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Exploring Body Image

Exploring Body Image

Form a positive relationship with the body using internal body resources through Art and Movement Therapy

Starts 18th Feb, 2023

4 sessions | Conducted every Saturday 10:30 AM

Small group, 6-8 people

75-minute online video conversations

Led by Aparna Ramkrishnan (Dance Movement Psychotherapist)

Program Fee - INR 2500 for India-based participants | INR 3500 for participants outside India

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Goals of the group

The goal of the group is to understand the concept of Body image from the Dance Movement Therapy lens. We will aim at offering a non-judgmental space to the participants to voice out their struggles with body image. From this we will together develop coping techniques to creatively try to form a positive relationship with the body using internal body resources with the help of art and movement as the main modalities.

Who is the group for?

This group is designed for anyone who has ever thought negatively about their physical appearance.

The group will help people of all ages and interests to better understand the impact of body image stereotypes. No matter where you are in your life or career, you’ll learn how to form a better relationship with your body, regardless of the external circumstances in your environment.

Glimpse of the regime

Session 1: Understanding Body image

• What is body image?
• What is body image to you?
• Introducing the body to movement through gentle warm ups, breathing exercies

Session 2: Hearing your voices

• Hearing your story in relation to the body
• Art work to draw out your experience with body images difficulties
• Expressing the art work through movement in a non-judgmental manner

Session 3: Internal body resources

• Looking at out body through the another lens of understanding our bodily resources
• Breath work as the main internal resource
• Relating to our cells, bones, muscles as internal bodily resources

Session 4: Re-visitng OUR body

• Having gained a new perspective of relating to the body using internal body resources, how can we now see our body
• Bring the art work from Session 2 and creating another art piece to show the new perspective
• Group check in

  • I felt energized and relieved. My group helped me think differently—and clear some hurdles—that I had in my mind.

    Manshi

    Body Image affects intimacy

  • Biggest benefit has been listening and learning about what other people are thinking

    Amish

    Bullied as an overweight person

  • I just had a very emotional discussion. It was probably one of the most helpful things for me in years.

    Angha

    PCOS led acne and hirsutism

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Meet your Facilitator

Aparna Ramkrishnan

Aparna Ramkrishnan is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist registered with The Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMPUK) and The Indian Association of Dance Movement Therapy India (IADMT). She has a Masters degree in Dance Movement psychotherapy from Goldsmiths, University of London. She also holds a Masters of Science in Medical Sociology from The University of Madras and a Post Diploma In Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. She is currently based in India where she is working with Parivarthan Counselling Centre in Bangalore and is also a core team member of the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (CMTAI)

Aparna works both with individuals and groups in a variety of community settings. For her, integrating mental health with the use of the body as a creative outlet helps bring a sense of oneness. In addition, she believes that each movement of the body is an adventure, where, with the support provided by the therapeutic relationship, one seeks to explore something new each time. She also holds a strong ethical outlook on creating a safe space of inclusivity and non-judgment.

FAQs

What are SoulUp Groups?

At SoulUp, you'll meet people who get what you're going through and might be living some of the same realities. People looking for extraordinary conversations, just like you.

✔️ Small group, 6-8 people

✔️ Every meeting led by a world-class facilitator

✔️ Weekly 75-minute online video sessions

What happens in a group session?

While the format can vary as per topic, here’s a flow that most sessions follow

Check In. Participants check-in with each others' feelings and answer the prompt given by the facilitator if any.

Conversation. Your facilitator will guide the group in a free-flowing conversation—with the goal of sharing openly, talking honestly, and deep emotional connection.

Check Out. Participants share what they're taking away from the session.

What am I going to get out of this?

Participants say that they feel heard, understood, more in control, and a feeling that you’ve got people rooting for you. By talking about your emotions and what's going on in your life, you'll realise that you're not alone and get ideas for how to improve your situation.

How long has SoulUp been around?

SoulUp was founded in Feb 2022 by Punita Mittal and Mahak Maheshwari - a team of IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay with more than 20 years of combined healthcare experience. SoulUp is redefining mental health through groups that are effective, but also fun, social, and challenging.

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