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Thesis - Open Access


Recovery from eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, is a continuous process that spans over a lifetime. The stages of change model used in treating substance abuse is applicable for recovery from eating disorders. This is reflected through the development of adaptive skills and behaviors, such as increased self-awareness, increased frustration tolerance, decreased anxiety, and the establishment of boundaries, as recovery progresses.

Dance/movement therapy is a beneficial therapeutic means to utilize throughout the recovery process. Due to the developmental nature of recovery, dance/movement therapy techniques, such as breath support, rhythm, role-playing, and imagery, are adapted to reflect the growth of those in later stages versus those in earlier stages of recovery. Modifications of these techniques expand upon developing knowledge and skills and support the transition from treatment to adjusting to everyday life.