1. What is mind/body therapy?
In general, mind-body therapy comprises a diverse variety of therapeutic practices, which address the interdependent relationship between physical and mental health, and integrate physical and psychological healing methods into therapy. My mind-body therapy practice combines asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, gentle physical assists, and reiki, with verbal processing from my psychotherapy framework. This approach taps into the wisdom and truth of your body and helps get you unstuck from the stories and limiting patterns of your mind. My mind-body therapy practices are rooted in my training in Kripalu Yoga, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, Reiki, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, clinical social work, life-coaching, mindfulness and meditation. Each session is tailored to your individual needs and will vary depending on your needs that given day.
2. Mind-Body Therapy can also help you:
- Alleviate stress, anxiety and depression
- Develop skills to not only manage psychological distress, but also address the root cause of your symptoms
- Process and release trauma from the body
- Get you “unstuck” from repetitive stories, thought patterns and behaviors that are not serving you
- Escape analytical thinking and intellectualization that can prevent you from discovering your true needs and healing emotional wounds
- Discover your own innate wisdom and capacity to heal
- Find peace, acceptance and clarity
3. Why try mind-body therapy?
- Trauma happens to and/or is felt in the body. Therefore healing must also attend to the body. Traumatic memories (including memories of non-physical traumatic events) are most strongly stored in the parts of the brain responsible for human emotion and physical activity. Because of this, healing approaches should include interventions that address the physical and emotional body, where traumatic memories live.
- Humans often think too much and this over thinking can keep us stuck. Overthinking can also keep us from accessing truths that are essential for our healing, because the mind has the skill to justify and rationalize almost anything – even things that are not good for us. Yet, the body never lies. The body constantly gives us important information regardless of whether or not we listen to it. When we can quiet the mind, the body can give us wisdom that we need for our healing.
- Stress is stored in the body, which means that we can release stress through direct work with the body. Ever feel so stressed your stomach or shoulders hurt? While having insight into problems can help, the body often holds key information about what you need to alleviate stress. In addition, interventions that target the body can alleviate stress through direct connection to its physical manifestation.
- The most cutting edge research says mind-body therapy is very effective! The newest research on treating trauma, anxiety and depression demonstrates that integrating physical practices, like yoga and somatic techniques, into therapy is incredibly effective.
- You’ve been in traditional talk therapy but feel stuck in your progress and want to try a different approach.
- Traditional talk therapy does not feel culturally appropriate for you and you want to engage in a more integrative and holistic approach to healing.
Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about mind-body therapy. You are welcome to try it for a couple of sessions before committing to it long term. I am happy to answer any questions you might have about whether this approach might be good for you.
My mind-body training
I am a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, a certified Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra teacher, a certified level 1 & 2 Reiki practitioner and have completed the level 1 Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training program. I have also participated in numerous mindfulness and meditation workshops and maintain my own yoga and mindfulness practice.