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Dr. Carrie Jones
Dr. Kate Henry
November 20, 2023

From Weights to Wellness: Why Dumbbells Can Heal Your Trauma While You're Building Muscles with Laura Khoudari

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In today's episode with Laura Khoudari, you’ll hear us take a deep dive into:

  1. The power of trauma-informed personal training

  2. Healing trauma through movement

  3. The power of embodied movement

  4. Somatic experiences in trauma therapy

  5. The importance of boundaries in trauma-informed personal training

  6. The true benefits of exercise and movement

  7. Lifting as medicine

Laura is a personal trainer specializing in helping people struggling with trauma and PTSD. Her professional journey derives from her path to recovery. During the winter of 2014-2015, Laura designed an innovative and holistic approach to complement her PTSD treatment, which combines talk therapy, bodywork, strength training, and mindfulness practices. Laura is also the author of "Lifting Heavy Things," where she shares insights and strategies for healing through physical strength and resilience.

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00:00 - Intro

02:12 - The journey of a trauma-informed personal trainer

06:04 - Finding safety and healing in lifting heavy things

10:50 - Somatic experience in trauma therapy

16:55 - The power of embodied movement

19:58 - Lifting emotional burdens

22:02 - Understanding and expanding your window of tolerance

29:51 - Empowerment through movement

35:11 - Finding strength in action

39:19 - Movement beyond aesthetics

43:44 - Debunking strength training myths

48:35 - Connecting to strength

50:55 - Finding the right therapist and trainer

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