Neighbourhood characteristics associated with the provision of holistic movement practices in Melbourne
ISPAH ePoster Library. Vergeer I. Oct 16, 2018; 225331; 507
Dr. Ineke Vergeer
Dr. Ineke Vergeer
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Abstract IntroductionHolistic movement practices (HMPs) are physical practices embedded in philosophies aimed at enhancing holistic well-being, thereby offering potential for improving mental and physical, and possibly spiritual, health. While some HMPs, like yoga and tai chi, have become more mainstream in western countries, we have limited knowledge about the provision of other HMPs. The purpose of this study was to explore the provision of HMPs and any association with neighbourhood characteristics in an Australian city. MethodData were collected via internet searches. We focused on events offered and recorded information about event features, including venue addresses. Number of events was determined per postcode. A range of neighbourhood characteristics were extracted from the 2016 Australian Census data, and were correlated with the number of events per postcode.ResultsWe found 541 events offered by 20 HMPs across 127 (46.2%) postcode areas. The number of events in a postcode area was positively correlated with percentages of women, singles, defacto relationships, female labour force participation, university degrees, and no, secular, or other spiritual beliefs. Number of events was negatively correlated with median age, and with percentages of men, married persons, registered marriages, educational certificates, and Christianity.ConclusionHMP offerings across Melbourne reflect various differences in neighbourhood characteristics, suggesting that the appearance of these practices may be more likely in some neighbourhoods than others. Non-traditional values appear more common in neighbourhoods where HMPs are offered. This fits with the notion that the underlying philosophies of HMPs often include non-mainstream conceptions of health and/or spirituality.
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