Mind Your Body
Summary: How can we use "body knowledge" into patterns of behaving, thinking, and feeling? Can we facilitate harmony within each individual and with society as a whole? Mind Your Body is a podcast that aims to inform listeners about the inner-workings of the human body as a vehicle for improved consciousness of thoughts and actions using principles and concepts from dance/movement therapy, the psychotherapeutic use of movement that furthers the emotional, physical, and intellectual integration of an individual. We will explore popular social, emotional, behavioral, and political topics from this perspective. Tune in and find out as your host, Orit Krug, shares her interviews with dance/movement therapists and other experts who have a unique perspective on the subject.
Attachment styles don’t have to bind us into a certain pattern in romantic relationships. Dee Wagner explains how different movement exercises can facilitate nervous system re-patterning that can transform the way you relate to your current lover or search for your future partner. Dee Wagner, LPC, BC-DMT, has worked as a counselor and dance/movement therapist at the Link Counseling Center in Atlanta for 24 years. She has presented workshops for The American Dance Therapy Association and Expressive Therapies Summit. NYC and LA. Her articles appear in American Journal of Dance Therapy; Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy; Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy (American Academy of Psychotherapists); Elephant Journal; Asana International Yoga Journal and International Coach Federation blog. She co-created the workbook Naked Online: a DoZen Ways to Grow from Internet Dating. Website: www.lustierlife.com
Link for donations – I’m open to receiving! Does the title of this blog post make you cringe a little? Does talking about salary with your boss, or payment with your clients make you feel uncomfortable? Up until a few weeks ago, I felt the same. If I were in your position, reading this post right now, I would’ve closed the tab already. I urge you to keep reading because I want to share how you can also reach more peace and comfort in regards to money. It may not be obvious if you have unhealthy relationship with money. I certainly didn’t think I did until I started my business. I brushed it off and convinced myself that feeling awkward about money was common (it is). But we have the capacity to change that. I recently had an epiphany about my relationship with money. First, let me be honest. I had a distance reiki session last week focusing ON money and I think it sparked this new revelation. I don’t know if it “worked” but the simple act of spending my money on it probably helped because I made this issue a priority. I don’t think my reiki session sparked a miraculous change as I’ve been digging deeper about my money problems for a few months now. I grew up with a very hard-working father who was emotionally absent but provided us a lot of financial stability. I got mixed messages about our money status. My mom always said “we’re not rich” but my friends who’d come to my childhood home would say, “OMG you’re rich!” Whatever we were, we definitely lived comfortably and had the privilege to spend. I knew this because my mom would take me on the best shopping sprees and we had a pool in our backyard. Those were my standards of measurement as a kid anyway. I have a really vivid memory of one of our shopping sprees in my preteens. I really wanted to buy something and my mom said I couldn’t have it. I got so mad, I pushed a clothing rack so hard that it made a domino effect with at least 10 other racks. That was one of the most shameful moments of my life. Looking back on this moment, I realize that I felt entitled to have money and spend it on what I wanted. I think my mom had the same realization and started putting more limits on spending for me. Not in a punishable way, but in a way that would provide me a healthier relationship to material things. When my mom said no to “lending” me cash, my dad said yes. I continued to receive mixed messages about money, but I became much more conservative in the last 15 years. I mostly spend on what I really need and I refuse to pay for overpriced items, which I thought was a healthy quality, but now that I’m reflecting, I think it fueled my entitlement to money. It’s not wrong to feel entitled to money, but it’s given me a false sense of power over every penny. Being overprotective of my money brings up anxiety around the subject, for fear I could lose this power at any moment. Coming from a place of fear, I’m less likely to attract or welcome more financial abundance in my life. When I’m selling a service and feel preoccupied about “Will I make the sale? Will I get the income I need?” My prospective clients will feel that. They’re more likely to subconsciously think “Maybe she doesn’t believe in the value of her service… I’ll pass.” I DO believe in the value of my services but when I feel entitled to money, there’s a part of me saying “You should pay me. I deserve your money.” That’s certainly not the hidden message I want to communicate. I want to empower my clients to make themselves a valuable priority for self-care and a peaceful, meaningful life. I want to sell my serv
Pavitra Gurumurthi grew up in India and at twenty-two years moved to New Zealand on her own to make something of her life. Little did she realise at the time, that the relocation would not only initiate a transformation of external factors but radically change her outlook on the true meaning of belonging, connection and having a sense of identity. One of her biggest challenges was dealing with the feeling of separation and isolation, the most primal of them all. Through her own life experience, she has come to realise that all transitions in life be it mental, emotional or physical, is a process of giving birth to a whole new perspective on who you are, what your purpose is and how your presence is vital in sustaining the world we live in. Each transition teaches you to get comfortable with the process of letting go, welcoming a level of death so that you can connect with the eternal death-less part of you. As a Transition Mentor, Pavitra is passionate about mentoring and inspiring expat women unsure about their place in the world to navigate a new landscape and create a confident sense of belonging and connection. Pavitra currently lives in Melbourne, Australia and continues to share her passion for life, her joy for bringing people together and inspiring a little bit of magic in everyone she meets. Website: https://www.pavitraguru.com/ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pavitra.transitionmentor/ Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/pavitra.transitionmentor/ Visit Orit Krug’s FB page for exciting content and offers!
Please enjoy the audio recording of Orit Krug’s Facebook Live from 4/19/18: [0:00] 3 ways you can incorporate movement into your personal and professional practice to flow through mindset & emotional blocks [10:30] How I teach you my movement techniques in Conquer Your Goals online workshop with a free session added if you enroll in 48 hours! [17:26] Guided movement experience tuning into your body and following your natural instincts to move [25:49] Summary and goodbyes Conact me to get your free 60 minute support session with enrollment!
Orit Krug gives her best tips about how to start a group session, class or workshop. She talks about laying the groundwork for creating a safe space so that your session can progress with as much depth and flow as possible. Some topics include the best way to greet your clients and what to do when the energy in the room throws you off guard. Catch Orit’s Facebook Live this Thursday, 7pm Eastern time US Enroll in Conquer Your Goals Workshop or simply click for more info
Finally Conquer Your Goals Online Workshop – April registration now open! Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D., BC-DMT*, is an evolutionary catalyst and freelance mentor who has been a pioneer in the field of body intelligence and conscious loving for over forty years. Katie has an international reputation as a presenter and seminar leader, bodifying the core skills of conscious living–authenticity, response-ability and appreciation–with conscious enthusiasts from many fields. She is the co-author of twelve books, including the best-selling Conscious Loving, At The Speed of Life and Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationship at Midlife and Beyond. Katie has been a successful entrepreneur for over forty years. She specializes in turning concepts such as commitment into felt experience and igniting new actions that emerge from the inside out. Her unique coaching and leadership programs have generated hundreds of body intelligence and relationship coaches in the U.S. and Europe. She co-founded the Spiritual Cinema Circle and the virtual Body Intelligence Summit. Katie has appeared on over 500 radio and television programs and traveled well over one million air miles as the ambassador for the work that she and her husband Gay Hendricks have developed. • Kathlyn earned a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and has been a Board Certified-Dance/Movement Therapist of the American Dance Therapy Association since 1975.
My least favorite part about running groups with children and teenagers is setting rules. I actually like to call them guidelines. The word rules is so overused in treatment and school settings, I figure they might be more inclined to listen if I call them something different. Call them what I want, they’re still rules, and I dread talking about them. I think it’s because I’m feeling some of their dread about hearing them and it also makes me feel like a classroom teacher vs. a therapist. Group rules are necessary because they help contain the space and keep everyone safe. While some people might not like hearing about them, rules create security for everyone. This is has been a hot topic of discussion in supervision for my students and employees. Rules are essential for a smooth group process, but it feels like they either don’t care to listen to them or, if they do listen, they disregard them. How can we make rule-setting a more enticing process for participants? Today, my student and I tried something new that worked really well with the children. After my student explained what to expect from the group, I announced that it was time to talk about the guidelines. I was holding a bright orange soft ball in my hand. One person immediately responded, “We already know the rules!” I said, “Great! you can help us explain them to anyone who doesn’t know.” I set the first rule: “It’s only your turn to speak when you have the orange ball. If you don’t have the orange ball, you are watching and listening only.” Then I asked them to raise their hands if they wanted to share another guideline that would help them feel safe in the group. A LOT OF HANDS WENT UP! Okay, maybe some of them raised their hands because they just really wanted to catch and hold the ball, but only 1 person said “I don’t have one, I just wanted the ball.” Everyone else came up with something. “No pegging the ball.” “If you don’t have something nice to say to someone, don’t say it at all.” “Only one person talking at a time.” “No running out the door.” Once I repeated all of them together, I said, “If you agree to these guidelines, give us a thumbs up and keep it there so I can see them all.” I then made eye contact with all of them and acknowledged that everyone’s thumbs went up. This was fun. This was an exciting way to set rules and hold them accountable. I didn’t feel like a school teacher. I felt like a therapist empowering them to set healthy goals for themselves and each other. The most exciting part was that throughout the rest of the group, they referred back to the rules if anyone was breaking them. They asked me, “Didn’t we set a rule for that?” I said “Yes!” and then reinforced the guideline currently being broken. It felt pretty great that I wasn’t the only one feeling passionate about the rules. Usually I’m the only one reinforcing them throughout session. The accountability piece also had a different feel to it. A lot of times, they call each other out in an unhealthy way, with curse words, blaming, and the works. Today, it was more like, “Hey, remember our agreement?” They didn’t use those exact words, but it was all healthy and civil. Have you felt a similar dread, disregard, or inadequacy with rule-setting? If you have your own successful experiences, please leave a comment and share them! I’d love to hear about it.
Orit Krug’s Facebook Page: Join me for live guided movement explorations! After a 20 year career selling advertising for fancy pants magazines and websites, Tracy White had a health crisis that lead her on a healing journey to save her life. White catapulted that journey into the badasscancerbabe platform to help others. She rededicated her life to helping cancer patients find hope and provide a cautionary tale to stressed-out parents. She lives in Valley Cottage, NY with my husband and 10 y.o. son. When she’s not being a badass, she loves to cook, knit, read, hike, ride my bike and play with her family. URL: badasscancerbabe.com Instagram: Tracygwhite Twitter: Tracygwhite
Orit Krug’s Facebook Page: Join me for live guided movement explorations! Maria shares her fascinating experience of pioneering Dance/Movement Therapy in Post-Conflict Colombia. Maria Andrea Garcia (SrDMP) works as a Psychologist, Dance/Movement Psychotherapist, higher and further education teacher, and consultant in psychosocial projects in Bogotá, Colombia. Her almost 20 year experience has strengthened her theoretically and practically in multicultural environments (UK and Colombia). In 2013, she moved back to Bogotá to pioneer Dance/Movement Therapy in the country. She describes her arrival, as “landing in the wound of Colombia”, and her purpose is to introduce DMT as a needed approach to address the needs of a healing country. On the context of a peace process, she´s been working with victim population and with operators who work with the victim population from a psychosocial perspective. Maria teaches Arts Therapies in main Universities in the country, has her own private practice, and is developing the first Diploma on Dance/Movement Therapy in Bogotá. Contact Maria at email@example.com or +573134068931
Leah describes her fascinating, yet simple self-healing technique for pain relief. Her technique teaches people how to unravel layers of pain that exist in different parts of the body. Leah Foley is a medical intuitive and intuitive healer/coach. She studied a range of bodywork and energy healing modalities, including Kinesiology, Lomi Lomi massage and Pellowah – and loved her training and clients, however, also felt an unexplainable dissatisfaction. She also was trained and accredited in an intuitive-based transformational teaching course, and after a series of events, was led to developing her own form of medical intuition. She eventually put her healing work to the side and invested her time in providing medical intuition services, until another series of events led her to discover a deceptively simple self-healing technique for pain relief like none she’d learnt before. Leah hopes to continue to be guided by intuition to develop and discover new fresh ways to relate to our bodies, health and healing. Visit her page for more information. Mind/Body Masterminds Blog Posts
Heather creates hours-long grief rituals to help people engage their bodies & all their senses in mourning. Listen to fascinating stories about how she tailors these rituals to each person and their specific needs. This episode highlights the importance of grieving our own losses in more meaningful and ritualistic ways. Visit www.mindyourbodydmt.com Heather Stringer is a therapist, artist, and ritual maker. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA. She completed her M.A. in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and received a BFA in painting from Columbia College. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Jay and her two kids, Amos and Iona. She believes that when we are intentional about engaging our bodies, memories, and communities (both spiritual and earthly), a softening and opening for healing and change are possible. We are meant to be witnessed and to witness one another in our memories, stories and our bodies in order to transform how we love ourselves and those around us. Heather’s work in any medium involves intuitive listening, prayer, and curating mutual creativity. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.wearetemples.com
Resources: Click here to join my online community for dance therapists, body-centered healers, and movement-inspired individuals Click here for Conquer Your Goals E-Course When I decided to become a dance therapist, I was filled with so much excitement. I was so certain I was destined for this path that I didn’t even think about the challenges ahead. I had a sense that being a psychotherapist was “hard.” In 2009, 1 year before I started my dance/movement therapy (DMT) training, I randomly met a woman in the Bahamas. She told me she was a therapist but she changed paths. “It was too intense for me. I couldn’t handle it anymore,” she said. I specifically remember thinking, “oh I was made for this, that won’t be me.” I don’t think I’m invincible and I absolutely haven’t been through this journey. I just thought everything would work out with ease and flow. I was wrong. My path to becoming a dance therapist has been extremely challenging and transformative in many ways. Within the first few months of my DMT training, everything from my past caught up to me. The flood gates officially opened. I had frequent crying spells and I couldn’t avoid it anymore: it was time to see a therapist. I was getting by “just fine” before. I had ups and downs and I was moody, but who isn’t? At least that’s what I’d told myself. Yeah, I was getting by. That was it. I was doing good enough but any disappointment easily brought me down. Way down. And hey, when you’re 20-something living in New York City, single, with unstable friendships, it doesn’t take much to feel defeated. Going through the process of becoming a DMT made me question everything I knew about myself. I was shocked by the information I discovered through my body and movement. For instance, I had myself convinced that I was assertive and direct, but when it came to leading my DMT sessions, I had a really hard time setting firm boundaries. I would feel a rush of anxiety that turned into sweat and tension so intense that I couldn’t use my voice. I lost my power to speak. My training pushed me way out of my comfort zone, but it also helped me grow into a person I love and accept much more today. It took me at least 5 more years to become truly comfortable with setting limits as a therapist. I had to gain confidence in myself. I needed to feel secure enough not to take it personally whenever someone pushed back. I’d be lying if I said that I became settled in my therapist role after I conquered those early challenges. In my young stages, I constantly struggled with my identity as a therapist. I learned from so many different people with varying approaches. I questioned, what was the “right” thing to do? What if I do the “wrong” thing and everyone thinks I’m a horrible therapist? It took years of practice to realize that the right approach for me was just a matter of trusting what felt right in my body. Now, I feel confident in my therapeutic framework and ability to adapt to a large variety of populations & settings. If someone disagrees with my approach, I have an open discussion sharing different perspectives, but I stay firm with my particular values as a therapist. When I became the Director of Creative Arts Therapies at a psychiatric hospital, I struggled again with my identity. They called me a manager. A leader. My DMT title didn’t seem as important to the others, but it prompted me to embrace that title even more. When I meet new people who ask me what I do, I say, “I’m a dance/movement therapist” and my husband
E-Course Giveaway is finished. Contact me for a spot in my Conquer Your Goals Online Course Jane explains the hierarchical nature of the autonomic nervous system to shed light on how we can best help our clients stay in their window of tolerance through a therapeutic process. The window of tolerance for each individual is the neurobiological “comfort zone” marked by emotional regulation – a balanced state of calm and alertness in which one is able to make thoughtful decisions and socially connect. Jane Clapp is feminist embodied resilience expert, movement expert and educator and trauma recovery specialist. While it is widely accepted that mindfulness is necessary to shape the body, she asserts that the body is one of the most powerful alchemic tools for shaping the mind. She created the Movement for Trauma professional certification program that draws experts from a wide range of backgrounds wishing to work from a neurobiological intelligent and embodied paradigm. She also created Recover Your Warrior, an embodied resilience webinar program for people living with the effects of traumatic and toxic stress. Jane is both an entrepreneur and change maker and has coached more than 1000 clients to improve emotional and nervous system regulation, positively shift neuroplasticity and regulate the physiological impact of traumatic stress. She is a a key note speaker, internationally published author, media expert and communicator working with an anti-oppresive and biopsychosocial lens. Jane believes health is a political matter, extending beyond our own flesh and bones and into the way we build community, engage in culture and express our highest self in relationship to others. She offers mindful movement for traumatic stress workshops at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture after completing their year long certificate program. As co-founder of Traumatic Informed Practitioners, she is helping to pave the way to set minimum standards for qualification as trauma informed in a variety of health fields and to create a better resourced community for people working with trauma. Jane is also a member of the Breathe Network, an organization connecting sexual violence survivors with trauma informed healing arts practitioners.
Music plays such an important role in dance/movement therapy & movement-based healing sessions. Music can support or block the flow of our work. In this episode, you’ll learn what kinds of music are best to use with different client populations and therapeutic scenarios. You’ll also hear why it’s sometimes best not to use music at all. E-Course Giveaway is finished. You can purchase the course by clicking here (this course is designed for everyone & anyone! – curious individual, aspiring movement healer, new DMT, seasoned professional, etc- no previous experience with movement is necessary)
Jenny discusses why it’s so important to tune into our bodies to recover from trauma. In this episode you’ll hear tips and research supporting why we cannot neglect the body in trauma work. Jenny is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She works out of her private practice in Seattle, Washington where she offers individual counseling. She specializes in treating adults working through complex trauma. as a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher Jenny offers a somatic, mindfulness, and attachment based approach to therapy. She also has worked for nearly ten years researching and developing a therapeutic dance project in Northern Uganda. To learn more about her work visit her website at www.indwellcounseling.com