Healing the Relationship with Our Bodies

“When we have sensory mismatch in the paradigm of body dysmorphia, we’re talking about mismatch being communicated between the visual system and the interoceptive system. They are not integrating and they’re saying two different things. And the way that the brain works is we don’t see what’s really there in front of us, but we see what our brain projects. Our brain projects into our awareness what we think we should see, not what’s actually there.” 

  • Jennifer Wallace, Trauma Rewired Co-host, Neuro Somatic Psychedelic Preparation and Integration Guide and Junior Educator with Neuro Somatic Intelligence Coaching Certification

Welcome to Part 2 of Season 3! We’re going even deeper into relationship from a Neuro Somatic perspective. This week we’re taking a deep dive into the relationship we have with our bodies. We explore the layered relationship between trauma, body image, and overall well-being. We talk about the importance of understanding and improving our connection with our bodies, especially in the context of complex trauma and disordered relationships with food.

We also discuss how societal structures, diet culture, and personal experiences contribute to a disconnection from the body. We highlight the impact of adverse relationships with the body on mental health, limiting beliefs, and overall life satisfaction.

From a Neuro Somatic perspective, we discuss the role of sensory inputs, interoception, exteroception and body image in shaping our perceptions. The conversation touches upon the physical, emotional, and belief components of body image and how even high-performing individuals can struggle with dysfunctional relationships with their bodies.

Of course, we share our personal experiences with body image, body dysmorphia, and the impact on their relationships with our bodies. It’s real talk about our complex relationship with our bodies; the dissociation, shame, anger, limiting beliefs, emotional processing, chronic stress, embodiment and Presence. 

Learn about the importance of bridging cognitive and somatic aspects to encourage a more compassionate and kinder approach to one’s body.

We stress the significance of retraining the relationship with the body, promoting a shift from punishment to joy in movement, cultivating a positive relationship with food, and challenging societal myths about aging and body image.

Tune in to hear how to have a more compassionate and tuned-in relationship with your body!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • How we develop our body image
  • Interoceptive awareness and our ability to connect to the body
  • The connection between trauma and the relationship to the body
  • Understanding body dysmorphia and dissociation
  • Sensory mismatch in relation to body dysmorphia
  • The emotional aspect of the relationship to the body
  • Building a healthier relationship to the body

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