Body image and embodiment are two concepts that are often confused with each other, but they actually have different meanings. Body image refers to a person’s perception of their own body, while embodiment refers to a person’s experience in their body.
Body image can be neutral, positive, or negative, and it can be influenced by a variety of factors, including media exposure, peer pressure, and personal experiences.
Embodiment, on the other hand, is a more holistic concept that encompasses a person’s physical, psychological, and emotional connection to their body.
Both body image and embodiment can be influenced by lived experiences, neuro-diversity, and environmental influences.
Embodiment is important because it allows people to feel connected to their bodies and to experience the world through their bodies. When people are embodied, they are more likely to be aware of their own needs and desires, and they are more likely to feel comfortable in their own skin.
There are a number of things that people can do to improve their embodiment. Some helpful practices include yoga, meditation, intuitive eating, and mindfulness. These practices can help people to connect with their bodies and to become more aware of their own breath, sensations, and thoughts.
Embodiment is a journey, not a destination.
The dietitians at CNC work with many people to cultivate and improve their sense of embodiment through understanding what may be getting in the way and finding a practice that brings greater self-awareness. We have found our multi-dimensional approach to embodiment results in clients reporting an improvement in overall well-being and a more positive relationship with their bodies.
Reach out to us and one of our dietitians can assist you.
- McBride, Hillary (Editor), Kwee, Janelle (Editor), Embodiment and Eating Disorders: Theory, Research, Prevention and Treatment, Routledge Press, 2018
- Piran N, Teall TL, Counsell A. Expanding the social lens: A quantitative study of the developmental theory of embodiment. Body Image. 2023 Mar;44:246-261. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2022.11.009. Epub 2022 Dec 22. PMID: 36566166.