Koch and Fischman (2011) Embodied Enactive Dance/Movement Therapy

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Sabine C. Koch and Diana Fischman. American Journal of Dance Therapy. 2011; Vol. 33, No. 1: pp 57-72.


Dance/movement therapy may be conceptualized as an embodied and enactive form of psychotherapy. The embodied enactive approach looks at individuals as living systems characterized by plasticity and permeability (moment-to-moment adaptations within the self and toward the environment), autonomy, sense-making, emergence, experience, and striving for balance. Enaction and embodiment emphasize the roles that body motion and sensorimotor experience play in the formation of concepts and abstract thinking. A theoretical framework and a perspective on professional practice in dance/movement therapy are herein offered as influenced by interdisciplinary embodied and enactive approaches deriving from cognitive sciences and phenomenology. The authors assert that dance/movement therapy, enaction, and embodiment fruitfully contribute to one another.



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