Living with Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) affects a very significant number of people but is currently poorly understood. The condition is also often accompanied and exacerbated by feelings of isolation and fear as a result of lack of effective medical intervention or alternative referral.


In 2016 Charlie submitted a PhD proposal to the Centre for Arts Therapies Research at Roehampton University. The proposal outlines an investigation into the potential benefit of the Moving Pieces approach to people living with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS).

In 2018 this research was commissioned by Moving Pieces and is now being conducted by a PhD candidate selected at interviews held between Charlie Blowers and research supervisors – Dr Beatrice Allegranti (Reader, Dance and Movement Therapy) and Dr Leigh Gibson (Psychology Dept). The research is a collaboration between the dance and psychology departments at Roehampton.

This is a long awaited and very exciting phase in the development of the Moving Pieces approach!

Charlie has a long standing interest in the management and understanding of medically unexplained symptoms and a belief in the potential of embodied, artistic and performative practice to both raise awareness of this condition and to support symptom management.

Our aim is to provide research outcomes that will ultimately help to build an evidence base for ‘Arts on Prescription’ providing health care professionals within primary care effective resources to support those living with MUS.

In 2020 there will be a call out for people living with MUS to participate in this research project.

We hope that this will be an opportunity to both collaborate in a research process and to potentially find new ways of understanding and managing symptoms.

If you are living with MUS or know of others who may be interested in and benefit from this research please feel free to contact Charlie by email

All enquiries will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

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