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Nine Ways of Seeing a Body [Paperback]

Sandra Reeve
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25 Jun 2011
This book presents nine lenses through which the body is conventionally viewed. The body as object, the body as subject, the phenomenological body, the contextual body, the interdependent body, the environmental body, the cultural body and, finally, the ecological body. Designed to be a guide and stimulus for teachers, students and practitioners of dance, performance, movement, somatics and the arts therapies - and for anyone troubled by the idea of a brain on legs.

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Triarchy Press (25 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908009322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908009326
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Reeves' Nine Ways of Seeing a Body is a delightful, readable set of beginning points or lenses through which to constantly consider and reconsider embodied practice. Sandra's perspective is informed both by her years of professional practice as well as her more recent in-depth exploration of how to reflect on her practice. I am already looking forward to the second book.
--Dr Phillip Zarrilli

In this compact and accessible book Sandra Reeve invites the reader to engage with `the body' through nine different lenses. The ensuing thought provoking journey will be of particular value to psychotherapists, arts therapists, and those interested in new ways of being.
--Anna Chesner: London Centre for Psychodrama

This book is a delightful, readable set of beginning points or lenses through which to constantly consider and reconsider embodied practice... I am already looking forward to the second book.
--Phillip Zarrilli: Artistic Director, The Llanarth Group

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"...when I was living in Java, I had the insight that when I used the word `body', I was talking about something different from a colleague who used the same word.

I was astonished. At that time it was already clear to me that notions of self were culturally specific and that each person's experience of self was unique, but the body seemed so `there', so biological, anatomical, physiological, indisputable... In that moment of practice, I understood that how we view our bodies, the way we inhabit our bodies and our experience of `body' is equally varied.

More recently, I began to investigate different views of the body to contextualise my own work and to see how those views might have influenced my current position as a movement teacher, artist and psychotherapist engaged in movement, performance, embodiment and ecology. I am constantly working with bodies."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Profound yet easy to understand. 15 April 2013
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A readable and straightforward series of synopses on understanding the human body. Starting historically and moving chronologically to present day body awareness; from mind/body separation through somatics to contextual and environmental perspectives. Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of Depth 17 Nov 2013
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This book is very brief and I struggled to find any 'meat on the bones' that I could use further within my own interest / practise. Disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for all serious about movement 6 Dec 2011
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Thought-provoking, insightful and eminently readable this slim, beautifully crafted volume is an excellent stimulus for teachers and students who are engaged in movement in a variety of fields. A fine example of praxis, Dr Reeve speaks from the heart of her practice and references intriguing theories ranging from philosophy and psychology to somatics and neuroscience. It will be invaluable to me in my own dance, performance and teaching practice. It has enabled me to reconsider and appreciate the intricate world of movement and reminded me of the fundamental importance of viewing the body in context. Interwoven through a sensitively written case study 'narrative', the nine lenses of 'Nine Ways of Seeing a Body' provide distinct yet linked perspectives. Notions of 'flux, participation and change' recur as themes and come sharply into focus in the final section, the 'ecological body'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for teaching Somatic Psychology 7 Nov 2011
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I teach in a Masters level counseling program and my interests include Somatic Psychology and Ecopsychology. I often find it difficult to find words to describe the new paradigms that address experiencing ourselves as part of nature, and living and connecting with the world that we are part of through body/somatic experience. Dr. Reeve does just that -- and places this viewpoint in a perspective that includes other perceptions of the body corresponding to different existential paradigms. It is quite an achievement to do this AND to put it in a small readable book that students will not balk at! I see this as a great teaching tool for Somatic Psychologists, Dance, Drama and other therapists as well as Body Workers of all kinds. I think it is a fresh, original piece and I look forward to her next publication.
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 15 Sep 2013
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fine book. not too expensive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ground breaking 18 July 2013
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This is an essential text for anyone interested in somatics or the mind-body connection. It is brief but to the point, and thought provoking. Some of the ideas need to be presented more rigorously, though; it would have been nice to have a formal definition of each body lenses.
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