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date: 24 June 2019

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In this chapter the authors, as somatic, dance and movement educators and practitioners, ask what wellbeing feels like. How do we know we are feeling well? How can one teach students or clients to have an awareness of their own experience of wellbeing? Specifically, the authors discuss the concept of ‘felt sense’ and why it can be beneficial for somatic, dance and movement educators and practitioners to develop this awareness in themselves and in students and clients. The authors then explore how one can cultivate a felt sense of wellbeing. The enquiry is informed by the experiences of students and facilitators of ORIGINS, a somatically-based training, approved by the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA), based on the developmental and evolutionary process from preconception to standing developed by Joan Davis. The first author is a student on the training programme, involved in documenting the development of the programme.

Keywords: wellbeing, felt sense, bodily experience, sensation, tracking

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