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More than a brain on legs: an exploration of working with the body in coaching

T Matthews International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2013

Coaching typically takes place as a seated conversation aimed at stimulating cognitive reflection. This study explores why some coaches are choosing to combine a physical activity with their coaching rather than working in a more conventional manner. An IPA methodology was used, based on a convenience sample of six coaches. Two key themes emerged, relating to the coaches’ perception of using all of themselves in the coaching interaction, including their embodied awareness and intuition, and their experience of its effectiveness.

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