survey

Submitted by Janey Moran, 38, Female.

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part I- I am

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What do you do for paid and/or unpaid work? I am a Cultural Economy Development Manager based at a Local Authority. I support arts organisations to develop and deliver projects and also work across council departments, like Public Art with the Tegeneration Team.

What do you do in your spare time? Yoga, Pilates, Pole Dance and reading

What do you like to do for fun? Walking, eating out, going for drinks and dancing

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part 2 - my movements

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What is your cultural background and do you think it has influenced the way you move? If yes, how? I attended ballet, tap and jazz dance classes as a child as is prevalent in British culture for girls.

What does the word 'movement' mean to you and do you consider yourself a 'mover'? Movement can be pedestrian every day life - walking, talking, typing, breathing but probably the term is more often thought of as more structured sessions like dance, yoga, tai chi etc. Also mechanical movement - machines, cars etc

Do you think you have something 'characteristic' about the way you move?  I have a very straight back, I tend to round my shoulders and often look down.

What are some of the things you like about the way you move? I am open to looking, seeing, engaging with people, I smile a lot, I like that I move regularly

What is your earliest memory of moving?: My tricycle Christmas present when I was around 2 or 3.

Do you have a movement philosophy? I enjoy contemporary dance - graham, cunningham, limon, Humphries. And the philosophy behind Pilates and yoga to.

 

Do you have a favorite movement mantra or quote? It's a cliche but I love 'dance like none is watching' - it gives me a sense of freedom in movement.

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part 3 - my body

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What does 'self-care' mean to you?: Body, mind, soul

Good food, good friends/family, positive self-talk, loving and being loved, exercise, fulfillment, happiness, time in company and time alone, respect, kindness, challenge, learning, being active, caring for other people.

Which phrases do you use often to describe your body? Where do you feel or locate these words on your body?

Strong - my stomach, arms, legs
Disproportionate - thighs
Big - ears/nose
Pea - head
Wobbly - bum

What kind of surfaces does the skin on your feet and hands come into contact with through-out an average day? Carpet, socks, shoes, paper, keyboard, phones, car door, steering wheel

Which side of the mouth do you chew with more? Right - I have a sensitive baby milk tooth on the left

Are you right handed, left handed or ambidextrous? How does this affect your movement choices in daily life? Right, I am very right sided and when I notice I try to use my left side more

Have you ever been injured? How? Does it still affect the way you move? I think my broken collar bone affects my movement / flexibility.
I suffer with a niggle in my SI joint which I think may be from my lack of hip flexibility but I'm not sure.
I have a middle back injury that swells on hard floors and especially when I do backward rolls

Do you take naps? If yes whats an ideal nap length and place? No, I try not to so that I sleep better at night although I sometimes drift in savasana!

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part 4 - me and others

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Did your Parents/Grandparents/Carers teach you directly about exercise, care for your body, posture, and/or ways of moving?  Walking outdoors, fell walking, playing outside (not sitting watching t.v), baking, always take the stairs not the escalator/lift. My mum went to keep fit, line dancing and reflexology, and studied Alexander technique for a while. My Dad went fly fishing and mum and dad went to learn to make the flies and it is actually requires quite a dexterous technique.

Are there things that you just picked up from your carers through observation? Consciously breathing in, stretching, standing up straight...

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part 5 - me and the world

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What do you find yourself sitting on most often and how do you like to sit? Office chair on edge of seat with ankles crossed or with a leg under my bum

How often do you sit on the floor? Can you describe how your body feels when you sit on the floor? Not very often, floor feels cold and uncomfortable

However in class - dance /yoga/Pilates the floor feels supportive, acts as a springboard, grounds me.

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?  Standing tall, being grounded, being OK with people looking at you or talking in front of people, welcoming feedback and taking it as learning without feeling you may have offended someone or that what you have said is 'wrong'. Moving slowly, stature, filling the space, standing ground, striding, an open posture, breathing (I know that sounds weird but when I speak publicly I'm nervous and don't breathe!)