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  • What types of tools do you use to get in tune with your body?  Please share them with us.  In your replies, please provide: an example tool, and hash tags that you would use to classify it.

    Here are some examples:

    My Headache Diary #mobileapp

    Fitbit #wearable #aggregatedlistening #listeningtool

    Guided meditation CD

    #meditationaid #setslisteningmode

  • There are many different available apps that can help an individual track their symptoms but very few allow you to export the data. Sometimes simple is better. For those who want the flexibility to manipulate their data I would recommend using a simple Excel Spreadsheet that has a few headers such as the ones in tab 1 of the attached spreadsheet.

    Some of the columns are simple Yes or No answers whereas others would benefit from a rubric. A rubric ensures consistency. The rubric found on the second tab in the attached spreadsheet can serve as a guide and is easy to modify according to your needs

    I hope some of you find this as helpful as I have found this to be for me. #symptomtracker

    Jerrie Kumalah
  • Tools for attending to body:

    Morning #meditation/prayer time#.  I employ traditional first nations prayer time smudging, followed by quiet undisturbed time sitting under a blanket.  I attend to what ever comes to mind and body.  Inclusing thoughts, pictures, images, sensations, feelings, etc.  I acknowledge them and ask what to do in relation to them.

    While I work I regularly do self checks to notice and attend to my #body position#, #body mechanics#, and sensations adjusting throughout the day to ensure that I do not facilitate any pain onset.  I catch it at discomfort and make #incrimental changes# to achieve ease in my body.

    I like to regularly receive #skilled and attentive massage/bodywork# as it helps me notice that which I have not yet noticed.  Invariably self exploration has some inherent limitations and the skilled bodyworked helps me become aware of those “blind spots”


    • Windrider, body position and body mechanics are things that I continually work at as well! Can you talk a little bit more about some of the things that you have noticed?


      One of my problems is that my body tends to twist sitting down, which then results in an imbalance in muscular tension I have on my left and right sides. I feel the imbalance all the time, but particularly when I am not sitting, e.g. standing, running, and sleeping. As you have, I’ve learned to pay attention to this and to be more in tune with which parts of my body are causing this through the physical therapists and massage therapists that I have worked with.


      #physicaltherapist #massagetherapist #posturalrestoration #feldenkreis

  • I have registered for your study upon discovering it today in order to  access the program information and study parameters, and to follow the progression and data from your work.

    I’m curious to know more about the genesis of the investigation.  My academic preparation and research in psychology, neuroscience and the arts (especially movement)  was enhanced by the teachers in my dance lineage, Anna Halprin and Zuleikha ( and TakeAMinute TM.)  I wonder if you are acquainted with their bodies of work in atunement, body listeing, movement, and self-care.

    ~ Debra Rose Giannini, MA  (503) 358-9088



  • Rainbowone,

    Thanks for joining!

    This study was inspired by my dissertation research. Participants in my dissertation study shared experiences of learning to become aware of their body’s signals and cues over time, and to use these signals to manage their health more effectively.

    My dissertation is available here.

    Regarding your question, I am aware of Zuleikha’s work, but I would love to hear more about it. I’m looking forward to chatting with you further about this!

    #dissertation #illnessjourneys


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