Heal the Body, Heal the Mind: A Somatic Approach to Moving Beyond Trauma
Traumatic events can leave mental and physical scars--but these scars don't have to define you. Heal the Body, Heal the Mind takes trauma survivors on a supportive and healing journey toward well-being. By practicing the somatic exercises and mind-body interventions in this compassionate guide, you'll learn to move past difficult experiences, restore relationships, and cultivate spiritual awareness.
When trauma occurs, the logical mind is hijacked and physiology takes over in an effort to protect you. This leaves an imprint--your body wants to ensure that nothing like that will ever happen again. Being reminded of a traumatic event can trigger these automatic responses, leaving you feeling paralyzed or unable to take action. This book will help you understand why and how unresolved trauma can infiltrate all aspects of your life, including your mind and body--even when you're not aware of its influence.
With Heal the Body, Heal the Mind as a gentle guide, you'll learn about different types of trauma, find helpful assessments, and discover how traumatic experiences--even childhood and incidental traumas--can affect all aspects of your life: your relationship choices, the roles you play in them, your sense of pleasure and desire, and how you approach your career, spirituality, and interactions with others.
Using the combination of mind-body interventions, cognitive behavioral theories, research, case studies, and exercises woven into each chapter of this warm-hearted, relatable book, you'll begin to address the unresolved trauma held in your body and advance your healing process. So, if you're ready to move beyond the trauma that's been holding you back in your relationships, at work, and in your spiritual practice, this guide will show you how.
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--Peter A. Levine, PhD, author of Waking the Tiger and In an Unspoken Voice--Peter A. Levine, PhD
"This groundbreaking book offers understanding and healing to anyone who has suffered any trauma in their lifetime. It is a source of wisdom, empowering readers to break through limitations and achieve their highest potential. I highly recommend it to all who seek greater awareness and an ever more fulfilling life."
--Patricia Evans, author of The Verbally Abusive Relationship--Patricia Evans
"In Heal the Body, Heal the Mind, author Susanne Babbel has done a magnificent job explaining the difficult and complex topic of trauma in terms that are easy to understand. The practical solutions she offers stand up to real-life circumstances. Well done!"
--Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, author of Reclaiming Your Body and Full Body Presence--Suzanne Scurlock-Durana
"Trauma leaves its traces deep within the emotional brain, generating intrusive feelings of anxiety and helplessness. Heal the Body, Heal the Mind is a comprehensive, effective guidebook that takes victims of trauma along a path of deep recovery, allowing them to bring emotional, spiritual, and cognitive energy directly to the source of their wounds."
--Susan Anderson, author of The Abandonment Recovery Workbook and Taming Your Outer Child--Susan Anderson
"Susanne Babbel offers an admirably comprehensive, readable, and practical guide to recognizing the various forms of trauma and how to heal from it so that our lives can move forward. Through her deep insights, gentle guidance, and helpful exercises, this book offers a pathway to reconnecting with ourselves and moving toward a more joyful and meaningful life. I highly recommend this book."
--John Amodeo, PhD, author of Dancing with Fire and Love and Betrayal --John Amodeo, PhD