There is very little information on developing movement work through the knowing body and from the knowing body. We have therefore compiled a reading list for those who want to find out more.

Abram, D. (1996), The Spell of the Sensuous, New York: Random House.

Adler, J. (2002), Offering from the Conscious Body, Vermont, USA: Inner Traditions.

Bainbridge Cohen, B. (1993) Sensing, Feeling and Action: The Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind-Centering.  North Atlantic Books: USA.

Bartal, L. and Ne’eman, N. (1993), The Metaphoric Body: Guide to Expressive Therapy
through Images and Archetypes, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Bernard, A., U. Stricker and W. Steinmüller(2006) . Applied Ideokinesis: A Creative Approach to Human Movement and Body Alignment. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic

Brown, M. (2005), The Presence Process: A Healing Journey into Present MomentAwareness, Vancouver, Canada: Namaste Publishing/New York: Beaufort Books

Chodorow, J. (1991), Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology: The Moving Imagination, London and New York: Routledge

Copeland, R. and Cohen, M. (1983), What is Dance? Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

De Spain, K (2014) Landscape of the Now: A topography of movement improvisation, Oxford UP

Fraleigh, S. (2004), Dancing Identity: Metaphysics in Motion, Pittsburgh:
University of Pittsburgh Press.

Geary, J. (2011) I is Another: The secret life of metaphor and how it shapes the way we see the world.   HarperCollins e-books: New York

Greenland, P. (2000), ‘Hopping Home Backwards: Body Intelligence and Movement Play’, Leeds: Jabadao.

Greenland, P. (2000), ‘What Dancers Do that Health Workers Don’t….’, Leeds: Jabadao.

Halprin, A (2000),Returning to Health with Dance, Movement and Imagery, Life Rhythm

Halprin, A. (2000), Dance as a Healing Art: Returning to Health with Movement and Imagery,USA: LifeRhythm Energy Field
Halprin, D. (2003) The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy: Working with Movement, Metaphor and Meaning.  Jessica Kingsley: England

Hartley, L. (2004) Somatic Psychology: Body Mind and Meaning: Whurr Publishers: London

Hawkins, Eric (2004) The Body is a Clear Place and other Statements on Dance. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Book Company, 1992.Princeton University Press

Hayes, J. (2007), Performing the Dreams of Your Body: Plays of Animation and Compassion, Chichester, England: Archive Publishing.

Juhan, D. (2003), Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork, Barrytown: Station Hill

Jung, C.G. (1963) Memories, Dreams, Reflections London: Fontana Press, HarperCollins

Leder, D. (1990), The Absent Body, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Levy, F. (1988), Dance movement therapy: A healing art, Reston, Virginia: National Dance Association, AAHPERD

Levine, P (2011), In an unspoken voice, Berkeley CA North: Atlantic Books

McNiff, S. (2004), Art Health; how creativity cures the soul. USA: Shambhala

McNiff, S. (1993) Art as Medicine: Creating a Therapy of the Imagination. Shambala Publications Inc: USA

Montagu, A Touching, The Human Significance of the Skin Harper.(1986)

Oschman, J. (2003), Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance, London: Butterworth Heinemann

Pallaro, P. (Ed.) (1999), Authentic Movement: Essays by Mary Starks Whitehouse, Janet Adler and Joan Chodorow, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Pallaro, P. (Ed.) (2007), Authentic Movement: Moving the Body, Moving the Self, Being Moved: A Collection of Essays, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Parviainen, J. (1998) Bodies moving and moved: A phenomenological analysis of the dancing subject and the cognitive and ethical values of dance art. Finland: Tampere University Press

Pallaro, P. (ed.) (2007) Authentic Movement: Moving the Body, Moving the Self, Being Moved London, UK: Jessica Kingsley publishers

Paterson M. (2007) The Senses of Touch: haptics, affects and technologies
Berg Publishers, Oxford

Sorrell, W. (1984 [1973]), The Mary Wigman Book, Wesleyan University Press

Tufnell, M. and Crickmay, C. (2004), A Widening Field: Journeys into the Body and the Imagination, UK: Dance Books

Tufnell, M. (2000), ‘Beneath Our Words’  in P. Greenland (ed.), What Dancers Do that Other Health Workers Don’t…, Leeds: JABADO

Tufnell, M. & Crickmay, C.  (1990). ‘Body, Space, Image: Notes Towards Improvisation and Performance’, Hampshire: Dance Books

Tufnell, M. & Crickmay, C. (2004) A Widening Field UK: Dance Books

Williamson, A. (2010), ‘Reflections and theoretical approaches to the study of spiritualities within the field of somatic movement dance education’, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 2:1, pp. 35-61


This is particularly relevant for movement practice with babies and young children.

Four by Sally Goddard-Blythe from Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP).

Reflexes, Learning and Behaviour (2002)
Excellent overview, and plenty of material on brain development.

The Well Balanced Child (2005)
A good, general read probably aimed at parents.

What Babies and Children Really Need ( 2008)
Detailed, in depth and no need to explain what it is about.

Attention, Balance and Coordination (2009)
Very detailed, technical stuff for the determined reader.

Field, Tiffany. Touch MIT Press (2003)

Gerhardt, Sue Why Love Matters, How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain. (2004)

Manning-Morton, Julia Exploring Wellbeing in the Early Years (2014)
Chapter 7 Physical wellbeing: autonomy, exploration and risk taking
by LeVoguer and Pasch


Achteberg , Jean. Imagery and Healing Shambhala Publications 2002
Berger John A Fortunate Man story of a country doctor Allen and Unwin 1967/ 2015 Canongate

Heath, Dr. Iona Matters of Life and Death ( 2007 ) a wonderful GP’s account of her work.

Ho, Mae Wan The Rainbow and the Worm ; the physics of organisms ( 2008)

Mcniff, Shaun Art Heals Shambhala 2004

Mehl-Madrona, Dr. Lewis, Narrative Medicine ( 2007)

White, Mike Arts Development in Community Health, a social tonic (2009) – “this recently published book is an invaluable and stimulating resource. I cannot recommend it highly enough”, Miranda Tufnell


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