Body Rites A Holistic Healing and Embodiment Workbook for Black Survivors of Sexual Trauma

shena j young (Author); Aishah Shahidah Simmons (Foreword); Shyma El Sayed (Illustrator)


Publisher: Norton Professional Books
Format: Book
Binding: pb
Pages: 224
Released: November 14, 2023
ISBN-13: 9781324019831

Body Rites as a holistic healing journey, anchored in the practice of decolonizing healing and reclaiming body sovereignty, reaches back into indigenous roots and land-based healing. It centers remembering as a means of survival.

This workbook is the first of its kind: a resource of rituals divided into four healing journeys for Black women, femmes, and nonbinary survivors of sexual assault. The experiential workbook moves beyond prescriptive self-help models by providing a gentle guide and liaison to explore the impact of sexual trauma on the mind, body, heart, and spirit. It is an invitation to heal holistically, drawing upon psychophysiology, lived body wisdom, trauma-informed embodiment practices, kinship and ancestral connections, and African spiritual practices. Most urgently, this book is a series of intimate conversations with your “self”; and remembrance that healing lives at the core of your intuition.

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