Below the Neck: Body as Path to Personal Growth & Transformation

Video with audio-only experientials
2 hours 38 minutes



Topics: Mind & Body, Myth & Fairy Tale, Self-Psychology

Below the Neck: Body as Path to Personal Growth & Transformation

Jung wrote, “The psyche and body are not separate entities, but one and the same life.” Yet one of our culture’s stories is that most of the important action of our lives takes place in our heads.  Frequently, we see the body as something ‘other’, something foreign that ‘does its thing’ or alternately, as a slave to do our bidding. Living in the head can enable values that seek control disconnected from the “messy sensations of the world”. Yet, the field of trauma therapy now recognizes that ‘the body knows the score’ of all that has happened to us’ and holds the keys to transformation and emotional change.  This ‘other’, when neglected, speaks in symptoms. In this interactive and experiential workshop, we will encounter our bodies and learn to ‘tune in’ to its sensations and symptoms, moving deeply into and through our emotional landscapes.  We will engage our bodies with physical movement, creative expression, active imagination and fairy tales to learn to live more fully in and with our body and its wisdom.

NOTE: This seminar is both lecture and experiential. The structure is one experiential, an hour of lecture, and a second experiential followed by discussion. The lecture portion is available in video, and the PowerPoint is included as a PDF in the download, as well as a poem that Amy gave as a handout. The experiential portions are audio only. The entire course is also included as a single audio file.


Learning objectives

This presentation is designed to help participants:
1)    Observe and work with physical sensations as a way to access and release emotions.
2)    Learn a technique for using the body and its sensations as a method for reducing anxiety.
3)    Summarize one or two fairy tales that focus on the relationship between body and mind.
4)    Apply a variety of body-based practices to daily living.

Recommended Reading and Viewing
•    Levine, Peter, In an Unspoken Voice:  How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness
•    Estes, C. P., Women who Run With the Wolves, chapter 7, “Joyous Body”
•    Shepherd, Philip, New Self, New World: Recovering our senses in the twenty-first century
•    Monte, C., “The Body and Movement in Analysis”, in Stein, M., ed., Jungian Psychoanalysis
•    Keleman, S., Emotional Anatomy and Your Body Speaks Its Mind
•    DVD – Woodman, Marion; Dancing in the Flames

Amy Sprague Champeau, MS, LMFT, is a Jungian psychoanalyst and licensed marriage and family therapist.  She is currently a staff therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.  She is a certified level II provider of TRE (trauma releasing exercises), is a certified practitioner of Integral Bodywork, has taught intuitive painting for many years, and is a long-time practitioner of Zen meditation.

© 2015 Amy Sprague Champeau
℗ 2015 CG Jung Institute of Chicago


Champeau, Amy

Amy Champeau, LMFT, MFA is a Jungian psychoanalyst, somatic psychotherapist, practitioner of Integral Bodywork®, grandmother, and long-time student in Zen meditation. She currently trains in Zen under her teacher, Kyoen Honda Roshi of the Chozen-Ji International Zen Monastery based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Inspired by her deep need for healing from significant trauma, Amy has spent decades studying a wide range of healing modalities that combine western psychotherapy, bodywork, trauma release methods, Zen training, and creative expression. As a guide and companion, Amy utilizes all the tools of her training to help people discover who they truly are. She recognizes the courage and commitment it takes to walk a path of transformation and seeks to encourage, support, nurture, and facilitate the process of diving “beneath the surface” to discover a “deeper” place within, releasing the obstacles to accepting oneself as one really is, “warts and all.” This acceptance can lead to the possibility of living life with emotional fullness and authenticity, moment by moment. Education Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Antioch University, 2020 Diplomate Jungian Analyst - C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago, 2012 Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy - Northwestern University, 1994 Post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy - The Family Institute, 1994 B.A., Humanities - University of Wisconsin, Parkside - 1991 Additional Certifications Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Certified Practitioner, Integral Bodywork® Practitioner, EMDR Certified Provider, TRE - Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises Founder, Moment-to-Moment Intuitive Painting Process Specialty Areas Somatic and body-based practices Creative Expression Spiritual development with expertise in Zen and Jewish practice Professional Organizations Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts International Association of Analytical Psychology Southern Arizona Friends of Jung Age Groups Adults Types of Treatment Individuals Contact 262.412.0646 In-Person/Telehealth: In-Person & Telehealth (AZ, MN, WI, IL) Office: 3003 W Broadway Blvd, Unit 138, Tucson, AZ 85745 Second Office: 4418 Cedar Lake Rd, Unit 1, St Louis Park, MN 55416



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