Esther Molenaar is a haptotherapist in Amsterdam where she lives with her partner and her 7-year-old daughter Charlie. Her favorite pastime is dancing on roller-skates and she even runs a small roller-skate business next to her haptotherapy practice. Her star sign is Aries and her Chinese zodiac dragon. She describes herself as an ambitious, slightly restless women interested in everything that involves human growth and development, sometimes having a hard time juggling endless ideas and trying to find a nice life balance. And she also has her own podcast that focuses on haptotherapie.
In this episode we learn about haptotherapy: A therapy that is centered on the idea that experiences and memories are stored in the body. A therapy that focuses on the after effects of a certain experience which can manifest through tensions in our bodies, in certain habits we aren’t comfortable with or difficult relationships with others. It looks for the balance between body, mind and feelings by using a combination of talking, body awareness exercises and affective touch to get in contact with feelings and emotions that we perhaps haven’t been aware of or have been pushing away.
In this episode we learn about haptotherapy, speak about racism as a cause of trauma that white therapists often fail to acknowledge, but also move to other subjects such as the process of aging and hear an example of Esther’s life as a mum to Charly when it comes to handling emotions.
Host: Stella Saliari
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