Chace (1975) Marian Chace: Her Papers

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Marian Chace. 1st ed. American Dance Therapy Association; 1974.


One of the important ideas that Chace evolved was that "tensions and distortions of the body are reflections of traumatic experience. However, there is a relationship between change and readiness for change and "only when he is ready for it will it become meaningful to him and effect a change in his body image...” She understood that movement was symbolic of the unconscious and by reflecting and building on the movement offered, the patient could begin to claim the expression as his own and explore new possibilities. She understood how to integrate the verbal and non-verbal in a way that flowed one to the other without awkward shifts. Her use of kinesthetic empathy was basic to the process.


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