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Extending understanding of ‘care’ as an embodied phenomenon: Alexander Technique teacher perspectives on restoring carers to themselves

Woods, Charlotte; Wolverson, Emma; Glover, Lesley

Authors

Charlotte Woods

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Dr Emma Wolverson E.Wolverson@hull.ac.uk
Reader in Ageing and Dementia. Research Lead for Dementia UK.

Lesley Glover



Abstract

Data from an international survey of teachers of the Alexander Technique – an embodied form of self-care – illustrate their perspectives on how the Alexander Technique supports caring by combatting carer self-loss. Understanding of care as an embodied phenomenon is furthered by describing: (1) specific embodied habits that seem highly pertinent to care of self and others; and (2) how they might be (re)acquired in learning the Alexander Technique. In offering both practical and philosophical ways in which the Alexander Technique differs from alternatives, the article invites fresh thinking about theory and practice in supporting care, and argues that research on the Alexander Technique in the context of caring is warranted.

Citation

Woods, C., Wolverson, E., & Glover, L. (2023). Extending understanding of ‘care’ as an embodied phenomenon: Alexander Technique teacher perspectives on restoring carers to themselves. International Journal of Care and Caring, 7(3), 527-543. https://doi.org/10.1332/239788221X16643644394404

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 23, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 26, 2022
Publication Date Aug 1, 2023
Deposit Date Sep 5, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2023
Journal International Journal of Care and Caring
Print ISSN 2397-8821
Electronic ISSN 2397-883X
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 527-543
DOI https://doi.org/10.1332/239788221X16643644394404
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4067258