Awareness for the body: Why is that so important?
Because awareness changes everything.
Isn’t this exaggerating, a bit cocky?
This depends on your point of view. I have worked in the field of body awareness and therapy for twenty years. Medical science is now capable of rescuing lives by complicated surgery or organ transplantation which would have been unimaginable decades ago, but it is still at a loss when it comes to chronic health conditions – such as persisting pain – or stress-related disorders. Single body structures like a knee, a frozen shoulder, a blocked vertebra, a slipped disc are treated rather than the human being.
What is the difference?
If a human being is treated, their aliveness is used: feelings, emotions, desires, longings. My work is resource-orientated: I wonder: what’s possible? What can be done, used, discovered instantly? Instead of focussing on the symptom, I start with awareness for the whole body. Awareness gives birth to tailor-made health solutions: it reconnects you with your inner curiosity.
Who invented this kind of treatment?
BodyWareness™ is based on the principles of the Feldenkrais Method. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) was a physicist. He had a totally different take on the body-mind connection, focussing on movement and natural functions. As he put it he focussed on “flexible brains” instead of flexible bodies – his way of organic learning is still unique. Neuroscience is catching up with him as it proves the interconnection between body function and brain.
Why do you call it BodyWareness™ and not “Functional Integration” or “Awareness through Movement” as Feldenkrais did?
I wanted to say what it is about in one word, and it includes awareness coaching. My clients are very happy to receive experience-based self-help strategies for their daily life. Over a period of 15 years, I have brought in my own practical experience as a physiotherapist, a reflexologist – and, as a meditator.
As a meditator? What’s the role of meditation?
I had my first exposure to meditation during my Feldenkrais training. It was remarkable, but I didn’t understand what had happened to me at the time. Later on, when I started meditating, I understood: it was the taste of meditation, a state of non-doing, that I had experienced; a state of just being there, relaxing into my body and myself. It was a revelation – and I wanted to share that experience with my clients.
How do you include meditation in your practice?
First, whenever I close the door of the treatment room, I am absolutely THERE. No matter what has happened before, I see it as my duty to be utterly present. I am with my client, and I try to sense what the client might need in their particular situation. I tailor the session in such a way that the client can calm down instantly, finding a deep silence within. The right touch is one that resonates with the nervous system. Starting from this inner platform, I induce a functional change, and that is the difference in the process to basic Feldenkrais work. I wait for the client; I wait until his nervous system completely agrees, no matter how long it takes.
Do your clients understand this?
It’s an inner understanding – it is my job to make it understandable.
How long does it take to have an effect?
It varies. Some clients come just once and find what they are searching for. Many clients take a taster session and then book a package of 3 treatments over a period of 3-4 weeks: recommended to give the body-brain connection a chance to process new impulses. If serious health problems persist, you should plan on 6-10 treatments. If I see that this kind of treatment does not fit the clients needs, I quickly recommend opting out but this is very rare.
What happens in a first treatment?
I will ask some questions, and then the client lies down on a session table, fully clothed, finding a comfortable position before the treatment starts. At the end, I come up with a proposal about how to implement self-awareness tools in their daily life.
How long does one have to book in advance?
Waiting times are between 1 and 4 weeks. Just send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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