Lifting Heavy Things
Healing Trauma One Rep at a Time
In this innovative title, celebrated trainer and trauma practitioner Laura Khoudari brings a fresh approach to healing after trauma, using strength training as an embodied movement practice. Compassionate, witty, and fastidiously researched, Khoudari’s debut Lifting Heavy Things is a breakthrough title that will empower and inspire readers to develop resilience and build emotional and physical strength through working out with weights, while mindful of the ways that trauma can compromise the well-being of the mind and body.
Published by LifeTree Media, an imprint of Wonderwell
Release Date: May 25, 2021
Available in paperback and ebook
$23.99 CAD / $15.99 USD
A fresh and empowering approach to healing and thriving after trauma
Laura Khoudari blends practical training advice and neuroscience insights with a candid and endearing account of her own personal journey, from angry and alienated teen smoker and gym class truant, to young woman with crippling back pain, to 40-something athlete and fitness professional who has reclaimed her power and dedicated her life to helping others do the same.
Part personal narrative, part practical practices, and steeped in research, this book is a must-have for anyone looking for an original approach to moving through stages of healing to thriving. Khoudari tenderly takes her reader through the stages of healing from trauma from the ground up, offering practical applications of how to use training to heal and lift heavy things both physically and figuratively. She explores:
- Trauma-informed strength training for women
- Managing chronic pain
- Creating the conditions for training and healing
- Understanding how trauma shows up in daily life
- Using embodied movement practices (beyond yoga) as a tool to comfortably re-inhabit the body
- Navigating interpersonal relationships during and after the healing process
- Why you don’t have to tell your trauma story (to everyone)
- Thriving with and moving beyond trauma
Although this book speaks in the language of gym bags, squats, and reps, its principles apply to anyone interested in rediscovering peace, joy, and strength in their body after suffering a devastating event. Hopeful, instructive, and articulate, Lifting Heavy Things will appeal to members of the fitness and wellness community who want to expand their trauma-informed skills, and to individuals on a healing path who seek a modality that will meet them where they are and move with them at their own pace. With humor, tenderness, and grit, Lifting Heavy Things takes readers on a journey of personal revelation and integration, helping them to lighten their emotional burden and build deep inner strength to lift all of the heavy things that life may bring with greater ease.
Laura Khoudari is passionate about giving people the tools they need to heal from trauma and cultivate mental health and wellness. Her approach to strength training restores nervous system health, fosters a sense of safety in the body, and gives people the tools they need to process trauma so they may move beyond surviving and begin thriving. Her work has been widely recognized by the trauma and fitness community, and she has been featured on Buzzfeed, Upworthy, Outside Online, Medium, Tonic, and Girls Gone Strong.
Press, Awards, and More
We’re delighted to announce that LifeTree Media will be publishing strength trainer and trauma practitioner Laura Khoudari’s first book. Lifting Heavy Things is scheduled to be released under LifeTree’s Best Book program on May 25, 2021.
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