Moving-Transforming Bodyminds

  • Simone FullagarEmail author
  • Wendy O’Brien
  • Adele Pavlidis


This chapter explores the everyday habits and rhythms of embodied movement that produce different forces and intensities, offering possibilities for transformation. Through the story-event of little public spheres, we examine the entanglements of the personal-pleasurable-political to trouble normalised notions of recovery as a personal endeavour. Deploying the notion of bodyminds, the chapter explores the porosity and permeability of bodies and their sensory engagement with the material world. We also consider how capacities are enacted, opening up lines of flight that contest the forces of bad feelings. Central to the relationality of movement are the often surprising constitutive effects and affects of immersive bodymind practices. Intra-actions with non-human elements through visceral bodymind connections offered possibilities for different rhythms and expansive repertories of recovery.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Fullagar
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Wendy O’Brien
    • 3
  • Adele Pavlidis
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Tourism, Hotel and Sport ManagementGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia
  2. 2.Department of HealthUniversity of BathBathUK
  3. 3.Department of Tourism, Hotel and Sport ManagementGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  4. 4.Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural ResearchGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia

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