Help Clients Heal From Compulsive Exercise.... And Reclaim A Joyful Relationship With Movement.

Written By Amy Gardner, MS, CEDRD, RYT

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In This Revolutionary Book, You Learn How To Help Your Clients Heal Their Relationship with Exercise.

In this book you will learn:

  • How to develop a clear roadmap to help your clients shift from dysfunctional exercise into embodied movement (chapter 3)

  • The neurobiology and psychology behind compulsive exercise; why your clients exercise compulsively and why it’s so hard for them to stop (chapter 4)

  • Questions you can use to screen for compulsive exercise and how to dive even deeper into exploring your client’s relationship to exercise (chapter 5)

  • How to effectively evaluate for medical risk and explore the mental and social consequences of compulsive exercise (chapter 5)

  • Experiential practices you can use with clients to help activate the rest-relax and social responses to help rewire brain patterning (chapters 7-10)

  • How to explore sensory integration with clients to help them better understand their systems and how this relates to preferred forms of exercise (chapter 9)

  • How to effectively use experiential practices to co-regulate with clients to create a sense of safety and connection, setting the foundation for change (chapter 10)

  • Specific types of movement that encourage mindfulness and body awareness (chapter 11)

  • Tools you can use with clients to monitor and journal about their movement experiences (chapter 11)

  • A template for creating a movement and mindfulness plan (chapter 13)

...and so much more!

imove book with amy gardner

Hi, I'm Amy Gardner.

...I am a certified eating disorder registered dietitian and yoga teacher from Boston. I combine over twenty years of clinical experience and personal recovery experience with psychology, mindfulness, sensory motor and yoga training to help my clients move into full recovery. I am the owner of Metrowest Nutrition, LLC, a multi-disciplinary group practice where I supervise clinicians around helping individuals heal their relationship with food, movement and body image. 

I am the author of the book iMove, Helping Your Clients Heal from Compulsive Exercise. Through the iMove program based on my book, I lead movement groups and trains other clinicians how to use the iMove method in their own work.



“Amy Gardner has written a personal and poignant account of how she has healed from compulsive exercise, expanded her life opportunities, and has moved into a place of peace with intuitive movement. But this is not simply a recounting of her experience—it is a clear and precise, scientifically-based template for any healthcare professional who would like to help their clients find the joy that comes with healing their relationship with movement. I highly recommend this book!” 

— Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, FAND,
Nutrition Therapist, author of The Intuitive Eating Workbook for Teens and The Intuitive Eating Journal— Guided Journey for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food, Co-author of Intuitive Eating, The Intuitive Eating Workbook, and The Intuitive Eating Card Deck—50 Bite-Sized Ways to Make Peace with Food 


"Amy Gardner's book is a superb resource for clinicians and clients. I learned so much reading it and will recommend it to every clinician who sees clients with compulsive exercise, with or without a comorbid eating disorder. Thoughtful, vulnerable, inclusive, and offering clear strategies to use tomorrow, this book will help countless people!"



— Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED,
Founder & Medical Director, Gaudiani Clinic, and author of Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders (Routledge, 2018)
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