Life with pain using body-map storytelling

... participants create life-size self-portraits to narrate their healthcare journeys.


Life with pain using body-map storytelling

What is Body Mapping?

Body maps can be broadly defined as life-size human body images, while “body mapping” is the process of creating body maps using drawing, painting or other artbased techniques to visually represent aspects of people’s lives, their bodies and the world they live in. Body mapping is a way of telling stories, much like totems that contain symbols with different meanings, but whose significance can only be understood in relation to the creator’s overall story and experience.

Body mapping originated in South Africa as an art-therapy method for women living with HIV/AIDS in 2002.

Dr. Michelle Skop

Dr. Michelle Skop explored the healthcare experiences of men and women with fibromyalgia, a chronic condition of unknown origin. She was motivated to research this topic as a result of having coordinated home healthcare services for people with fibromyalgia and encountering with them the discrimination they experienced in the healthcare system. Her research combined interviews and focus groups, with an arts-based research method called body-map storytelling, whereby participants created life-size self-portraits to narrate their healthcare journeys. In collaboration with community stakeholders, she held community art galleries in Toronto, Kitchener and London in order to display the body maps with the objective of increasing social awareness about disability.

Hear Dr. Skop speak about her findings and view some patient's body maps at the next WRCPI workshop on Thursday October 26, 2017. Details can be found here: http://wrcpi.ca/

Life with pain using body-map storytelling

Body Map Template

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