Have you ever struggled to do something you know you should do?
Have you ever struggled to stop doing something that you knew was harmful to you?
Regardless of history or background, every single one of us has a complicated relationship to the body and its’ sensations, emotions, and desires. I often hear people reflecting that their body seems to “have a mind of its own” and that they feel tremendous shame for not being able to control their feelings and behaviors. This self-disconnection shows up whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, or any other mental illness and addressing the later always involves healing the former.
Experiential movement and body therapy uniquely addresses this body/mind disconnect + confusion and puts it in the forefront of therapy. By interweaving approaches from talk therapy, Trauma/body-oriented therapies, and movement therapies, each client learns to listen to the wisdom of both their body and mind while exploring why these two parts are so often at odds. Each individual learns how this disconnection contributes to their mental, emotional, and behavioral struggles so that they can begin to explore new patterns of thinking, feeling, and living.
Sessions are exploratory and playful. Clients begin to imagine, through the assessment process, how they have come to know their body and begin connecting this knowledge to significant events, people, and cultural influences. As each individual begins to understand these dynamics they start to explore how to live, express, and enjoy themselves in new and honoring ways. By engaging and repairing the confusion and disconnect in ourselves we can be more fully released to freedom, and love, and joy with others. We heal from the inside out. Read about the development of this work HERE!
Listen to Knox present on the subject at the 2017 Seattle School Symposia: Utilizing the Body as a Compass in the Process of Transformation