What Is It?
Mindful Embodied Therapy developed from twenty-five years of pursuing the question, “What is health?” It utilizes yoga, mindfulness, parts work, neurobiology and somatic psychotherapy. What differentiates this therapy is the use of the body. I’ll guide you to listen within and stay with your feelings as you linger in restorative poses.
The poses are used as “neurolinguistic tools.” Which simply means we use the body to help rewire the mind. We stay in a seated pose for two to three minutes. The longer hold time creates space to reflect on thoughts, feelings, and emotions. As the body releases tension, the mind follows. Similar to how heavy thoughts can make our shoulders tight, releasing deep tension in the body calms the mind. It’s all connected.
Because I pull from a variety of healing modalities, there is flow and flexibility to the work. My training leans toward somatic techniques that link mind and body. Specifically, I’m trained in addiction, Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, yin yoga and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.
What distinguishes Mindful Embodied Therapy from other approaches is the use of yoga, which is so much more than stretching. Yoga is a blueprint for healthy living. That’s what makes this style a great alternative therapy for anxiety. Several studies suggest that yoga may also help strengthen social attachments, reduce stress and help lessen depression.
The chakra and meridian systems are another way to incorporate alternative healing into the clinical setting. The chakras breaks down our energy into seven different areas while the meridians distinguish how this energy is distributed. Think of them as maps. These “maps” cover our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies and gives a snapshot of where we’re out of alignment. They then provides direction on how to course correct.
Additionally, the principles of yoga, such as non-judgment, compassion, spirituality and the connection of all living things can help relieve stress, enhance compassion. So often, when clients are talking about issues they hold their breath sending a message to the nervous system that they are in danger. Bringing this to awareness is one way in which yoga is utilized in therapy.
In many ways, yoga is a form of cognitive therapy as it helps us become more aware of our thoughts and beliefs, as well as our strengths and resources. We literally “lean into” our discomfort. This ability to safely explore one’s edge is an important life skill.
One of the keys to self-study is learning how to slow down. In this sense, yoga is a sneaky way to practice mindfulness. This occurs when we settle our mind and witness our internal workings. As a result, this is where the magic happens, where the spark of innate healing is ignited.