Regardless of the form of healing that you just practice, we target enhancing function and health in our clients. Every discipline which is lumped to the wellness industry carries a set point that tells them their job has been accomplished. Hopefully what we should have accomplished at some level has effected the entire person and not simply the “problem” that has been made available to us in the event the client walked through the door individuals’ offices.
Enhancing the whole functioning in our clients requires us to get open and present after the dark physical reflective state of Presence. Presence may be the capacity to respond to another with this entire being and oftentimes the silent space in the Witnessing Presence creates powerful changes that can’t be! But, it might transform our client’s lives beyond what could be caused by an average session. Many of us who’ve been practicing bodywork for a while, have observed the potency of this quality of attention within our work as well as the repercussions built well beyond what one might expect in trying to restore function.
Massage therapists, as well as other practitioners of bodywork, go well beyond manual therapies, we have been in lots of ways educators. Education way to bring forth as well as to draw something out. We have all experienced great teachers on our journeys. They were in a position to elicit a good that went well after a dark average technique. They were able to inspire using their enthusiasm, using presence. We are somatic educators.
We get and inspire potential, the options, by creating a lively exchange that includes the potential to make ignition of presence within your body that we have been working in, not on. I have witnessed what could be called miraculous results with the ordinary contact, nevertheless the state for being between us, the sector resonance is powerfully palatable, that an incredible change in function pursued.
As a side note, I have always thought the phrase massage therapist, or bodyworker, Rolfer, Traeger practitioner, neuromuscular therapist, cranial-sacral therapist, polarity therapist, and also on and so on, in numerous was an injustice to prospects who traveled our journey wearing the healer’s robes. I love the Greek word Soma meaning living body. If someone asks you that which you did and also you replied Soma therapist or practitioner of somatic arts, it might elicit a question that could let you truly market alternative therapies and get to the core concepts of what we do once we touch another human. Being a Somatic Therapist we convey the complete living presence which we try to elicit once we touch another being.
The late great somatic educator, Thomas Hanna a “disciple” of Moshe Feldenkrais, believed his discipline must be more aptly named, somatic education. Many of us who attended the Rolf Institute were convenient calling ourselves somatic educators because we addressed the complete body/being. Alas, unfortunately, were all licensed underneath the massage umbrella. Which has kept us from enjoying full expression inside our country’s healthcare system? Terms like massage ce, and rub does an injustice to us as practitioners.
And the phrase rolfing oftentimes sends people running for your hills in fear to be assaulted. So down the road, try calling your Somatic Practitioner when someone asks you what you do, I think you’ll enjoy the time for you to market yourself and elicit a connection in a somatic level since they can be present together with your new potential client.