Conscious Healing for Manual Therapists
People who become bodyworkers, chiropractors, doctors, therapists, or healers of any variety are drawn to the healing arts with the intention of helping people feel better, recover from injury, resolve and prevent disease, and live better quality lives. And we see many success stories across a wide variety of disciplines. But what about those clients that don’t seem to ever get better? What about those sessions that have us shaking our heads with confusion or bring up doubts about our ability to do our work? Why do certain clients seem so difficult to help? What makes these clients different from the others who seem to heal quickly and easily?
The missing pieces that most well-intentioned therapists and doctors do not understand or do not know how to successfully navigate are the emotional and spiritual aspect of healing. These aspects of healing are not discussed in medical school or physical therapy school, especially in this age of evidence-based medicine. But, whether it’s discussed or not, these higher principles and dynamics of healing are in play at all times. Some massage therapy schools brush over this topic and give their students a rudimentary understanding of how energy works and how to ground or maintain an energetic boundary when working with clients. However, this topic tends to be taught in an esoteric manner, without much detail and without a way to objectively feel and experience how our energy impacts our client and how our client’s energy impacts us or our assessments, diagnoses, testing, etc.
Therapists and doctors have been using muscle testing as a starting point for exploring a person’s state of health for many years, and yet collectively we have very little understanding of what’s actually happening when we are testing. In order to really use this method of evaluation, we need to understand what’s happening not only with the nervous system, but with the spiritual, emotional, and energy bodies as well. Every single stimulus (touch, smell, sound, etc.) of the client’s nervous system creates a response from the brain. This response will show up in the muscle testing and lead you where you need to go for treatment. However, layered on top of this is the constant state of flux of both the client AND the therapist’s emotions and thoughts, which can create even more confusion. In other words, we need to be aware of stimulus not only to the brain, but also to the mind.
Over the past several years, we have been able to develop ways of increasing our understanding of what is going on within ourselves and our clients when we run into scenarios that are confusing or complex. We have also learned ways to mitigate this, via both self healing and more expansive ways of working with our clients’ bodies and energy systems. This course is designed to help other practitioners develop their sensitivity and intuition. This will also help practitioners become more in tune with with their own internal state and how it may be impacting testing or results.
As practitioners, we help create the potential for healing. We are facilitators for healing, not the source of healing. We must create a space in which healing can occur. We do this by being better listeners and by interacting with our clients’ nervous systems, energy bodies, and consciousness with full awareness of all that can be going on. And we become even better therapists through our own healing, because when we do our own healing we can provide the most clear education and intervention possible without our own “stuff” getting in the way.
You will enjoy this class if:
1. You are open to the idea that the client has a deep knowing of what needs to be healed, and that we can help them access that.
2. You have had confusing results when doing manual muscle testing, and you’d like to know what is creating that confusion.
3. You would like some additional insight into how our energy works with others’ energy while we are testing or treating.
4. You would like to learn how to mitigate the effects of your own trauma or limiting beliefs on your clients while you are testing or treating.
5. You would like tools to help yourself and your clients have better results with bodywork.
6. You want to deepen your understanding of how emotions affect your body and energy system.
7. You want to further explore how the physical and non-physical realms operate together.
8. You want to engage more consciously in your own healing, knowing that we can only help others heal what we have healed ourselves.