Body Aware: Rediscover Your Mind-Body Connection, Stop Feeling Stuck, and Improve Your Mental Health with Simple Movement Practices

Body Aware: Rediscover Your Mind-Body Connection, Stop Feeling Stuck, and Improve Your Mental Health with Simple Movement Practices

Body Aware: Rediscover Your Mind-Body Connection, Stop Feeling Stuck, and Improve Your Mental Health with Simple Movement Practices

Body Aware: Rediscover Your Mind-Body Connection, Stop Feeling Stuck, and Improve Your Mental Health with Simple Movement Practices

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Overview

An at-home mindful movement practice—cultivate resilience, dispel emotional blockages, and live your best life with the power of movement.

When we talk about movement, most of us think “exercise.” But the way we move our bodies—how we walk, roll, dance, stretch, connect, and take up space—is about so much more than physical fitness. Our movements impact our mental and emotional health...and when we change the way we move, we can change the way we live.

Licensed clinical professional counselor and board-certified dance and movement therapist Erica Hornthal—aka “The Therapist Who Moves You”—takes readers on a step-by-step journey, showing how a mindful movement practice can:
  • Help ease symptoms of depression
  • Build a greater sense of connection and intimacy with loved ones
  • Slow down thoughts to lessen anxiety and panic
  • Impact how—and what—we feel
Readers will learn to identify where they physically hold their emotions; understand and interpret their body’s unique language; explore bodily sensations; identify emotional blockages; and upgrade harmful thought cycles to patterns that instead foster resilience, emotional regulation, and productivity. With a chapter on disability and movement diversity, Hornthal’s guide begins to move dance therapy to a more inclusive, non-prescriptive space, helping each of us discover the kind of movement that works best for us.

Broken into three sections, “How You Move,” “How Movement is a Catalyst for Change,” and “Transforming Your Life Through Movement,” Body Aware is a revelatory transformational practice and an easy-to-use introduction to the mind-body power of intentional movement.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623176891
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 08/09/2022
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 436,279
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

ERICA HORNTHAL is a licensed clinical professional counselor, board-certified dance/movement therapist, and the CEO and founder of Chicago Dance Therapy. Since graduating with her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago, Erica has worked with thousands of patients aged 3-107. Known as “The Therapist Who Moves You,” Hornthal is changing the way people see movement with regard to mental health.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Foreword Dr. Nicole LePera xvii

Part 1 Exploring How You Move

Introduction: Your Movement Matters 3

Chapter 1 Becoming Body Aware 15

Chapter 2 Redefining Movement 29

Chapter 3 Your Body Talks 43

Part 2 Movement Is a Catalyst for Change

Chapter 4 Move Your Body, Move Your Mind 63

Chapter 5 Planes Are Not Just for Flying 97

Chapter 6 Unlocking Cognitive Potential 115

Part 3 Transformation through Movement

Chapter 7 Perspection 135

Chapter 8 The Dance of Resilience 149

Chapter 9 Disability and Diversity 165

Chapter 10 Putting It into Practice 173

Conclusion 189

Acknowledgments 193

Notes 197

Additional Resources and Further Suggested Reading 207

Index 211

About the Author 219

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