Body Aware

Rediscover Your Mind-Body Connection, Stop Feeling Stuck, and Improve Your Mental Health with Simple Movement Practices

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Pub Date 09 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 25 May 2022

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An at-home mindful movement practice--cultivate resilience, dispel emotional blockages, and live your best life with the power of movement.


When we talk about movement, most of us think “exercise.” But the way we move our bodies--how we walk, roll, dance, stretch, connect, and take up space--is about so much more than physical fitness. Our movements impact our mental and emotional health...and when we change the way we move, we can change the way we live.

Licensed clinical professional counselor and board-certified dance and movement therapist Erica Hornthal--aka “The Therapist Who Moves You”--takes readers on a step-by-step journey, showing how a mindful movement practice can:
  • Help ease symptoms of depression
  • Build a greater sense of connection and intimacy with loved ones
  • Slow down thoughts to lessen anxiety and panic
  • Impact how--and what--we feel

  • Readers will learn to identify where they physically hold their emotions; understand and interpret their body’s unique language; explore bodily sensations; identify emotional blockages; and upgrade harmful thought cycles to patterns that instead foster resilience, emotional regulation, and productivity. With a chapter on disability and movement diversity, Hornthal’s guide is inclusive, non-prescriptive, and helps us each discover the kind of movement that works best for us.

    Broken into three sections, “How You Move,” “How Movement is a Catalyst for Change,” and “Transforming Your Life Through Movement,” Body Aware is a revelatory transformational practice and an easy-to-use introduction to the mind-body power of intentional movement.
    An at-home mindful movement practice--cultivate resilience, dispel emotional blockages, and live your best life with the power of movement.


    When we talk about movement, most of us think “exercise.”...

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    Advance Praise

    “Erica Hornthal is a longtime force as an advocate for the full recognition of movement practices into mainstream psychotherapy. As an inclusive ambassador for the healing power of dance and movement, Erica brings her vast experience into print form with Body Aware. I truly believe that everyone wanting to befriend or deepen their relationship with their bodies can benefit from working with this book. Written in accessible and friendly language, Erica will help you to see that dance is about much more than dance, and the healing journey involves much more than working with our rational minds.”

    —JAMIE MARICH, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500, founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and author of Trauma and the 12 Steps


    “Erica Hornthal, in this groundbreaking book, helps us appreciate the intersection of these insights: that changing the activity of the body facilitates larger personal changes. With an engaging blend of research, case studies, and practical exercises, she demonstrates that change can occur from bottom-up, and not only from top-down. For practicing mental health practitioners and their clients, this is a game-changer.”

    —BRETT N. STEENBARGER, PhD, teaching professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

     

    “Erica’s dance therapy brings peace and joy to your heart.”

    —MARC WEISSBLUTH, MD, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago

     

    “Erica Hornthal brilliantly illustrates that showing up in this life begins by Simply Be-ing in our bodies.”

    —JESSICA ZWEIG, CEO of SimplyBe agency and best-selling author 

     

    “Erica brings a deep knowledge of how we can better listen to what our own bodies are trying to tell us—and how movement can change how we feel and experience the world.”

    —JENNIFER STAHL, content director for DanceMedia and editor-in-chief of Dance magazine


    “Hornthal has written an incredibly thoughtful and wonderfully poignant book that is both refreshingly insightful and extremely practical. Full of action-based exercises and scientifically informed strategies for healing both the most subtle and most prominent of emotional scars, Body Aware is a must-read for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of just how strongly linked our minds and bodies are. A fascinating read from cover to cover.”

    —HELAINA HOVITZ REGAL, journalist and author of After 9/11


    Body Aware is just the prescription you need to reset your body’s state of alarm, resolve emotional and physical ‘dis-ease,’ and cultivate and maintain the healthy synergy between your body and mind.”

    —DR. RUSSELL KENNEDY, THE ANXIETY MD, author of The Anxiety Rx


    “Pick up Body Aware and find a new best friend, your own wild and wonderful moving self. Erica brings what is elusive to most—the power of moving with awareness—into all aspects of your life. You’ll feel enriched, encouraged, and gently challenged to expand your vitality and creativity with powerfully simple practices and shifts that bridge mind and body with new moves.”

    —KATHLYN HENDRICKS, PhD, BC-DMT, best-selling author of Conscious Loving 


    “Erica Hornthal, in her book Body Aware, has pointed us toward a fundamental truth—that movement forms the basis for change, well-being, and growth. Because movement permeates everything we do and are, it can help us not only physically, but also mentally, socially, and emotionally. Hornthal importantly shows us how to challenge our entrenched habits of being and doing through movement, seeing it as a catalyst for liberation from that which is entrenched within us. This book does not proscribe certain movements—it assists us in finding certain movements within us and leveraging them for our and the world’s transformation. Well done!”

    —CHRISTINE CALDWELL, PhD, LPC, BC-DMT, Professor Emeritus of Somatic Counseling Psychology, Naropa University


    Body Aware presents a unique perspective—from that of a dance/movement therapist—on the power of movement to enhance mental health and emotional resilience. Blending examples from her work with clients with a lively mosaic of options for personal practice, Erica Hornthal guides you through an introduction to befriending your body, and thus yourself, at a deeper level. With the many outer distractions of our multimedia world, this call inward provides a timely remedy for the soul.”

    —SUSAN BAUER, RSME/T, RSDE, MFA, founder of Embodiment in Education™ and author of The Embodied Teen


    “Erica places the body front and center in Body Aware, an ode to health and healing. Having gone on my own ride with my body as a gymnast, professional ballet dancer, and now body-language expert, Erica captures the power and imperative we all face by shining a light on what our bodies have to say. For anyone who feels their body has been relegated to the shadows and neglected, this book is a must-read.”

    —RACHEL COSSAR, CEO at Virtual Sapiens


    Body Aware is a brilliant, compassionate, thoroughly researched, deeply important book. If you have a body, I highly recommend you read it!”

    — REBECCA PACHECO, author of Still Life


    Body Aware intuitively reconnects you to the most important parts of yourself through the body. A treasure of knowledge and exploration awaits you every step of the way.”

    — AZIZI MARSHALL, founder and CEO of the Center for Creative Arts Therapy 

    “Erica Hornthal is a longtime force as an advocate for the full recognition of movement practices into mainstream psychotherapy. As an inclusive ambassador for the healing power of dance and...


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