“THE THERAPIST’S INNER COMPASS” – ELEVEN STEPS TO SUCCEED by Nisarga Eryk Dobosz BCST.
Several colleagues, friends, and students have asked me recently what I thought makes someone a successful therapist and how they themselves could become more successful as a therapist. The answer came to me few weeks ago while out for a morning jog on a sunny beach in Goa, India. Point after point began to reveal itself and a basic framework appeared in my mind. As a result, I have outlined the following eleven steps that helped me be successful on my path. The formula I explain here is the result of sixteen years of experience, study, and “inner work” which I have done on myself. This formula can be used as a general guideline for any therapist working with people through bodywork, massage, breath work, dance, yoga or psychotherapy. I call this a ‘general’ guideline because we all are unique individuals, and someone may have more or different steps to add. On the other hand, some of the steps may not work for you. I am sure many of you could expand my list with additional valuable suggestions based on your own experiences.
VISITING EUROPEAN INSTITUTE OF BODY ORIENTED HEALING ARTS
It always amazes me how life has its own mysterious ways of guiding us. Like the way I heard about, EIBOHA. I met Nisarga (also from Poland and a body worker) whilst doing a Panchakarma retreat in India. Instantly I was interested and excited to hear that there was a place that offered body-oriented healing arts, in my country!
I had left Poland as a child and undergone all of my education, healing and spiritual explorations overseas, always feeling a big longing to share those new ways of being and healing with friends and family back home, but never quite knowing how to go about it.
HUNGER TO KNOW MYSELF BETTER
So many roads had to come together so that we could meet in Nieznanice at the Lomi Lomi Nui training with Suan Pa’iniu Floyd… What was your journey?
My adventure with massage began in 2002. I met a lomi lomi masseur. I remember that I took about 10 sessions with him. It was incredibly transforming. For my body and spirit. I will only add that this was my first massage ever … At that time I practiced yoga, but it was dry and mechanic. Lomi opened me into sensing myself, my emotions and my body. I was in! My masseur quickly became my teacher. He introduced me into the secrets of the loving touch, the touch full of respect for the other human being, full of awareness and mindfulness. Unfortunately, I couldn’t start my own practice then …
“LIVE PAIN FREE” - SENSITIVE DEEP BODYWORK - ARTICLE BY SATYARTHI PELOQUIN
Soft Tissue Spasm causes 95% of body and head pain. Chronic Pain is diagnosed when the doctor has given up on helping the person in pain! Chronic Pain is diagnosed between 3 and 6 months of constant pain. Then the Doctor believes it to be incurable. Chronic is a nice word for it is not going to get better. When the doctor and the unfortunate patent run out of treatment possibilitys within the doctors totally limited vision of chronic pain. They recommend sugery strong pain killers, and anti inflamatory drugs! In recent research it has been found that 80% of people suffer from some form of chronic pain.
“WORKING WITH EMOTIONAL TRAUMA IN BODYWORK SESSIONS” ARTICLE BY SATYARTHI PELOQUIN
Underneath most of our myofascial holding patterns is repressed emotional trauma. We know that emotional trauma is held in the soft tissues of the body. The concept of tissue memory is fundamental to our understanding of the connection between bodywork and emotional trauma release. Releasing emotions in sessions has a lot to do with the bodyworker’s intention as well as the character of the client. As bodyworkers who work hands-on with clients, we regularly see cases were trapped emotions are the underlying cause of many pain syndromes.
TOUCH: THE FORGOTTEN LANGUAGE - SOURCE: OSHO
In our isolation and self-protection, we have lost contact with one of our most essential needs, the need for touch. Touch is a way of becoming intimate with others, it allows us to give and receive love, and it’s essential for our emotional, psychological and physical health.
All over the world people are touch-hungry and love-hungry; we are longing for the basic need of human contact, closeness and warmth. But when opportunities arise to share affection and love through touch we are often prevented by feelings of shame, or by negative beliefs about what this simple gesture might imply about ourselves – what others may think. As a result, we are lonely and isolated; we are, quite literally, out of touch.