Foreword by :Nicole Lepera PhD
Imprint:North Atlantic Books
Dimensions:8.98in x 6 x 0.62 in | 0.81 lb
Page Count:240 pages
FOREWORD BY NICOLE LAPERA, AKA THE HOLISTIC PSYCHOLOGIST: LePera is an alt-mental health powerhouse, with 4.1m followers on Instagram and an instant #1 NYT best-seller under her belt.
EXPERT AUTHOR: Hornthal is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a board-certified dance/movement therapist. She was recognized by Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement as a woman making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s, and was awarded the 2018 Global Excellence Award in the Alternative Medicine and Holistic Health Category from Global Health & Pharma.
WRITTEN FOR GENERAL AUDIENCE: While most books on dance and movement therapy are written for therapists, Hornthal writes for the client in general, accessible language.
APPEALING TO REMOTE WORKFORCE: In a post-pandemic world, remote work is more common—as are the aches and pains that come with work-from-home life. This book alleviates physical and emotional stiffness with an easy at-home mindful movement practice.
INCLUSIVE OF DISABILITY: Movement books often prescribe specific routines or motions that are inaccessible to people with disabilities. This book doesn’t ask readers to do specific types of motions, but to explore what’s possible for them. It offers several examples of dance/movement therapy sessions with chair-bound or elderly clients to show the versatility and accessibility of the practice.
BUILDS ON SOMATIC RESEARCH: Hornthal’s work is inspired by pioneering research in trauma and somatics, like Bessel van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score.
"Insightful and sensitive, this will delight the mindfulness crowd."
"If you have a body, I highly recommend you read this book."
—REBECCA PACHECO, author of Still Life
"If you are looking to heal, this is the book for you."
—DR. NICOLE LEPERA, PhD, author of How to Do the Work
"Hornthal ... helps us appreciate the intersection of these insights: that changing the activity of the body facilitates larger personal changes.... For practicing mental health practitioners and their clients, this is a game-changer."
—BRETT N. STEENBARGER, PhD, teaching professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, SUNY Upstate Medical University
"Erica brings a deep knowledge of how we can better listen to what our own bodies—and how movement can change how we feel and experience the world."
—JENNIFER STAHL, content director for DanceMedia and editor in chief of Dance magazine
"Written in accessible and friendly language, [this book] will help you to see that dance is about much more than dance, and the healing journey involves much more than working with our rational minds."
—JAMIEMARICH, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500, author of Trauma and the 12 Steps
"Erica’s dance therapy brings peace and joy to your heart."
—MARC WEISSBLUTH, MD, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine
"Erica Hornthal brilliantly illustrates that showing up in this life begins by Simply Be-ing in our bodies."
—JESSICA ZWEIG, CEO of SimplyBe agency and best-selling author
"Full of action-based exercises and scientifically informed strategies for healing both the most subtle and most prominent emotional scars.... A must-read."
—HELAINA HOVITZ REGAL, journalist and author of After 9/11
"The prescription you need to reset your body’s state of alarm, resolve emotional and physical 'dis-ease,' and maintain the healthy synergy between your body and mind."
—DR. RUSSELL KENNEDY, THE ANXIETY MD, author of The Anxiety Rx
"Pick up Body Aware and ... you’ll feel enriched, encouraged, and gently challenged to expand your vitality and creativity with powerfully simple practices that bridge mind and body with new moves."
—KATHLYN HENDRICKS, PhD, BC-DMT, best-selling author of Conscious Loving
"This book does not proscribe certain movements—it assists us in finding movements within us and leveraging them for our and the world’s transformation. Well done!"
—CHRISTINE CALDWELL, PhD, LPC, BC-DMT, Professor Emeritus of Somatic Counseling Psychology, Naropa University, and coauthor of Oppression and the Body
"This [book's] call inward provides a timely remedy for the soul."
—SUSAN BAUER, RSME/T, RSDE, MFA, founder of Embodiment in Education™ and author of The Embodied Teen
"For anyone who feels their body has been relegated to the shadows ... this book is a must-read."
—RACHEL COSSAR, CEO at Virtual Sapiens
"A treasure of knowledge and exploration."
—AZIZI MARSHALL, founder and CEO of the Center for Creative Arts Therapy