I read The Body Remembers as a layperson, curious about how emotions are related to the physical body.
Before reading, my only exposure to body awareness had been through meditative practices. It has been an illuminating experience to learn about the mind and body from this trauma therapeutic perspective. It has given me a stronger western theoretical foundation and vocabulary in understanding myself and my close friends and relatives who have experienced traumas.
I particularly appreciated Ch 3 on somatic memory. It surveys the history or mind-body studies and sets up a framework for understanding emotions as bodily sensations (affect), conscious experience (feeling), and memories. This framework is used to understand how trauma can be remembered in the physical body.
I also appreciated Ch 6: The Body as Resource. It offered practices to bring awareness into the body that I found myself doing as I read the book.
Rothschild does a fantastic job at presenting this material with enough background for a general audience. It was a pleasure to read, yet also had the academic rigor and pragmatic advice of a practitioner in the field.
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: *Norton agency titles; 1 edition (17 October 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393703274
- ISBN-13: 978-0393703276
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.3 x 24.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
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