Y’all know by know that we believe Body Trust® is a birthright. We are born embodied beings, feeling at home in or at one with the body. Somewhere along the way, this comfort and connection with the body is disrupted.
We are habituated to leave the body.
We are all socialized in this culture of domination, learning what bodies are prioritized over others. Whose bodies matter and whose don’t.
Many of us are indoctrinated into a mechanistic way of thinking about the body before we are old enough to consent. As we age, we spend more time thinking about the body than being in the body. We believe the body must be tightly controlled, that thin = healthy, that one meal or day of eating has the power to heal or kill us, and that all we have to do is get this calories in vs out equation right. This is an inauthentic and unsustainable way to occupy a body.
In our TED talk, we posed the question: “When did you learn fat bodies were, or your own body was, a problem?” The majority of the clients we’ve worked with say before the age of 10 from a family member or physician. This moment is the birthplace of body shame and the adoption of a lifelong body project.
Body Trust is a radical revisioning of what it means to occupy and care for a body in a culture of body terrorism. One of the Core Elements of a Body Trust Practice is to explore, name and reclaim your body story. In this video, Dana talks about what disrupts body trust, the reckoning that ensues as we understand how we lost trust with our bodies, and offers questions for you to explore, name and reclaim your body story.
We hope you are finding the videos in our last few blogs helpful to your healing process.