Restorative Embodiment and Resilience




Alan Fogel

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31é pages
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A Guide to Disrupt Habits, Create Inner Peace, Deepen Relationships, and Feel Greater Presence

An expanded take on traditional Embodied Self-Awareness therapy, ideal for professionals in all areas of body-focused work, including yoga, Feldenkrais, and somatic psychotherapy.

Embodied Self-Awareness (ESA) is a somatic approach to mental health that combines touch and talk to connect thoughts, sensations and emotions as they arise within the body. In this book, author and psychologist Alan Fogel introduces restorative ESA, an expansion of traditional ESA. His approach incorporates three new and unique ESA states: Restorative, Modulated, and Dysregulated. We learn about their underlying neuroscience, as well as the many ways they impact our personal and professional lives.

According to Fogel, wellness is more than just the ability to regulate and tolerate emotions. Here, he shows us how to access a unique restorative state in order to heal the body, mind and spirit. Of equal importance is the body’s need to rest by shifting from a state of doing to allowing, from activation to receptivity, and from regulation to restoration. Using scientific research and everyday examples, Fogel highlights the critical components needed for feeling more alive, healing and recovering.

The practices described in this book are designed to help readers move from dysregulation to a more embodied experience, and are appropriate for all areas of body-focused work, including yoga, Feldenkrais, somatic psychotherapy, craniosacral therapy, body-mind centering, martial arts, massage and bodywork.

ADAPTATION OF A SUCCESSFUL ACADEMIC TITLE: Fogel has adapted the ideas expressed in his Body Sense: The Science and Practice of Embodied Self-Awareness (Norton, 2013) for a more general audience, as well as updating its research findings. That book has sold over 10,000 copies lifetime.

AUTHOR PLATFORM: The author’s Psychology Today blog has garnered 1,235,000 lifetime views, and averages over 15,000 views per month. (
EVIDENCE BASED RESEARCH: Data has shown that self-awareness therapies such as ESA assist the body to metabolize injury, illness, chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.

RESTORATIVE EXERCISES: Provides therapeutic exercises for those who find themselves feeling detached from traditional bodywork practices, thereby aiding the transition out of emotional dysregulation.


Alan Fogel

ALAN FOGEL, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Utah and has been an active contributor to research on emotional development in human relationships from infancy through adulthood. His books include Developing through Relationships (1993, Chicago), Infancy: Infant, Family, and Society, 6th edition (2014, Sloan), and Body Sense: The Science and Practice of Embodied Self-Awareness (2013, Norton). Fogel is also a licensed massage therapist, a Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner and Senior Teacher, and founding editor of the Rosen Method International Journal. He has a part-time practice in Embodied Self-Awareness Consulting and Rosen Method Bodywork. Further information and links to publications can be found at and at When not working, he finds restoration in gardening, singing and playing guitar, hiking and skiing in the mountains near his home in Salt Lake City, swimming and biking, and being with family and friends.
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