Interest in researching embodied experiences of activity connected to therapeutic landscapes, spaces or places has led to a range of evolving methods that aim to move beyond traditional sit-down, talk-based qualitative modes of researching. Following the sensory turn, this paper explores a novel ‘swim-along' method used to interview people whilst swimming immersed in sea water. By juxtaposing this with insights gleaned from a subsequent sit-down interview, the paper examines implications for deepening our understanding of visceral, sensory, embodied experiences, the methods we can use to access them and how these structure researcher / participant interaction.
- Blue space
- Mobile methods
- Open water swimming
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- School of Health Sciences - Reader
- Centre for Arts and Wellbeing
- Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender
- Centre of Resilience for Social Justice
- Long-term Conditions and Rehabilitation Research and Enterprise Group
- Public Health and Wellbeing Research and Enterprise Group