My name is Martha DeSante. My life purpose is to help people reconnect with their bodies and learn to inhabit them with love and joy. I help people heal from the wounds of denying themselves priority, pleasure and play. I love to assist people as they reclaim their power as the CEO of their health and wellness using the tools of the awesome chiropractic adjustment, muscle work (hands-on, Graston/Gua Sha), personally prescribed yoga, Pilates, and postural exercises, breath and awareness.
I created Back In Body as a wake-up call to help us remember that our bodies are sacred gifts. Our mission is to support those who hear this call and know that the radical path of self-love is for them. From a place of self-love and acceptance, we can experience a true sense of love and connection with others.
Back In Body and its mission are vitally important. I have recognized a desperately sad and pervasive belief that our bodies are not good enough, not something to be celebrated, treasured and enjoyed. Too often, bodies are seen as objects… and we can even begin to distance ourselves from living life in our bodies in the first person. We stop living life for our own experience and worry more about others experience of our own physicality. We begin to see our body as an object for the approval or consumption of others. We punish it, berate it, deny it. We compare it and take all of the wonderful things that it can do for granted. We subject our bodies to abuse and neglect through our own choices.
We identify with our minds and distance ourselves from this beautiful living animal that we are. Once this perceived split occurs, the mind often begins to take on a position of more prominent influence. Slowly but surely, any connection with or compassion for the spirit and particularly for the body begins to disappear. The forgetting of the sacred nature of the body begins and the messages that come from the body’s innate wisdom are no longer heeded.
Utilizing an approach of learning to love the self through the physical body has had profound effects for me, and many others. This process is simple, but simple rarely equates with easy. Maintaining a positive relationship with yourself, all body-mind-spirit of you, isn’t a one-time thing. It’s the same as with any relationship that you want to keep alive and healthy. Ongoing attention and intention must be developed in this relationship… regular communication and authentic, meaningful connection must occur moving forward from this day, when you choose to begin this journey of love to the end of your time in this glorious physical form.
The work doesn’t have to be done in large and insurmountable steps. More often it is the budding awareness that allows us to find new and simple ways to be kinder and softer with our selves. To love ourselves more. To learn to revel in the joy of being in and BEING a human body!
I can’t promise that it will always be easy, but it will transform your life in ways that at first may seem hard to imagine. Greater love and acceptance of self and others, less stress and anxiety and greater enjoyment of sensory experiences can all grow from developing a caring and respectful relationship with the body.