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TherapeuticBodywork

RichardHarvey
RichardHarvey Psycho-Spiritual Psychotherapist, Author, Spiritual Teacher
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Therapeutic Bodywork

In therapeutic bodywork we learn how the body is the psyche. If you are alert and observant enough you can see the client's inner world as it projects outward to their periphery. Splits and dissociation are demonstrated in movement, posture, facial and bodily expression, asymmetry, incongruence, and inconsonance.

Therapeutic bodywork may be done standing, sitting, lying, with physical contact or sitting opposite each other, or with no physical contact at all. Breathing is the starting point. How deep, how rapid, how rhythmic, how long, how regular -- each of these questions tell you about your client's emotional state.

Study the two sides of their face. Often one is alive and bright and the other deadened and drawn back. You can have your client cover their eyes, each one in turn and speak to you from the eye that remains uncovered. They tend to have different emotional-energetic experiences from each eye.

Watch your client's face and head. Do they turn the left or right side of their face toward you, all the time, some of the time, alternating, or full-face. Same with the crossing of legs, arms, and leaning forward or backward in the chair. All this gives you information.

Listen to the tone and timbre of their voice as they speak. The voice can waver and change in tone, sometimes abruptly. Listen for giggling, laughing, changes in tempo and intonation. Who is speaking? Is there a split or splits in the talking?

Another way I like to start, particularly with new clients, is having them walk around the room. Notice how they walk, what feelings are evoked as you watch them. Notice their balance, alignment, and ease of movement. With your hands on their back, chest, or abdomen gently experience the movement of their energy in its relationship to emotions, holding, and contraction.

Richard Harvey is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and author. He is the founder of The Center for Human Awakening and has developed a form of depth-psychotherapy called Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) that proposes a 3-stage model of human awakening. Richard can be reached at [email protected]


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RichardHarvey
Psycho-Spiritual Psychotherapist, Author, Spiritual Teacher

Richard Harvey is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and author. He is the founder of The Center for Human Awakening and has developed a form of depth-psychotherapy called Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) that proposes a 3-stage model of human awakening. Richard can be reached at [...]

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