Relationship To Ones Body

The question of boundaries comes up in many group therapy situations from territorial disputes regarding conversations outside of group, subsystems within the group, and personal space, to ethics, identity development, and the interpersonal challenges precipitated by the vicissitudes of group processes (Agazarian & Peters, 1981; Fehr, 2003; Gans & Counselman, 1999; Minuchin & Fischman, 1961; Ryder & Bartle, 1991; Scott, 1993).

The common understanding of boundaries are as limits or borders. How interactions between and among group members evolve depends on both the strength and the flexibility of each group member's boundaries. Shape, one of the main movement parameters in the LivingDance-LivingMusic approach to group work, provides a kinesthetic sense of the body boundary that lays the foundation for many kinds of sharing—from confrontation to divulging painful or intimate realities (Fraenkel, 2003; Fraenkel & Mehr, 2004). Group psychotherapists who recognize that changes in the relationship to one's body affect changes in one's relationship to self and others, will find attention to shape in two dimensions: the horizontal and the vertical; it can have a profound effect on both individual and group processes.

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