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Beyond Words Nonverbal Foundations of Embodied-Self-Experience and Connection

For all therapists.

Research shows that how we experience our bodies impacts how we process sensations and memories, and how we heal from traumatic events. Verbally-oriented therapists may wonder how to introduce embodied awareness into work with clients. Join Licia Sky and learn to follow the rhythms—of breath, heartbeat, footsteps, vocal expression, gesture, and conversation—and come into synchrony—attunement, alignment, proximity, safety, engagement, meaning making, and play. Explore exercises that guide attention to nonverbal awareness of physical sensations, orientation, attraction, and our split second impulses and unconscious choices about relevance and safety.

As therapists, we can use our own body awareness as a barometer to track the states of both our clients and ourselves within each session. Licia discusses and demonstrates how this awareness affects the therapeutic container—the safety and ability to be present with what emerges within the session. Based on the upcoming The Body Keeps the Score Workbook, this program offers an array of nonverbal, experiential exercises drawn from theater, guided focusing, dance, meditation, yoga, bodywork, and Embodied Voice.

Bessel van der Kolk joins the group for a session to discuss the neuroscience of embodied experience.

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Licia Sky, LMT, is a singer-songwriter, artist, musician, and intuitive bodywork therapist who fosters safe, transformative experiences through music, movement, and touch.

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Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is president of the Trauma Research Foundation in Boston and author of the New York Times best-seller The Body Keeps the Score.

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