Centered and Connected: A Therapeutic Approach to Mind-Body Awareness

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North Atlantic Books, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 203 pages
Centered and Connected presents body-based techniques that integrate practices of self-reflection and non-judgmental awareness in order to facilitate healing, build self-esteem, and develop a stronger connection to one's body. The book draws on specific mindfulness techniques, designed to help those who tend to neglect their personal needs or ignore their limits. Both methodologically comprehensive and practical in its approach, this book inspires readers to explore and find a balance between being centred within themselves and connected to their surroundings. The book begins with a description of the disconnection between the mind and body, a situation which creates a sense of alienation within oneself and can contribute to a lack of self-acceptance, a negative perception of one's body, as well as more serious psychological and emotional issues. The book concludes with 128 practical activities designed to facilitate a connection with one's body. Some of the body areas explored include the head, heart, hands, feet, stomach, and pelvis, as well as body-related phenomena such as the breath, gravity, and the voice. Each topic is followed by four simple and enjoyable activities that are meant to improve one's relationship with one's body.
 

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If you have trouble being kind to yourself, this book is for you. If you are always rushing through life and ignoring the little signals your body is sending, this book is for you. If you would like ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Bettina Isenschmid MD and Kurt Laederach MD PhD
9
Exercises
11
At Home in My Body
23
Contact ImprovisationA Dance with Gravity
36
Becoming a Little Bit More Who I Am
51
Exercise Guidelines
60
Gravity 66 Breath 70 Yawning 74 Arms 78 Hands
82
Protection 86 Heart 90 Face 94 Eyes 98 Ears
102
Taking Time 106 Nose 110 Voice 114 Mouth
118
Stomach 122 Regeneration 126 Organs 130 Pelvis
134
Legs 138 Feet 142 Pain 146 Back 150 Head
154
Change 158 Bones and Joints 162 Muscles 166 Fat
170
Connections 186 Nonreactivity
190
About the Author
203
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About the author (2009)

With her extensive background in body-based therapies, Thea Rytz developed a body awareness program at the University Hospital at Berne, Switzerland, to treat those suffering from eating disorders. She is also the collaborator in a successful government-sponsored program to develop songs for children to improve their self-esteem. Rytz currently resides in Berne.

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