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Body Oriented Therapy

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The body is where anxiety and depression anchor.

By paying attention to its needs more closely, one learns how these moods are affected by changes in the body, and how to treat your body so that it doesn't make matters worse.

The body always gets the last word

In changing anxiety and depression, the body cannot be ignored: at the end of the day, the body always gets the last word. So, trying to make lasting change without giving attention to how depression and anxiety are anchored in the body is like replacing the walls and roof of a house without shoring up the foundation. Relapsing, in both cases, is virtually inevitable.

We'll emphasize three aspects of body: how thoughts and emotions feel in the body; the chemical deficiencies that underlie (but don't solely determine) depression and anxiety; and exercise, getting your body moving through space.

Treating your body as a friend

With depression and anxiety, the body is usually either ignored or seen as the source of pain. So, we'll explore how you can live in your body and forge with it a friendly relationship, as the struggle not to be "embodied" is part of what keeps the wild moods wild. We'll look at nutrition and appropriate exercise, possible medication or amino acid therapy (Julia Ross' work) under the care of a M.D. or naturopath.

Returning to the physical life is an essential piece in the work of transforming and overcoming anxiety and depression.