Give Loose to Mirth by CM, pastel on Fabriano paper, 12″ x 18″, 2014
“It’s funny where you end up in a Bodyscapes session. Looking in the dictionary takes you on a trip from disorder to riot to brilliant display. Before, I never would have thought of my debilitating migraine pain as a brilliant display. My client has migraines 15 times per month. The severe pain lasts between 24-36 hours. It is hard for her to live in the present moment, not anticipating the threat of a future migraine. She feels there is no meaning or purpose gained from living with her migraines. Continue reading
Untitled by Laura K, Pastel on Fabriano paper, 12″ x 18″, 2014
When I work with a client living with depression, I know the words my client and I will define in the dictionary will be words I know too well. Depression and liver damage were the two conditions for which I created The Bodyscapes Technique.
“I was in therapy for three years. I learned some good things. But, I still have depression. I thought I would try something new.” My client reminded me of my own tenacious spirit to continue to seek ways to understand more fully living with depression. So, we started. Anxiety, depression, stomach and scared.
Untitled by Program Participant, Pastel on Fabriano paper, 12″ x 18″, 2014
“I want my heart to leap with joy again. I am starting to feel like laughing. Before, I only half laughed.” Grief, loss and sorrow can explain how one feels after they loose a loved one. After four years of mourning, the words grief, loss and sorrow may not show a wideness of expression anymore. They remain too small, too single focused and too connected to the initial loss. My client is now at a point in her grieving process, four years, to search for new words which will more aptly define and describe her current state of bereavement. The Bodyscapes Technique offered her an opportunity to use expressive art therapy to search the wideness of language to re-define how she feels today. The self-healing which comes through The Bodyscapes Technique, comes in unexpected ways. On the morning of the session, my client woke with a pain she never had before, a pain in her left foot.