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 the 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.


The research is an innovative and interdisciplinary PhD drawing on expertise from supervisors Beatrice Allegranti in the new School of Arts and Leigh Gibson the department of Psychology’.

We are very excited to announce that the proposal has been passed by the ethics committee and we are calling for participants in this research project. See below. 

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

call for participating in the research project

The research project offers an opportunity to both collaborate in an interdisciplinary art-science research process and to potentially find new ways of living with medically unexplained symptoms.


How can you participate?


✓  If you are living with persistent physical symptoms (like pain or fatigue), diagnosed within the biomedical system, for which there is no specified explanation after examination and investigation (often called medically unexplained symptoms or functional somatic syndrome)

✓  If you are open to collaborate in a one-year-long, art-science research project (starting in September 2021)


✓  If you can visit a venue regularly in Central London near London Bridge, answering interview questions, completing questionnaires

✓  If you can be involved in moving and group sessions in Central London and heart rate measurements at Roehampton University in London.

How could you benefit from being involved?

Potentially you will improve your quality of life and find new ways of living with the symptoms by embracing Moving Pieces Collective`s approach. Moving Pieces Collective is an arts in health theatre organization founded and directed by, Charlie Blowers, an experienced arts psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, Feldenkrais practitioner, and performing artist. 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.

How can you contact us?

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 Eszter Ivan by email Eszter will conduct the research, she is a registered dance movement psychotherapist and research student at Roehampton University. All enquiries will be treated with the strictest of confidence.