Date of Award
Master of Art in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (MA)
Creative Arts Therapies
dance movement therapy, heuristic inquiry, self-care, spirituality, meditation, Laban, Moustakas
This heuristic inquiry explored effective self-care practices, specifically engaging with spirituality, for emerging dance/movement therapists. Guided by a pragmatic paradigm and heuristic methodology, I was the only researcher and participant and I engaged in meditation within nature as a spiritual practice. Data collection methods included completing a semi-structured self-interview after each spiritual practice, creating embodied experiences of spirituality as self-care and filming them, and recording themes from this footage in relation to Laban’s body, effort, shape, and space categories (Moore, 2014). Moustakas’ (1990) data analysis method and creative synthesis were used. Findings revealed that engaging in spiritual self-care fostered increased internal and external awareness, as well as heightened senses. It also contributed to positive physical, mental, and emotional changes, as well as promoting a spiritual relationship between myself and my higher power. Implications from these findings revealed that engaging with spirituality may promote authentic presence and increased self-awareness; facilitate positive physical, mental, and emotional changes; offer personal meaning-making; and nurture relationship with one’s higher power. 95 pages.
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Weissert, Meredith E., "A Heuristic Inquiry: Engaging with Spirituality as Self-Care" (2018). Creative Arts Therapies Theses. 109.