Bringing Source and Self to Service
Over twenty years ago I met Leo Sofer. We did quite a bit of work together, each of us in our pivotal process of proclaiming our true work. And then he returned to England and I grew my work from my South Florida home base.
Years later, the internet connected us again, and it was time to renew our story. And so, this “Essence of Healing” story evolved.
If you’ve ever wondered how my work came to be, from “Sacred Spaces Bodywork” to “Neurovascular Integration,” well, I tell the story right here.
Settle in and join us, and enjoy!
(There are three parts on the one audio link: our interview, his intuitive story, and our post interview.)
Or, why you need your own process refuge within yourself.
Our medical culture is built on “white coats” having the authority. From Old World Medical Models to New Age Alternatives, patients who are scared/confused/disconnected are seeking answers from some medical authority who will give them another story to organize to – without having to land in their own interoceptive process.
This becomes a problem. Even in the most esoteric practices, personal process can remain elusive. This is because we are taught to look outside ourselves for answers, and no one has provided a simple, clear map to our internal processing.
Why? Well, early in our young lives, we may have felt things internally in a way that made sense. You KNOW when somebody’s cheating at a game, you KNOW it’s wrong, and yet you’re told to just shut up and get along with everyone. Your internal knowing was discounted by culture, tribe and circumstance from a very early age, and you created survival strategies to help you navigate that world out there.
And so you strategized from school to college to work to “adulting.” Somewhere on that path, the trickle of “but I want to help people” may have grown into a position in a healthcare or helping-care profession. Therapy professions continue to function from an authoritative, externalized position, but many practitioners have the vague sense that they’re missing an important piece of the health and healing puzzle.
That piece is their own internal experience of embodied presence, from which all healing flows. No one learns how to relax from someone telling them how to relax. We remember how to breathe by synchronizing to someone else’s breath.
The answer to your biomechanical, structural dysfunctions (and pain) lies not in a structural story or a “moving the meat” therapy approach, but in your interoceptive presence, from which things can start to make sense.
It’s a big mechanical medical industry out there, full of novel gadgets and devices and manipulative techniques and stories about their validity… but that’s not how the healing process works.
When I created my Profound Neutral approach to manual therapy, I observed that if I landed in that still, deep place within myself, patients naturally – desperately – let themselves land there, too. We met deep in breath and source and the internal reorganization began. This work grew into Neurovascular Integration – deeply grounded in neurophysiology – but critical for the internal permission and presence to land within, where things make sense.
Thus the work developed to transform and illuminate WHATEVER work you are doing – from manual therapy to movement work to psychotherapy – landing in your own internal balance zone is the first step.
From that place, you become the permission that your patient is looking for – permission to come within and organize to what makes sense – and then movement and pain relief and story processing naturally follow.
Why bother to learn your own balance zone now? To replenish your own self. So you can bring self to service. To be the breath you bring to the world. To bring the possibilities of landing to your patients, creating better outcomes. To land them under their stories of how they cannot do it. And suddenly they are there. Because, “it’s not about the nail!” It’s not about their cranial plates or their lumbago, it’s about not being heard, or held, or helped. When we know this place in ourselves, it transforms the work we bring to the world, and the connections we cultivate.
So. Therapists. Exhale. And let’s get started. Promises I make to you:
- Restore autonomic balance for your own health. Organize from the inside-out and bottom-up, from belly to brain, mind and movement.
- Create new strategies, to find ease and flow through previously stressful situations.
- Be the breath that brings your patients to better outcomes.
Together we will land, learn and explore a smoother way of transforming body, brain, mind and movement.
I’ll see you in there!