“What I have come to learn is that depression and anxiety isn’t a fixed ‘hard-wire’ problem but an indication that something has gone deeply wrong. When I was growing up the science we were taught in school was that the brain was a fixed electrical system but now science shows us that the brain has the beautiful capacity to change through neuroplasticity. This gives me incredible hope for those who are struggling to find their way back into balance.”
Tracey J. Moon, LMBT (co-facilitator – Bodywork for Depression and Anxiety training)
Depression and anxiety has become an epidemic in our society with more people than ever seeking relief through both conventional and alternative methods. Trauma, loss, and the everyday challenges of daily life can create constriction and loss of connection in the physical and emotional body. From these big and small traumas, our body begins to form in a way that sets in fatigue, exhaustion, distress, difficulty focusing, irritability and physical pain.
The physical toll of depression and anxiety reveals itself in the body through tension, pain, misalignment and discomfort. In this course you will learn specific hands-on massage techniques that unwind targeted areas of the body that have been contracted, bringing more flow and movement into the structure. We will look at the science behind depression and anxiety, what is happening in the brain as well as the importance of understanding conventional treatments. We will explore emotional anatomy, including how the body is shaped by our thoughts, feelings and beliefs, and discuss how mindfulness practices can help free us from negative thought patterns. We will incorporate movement and grounding body-centered practices can help support a distressed emotional body system.
You will learn simple body-centered practices to help people feel more alive, connected and embodied through breath, bioenergetics, massage, compassionate presence and mindfulness techniques. Through these embodied practices you will discover the body’s innate ability to recalibrate, reset and restore to its natural flow, beyond depression and anxiety.
This hands-on and highly experiential class is intended for the bodywork practitioner to support clients in the healing of depression and anxiety however, this training is open to everyone interested in empowering massage and bodywork tools to help feel more vital in everyday life.