Safe and Healthy Expression Through the Body ï¬ Often in trauma, clients view the body as another thing that betrayed them. By using the body to express feelings, clients may begin to see it as an ally. ï¬ Through the use of ED and other self-harm behaviors the body becomes an object. The goal is to help clients see their body as part of themselves. ï¬ The eating disorder functions as a way to express to others the pain and overwhelming feelings held in the body. Clients can learn to express these feelings in a healthy way.