Bodywork As Shamanic Practice

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.

~Carl Jung

The success of bodywork session often depends on receptivity and our intuitive read of client’s energy. Since “psyche dwells in the body”, every time we touch a patient, we touch their psyche as well, with consequences to the practitioner and the patient. Direct physical touch opens up the channel of psychic communication because the connection we make with another through touch is intimate and instant. Touch alerts us to physical tension and often, emotional realities of our clients. In that, the bodywork session is reminiscent of shamanic seance.

The essence of shamanic healing is about making oneself available to experiencing emotional states of another person and knowing how to interpret them in the service of the patient. Traditionally, in order to become receptive to person’s unconscious messages, shaman uses a rattle to induce a hypnotic state which is very similar to a dream state.

In massage therapy, for example, similar receptive trance state is naturally induced by the rhythmic movements of massage, dim lights and music. In the regular walking state, we have natural built in defenses and resistances to psychic bonding. In induced trance state, these natural defenses are gone so we engage with the psyche easier. Have you ever noticed that each massage session has different timing? With some clients, time never ends and with others, time flies. In each instance, we are alerted to certain unconscious messages. Understanding and using this information in the service of the client, is essential for mobilizing body’s natural capacity to heal.

These classes are created for practitioners who want to better understand the kind of psychical energy they are engaged with in the treatment room and use it for the benefit of the client; the skill that gives an edge to any practitioner. 

Modules can be taken in sequence or as a stand alone class with no prerequisites.

A continuing education class for acupuncturists on healing the spirit as illustrated in an old sketch.

Healing Psyche

Maybe I should find another doctor; one who realizes the importance of scars.

~Rasmenia Massoud

Spirit and Soul (psyche) are missing from the medical definition of “health.” Yet both of them are the foundation of one’s vitality. Psyche is our only link to the spirit world and some believe that distressed Psyche is at the root of physical or spiritual illness. If this is the case, the success of the treatment will depend on healing Psyche.

This class is designed for practitioners who work intuitively. Participants will learn techniques for understanding their gut feelings as well as concepts for interpreting these messages to benefit the treatment. We will discover ways of tending to the emotional aspects of physical illness – often a missing ingredient for a successful outcome of the treatment.

Class is open to massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, rolfers, cranio-sacral therapists, yoga therapists, reiki masters, energy healers and anyone who is interested in learning to work with psyche.

Mar 25 & 26, 9AM to 6PM

Residence Inn-Vancouver, WA

April 22 & 23, 9AM to 6PM

Radisson-Schaumburg, IL

A continuing education class for acupuncturists on treating heart and emotions as illustrated in an old sketch.

Mending Heart

But in the last resort we must begin to love in order not to fall ill, and we are bound to fall ill if, in consequence of frustration, we are unable to love.

~Sigmund Freud

Every time an emotion is present in the treatment room, an energetic exchange loaded with information is set into motion. Recognizing the meaning of client’s emotional states, rather than identifying with them, is an essential part of the healing atmosphere practitioner creates for the patient.

This class will introduce practitioners to the stages of emotional maturation. Participants will learn to understand Psyche in the treatment room and beyond so they can better assist patients in their healing process. We will explore ways of establishing and maintaining therapeutic relationship with the patients that often serves as basis for healing.

Class is open to massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, rolfers, cranio-sacral therapists, yoga therapists, reiki masters, energy healers and anyone who is interested in learning to work with psyche.

April 29 & 30, 9AM to 6PM

Hilton Garden Inn-Fishkill, NY

May 6 & 7, 9AM to 6PM

Comfort Suites-Chincoteague, VA

A continuing education class for acupuncturists on treating psychosomatic conditions as represented by Psyche and Eros.

Psychosomatic Illness

God guard me from those thoughts men think
In the mind alone;
He that sings a lasting song
Thinks in a marrow-bone;

~W. Yeats

Mainstream medicine does not have a cure for psychosomatic illnesses. Patient’s best hope is to find a practitioner who is not only willing, but knows how to engage with the dynamic forces of Psyche behind the physical illness.

Physical and emotional awareness are interconnected. In many cases, conflicting feelings are converted into chronic symptoms which do all the complaining for the patient. In fact symptoms often arise to protect us from psychical pain.
 

This seminar will introduce participants to the process of somatization. We will explore ways of supporting psychosomatic integration; a prerequisite for healing chronic pain, traumatic states and autoimmune conditions. 

Class is open to massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, rolfers, cranio-sacral therapists, yoga therapists, reiki masters, energy healers and anyone who is interested in learning to work with psyche.

June 03 & 04, 9AM to 6PM

La Quinta Inns-Sarasota, FL

July 08 & 09, 9AM to 6PM

Residence Inn-Vancouver, WA