitting up.

Many people say they want to feel 'confident' and 'comfortable' or that they admire people who look 'confident' and 'comfortable in their own skin'. What do these words really mean to you and can you describe them as a way of moving? How I feel about who i am, my genes, where I come from, my cultural heritage and my constructed self. Am I embarrassed or am I comfortable with who I am. It's an interesting phrase because it's all changeable, if we feel safe within it all yes we will be comfortable. But if we are challenged because of who we are or feel pressure to change because of external pressure then we will be uncomfortable, if we seek to change something about ourselves because of internal factors, then that can be liberating and doesn't stop us feeling comfortable in our own skin. Words are often subjective and judgmental in any case.

Do you have a movement philosophy, what is it? Get on with it.........safely.....that's what i tell myself in any case

Is there a moment in your life where something 'clicked' about the way to approach a movement skill in any given discipline? What was it? Why did it happen then do you think? I think when I've learned to use tools, change chords and improve my handwriting.

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part 3  - my body

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What does 'self-care' mean to you? Being careful with your life.

Which phrases do you use often to describe your body? Where do you feel or locate these words on your body? At the moment I say I'm fat.

Do you think you have something 'characteristic' about the way you move? If yes please describe. Yes, sometimes it's a family thing we pick up unknowingly, like leaning to the left or right, the way we walk. Sometimes we want to emulate something or someone so we take on movement like mimicking accent (it can be intentional or unintentional) in any case it is there to communicate something about who we are or how we want to be perceived and it can become an authentic characteristic of who we are.

What are some of the things you like about the way you move?: being able to

What do you find yourself sitting on most often and how do you like to sit?: On chairs, with my legs up, crossed or kneeling.

How often do you sit on the floor? Can you describe how your body feels when you sit on the floor?: It used to be every day at least twice a day while I was chanting, it felt grounding. Now I sit in chairs more, just because my knees are creakier.

What kind of surfaces does the skin on your feet and hands come into contact with through an average day? Socks

What is the most transformative conversation you have had with someone about your body?: Someone once told me I had a long neck (I wondered what my neck was being compared to)

What sort of 'daily rituals' do you preform?: Chanting, washing, eating

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Part 4  - me and the world...

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With whom do you move most? I am encouraged to move by children and young people, generally they are the best.

What are some of the things you admire about the way other people move? I like purposefulness, gracefulness, humour, I love watching dancing in real life... not on the telly.... I remember the first time I saw breakdancing when I was about 14 /15, I was amazed!

What do you consider really beautiful about your movement habits? And is there someone in your life you really admire for the beauty of their way of moving? Who and why? I tend not to get into how people move as a point of admiration...... though I do appreciate it

What are some movement principles or rules that you follow? Where did you get these from? Don't slouch, sit up straight...I have no idea where I got them from.

Is there an exercise trend you refuse to participate in? If so what and why? I wouldn't sit on a machine moving but not getting anywhere without fresh air.

What is your favorite song or type of music to dance to? Reggae and soul...and Everything I Own by Ken Boothe

What surface do you walk on most? Concrete

How much time, on average, would you say you spend looking at 'screens' during the day?  2-3 hours

Describe the last horizon you saw.: The sun going down behind trees, driving on the A19 last night

What material do you like most against your skin? Are there materials you won't wear? Cotton

How much of your day do you spend barefoot and what was the last surface you felt with your bare feet? Just in the morning and the kitchen tiles

Do you see any connection between movement practices and religion? If so what and why? No, although I would say that movement is part of spiritual and cultural expression

Send me a photo of your mother or father before they had you and tell me what you see. Here they are on their wedding day, two happy young people. Joy.