Restorative Embodiment and Resilience

Restorative Embodiment and Resilience

A Guide to Disrupt Habits, Create Inner Peace, Deepen Relationships, and Feel Greater Presence

Alan Fogel, Ph.D.


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An expanded take on traditional Embodied Self-Awareness therapy, ideal for practitioners in all areas of body-focused work, including yoga, meditation, and somatic psychotherapy

Embodied Self-Awareness (ESA) is a somatic approach to treat trauma and other mental health concerns by helping people connect directly to thoughts, sensations, and emotions as they arise within the body. Here, psychologist Alan Fogel introduces Restorative ESA, an expansion of traditional ESA that incorporates three new and unique ESA states: Restorative, Modulated, and Dysregulated. Using a research-backed approach, Fogel explains their underlying neuroscience with concrete examples to illustrate how these states impact our personal and professional lives.
Fogel shows that wellness is more than the ability to moderate one’s inner state by regulating and tolerating emotions. By shi ing from states of doing to allowing, from activation to receptivity, and from thinking to felt experience, we can access the expansive power of the restorative state and heal the body, mind, and spirit.


Alan Fogel, Ph.D.:
ALAN FOGEL, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Utah and has been an active contributor to research on emotional development in human relationships from infancy through adulthood. His books include Developing through Relationships (1993, Chicago), Infancy: Infant, Family, and Society, 6th edition (2014, Sloan), and Body Sense: The Science and Practice of Embodied Self-Awareness (2013, Norton). Fogel is also a licensed massage therapist, a Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner and Senior Teacher, and founding editor of the Rosen Method International Journal. He has a part-time practice in Embodied Self-Awareness Consulting and Rosen Method Bodywork. Further information and links to publications can be found at and at When not working, he finds restoration in gardening, singing and playing guitar, hiking and skiing in the mountains near his home in Salt Lake City, swimming and biking, and being with family and friends.