What are some qualities that clients would experience in your private sessions that they would remember?
Four qualities that come to mind are: support, fairness, patience and empathy. Whether a movement, empathy or personal coaching the sessions are grounded upon empathetic listening and honest expression, (even if hard to hear messages). Focus is upon the clients, not the practitioner, therefore a direct opportunity for the client can be for a deeper self connection. In sessions the clients are guided through their experience replacing the teaching model (being talked at) that culturally we have come to rely upon. Being told, fixed or having the person we are paying teach us through their experience is so unsatisfactory. It is the qualities of willingness and courage that inspire change. An atmosphere encouraging safe reflection achieves quicker and easier transitions with the least amount of effort!
Whether sessions include both parties or not, space is held to consider the cause and effect for both sides. This can deepen conscious understanding of the root causes of the current experiences. This process is based upon empathy to transition out of right or wrong judgments for clarity and to regain composure, balance and free will for making difficult choices. Life changing choices resulting from reaction can create bigger issues, resentment and regret. Therefore these session need honesty, patience and empathy to support a smoother transition forward.
Once again this process focuses on empathetic listening except now it is focused upon what the body is demonstrating. Unknown to most in our culture is that our bodies tell our story! Through observation and felt touch in a safe environment the physical, mental, emotional and belief aspects of oneself can open to patterns that are no longer working. It is the awareness of old habits and this new experience that shifts outcomes. These sessions need honesty, patience and empathy to support clients inner felt sense needs for safety to be met to let go of resistance to go beyond into a new experience in how they feel themselves.
Clients who are either motivated for change or with chronic conditions will have home or office visits to increase support for life change through their environment. Like ones body posture the home or office tells a story of one’s experience, yet not one of a personal self-image story. This is a story of where ones attention is focused in life and how the relationships are in community that shares the space. These visits need honesty, patience and empathy to support each member in the process in a way that change can happen.
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature – May 2015