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MAPPING BORDERS OF YOUR BODY

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Reflecting on one's own body and how it is perceived by oneself.

KEYWORDS

  • body mapping

  • borders

  • creativity

  • reflection

DURATION

1 hour

SKILLS

  • drawling skills

  • introspection

  • self consciousness

PREPARATION

The trainer needs to have an understanding of the participants and their physical and psychological limits.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS


Option A:

  • A big paper that covers the whole body of a person

  • cello tape

  • all sorts of pens & paint, brushes

  • water

  • eraser

  • sharpener


Option B:

  • An A4 sheet of paper

  • all sorts of pens & paint,

  • brushes

  • water

  • eraser

  • sharpener

DESCRIPTION

Option A:

1. Introduction, Setting the Scene: - Obtain a large piece of paper that can accommodate an individual and place it on the floor. - Explain the activity to the participants.


2. Drawing Body Maps: - Organize participants into pairs. - One person lies down on the paper and forms shapes with their body, similar to the outlines seen at a crime scene. - The other participant uses a pen to trace the body outlines. - Partners switch roles. The individual who previously drew the outlines now lies down while their partner traces their body on a fresh sheet of paper. - Ask participants to fill in their body outlines by contemplating the natural boundaries within them and reflecting on emotional or imaginative borders that define their sense of self.


3. Sharing and Discussion: - Display the completed sheets of paper by affixing them to a wall. - Engage in a discussion highlighting the similarities and differences between each drawing. - Encourage participants to share their experiences regarding the organic borders within themselves and their emotional responses during the activity.


Option B**:

1. Introduction, Setting the Scene: - Arrange a table with the necessary supplies for all participants and distribute a sheet of paper to each individual.


2. Drawing Body Maps: - Instruct the participants to sketch the outlines of their bodies on the provided paper. - Encourage them to embellish their "blank" body outlines by incorporating naturally occurring internal boundaries. Allow them the freedom to introduce emotional or imaginative borders that may not exist organically.


3. Sharing and Discussion: - Curate a mini-group exhibition by displaying the completed artworks on a wall. - Engage in a group discussion to explore and discuss the resulting artworks and their significance. ** Option B has been designed and presented here to be inclusive and considerate of participants with disabilities. However, it's important to note that this activity might evoke strong emotions or could potentially be rejected by some participants who have a difficult relationship with their body and or self-image. Therefore, keep in mind that this activity can possibly lead to re-traumatization. Therefore, it's crucial to have a deep understanding of your target group. You should be prepared to handle the situation professionally if emotional situations arise. Acknowledge that this activity might not be suitable for certain participants. Always prioritize the well-being and comfort of the individuals involved.