Body Psychology (also known as Yoga Therapy)* is a method of using breath and sensations in the physical body to help process and release emotions, trauma, pain and past experiences. Emotions are a physiological experience. “Feelings” happen in the body, not in the mind. When we place our attention on various places of sensation in the body, emotions and unresolved experiences tend to shift, process and metabolize. This technique of dislodging and releasing can be done seated and by simply focusing your attention and breath on sensations in the body in a particular way.
To amplify healing results, the body can be positioned in certain postures (available to all bodies regardless of flexibility, strength, or injury) that evoke sensations to be processed and released. Specific breathing and attentional strategies are used to enhance the healing effects resulting in more efficient and easeful processing. Not only does this lead to emotional relief and balance, oftentimes people also experience decreased physical pain and more overall mobility and comfort. Making this mind-body connection in an experiential way with my support helps you release old traumas and process life’s experiences as they happen rather than holding them in muscle memory.
Body Psychology helps you shake off what is ready to be released and move into a more comfortable, free and present version of yourself.
"Emotions are a physiological experience. You cannot think through emotions, you must feel them in the body. When you do, you gain a sense of peace, calm, clarity of thought and access to your Wisdom. "
- Dr. Bando
After an intake, I will take you through a series of poses designed for your unique body and treatment goals. Body Psychology sessions can be in-person or on-line. You will use props to help support your body into poses that I will demonstrate and verbally guide you through. (No special equipment is needed.) I will teach you specific breathing techniques to support your body’s ability to relax and release. As the session progresses, most people notice shifts or releases in the physical body, mind and/or emotions. When the sequence is complete, I will lead you through Integration, where you are guided to lie back, relax, absorb the effects of your practice and allow any needed insights to arise. Between session practices are assigned as appropriate.