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Virtual iMove Group for Compulsive Exercise Starting soon!

Amy Gardner / August 16, 2023

Compulsive exercise is a common feature of many eating disorders.  Contrast to beneficial exercise and healthy athleticism which is passion-driven, compulsive exercise is punishment-driven and leads to significant health consequences as the body’s limits (and even injuries) are ignored.

Often, exercise is lumped in with eating disorder behaviors and prohibited during treatment.  The iMove Method explores how healing the relationship with exercise can allow movement to be safely and beneficially incorporated in eating disorder recovery.

What is the iMove Group?

iMove groups offer a structured and supportive environment for participants to safely explore their relationship with exercise in community with others who also struggle with compulsive exercise. Groups meet weekly via zoom and are made up of 6-10 adult participants.

Integrating principles of polyvagal theory, mindfulness, sensory integration, yoga, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), groups combine education, experiential activities, self-reflection and group process to help individuals move from a disordered relationship with exercise to an embodied one.

Amy Gardner is a certified eating disorder specialist, registered dietitian and yoga teacher.  She combines 23 years of clinical experience and personal recovery with psychology, mindfulness, sensory motor and yoga training to help her clients move into full recovery.  She is the owner of our practice and author of the book, ‘iMove, Helping Your Clients Heal from Compulsive Exercise’.  Through the iMove program based on her book, Amy leads movement groups and trains other clinicians how to use the iMove method in their own work.

Details about the fall group

Time: Thursday evenings 7-8:30pm October 12th – January 11th (12 sessions; no group on Nov 23rd or Dec 28th)

Location: Zoom

Facilitator: Amy Gardner, MS, CEDS, RYT

Cost:  $780 for 12 sessions or 3 monthly payments of $260
Size: 6-10 participants

To express interest, complete this form and Amy will reach out to you to set up a screening.