What is Embodied Recovery?

Eating disorders are complex, multi-layered and pernicious. And yet, even the best evidenced-based interventions currently available have limited long-term outcomes. Ironically, the body, the very stage where the war is waged, may be the missing link to effective treatment for eating disorders.

EMBODIED RECOVERY was designed to support a paradigm shift that is emerging in the field of eating disorders. Current bio-psycho-social models of eating disorder treatment have narrowly defined the body’s role to include genetic predisposition and resourcing the body through re-feeding and psychopharmacology.

Our somato-psycho-social model expands the role of the body to include anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, movement, and posture. EMBODIED RECOVERY core principles facilitate the intersection between somatic organization, subjective experience of self, and basic human needs for attachment and defense.

EMBODIED RECOVERY model:

  1. Shifting from bio-psycho-social model to somato-psycho-social model.
  2. Directly resourcing the body so that it becomes a resource in recovery rather than an obstacle to recovery.
  3. Collaborate with the body at the physiological level to support the infrastructures that govern emotional regulation, memory, and sustained healing.  
  4. Shifting the focus from what people with eating disorders are saying about their bodies to what their bodies are saying about what it means to be alive (defense structures) and what they need to thrive (attachment system).
  5. Redefining recovery as an experience of embodiment rather than the absence or reduction of eating disorder symptoms.

Embodied Recovery Institute offers workshops, professional trainings, and clinical services designed to bridge the gap between traditional models of treatment and cutting-edge somatic approaches.