What is cultural embodiment?  Anthropologist Thomas Csordas describes it as a means of gaining information about the world and the people within it through perception and attention facilitated by the body.  Through somatic awareness, Csordas believes an individual perceives and interacts not only with their physical environment, but also with their cultural environment.  

He calls this type of awareness somatic modes of attention - “culturally elaborated ways of attending to and with one’s body in surroundings that include the embodied presence of others."  For a deeper discussion, check out this interview with Csordas.

Although the field of Body Psychotherapy has not developed an area of specialty in cultural embodiment, many important perspectives and techniques in our field support the exploration of embodied culture and identity. I look forward to exploring your own unique embodied experience of culture and identity.

 


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