Experiences from group basic body awareness therapy by patients suffering from fibromyalgia: A qualitative study Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2020

start page

  • 933

end page

  • 945


  • 8


  • 36

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0959-3985

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-5040


  • The aim of this study was to obtain a deeper understanding of how patients with fibromyalgia experienced movement awareness through a basic body awareness therapy group treatment program. A total of 19 participants with fibromyalgia diagnosis were interviewed individually and in groups. Data collection was done from three sources: (1) interviews from the Basic Body Awareness Rating Scale (BARS) part 2 at baseline, at end of treatment, as well as at 12 and 24 weeks follow up; (2) focus group discussions that took place at the end of each session, and at the end of treatment; and (3) an in-depth focus group. Giorgi's method was followed for data construction and analysis. The researchers conducted 57 individual interviews, 10 focus groups, and one in-depth focus group. The findings revealed the following categories: "creating a new relation to self"; "change the pattern of body awareness2; "being in a group"; and "experiencing physical capacity", showing influences among them. Body awareness seems to have an impact in the therapeutic process in patients suffering from fibromyalgia.


  • basic body awareness therapy; body awareness; fibromyalgia; movement awareness; therapeutic group factors