Becoming skilled: The cultural and corporeal geographies of teaching and learning Thai Yoga massage
Lea, J. J. (2009) Becoming skilled: The cultural and corporeal geographies of teaching and learning Thai Yoga massage. Geoforum, 40 (3). pp. 465-474. ISSN 0016 7185
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2009.03.005
This paper explores the process of learning an embodied knowledge using the work of Dreyfus and Deleuze. Although geographers have begun to acknowledge the role of embodied knowledges in social life, there have been few in-depth case studies of how these skills are learned. This paper offers a case study of Thai Yoga massage (TYM), a ‘complementary and alternative therapy’ which is growing in popularity in the United Kingdom. Having outlined the case study, the paper explores the cultural geographies of the formalisation, documentation and contestation of the set of techniques that have come to cohere in the UK as TYM. The paper then interrogates the messy corporeal geographies of learning a skill, and briefly considers how more advanced practitioners experience their skilled practice.