Eating Disorder Recovery
Joanna Poppink, MFT
Eating Disorder Recovery Psychotherapist
serving Arizona, California, Florida, Oregon and Utah.
All appointments are virtual.

If you suffer from an eating disorder now or have in the past, please email Joanna for a free telephone consultation.

I shouldn't be shocked that you picked this topic to write about today as I don't believe in coincidences. For the past 5 months I've been doing Nia (dance) for the sole purpose of connecting and appreciating my body. Sunday I struggled as my left side felt awkward and I felt disconnected. To stop any negative self-talk, I took a bubble bath but this time I did a “mindful bath” using my Nia skills. I started with my toes and worked my way up my body. I held each part of myself, thought about all it does for me, thanked it, and pampered it. I didn't allow any negative thoughts or judgements about how it looked. By the time I was at the top of my head I was in tears because of all the feelings of gratitude. My body has healed from the damage I've done to it and it keeps giving back to me; I have to keep it healthy!! You're correct, it's very hard to hurt something as wonderful as your body! The more I can appreciate my physical body, the more compassion I feel towards myself as a whole. Thank you so much for this blog!!!!

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