Body-oriented Psychotherapy

There is something in nature that forms patterns. We, as part of nature, also form patterns. The mind is like the wind and the body is like the sand; if you want to know how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand. 
- Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, founder of Body-Mind Centering®

Body-oriented psychotherapy uses awareness, attention, and intention within our body systems and mindstates to support our entire selves. This approach to therapy can help us effectively navigate the challenges we face, both internal and external, and to experience the joy of dwelling within our bodies from moment to moment, even in the face of pain or discomfort.   The approaches used in body-oriented psychotherapy can be gentle, life affirming, and even delightful at times.

In our bodies, each and every occurance of thought, feeling, emotion, memory, action and belief involves changes in patterns of movement, shifts in awareness in the body, and countless transformative processes within our bodies’ systems.

How we experience painful feeling states depends upon how we experience the movements, sensations and activities in the body which correspond to these emotional states.  As we learn to expand our awareness to include patterns of micromovements in the body in order to work directly with our feeling states, we alleviate suffering at the site of the experiencing body.  We can change our relationship to pain, learn to find and experience joy, and discover what it is to sustain interest in and enjoyment of day-to-day life as well as in the larger transitions and changes inherent to life.

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