Body, Breath, and Consciousness: A Somatics Anthology by Ian Macnaughton

By Ian Macnaughton

The forces that boost the self—somatic, emotional, psychological, interpersonal, social, and spiritual—must all be thought of by means of therapists in treating any sufferer. every one article during this very important anthology offers in a roundabout way with those a variety of parts. The writing is targeted at the body-mind connection, exploring the practices and theories of this well known department of psychology. themes comprise the importance of family members structures; facing trauma and surprise in remedy; and the significance of respiring, providing necessary insights for the coed and practitioner alike. participants comprise Marianne Bentzen, a coach in Somatic Developmental Psychology; Peter Bernhardt, a professor of psychology; and Peter A. Levine, writer of Waking the Tiger.

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