What is The Bodymind Place?
The Bodymind Place...
...is both this set of web pages, and my office in White River Junction, Vermont.
Here I offer information about the Bodymind approach.
"The Bodymind Way"
does not refer to a single method or technique, but rather to a way of approaching things.
There are Bodymind Ways of physical, mental and emotional healing, of relating to others, of artistic expression, of posture and movement
In a nutshell, the Bodymind Way (also called the Somatic approach) has to do with wellness, with becoming able to be more effective, feel happier, at everything you do.
In some ways it covers the same ground as medicine, psychiatry, psychotherapy, counseling, physical therapy, physical education, and exercise: but it is based on a very different world-view.
You can learn more in detail about the Bodymind world-view here; but for now we can summarize:
Bodymind methods, by contrast, do not start by dividing people into "body" and "mind", and so address the person as a whole. And we are wholes! Any approach which starts by dividing us has inherent limitations.
Bodymind Ways start with a focus on wholeness and wellness; the assumption is that we are all fundamentally whole, and that problems are temporary glitches on the path back to this wholeness.
Both Education and Therapy
Bodymind methods may be more educationally oriented (like the Alexander Technique), or more therapeutically oriented (like Somatic Experiencing). But all partake of both.
The learning process in the Alexander Technique is only in small part intellectual, but is also experiential, practical, and emotional.
Similarly a Bodymind therapy is also educational, teaching one to be an active and reponsible participant in the process, and not just a passive recipient.
Bodymind Ways recognize that we are all the same at a deep level. While one person may have knowledge or skills another lacks, this in no way make one person superior to another. The power imbalance often played out in "doctor/patient" relationships is regarded as inappropriate in Bodymind approaches.
Two Different Kinds of Bodymind Work
There are two main categories of Bodymind work:
Those of largely traditional Asian origin, such as Yoga, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Qigong, Buddhist meditation;
and those of recent Western origin, such as the Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais method, Rolfing (Structural Bodywork), Somatic Experiencing. (see Somatics for a more complete listing.)
In most cases the Western methods were not greatly influenced by traditional Asian approaches, but have discovered many of the same principles and have a lot in common with them.
The native Western systems have one advantage: they were developed by and for contemporary Western people, who come from a culture very different from traditional Asian culture, and have different problems and needs.
On the other hand, most traditional Asian methods practiced in the West have altered in various ways to adapt to the different culture.
What Techniques Do You Use at The Bodymind Place?
Safely resolve Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, whether from childhood emotional trauma, accidents, combat, or illness.
The Alexander Technique
Retrains you to use yourself well in daily life. Release physical and mental tension, improve posture and skilled movement, lighten mental attitude.
Qigong and Tai Chi
Learn to move with effortless power, improve breathing and posture, develop skill in handling relationships.
Re-align your physical structure for better posture, less tension, more efficient movement, and emotional well-being.
This underlies all the other techniques. Learn what meditation really is, find your true nature, the root of real comtentment.
Here you can learn to heal body and mind.
Wondering if these tools can help you?
You can go here for more information.