esther m palmer

moved to heal

a trauma-sensitive movement practice podcast

about the podcast

Moved to Heal (MTH) is a podcast of trauma-sensitive movement practices offered as a resource for healing and recovery. 

The movement practices follow the foundational principles of Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) and as such may be a useful complement to talk therapy for survivors of complex trauma and treatment-resistant PTSD. 

MTH practices are designed to empower practitioners in their movement and in their bodies. Practices are taught using invitational language, offering choices for each movement, and inviting awareness of internal experience. 

how is MTH different from "regular" yoga?

Moved to Heal practice removes any emphasis on doing "postures" (referred to as forms) or movements in a certain or "correct" way. Instead, trauma-sensitive practices shift greater focus to the internal experience. Over time, participants can develop their ability to feel in their bodies, recognize their internal sensations, and use that knowledge as a resource for self-regulation.

Weekly episodes follow a consistent pattern:
  • welcome + what to expect
  • describe the movements included in the practice
  • guide listeners through the practice using TSY format:
  • offer choices
  • use invitational language
  • invite noticing of feeling and sensation
  • invite exploration when ready

Each month, I offer 3 different lengths of practice: 5, 10, or 15 movements based on 5 base forms. I work with a relatively small + "basic" library of forms and movements, in order to make the practice accessible without yoga familiarity.

who is MTH for?

Moved to Heal is for anyone who wants to build awareness of their own physical and internal experiences through movement. The practices are designed with survivors of complex trauma in mind, using foundational principles of trauma-sensitive yoga. Depending on where someone is in their recovery, MTH could be a resource they use independently or in conjunction with other therapeutic tools, including talk therapy. 

why a podcast?

The primary reason is that I love podcasts, so that was my vehicle of choice for sharing trauma-sensitive movement! There are a few other reasons I think a podcast is a handy way to access MTH classes:
  • one can listen to the practices in a casual way, which might be an easier entry point than an in-person class
  • can listen discretely with headphones
  • no visuals (which can be distracting or prescriptive even)
  • connection through voice
  • free resource anyone can access
  • episodes can be downloaded for later use without internet connection

do you offer in-person MTH classes?

Yes! I'm available to teach MTH trauma-sensitive movement or yoga practices, via zoom and in-person (space and safety measures permitting). Please email me for more information and/or to discuss bringing MTH to your clients.

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