What if the secret to healthy aging has been inside of you all along? Find out in this enlightening guide to better aging through embodiment for women at midlife and beyond.
The new science of embodiment tells us that “body sense,” or interoceptive awareness, is a crucial factor for our well-being across the span of our lives. In this eye-opening and wide-ranging book, body image expert Dr. Susan Sands unpacks the research to make a bold call to aging women to find safe harbor from the ravages of age right where they strike the deepest — in the body. “How can we manage the losses of aging? Stop focusing on the ‘outside body’ that others see — the one you may think is too fat, too wrinkled, or too saggy — and move your attention to the ‘inside body’ that you sense and feel.”
With wise and humorous insight, Dr. Sands calls on case studies, personal stories, and scientific findings to help us rewrite the cultural beliefs that put us at odds with our own bodies. Powerful yet accessible embodiment tools such as meditation, yoga, breathing practices, and neural feedback techniques make this a practical as well as enlightening self-care manifesto for women at midlife and beyond.
“This book is not about trying to look fifty when you’re seventy or thirty when you’re fifty,” writes Dr. Sands. “It’s about forging a healthier relationship with your actual maturing body — a relationship of respect, appreciation, tenderness, and yes, even love.”
Susan Sands, PhD, is a clinical psychologist known for her trailblazing work in female development and body-based disorders. She incorporates Buddhist thought and meditative practices into her work with patients. A former journalist, she publishes and presents widely on the topic of eating disorders and body image, and is a core faculty member at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California in San Francisco.
Saul Rosenberg, PhD is a Clinical and Health Psychologist with an expertise in healthy aging. He is a retired Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF.
Susan Sands photo courtesy of Nan Phelps; Saul Rosenberg photo courtesy of Saul Rosenberg