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Submitted by Stephen, 41, Male.

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Think about an experience in your life that has impacted your body. Can you tell the residue of this experience in your body? If yes, what are the sensations there and how does your body express this experience?

I was 15 and running through the edge of a forest at my boarding school with two water balloons in my hands chasing my prey - 16 year old Oliver. I was not looking well and tripped over a fallen log, hitting the ground and dislocating my right shoulder...that was the first time.

Both shoulders from then would pop out during activities such as skydiving, white water kayaking, surfing, basketball - the right staying out while the left would pop out and then pop right back in. While they would at first only pop out during strenuous activity, they then started popping out easily in everyday tasks like reaching over to pick up the phone, turning of a light or simple yoga moves.

While i decided to get an operation on the infamous right shoulder, that went very well, i am still very hesitant with it, even 3 years after the operation. That hesitation is almost a fixed part of my sensory experience.

survey

Submitted by Anon, 23, Female.

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part 4 - me and others

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With whom do you talk to most about movement? my dance teacher and others that I dance with, I'm not a professional, but I've been going to class once a week for a couple of years.

What is the most trans-formative conversation you have ever had with someone about movement?  I don't know about the single most trans-formative conversation, but there are things my dance teacher says that stick with me and change the way I view everyday objects. I find myself relating the movement of 'things' to the movement of my own body. I feel like I'm building a tool box of inspiration for ways to move by looking at everyday things. I like that. I'll list some, they are funny out of context:


'move your arm back like you are winding up one of those elastic band airplanes and then let it go through space!'

'when you come back up move like your are a bottle opener, as arms come down head goes up'

'as you dance see what you can see in the room, make it a point to look. see see see.'

'you are a clock going anti-clock wise'

'as you move your spine forward in space imagine someone is pulling you tail bone back to earth'

'like you are bending forward over a railing, leave that space'



 

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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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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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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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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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!)

survey

Submitted by Violet Harlow, 41, Female.

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part I- I am

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What do you do for paid and/or unpaid work? For paid work I'm an Artist/Ceramic instructor and I also work in a gallery/frame shop. For unpaid work I am a "reader" ....an intuitive-clairvoyant-medium, a tarot reader & an astrologer.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? I love to research; art, herstory, physics/metaphysics, and watch movies & cat videos.

What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy gathering with friends for cooking and eating food, tasty drinks and laughter. I LOVE gardening indoors and out!

What is your cultural background and do you think it has influenced the way you move? If yes, how? I am of Italian, Greek, Hungarian & Czech lineage. I am not sure if it has influenced me...

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What does the word 'movement' mean to you and do you consider yourself a 'mover'?  I feel like movement has taken on a bit of emotional or political resonance. I am moved by kindness, compassion, injustices, and daily life more than in the physical sense, unfortunately. I am sedentary in my body in relationship to my heart and head.

What is your earliest memory of moving? Crawling. Exhilaration of being able to get from point A to point B.

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?  I do believe that the air of confidence and comfort in one's own skin effects how one moves in their own body. I see the effects of this both positively and negatively in my own body. On a day where I feel upbeat and willing to connect in a general way, I feel my stride change, becoming more intentional, walking with a spring in my step, and I hold my head up high. If I am in an inward-pensive mood and don't feel like sharing it, my entire way of walking, holding myself and general connectivity reflects this.

What are some of the things you like about the way you move? I love to dance around my living room. I don't go to clubs any more, but I used to go regularly, and loved moving around anonymously in the dark not paying attention to others. I love to move in a way which feels expressive of my animal, sensual side!

Which side of the mouth do you chew with more? pretty evenly both

Are you right handed, left handed or ambidextrous? How does this affect your movement choices in daily life? I write with & chop veg with my right hand. I use both hands to make art and ceramics.

How much sleep would you generally say you need and do you get it? if not why? I sleep approx. 5-6.5 hours a night. It is not enough, but it's hard for me to get sleepy/tired and to get into bed within the window of sleepiness, or I cycle through more wake time, and then am up doing art or just thinking. I would love 2+ more hours a night, but I must work work work. Boo.

Do you take naps? If yes whats an ideal nap length and place? I am not a napper. I am jealous of those who can nap. It takes me forever to fall asleep. On the off chance I do nap, I am a groggy mess afterwards.

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? Hahahahahahahahaahhaaaaaa! Not I!
I admire my dancer friends. They are so lovely to watch on stage and off as well. Being so present in their own skin, frame, space is something I wish I had too! :(

When you need to concentrate on something do you find yourself 'moving'? If yes why do you think that is? Sometimes, on an important phone call, intensely talking with dear friends, I pace, stepping firmly as I do. I used to be a phone-doodler, but that was ages ago.

Do you specialise in a sport of movement practice? If so what and why? Or do you consider yourself more of a generalist in your movement choices. What do you dip in and out of? I am a dipper. a little dipper. I LOVED taking a belly-dancing class when I was in my early 20's, I'm off-again/on-again taking walks around my neighborhood or on route to work, and dancing in my home listening to music...

What sort of 'daily rituals' do you preform? I meditate before I sleep almost every night, and have for years, and I say my "prayers" (for lack of a better word) in the morning.

Do you remember a time in your life when you moved differently to the way you move now? I move more confidently now than ever before, because I accept myself now more than ever before. I used to be more fluid in my movements, but am not giving up on that being my state of moving again...

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What does 'self-care' mean to you? This is a biggie! Self care is how I care for my Self: my Soul, Heart, Mind & Body. It encompasses the whole entity of the Self.
Sometimes, I can get stuck focusing on one more than the others, and feel way off balance, and when that happens, I know it's time to re-group and get it in check.
I require regular, long baths, nurturing friendships, eating healthy foods, spending time in nature and lots of "down-time" to keep it in order, and a gentle approach to all, or the walls of Self-Care crumble before me!

Which phrases do you use often to describe your body? Where do you feel or locate these words on your body? My poor body, I really feel bad for it, like it's this entity entirely aside of ME. I call it the Meat-Puppet in jest, but not really jokingly. It needs more love and attention than it gets. It's able-bodied, voluptuous and very very tired. Poor thing.

What are some of the things you feel you need to do each day to make you feel good about your body? A good, satisfying shit. If I am not "moving" in a healthy way in the bathroom dept, it's a bust. No bueno. Seriously. And I need to hydrate. And brush my teeth.

Have you ever been injured? How? Does it still affect the way you move? I broke my ankle once, sprained my ankle once and busted a few bones of my foot (all on the left side) once and I find that I am conscious of running because I don't want to re-injure it ever ever ever again. Crutches suck. And I am not that coordinated without crutches, so the challenge was extra challenging!

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With whom do you talk to most about movement? I am embarrassed at how little I am motivated to move my body. If my body was as active as my mind, I would be super-fit. Sigh...

What is the most transformative conversation you have ever had with someone about movement? My best friend is a dancer by profession, he once said that it'd be a great start to and end of my day if I added 5+ minutes of stretches to each. Sometimes I do it. When I am in a "good" pattern of stretching, it leads to me wanting to and actually move more, willingly.

With whom do you move most? A girlfriend of mine encourages us to take hikes and walks together. I am often reluctant, but love it when I do!

What are some of the things you admire about the way other people move? Grace, I love watching graceful movement. I feel like I am the opposite of a graceful mover.

Does the way people move ever catch your eye when out in public spaces? Describe the last stranger to catch your eye and what you noticed. Yes! I notice arrogance and overt sexuality in the way people move. Sometimes it's merely an observation, and sometimes it's a real turn off. I notice a hesitance and protectiveness in body language too.

Do you prefer to exercise in a group or alone? Please explain why. Solo. I feel like an oaf when I am exercising, especially when I went to the gym. I hate the gym, even though it's a place to get healthy and fit constructively. I always think about "1984" at the gym. Yikes. If I am dancing at a party, or at a music event, I love the energy of all of us moving together. It feels creative and alive!

“Big Brother is Watching You.” ― George Orwell, 1984

“Big Brother is Watching You.”
― George Orwell, 1984

Have you ever taken part in a holiday, event or challenge that had some sort of movement as it's focus? If yes please describe your experiance. OMG, I remember this time I visited friends, (it was Thanksgiving weekend) two of whom move for a living- one is a dancer and the other is a stunt-man/actor. To say they were peak physical fitness is an understatement. When they asked if I wanted to go hiking, I had no idea what I was in for. Now, this was like 12 years ago, I was 40 lbs lighter, moving daily and eating a high vegan diet. I couldn't keep up with them, and felt like such a jerk, not wanting them to know how winded and in discomfort I was as we trekked through this little hilly terrain climbing small rocks and such. The other couple of friends with us didn't seem to have any difficulty. The next day, when they asked if I'd like to go again, I offered to stay back at the cabin, and I made a huge feast instead.

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What do you find yourself sitting on most often and how do you like to sit? The couch, often in a sideways recline watching a movie. I don't sit too much during the day, as I am on my feet for work most of the time. Sometimes I sit for short periods on a stool or chair though.

How often do you sit on the floor? Can you describe how your body feels when you sit on the floor? Off and on, I go through periods of lots of floor-sitting. Not too much lately though. When I am at home and feel like floor sitting, I have a zabutan I enjoy. I like to prop my spine up and sit cross-legged on that. It helps with my slouchy posture.

What kind of surfaces does the skin on your feet and hands come into contact with througout an average day? Feet: spent in boots all day, standing or walking on very hard surfaces, including walking on pavement. Hands: 2 days per week/clay. 4 days: art framing supplies. And many days, I cook, so there's a lovely assortment of foods I am interacting with closely, chopping, stirring with wooden spoons, etc.

Is there an exercise trend you refuse to participate in? If so what and why? Zumba. No amount of coercing can get me to participate in that stuff. A) I do not follow directions well; left foot, right arm- forget it. B) It looks ridiculous like line-dancing. Ugh. C) I may not be a surly punk teen any more on the outside, but I still have residual surl inside!

What is your favourite song or type of music to dance to? I dig the sultry stuff, chicas with smokey voices are rad, I adore my new-wave tunes, and funk, lots of funky funk!

Do you consider how your mechanical environment impacts your movement choices on a day-to-day basis? What would you most like to change about your mechanical environment? Yes, the way I feel about my work environment directly effects my non-working movement. I am often exhausted before work (for lack of sleep) and afterwards (because of long hours depleting my energy) that I have such little interest in extraneous movement on most days. I would like a different schedule/job/way to feel freer so I desire moving more.

How do you take the stairs? For example do you have a rhythm, is it always the same or do you do different things? Please explain. I usually step right first. one at a time. I have short legs, so taking 2 steps at a time is awkward feeling.

What surface do you walk on most? Concrete and paved surfaces.

How much time, on average, would you say you spend looking at 'screens' during the day? At work- minimally- maybe under half hour daily. At home, I use the internet to email, research, or stream movies, between 1-3 hrs on any random day.

Describe the last horizon you saw. Some car alarm was going off last night, pre-dawn. I looked out and saw the Moon and Venus above the horizon. Pretty!

What material do you like most against your skin? Are there materials you won't wear? I like cotton best. I don't care for scratchy materials or fabrics that don't breathe well, like nylon or polyester.

Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Please describe the shoes and why they are your favorite.: My Miranda boots by Doc Marten. I have had the zipper replaced and the soles are busted but they were butter-soft and required no "breaking in" period, unlike many boots.

Do you vary your footwear? I have 2 pair of Doc boots I rotate out, and on occasion, I sport Chuck Taylor high-top sneakers. And on the hottest of Summer days, when I am not working, I wear strappy sandals.

How much of your day do you spend barefoot and what was the last surface you felt with your bare feet?: I always remove shoes and socks when I get home from work. Wood floor.

Do you ever wish you were a different gender? Heck no, I love being born a woman. I feel like I have been a man in other lives, and maybe will again. That's good enough for me.

Do you think men and women move differently? If yes, please describe what those differences are. Yes, I notice women making conscious moment choices often. I see them using their bodies to manipulate or effect others via sexual or sensual movements. I also notice women hunching and slouching shoulders inward to divert away from receiving unwanted attention. These movements can be done in a feminine or masculine way.
I rarely see men do this as overtly, other than a "cock-of-the-walk" strut.
All these behaviors I notice are aside from the individuals' preference of mate too...

Do you think men and women occupy space differently? If yes please give an example. Yup. I often see women sitting or holding themselves in such a way to make themselves appear smaller. On occasion, I catch one of my gay guy friends doing something similar, to look thinner, but not smaller...

What sort of cultural expectations do you think influence the way women move? Fucking stupid ass media has poisoned us to one degree or another at one time or another, either directly or indirectly. ANY woman who said otherwise to me is a miracle child from a miracle family who may have lived in a bubble. I feel like I want to flip our culture the bird! I feel so heartbroken for the young women of our times who are inundated with unrealistic imagery and visual role models which are not accurately representing their natural gorgeous bodies! Lots of hair-flipping and slouched shoulders as a result.

What sort of cultural expectations do you think influence the way men move? Be strong and commanding. But not even all of them. There's the "metro" movement which opened up some other less-butch ways for men to move, with less grunt and more flair, men can be more feminine now than ever. Lucky bastards have no idea how they're still in the fast-lane...

Do you see any connection between movement practices and religion? If so what and why?   Dang, well, maybe I will now!

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Submitted by Anon, 38, Male

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

What does the word 'movement' mean to you and do you consider yourself a 'mover'? movement is life, sound, feeling and necessary. Yes I do.
I think of my body as a way to make sound, both literally as a drummer, and in everyday life in the way that it works. My brain is like the conductor and my body is the orchestra, it plays a different symphony every day.

Did your Parents/Grandparents/Carers teach you directly about exercise, care for your body, posture, and/or ways of moving? If yes what lessons do you remember? My Dad got me my first drum kit, he didn't teach me to play, but he taught me how to hold myself, he taught me the attitude. I hold an attitude in my body when I play.

What is your earliest memory of moving?: I remember clapping, I've always been fascinated by the sounds you can make with your body.

Do you have a movement philosophy? If yes, what is it? Yes. PLAY. If you don't use it you loose it.

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Submitted by Lisette Keats , 57,  Female.

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What do you do for paid and/or unpaid work? Architect , developer , project manager , creating and making workshops to get people talking, teaching..

What do you do in your spare time, do you have any hobbies? gardening, yoga, hiking, reading, sketching, visiting art galleries and dancing...

What do you like to do for fun? all the above and seeing friends and more dancing...

What is your cultural background and do you think it has influenced the way you move? If yes, how? I lived in Baghdad, Iraq for the first 9 years of my life. As a young girl I did not feel free to run around outside, there was fear in the air, and I think it did impact the way I moved. I was shy and quiet. I loved exploring nooks and crannies and was athletic, but I didn't shout and dance.

What does the word 'movement' mean to you and do you consider yourself a 'mover'?: I do consider myself a mover, I love moving , I love moving in different ways and experimenting with my body, noticing what it can and cant do, where it is strong and weak. Movement starts with me with breathing and coming to myself, my mind going quiet and feeling the pulsing of the body and then noticing how it is sitting and watching it slowly grow into its place. Mostly I move unconsciously, those kind of movements are small and I love them. There are the large movements of walking, whilst hiking I will suddenly be aware of how I move, slightly back or slightly forward and how it tells me something of what I am feeling. Movement tells me how I am feeling.

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Did your Parents/Grandparents/Carers teach you directly about exercise, care for your body, posture, and/or ways of moving? If yes what lessons do you remember? My father practiced yoga, riding and tennis ever since I was a child, he told me how important it was to keep physical hobbies in your life and to prioritise them, that work should not rule your life, and the best was when you did something physical that you enjoyed. Either because it was social, or because you loved animals

What is your earliest memory of moving? I don't really have a very early one, but I do remember climbing on the roof of our house in Iraq. I remember running in the garden, I remember playing doctors and nurses with 2 friends and looking at each others bodies.

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? I suppose for me to feel confident and at ease in my own skin is when I feel myself inside, and I start talking to my body, each bit that is holding, to allow it to release and just be itself, and when I do look inside I am always amazed at the layers of holding.

Do you have a movement philosophy? I suppose it is to say hello and listen to your body and see what the natural place is for my body in each movement whether it is lying, sitting, walking or dancing. Whenever I become conscious of a movement I notice excess effort somewhere that doesn't need to be there.

Do you have a favorite movement mantra or quote? Saying I love you to different bits of my body and watching what it wants to do , how it wants to move...

Do you think you have something 'characteristic' about the way you move?  I would like to be able to move as if I was dancing. I don't know if I have something characteristic...

What are some of the things you like about the way you move? I love it when I feel earthed and light at the same time. I love it when I am in balance. I love it if I can access the part of me that is growing into itself

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What does 'self-care' mean to you? Self care means discipline to me, discipline to get up every morning and give my body 1 hour of cleaning , moving and relaxing.

Which phrases do you use often to describe your body? Where do you feel or locate these words on your body? Gratitude. Gratitude for my ability to walk and see, gratitude that I had the strength to carry my daughter and help her through her many years of operations, enjoyment of stretching , especially opening and stretching my arms.

Which side of the mouth do you chew with more? I think the right..I do notice that I tighten my jaw on the right when I am asleep...when I wake up sometimes I need to release the right shoulder...

Are you right handed, left handed or ambidextrous? How does this affect your movement choices in daily life? Right handed and any weakness I have in my body happens on the right..weak right hip, tight right shoulder...

Have you ever been injured? How? Does it still affect the way you move? Yes I fell off a horse last year and it hit my right side, I was also attacked by a dog and he bit my right arm and it has really affected the way I stretch my right arm.

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What do you find yourself sitting on most often and how do you like to sit? I love to sit on the floor, even when I sit on sofas I like to sit cross-legged or with my feet up. I like sitting on a lower chair, maybe because I am short, so that I can ground and grow, but I like to be free too and some sitting positions can lock me in.

How often do you sit on the floor? Can you describe how your body feels when you sit on the floor? I love sitting on the floor because I feel free and playful. I try to sit on the floor whenever I can...not at work..but with friends at home or watching TV or working at a computer at home.

What kind of surfaces does the skin on your feet and hands come into contact with throught an average day? OOH that's a big question...I need to think about this one...

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Submitted by Rebecca Evans, 33, Female.

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What do you do for paid and/or unpaid work?: I am a contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher

What do you do in your spare time, do you have any hobbies?: yoga, swimming, rambling

What do you like to do for fun?: watch funny you tube videos, watch Ted talks, read, walk, explore

(note from Rachel...Rebecca got me hooked on The Moth Podcast. Stories to warm the soul!)

What is your cultural background and do you think it has influenced the way you move? If yes, how?: I like Isadora Duncan's quote: "The real American type can never be a ballet dancer. The legs are too long, the body to supple and the spirit too free for this school of affected grace and toe walking."
I think the ballet training in the states is less set around rules and shapes and more about movement and performance. This has created a different aesthetic in my movement from my British peers.
Spending time in South Korea contemporary dancing was the most dynamic example. Not only with very different training that created a difference in dynamics, movement pathways and even where the movement originated from in the body but how our physical differences and body shapes manifested themselves in the movement. My size and shape changed the movement.

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What does the word 'movement' mean to you and do you consider yourself a 'mover'?: movement means peacefulness to me. Yes! I'm a mover

Are there things that you just picked up from your carers through observation?: Totally, my fathers body language when he is impatient and my mothers body language when she ponders and thinks about things and her hand gestures. They are there and come with out any awareness of having learned them.

What is your earliest memory of moving?: In Ballet class when I was 3 or 4 and they had black and white linoleum square in the studio, I remember standing, sitting and moving on a black square. But beyond that it was the mess, the excitement and the smell of the studio and walking out to the car park with my mom and feeling exhilarated.

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?: Stillness, no urge or need to move or be moved into a shape that is not your own.

Do you have a movement philosophy? If yes, what is it?: Celebrating the individual, unleashing the unique pleasure each of us get out of moving in our own ways

Do you have a favorite movement mantra or quote?: Another Isadora quote "If I could say it, I would not have to dance it!"

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What does 'self-care' mean to you?: Listening to what your body needs and letting go of ego.

Which phrases do you use often to describe your body? Where do you feel or locate these words on your body?: Usually very functional things such as tight hip flexers or scoliosis that relate directly to that body part. I don't talk too much about how the energy is flowing through these but know this is where it gets stuck and then it is breath and softness of heart that helps me move through.

Do you think you have something 'characteristic' about the way you move? If yes please describe. : light, quirky, fluid, awkward, graceful, long...

What are some of the things you like about the way you move?: I like the amount of information I have now as a more mature dancer, I like the efficiency that is gained by learning only the very essential movement that is needed when moving. There is less effort and more enjoyment. I know what is mine and what is other.

What do you find yourself sitting on most often and how do you like to sit?: chairs, booooooo. I prefer the floor, on my knees or sitting on my bottom with my legs in any configuration

How often do you sit on the floor? Can you describe how your body feels when you sit on the floor?: When ever I am in the studio and often at home, my body is happier, more relaxed, grounded, supported, freer

What kind of surfaces does the skin on your feet and hands come into contact with thorough-out an average day? : lots of floors and lots of other humans. I like the tactile nature that dancers have with each other, we are comfortable with touch, we can guide and support and know when we are being supported by touch.
Other textures,
computer, metal water bottle, coconut oil and brown sugar in the shower, the dishes, warm cups of coffee, tube card, sparkly furry cell phone case, zippers, food, knives, my boyfriends shaved head, his chest, feather pillow, I often dress by texture as well depending on how i'm feeling.

Which side of the mouth do you chew with more?: right

Are you right handed, left handed or ambidextrous? How does this affect your movement choices in daily life?: right, totally, left side always feels awkward!

Have you ever been injured? How? Does it still affect the way you move?: yes, broken ankles, tendinitis, torn hip joints, stitches in my arm, toes, neck and shoulder injuries. At first it does but I think the larger and longer movement patterns take over but it does change the risk I am willing to take with those body parts.

I think scoliosis has the most dramatic effect on my movement with limitation in some places but much more space in others.

 

How much sleep would you generally say you need and do you get it? if not why?: 8-9 hours. Most of the time, if not, it is usually on the weekends when there can be late nights but I like to get up and not miss the morning.

Do you take naps? If yes whats an ideal nap length and place?: yes, 20min-1 hour. couch, tube, at the yoga studio, in a theater before the show, in the car, on the train...

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part 4 - me and others

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With whom do you talk to most about movement?: other dancers and yogi's

What is the most transformative conversation you have ever had with someone about movement? : The most interesting 'conversation' was in Korea, but it was not with words, it was in the studio I could not understand the language and I had to discover and cultivate an approach mentally to the environment around me, that physical conversation with others shifted a mental one I had with myself.

What is the most transformative conversation you have had with someone about your body?: Sometimes it is the one I have with myself to keep loving my own body. Also the functional knowledge I gain from osteopaths, acupuncture and massage therapists about what is happening posture wise as well as energy wise.

With whom do you move most?: London, my boyfriend, other dancers...

What are some of the things you admire about the way other people move?: space space space and information being used freely in the body

Does the way people move ever catch your eye when out in public spaces? Describe the last stranger to catch your eye and what you noticed.: Yes, all the time. I think yesterday there was a rather large woman at the Tate, completely unaware of her surroundings and was quite locked in her body, she was wondering around the space taking pictures of the artwork in the same space as a performer that everyone else was watching, when she discovered him she turned, snapped a quick photo on her phone of the dancer, looked around at all of us then shuffled off in to the space. I found it comical, but the way she related to the space was through her phone, not with any obvious physical or emotional awareness.

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 appreciate that my movements are always evolving and alive. I like watching anyone who moves with out a sense of them selves, usually untrained bodies at a rock concert, they give themselves over without any knowledge or awareness stopping them

What do you consider really unattractive about your movement habits? And is there someone in your life you share this way of moving with? Would you change it? : Where movement gets stuck in my spine, a lack of freedom and openness in some of my joints. No, it is my body, and it may create blocks but then movement, like water, always finds a way through and around creating a unique path

When you need to concentrate on something do you find yourself 'moving'? If yes why do you think that is?: No because I am focusing too much on just using my head but if I walk around or do routine movement this helps me free up thought, Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker talks about movement moving meaning, I like that.

If you have children do you think about how you are influencing the way they learn about movement?: no, more the way I will become aware of my own and what is natural and innate

Do you prefer to exercise in a group or alone? Please explain why.: both, the community of a dance company or class is a full and important experience for sharing but I appreciate the solitude in a pool to let my mind wander and or focus on the functional movement patterns

Would you say 'you know what you like' when it comes to exercise choices? Would you say you also 'know what you like' in other areas of your life?: More and more I know but as a dancer it is your job to stay open and available for all movement to happen, and yes, this is very much my approach to life

Have you ever taken part in a holiday, event or challenge that had some sort of movement as it's focus? If yes please describe your experience: Yes, a yoga retreat in Goa. It was wonderful to combine body work and relaxation and allow for the body to open further being out of the city and usual routine.

What are some movement principles or rules that you follow? Where did you get these from?: Don't do things that hurt your body, don't work for anyone who will ask you to hurt your body.

Is there an exercise trend you refuse to participate in? If so what and why?: running, it hurts and it seems to damage the body more than it helps it.

What is your favorite song or type of music to dance to?: anything that really reaches in and MAKES me shake my booty

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part 5 - me and the world

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Do you consider how your mechanical environment impacts your movement choices on a day-to-day basis? What would you most like to change about your mechanical environment?: yes, the sedentary nature and time spent sitting in a chair on the computer. no more chairs!

What do you sleep on and how many pillows (if any) do you like to have?: a bed, usually 1 to 2 pillows

How do you take the stairs? For example do you have a rhythm, is it always the same or do you do different things? Please explain.: two at a time. I like the big range of movement

What surface do you walk on most?: concrete

Describe the last horizon you saw.: In the fields on the way to Whitstable, it was in the evening by the bay as the sun was setting.

What material do you like most against your skin? Are there materials you won't wear?: satin or silk with warm knits. I won't wear thick polyester

Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Please describe the shoes and why they are your favorite.: yes, my sneakers because it feels like I am walking on clouds

How much of your day do you spend barefoot and what was the last surface you felt with your bare feet?: a lot, most of it

Do you think men and women move differently? If yes, please describe what those differences are: yes, most of the time, different centers of gravity, varying differences of upper and lower body strength allow for different ranges of movement

Do you think men and women occupy space differently? If yes please give an example: yes but I think this can change with how they are treated and what is being encouraged in a conversation. If you ask a women about her hair but ask a man about the action scene he just shot in a movie, you can imagine the accompanying movements to explain these things are very different. Also the action of men being confident is encouraged but, although growing, not as much for women, which means women take up less space because, possible we feel we are owed less.

What sort of cultural expectations do you think influence the way women move? : way too many, to me smaller, yielding, to need saving, take up less space, delicate, light, fluid, gentle. Many of these can be shed in contemporary dance, the movement is often genderless...although they can come raging back depending on the choreographers eye and whether they let their own sexuality dictate the work.

What sort of cultural expectations do you think influence the way men move? : again too many, big, masculine, to be the carer, the prince in shining armor, the protector, strong, unyielding, arrogance and showmanship

What sort of 'daily rituals' do you preform?: brushing teeth, washing face, walking to the tube, eating breakfast, having coffee.

What are some of the things you feel you need to do each day to make you feel good about your body?: to move!

Do you see any connection between movement practices and religion? If so what and why?: yes, religion can limit peoples freedom to dance, especially women's. But it can also be the base of meditation for other religious practice as well as a way to punish oneself or martyr

Do you remember a time in your life when you moved differently to the way you move now?: Always, everyday is a new way of moving and offers new chances to shift the way the body moves and how we relate to ourselves

Do you feel more or less comfortable in your body as you age?: MORE!

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?: Yes, in South Korea. Ownership of the way I move and moving differently, moving beyond the shape and into the action. I think it happened because I was forced to face my differences and make a decision on whether I wanted to try and 'fit in'. More extreme circumstances as well as no use of language made the experience much more visual and emotional

survey

Submitted by Amanda Bevan, 58, Female.

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part I- I am

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What do you do for paid and/or unpaid work?: Sit at a screen and write reports, funding bids etc. Stand or sit behind a counter at the Credit Union. Sit in meetings and sit and stand in training sessions.

What do you do in your spare time, do you have any hobbies?: Gardening, walking, running and singing.

What do you like to do for fun?: Watch films, eat with others, sing and run.

What is your cultural background and do you think it has influenced the way you move? If yes, how?: Not sure. Fast walking, impatient mother has influenced me - fast walking and impatient!

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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'?: Movement means action to me - getting to somewhere, doing something, achieving something. Running is exhilarating and walking is calming and soothing, rhythmic.

Did your Parents/Grandparents/Carers teach you directly about exercise, care for your body, posture, and/or ways of moving? If yes what lessons do you remember?: My dad was clear about core strength and lifting, carrying and moving safely. My mum took me to ballet for balance and suppleness. They encouraged me to take part in athletics when I was at school.

Are there things that you just picked up from your carers through observation?: I don't think so, although watched my dad "lifting from his legs"

What is your earliest memory of moving?: "Swimming" across a shop floor aged about 3.

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?: To me these words conjure up someone who looks relaxed, has good posture and moves fluidly.

Do you have a movement philosophy? If yes, what is it?: I think about my back and moving in ways which use my abdominal and leg muscles rather than straining my lower back. I try to relax my shoulders and also to move more slowly as I have a tendency to rush at things.

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part 3 - my body

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What does 'self-care' mean to you?: Taking time to do some things I want to do every day including exercise. Thinking about environment including work space, so have comfortable chairs etc.
Seeking medical and other professional advice when feeling unwell or injured.

Which phrases do you use often to describe your body? Where do you feel or locate these words on your body?: Tight - leg muscles if I don't stretch every day.
Bloated/uncomfortable - lower gut if I get stressed and don't have a balanced diet in particular not enough water and too much spicy food and/or roughage.
Stiff & knotty - back and neck after too long at the computer.

Do you think you have something 'characteristic' about the way you move? If yes please describe. : I think I move quickly and sometimes without thought - e.g. grabbing/dragging things to get something sorted out.

What are some of the things you like about the way you move?: I like how I run - I can find a steady pace and keep going which feels quite hypnotic. I can also walk with a steady stride if I remember to slow down, which I like to do.

What do you find yourself sitting on most often and how do you like to sit?: An office chair or a dining chair about equal amounts. I usually cross my ankles or legs but try not to! I have a foot rest with the office chair which I am trying to use.

How often do you sit on the floor? Can you describe how your body feels when you sit on the floor?: I sit on the floor most days but for shortish periods of time. I used to sit on my haunches but don't do this so often now. I sit long frog and or cross legged. I feel relaxed sitting on the floor.

What kind of surfaces does the skin on your feet and hands come into contact with throught an average day? : The skin on my hands and feet come into contact with plastic and enamel shower/bath and towels. My feet are usually encased in cotton/wool/synthetic mix socks/tights or slippers. My hands come into contact with water, soil, plants, paper, plastic keybaords, metal and wood.

Which side of the mouth do you chew with more?: With the right side.

Are you right handed, left handed or ambidextrous? How does this affect your movement choices in daily life?: Right handed. I position myself so that I can hold on or hold things with my right hand.

How much sleep would you generally say you need and do you get it? if not why?: About 7 to 8 hours, which I don't always get. I don't get it because I go to bed too late but still tend to wake at the same time. Also I go through periods of waking in the night and not being able to go back to sleep. Sometimes related to worry other times seemingly without reason.

Do you take naps? If yes whats an ideal nap length and place?: I don't set out to take naps, but if I'm a passenger in a car I often nod off. I often fall asleep watching TV after 10.30pm

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part 4- me and others

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With whom do you talk to most about movement?: I talk to my partner about my and his movement particularly if one of us has any aches or pains and when we are on the allotment or out walking in the countryside. I talk to members of my running group about any concerns about movement and joint pain etc. I also speak to Pilates teacher about movement.

What is the most transformative conversation you have ever had with someone about movement? : With my mum about her experiences of immobility due to osteoporosis and fractures and the need to think about movement and keeping moving.

With whom do you move most?: My partner - in the house, garden and allotment and out walking.

What are some of the things you admire about the way other people move?: My friend Lisa has grace and looks confident when she moves - Alexander technique! I love watching modern ballet (not point work) dancers making shapes together which look so fluid. I like the way Jessica Ennis moves in all the different disciplines she does.

 

Does the way people move ever catch your eye when out in public spaces? Describe the last stranger to catch your eye and what you noticed.: Yes it does. At the finishing line of the Manchester Marathon when a quite large man sprinted to the finish with amazing grace and speed.

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 don't consider anything really beautiful about the way I move - I think it is pretty functional, though I do like the feel and look of me running. I think Lisa moves beautifully when she walks and rides a bicycle! Pam Cole Hudson moves beautifully when she dances salsa.

When you need to concentrate on something do you find yourself 'moving'? If yes why do you think that is?: Yes, I tend to flick or tap whatever is in my hand. It seems to be a subconscious reaction.

Do you have children? If yes then how has that affected the way you move?: Yes, grown up now. I think lower back pain which I still sometimes get was a result of picking up and carrying small children. Not sure it has had any lasting affect.

If you have children do you think about how you are influencing the way they learn about movement?: Encouraged children to be active and to walk & do sports. Discussed balance, and core strength and stretching after exercise, plus as they grew taller, how to avoid back problems by lifting properly and not sitting for hours watching tv etc.

Do you have an organised way of approaching exercise time? Please explain.: Yes. I try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. I run with a group on Saturday mornings and attend a Pilates class on Fridays. I try to walk to appointments and activities if they are local (within 2 mile radiius) and I don't have lots to carry. I try to run for 30 minutes another 2 times a week and to do 15 - 30 minutes Pilates routine 3 - 4 times per week.
I don't count gardening or housework within these times.

Do you prefer to exercise in a group or alone? Please explain why.: I like the group exercise I do and find it encouraging and a good social activity too. I don't mind exercising alone although it can be harder to motivate myself if it is raining and/or I'm tired.

Have you ever taken part in a holiday, event or challenge that had some sort of movement as it's focus? If yes please describe your experience.: Yes, I have taken part in a number of events and challenges. I like the camaraderie and the buzz of lots of people working to the same end.

Do you specialise in a sport of movement practice? If so what and why? Or do you consider yourself more of a generalist in your movement choices. What do you dip in and out of?: I particularly take part in running and also walking - hill/countryside not races! I am currently learning Pilates and going to taught sessions. I would like to do more swimming as I think it is good movement, supported by the water and builds stamina and other movements that I currently don't do. I'm not a specialist in any one movement or sport but have found things I enjoy and that seem to suit me.

What are some movement principles or rules that you follow? Where did you get these from?: My principles are to take it steady, to gently challenge but to find my own pace. I know how to judge my own progress and to feel what is healthy stretch and what is too much and is straining me. I think they come from the idea of moderation in all things, and by experience.

Is there an exercise trend you refuse to participate in? If so what and why?: I don't like gym based movement/exercise regimes in particular involving heavy weights - I can't see the point unless you have a very manual job or want to be a weight lifter. I don't like any of the aerobic movement regimes based on extremes.

What is your favorite song or type of music to dance to?: Reggae and ska - in particular anything by Toots and the Maytals.

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part 5- me and the world

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Do you consider how your mechanical environment impacts your movement choices on a day-to-day basis? What would you most like to change about your mechanical environment?: Yes, I spend too much time sitting down at a screen. I would prefer to spend more time moving about, outdoors.

What do you sleep on and how many pillows (if any) do you like to have?: I sleep on a super king size bed, with a firm mattress, with a topper in the winter. I have two pillows but usually throw one out when I sleep. I find it hard sometimes to get comfortable on the pillow and have been trying different types.

How do you take the stairs? For example do you have a rhythm, is it always the same or do you do different things? Please explain.: I run up the stairs without holding on using my arms like pistons.

What surface do you walk on most?: Hard surfaces - tarmac or paving slabs.

How much time, on average, would you say you spend looking at 'screens' during the day? : 4 hours

Describe the last horizon you saw.: Across Shropshire from Offas Dyke.


What material do you like most against your skin? Are there materials you won't wear?: Cotton is the material I like best. I wouldn't wear real fur.

Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Please describe the shoes and why they are your favorite.: Yes. They are green leather. Round toe pump style with cross over stretchy bands over the arch and a little, half inch wedge heel. very comfortable and I like the way they look.

Do you vary your footwear?: Yes I do. I tend to wear boots in the winter and have a favorite pair of flat warm boots that I wear a lot when it is cold.

How much of your day do you spend barefoot and what was the last surface you felt with your bare feet?: Very little time without slippers or shoes on. I last felt carpet and wood with my bare feet.

Day-to-day do you ever chose to wear things even though you know it will restrict your movement?: Not any more.

Do you have an exercise uniform? If so please describe it.: No I wear lots of different things depending what I am doing. I have just started wearing lycra running gear because everyone else does and I'm not sure about the material or the look!

Do you think men and women move differently? If yes, please describe what those differences are.: Yes I do. Men are stiffer, less bendy and make bigger/heavier movements.

Do you think men and women occupy space differently? If yes please give an example.: Yes they do. men take up more space, they spread on seats and play football in parks. Men also walk bigger and take up more pavement than women.

What sort of cultural expectations do you think influence the way women move? : I think women try to move inconspicuously and to take up as little space as possible when they are on their own. This is the impact of cultural pressures and norms of female behavior. Groups of women are bolder. Also I think women feel they should move elegantly and gracefully as these are attributes judged as positive and attractive.

What sort of cultural expectations do you think influence the way men move? : That they are more dominant and need to be commanding and in control.

What sort of 'daily rituals' do you preform?: I have a contact lens ritual at each end of the day. Also teeth cleaning.

What are some of the things you feel you need to do each day to make you feel good about your body?: Some form of exercise each day. Moisturise my skin after showering.

Do you remember a time in your life when you moved differently to the way you move now?: Yes. when I was in my teens and early twenties I wore heels and more restrictive clothes and was much more self conscious about the way i moved. I was much less natural and free in my movement.

Do you feel more or less comfortable in your body as you age?:  Yes! I feel more comfortable in my body.


survey

Submitted by Emma Lovell, 30, Female.

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part I  - I am

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What do you do for paid and/or unpaid work?: Yoga teacher

What do you do in your spare time, do you have any hobbies?: Lots of yoga and constantly researching/learning about yoga and moving in general, reading, writing poetry, swimming, gardening and foraging.

What do you like to do for fun?: As above plus lots of family and friend time, camping trips, forest walks

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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'?: I think everyone alive is a mover. For me movement is communication, connection and growth

Did your Parents/Grandparents/Carers teach you directly about exercise, care for your body, posture, and/or ways of moving? If yes what lessons do you remember?: My mum was an aerobics teacher so I'd often go to her classes and was aware of exercising regularly, she was always telling me not to slouch and to pull my shoulders back.

Are there things that you just picked up from your carers through observation?: Walking style, crossing legs when sat in a chair.

What is your earliest memory of moving?: Being picked up and held.

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?: Someone who is aware of and moves with their whole body, not just its parts. Someone who uses their body as an expression of themselves completely unselfconsciously and who has accepted their body as it is. Someone who acts with their body rather than on their body

Do you have a movement philosophy? If yes, what is it?: Move as much as possible and keep it varied.

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part 3  - my body

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What does 'self-care' mean to you?: Moderation, self-awareness

What sort of 'daily rituals' do you preform?: Washing, yoga, dressing

What are some of the things you feel you need to do each day to make you feel good about your body?: Yoga, walking outdoors

Do you think you have something 'characteristic' about the way you move? If yes please describe. : I walk quickly and am heavy footed and take quite short steps- my friends call it 'the bustle'. I have busy hands. I'm rubbish at catching!

What are some of the things you like about the way you move?: It's precise

What do you find yourself sitting on most often and how do you like to sit?: On the floor kneeling or cross-legged or on my bed cross-legged. Quite a lot of time in the car driving as well.

How often do you sit on the floor? Can you describe how your body feels when you sit on the floor?: All the time. I prefer the floor to chairs. I feel better supported, grounded and my hips are happier.

What kind of surfaces does the skin on your feet and hands come into contact with through out an average day? : Floor boards, yoga mats, grass, concrete, plastic, leather, cotton, metal, wood, skin

Which side of the mouth do you chew with more?: right

Are you right handed, left handed or ambidextrous? How does this affect your movement choices in daily life?: Right- my left side is stronger and more supportive but less flexible- I'll use my right side more for 'sensing' things.

Have you ever been injured? How? Does it still affect the way you move?: I have injured my back and neck- I am much more aware of my posture now and how I carry things- I try to use both sides of my body more evenly.

With whom do you talk to most about movement?: My yoga students and my boyfriend

What is the most transformative conversation you have ever had with someone about movement? : About squatting and the benefits of squatting.

What is the most transformative conversation you have had with someone about your body?: With a massage therapist who told me how my posture was related to recurrent neck issues.

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Part 4  - me and others...

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What are some of the things you admire about the way other people move?: Fluidity, rhythm, being light-footed. I admire the way children move- they have yet to acquire all the postural habits you get when you're an adult and are completely unselfconscious about using their bodies to express themselves.

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 admire the way my boyfriend moves- he's a climber and very quick and light on his feet. His moving balance is really good and he's really good at catching and juggling! I admire anyone good at catching because I'm so bad at it.

What do you consider really unattractive about your movement habits? And is there someone in your life you share this way of moving with? Would you change it? : Heavy footed- I get it from my mum.

Would you say you 'use your hands alot' when communicating?: Yes, especially when trying to make a point. I also touch my face and neck a lot when I'm thinking or communicating.

When you need to concentrate on something do you find yourself 'moving'? If yes why do you think that is?: Yes, pacing when on the phone, or general moving about when thinking, especially hands. It's like the body needs something to do whilst the mind is focused- it wants to get involved as well.

Do you have an organised way of approaching exercise time? Please explain.: No, I don't like to see it as something to enforce on myself.

Would you say 'you know what you like' when it comes to exercise choices? Would you say you also 'know what you like' in other areas of your life?: I like 'exercise' that is varied and encourages better overall movement using the whole body- like climbing or swimming.

 I have been really influenced by the work of Katy Bowman and so try to keep movement as varied as possible.

Is there an exercise trend you refuse to participate in? If so what and why?: Anything that just focuses on one area of the body, without considering the body as a whole.

What is your favorite song or type of music to dance to?:

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Part 5 - me and the world...

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Do you consider how your mechanical environment impacts your movement choices on a day-to-day basis? What would you most like to change about your mechanical environment?: Yes, all the time. I'd like to get rid of chairs/sofas.

What surface do you walk on most?: Concrete

Describe the last horizon you saw.: This morning whilst in the car driving

What material do you like most against your skin? Are there materials you won't wear?: Cotton. I'm really fussy about material and don't like anything too hot or rough so no denim, wool, synthetic stuff.

Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Please describe the shoes and why they are your favorite.: No, I have never enjoyed wearing shoes but do have a pair of comfy sandals I spend most of the summer in as they are soft and allow my toes to move

How much of your day do you spend barefoot and what was the last surface you felt with your bare feet?: Last surface was a wooden floor and I probably spend 70% of the day barefoot.

Day-to-day do you ever chose to wear things even though you know it will restrict your movement?: Not day-to-day, but I will wear heels when going out knowing they make walking harder.

Do you think men and women occupy space differently? If yes please give an example.: I always think it's interesting how men and women sit on the tube- it's normal to see a woman sitting with her legs crossed, almost trying to occupy as little space as possible with her body. Whereas I've seen men basically taking up two seats as they are sitting with their legs (and sometimes arms) so wide. I think this says a lot about how men and women are brought up to occupy space differently in general.

What sort of cultural expectations do you think influence the way women move? : From my own experience I think there is an expectation that as a woman I will be physically weak and so people feel a need to help me do physical things- lifting, carrying etc. I think this has meant it's easier for women not to be as 'physical' in this sense as men and so maybe lose interest in that side of things- DIY, manual work etc. Even the sports girls and boys were encouraged to do at my school differed- for girls it was always dance, gymnastics, whilst the boys were outside getting muddy.

Women's fashion also has a tendency to restrict movement more than men's - heels, tighter clothing, makeup etc.

It's like women's bodies aren't really there to be used, just to be looked at and kept clean.

Do you remember a time in your life when you moved differently to the way you move now?: I remember a moment more when I started moving less- transitioning from primary school to secondary school, from sitting on the floor to chairs, from playing outside at lunchtime in the playground, to sitting and talking inside at lunch.

Do you feel more or less comfortable in your body as you age?: More comfortable