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body-centered psychotherapy
Psoma Yoga
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St. Stephen's College
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Shelley Leanne Winton
Supervisor and department
Dr. Jeanne Van der Zalm
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Dr. Flint Sparks
Dr. Julie Algra
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Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality
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Research related to body-centred psychotherapy remains under-represented in the literature. There are very few studies about the client experience with these therapies. In this research, the results of a hermeneutic-phenomenological inquiry into the experience of Psoma Yoga, a body-centred therapy, are presented. Interactive interviews were conducted with six adults, four women and two men, who had participated in Psoma Yoga. Interpretive thematic analysis based on a reflexive phenomenological epistemology was used. Themes identified in the data were the call, embodiment, and transformation. Psoma Yoga participants report being called to this type of experience. They noticed embodiment which resulted in increased awareness, changes in perception and transformed relationships with self, others and the world. Findings are discussed in relation to current neuroscience knowledge, integration into nursing practice, education and counselling and psychotherapy practice. The uniqueness of this work lies in its rich description of embodiment as a potential guide for creating greater health, well-being and wholeness, for individuals and communities. As a result of this research, individuals and caring professionals such as nurses, counsellors, and educators are encouraged to consider including a more body-centred approach to life and practice. Considerations for further research are recommended.
This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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