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Turning an abusive & disgusting appointment into lemonade!

The Shocking Practitioner & Novelty Store


Sometime last August  I was asked if I would like to go to an iridologist.  I hesitated as I have learned to not compare the work I do, with what others are doing in the community.   However, uncharacteristically I said okay.  The gal that was passing her appointment on to me gave me instructions of how I would have to fill out forms once going to the customer service at this local #yyj storefront.

On arrival at the customer service desk of this local store I am immediately brushed aside once I announced myself .  The gal tells a clerk to put me in the new massage chair.  I sat down and found out this clerk didn’t know how to use the chair which was unlike any massage chair I had ever seen.  The clerk left and I found myself in a chair that was manipulating my movement patterns in a way that could cause injury while squeezing my limbs tighter and tighter without stopping!  I was desperately trying to stop the machine when the practitioner came up to me and expressed impatience and annoyance.  Luckily I found out that it had to do with her taking another client ahead of me without an appointment so that I didn’t take it personally.  That is to begin with until it went from bad to worse.

At no time did she share what she was doing in her appointment, however demanded, in a chastising  way, personal information about me that I was uncertain had anything to do with why I came.  Walking into her office I was dumbfounded.  A massage table was put into an alcove under the stairway and lowered to sit on across from a broken office chair that I was expected to sit on. The floor was covered in old worn out shoes scattered around so that I had nowhere to put my feet.  She only had a small space to sit on the table cross-legged style across from me and there were no windows or vents.  When she was giving me some papers, that the customer service desk neglected to give me ahead of time, to fill in she began yelling about my lack of being committed.  I was in shock.

She decided there wasn’t time to fill in the papers and began looking at my eyes and making personal statements based upon my iris’ while wanting confirmation of her accuracy.  There was no way I would be telling this gal anything personal or being vulnerable with her.  At no time did I experience any empathy, kindness, respect or consideration.  I had not been to a practitioner like this in over 20 years!!!!!  It was awkward.  After viewing my eyes she hooked me up to a vega machine.  She made it sound outer worldly and thankfully I knew what it was  from having my own naturopathic and homeopathic doctors.   I looked in dismay as the rods poking into me as they did not look as though they had been cleaned between clients.

As she talked at me and not with me, she began talking to me about worst case scenario’s with a focus on candida.  She emphasized multiple homeopathic remedies that I would need.  Well over $200.00 worth!  I was thankful that my first Homeopathic Doctor was Stephan Malthouse and that I had his compassionate care experience prior to seeing this person.  To go along with her diagnosis I received a photocopied paper with a few food items ticked off that she claimed was all I could eat if I wanted to detox.  It had obviously been from a paper copied many times before without any research, meal/daily diet suggestions or recipes ideas.  This food list was based upon the vega machine readings and it interfered completely with an organic lifestyle change that was personally happening for me from my own garden food source.  Trying to have a conversation with her regarding this she labelled me argumentative and was unable to discuss this.  She determined I wasn’t interested in healing!

At some point she learned I was a practitioner so she cut our hour appointment to 30 minutes and hovered over me as I went to the counter to turn in the papers, etc.  She grabbed the clipboard I was using away from me and took the pen out of my fingers.  It was the appointment from hell!

Getting back to my office and processing this experience in walked one of my more fragile clients.  She had just been in to see this person and was experiencing trauma.  I was thankful I had gone after all and immediately reminded my client of her own naturopathic doctor  that does candida testing and was an iridologist.  She calmed down and I suggested she make an appointment and get a second opinion.  She did and reported back a much different outcome with a different diagnosis.  She also suggested it was a far more professional experience without the need for so many remedy purchases.

Had I not had Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication Training, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrias’ Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Training and  Dyan Grant Francis’  Art of Placement/ Eco-psychology Training , I could have fallen victim to this practitioner’s snake oil like sales technique.  Fill them with fear and keep them in the dark.    This was an abusive and disgusting experience that I was able to turn into lemonade!  The material that she offered me is not current and was a trending  topic in our community over 20 years ago.  She does not live in Victoria and helicopters in while there are practitioners here locally that have integrated these techniques into their own practice.  They are far more professional with an office set up for comfortable appointments.   I caution anyone who is seeking answers to consider that manner in which they are treated and recommend that you work with those that are meeting your needs for respect.  I did receive a flyer shortly after this appointment that advertised this practitioner as a mindful awareness instructor and grief coach.  I was surprised and felt sad as my experience didn’t align with these two offerings.

Ways you can raise your consciousness and take your power back moment by moment is participating or engaging  in learning opportunities like these:

Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Movement Education

Recent Comment:  Thank you for the amazing session which helped me to better understand the pain and anxiety issues I’ve been dealing with. Very insightful experience. I felt way more relaxed Friday evening and I’m monitoring myself to help make sure I’m releasing tension and breathing properly. Am impressed by it and by your skills. D

Transitioning from Language of Conflict into Language of Connection

Recent Comment:  I love your cogent analysis of emotions = energy + story. So, emotions – story = energy freed. Yeh! thx, pat zzz
Recent Comment: Thanks very much for your wonderful classes and the way you teach us. I really appreciate that you have given the class a bit of extra time at the end to allow everyone to have their turn. I look forward to truly learning this technique of communicating and experiencing richer relations with people. R
Lifescapes (Landscapes)

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Jaw Release Program since 2007, Authored  Achieving your Goals  31 Day Program, Sleep Sweet Sleep, Kid’s Peace Bus Calendar of Values  Educational Program & InTouch with Your Values Self-Actualization Program.  Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children


Personal Life Change Testimonial

I am pleased to receive and share a testimonial from a caregiver of partner diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

“I am the caretaker of my husband who is recovering from Parkinson’s Disease.  When I first took him to see Renee last March, his muscles were very tight and constricted making it difficult for him to get in and out of our vehicle.  I also had difficulty getting him in and out of his bed.  He also had a fear based mind, and was living in survival mode.  After six months of treatments, one treatment a week, he is now more flexible and living more freely, not always in survival mode.  Although he still lives in fear, he has improved to a place where he has more self-confidence and love for himself.  I am very grateful for Renee and her Feldenkrais treatments as it has given us the opportunity to travel more freely.  It has also made my work at home easier with his shower and assisting him in and out of bed.”  BL

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication Relationship & Life Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015

Personal Life Change Testimonial

I am pleased to receive and share a testimonial from a movement coaching  student that experienced chronic long term pain from an old injury!

I was a Nursing Aide in an extended care facility and have dealt with chronic back pain for more than 15 years.

At one point, my back “went out” just as I was about to turn an 86 year old women in preparation for supper. Immediately, I was doubled over and unable to straighten up for several weeks and off work for several months.

During my recovery, I had chiropractic appointments every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and physiotherapy every Tuesday and Thursday. Over time I gained strength and returned to work, but this time I had a keen sense of just how fragile my back was and tried to be extra careful when lifting and turning bodies.

For the past 15 years I have gone to a Kinesiologist, twice a week for 6 months, a Holistic Chiropractor twice a week for 4 months, Special Needs Yoga for 3 years, Massage, once a week for 1 year, and Physiotherapy for 6 months to get some sort of relief for my lower back, all at great time and expense. Nothing helped.

For several years I slept on the couch with my legs propped up on pillows to relieve the tension in my lower back. Then, I bought an electric bed. At first I had my head and feet positioned at a forty-five degree angle. Otherwise, if I slept “flat, the pressure on my lower back made it extremely painful and impossible for me to get out of bed.

I started seeing Renee earlier this year and found her Feldenkrais Method to be effective as I was starting to experience real results in a very short period of time.

Over time, the pain in my lower back has completely disappeared. Recently, she asked me “From 1-10, how bad is the pain in your body?” I replied “No pain.” For the first time in fifteen years, I can say I am pain free.

Thanks Renee,  DH

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication Relationship & Life Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015

Body Balance: Inverted Foot

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Observing and exploring  an inverted foot posture I was told that due to a medical condition as a child the tendons in some of the toes had been cut.  With no opinions and continuing to investigate what movement was available, without any one particular focus, the lesson ended with new joint movement in the ankle.  There was also more contact between the foot and the floor  with less inversion.

Upon return for the following lesson the foot presented itself without being inverted!  The curling in was not present.

Renee’s notes:  When viewing the inverted foot the image of a baby who has not put any weight on their feet yet or developed their limb, ankle and foot muscles is what came to mind.  Exploring it from this perspective created a curiosity that led the lesson.

Recommendation:  Explore the facts with a curiosity and forget the labels!

©by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP, May, 2014
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000
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Listening Quotes

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness, Living in Natures Love Blog & Renee Lindstrom Live



Integration of Body, Mind & Spatial Awareness


At last nights listening to hear and speaking to be heard class we opened with, “Listening,” by Thich Nhat Hanh.   The class was focused on the values of empathy and on the qualities of how we listen.  Hearing this piece by Thich Nhat Hanh,  the message I hear is the power in self-empathy and empathic listening.

A  quote from the Dali Lama follows increasing the impact of this  message…..


We have to understand in order to be of help.  We all have pain, but we tend to suppress it because we don’t want it to come up in our living room.  The most important thing that we need is to be understood.  We need someone to listen to us and to understand us.  Then we will suffer less.  But everyone is suffering and no one wants to listen.  We don’t know how to express ourselves so that people can understand.  because we suffer so much, the way we express our pain hurts other people, and they don’t want to listen.

Listening is a very deep practice.  You have to empty yourself.  You have to leave space in order to listen..especially to people we think are our enemies, the ones we believe are making our situation worse.  When you have shown your capacity for listening and understanding, the other person will begin to listen to you, and you have a chance to tell him or her of your pain, and it’s your turn to get healed.  This is the practice of peace.

by Thich Nhat Hanh


quote by the Dali Lama

“The compassionate mind is very important. Fear, anger, jealousy are based on a self-centered attitude. By developing a sense of caring for others’ well-being your heart automatically opens and that brings transparency, straightforwardness and honesty, which leads to friendship. We are social animals, and one individual’s survival relies entirely on the rest of the community.”

Empathy from cultivating awareness from the inside out

The intent of this article is in the context of how  communication and movement can support the decrease of anxiety, stress & fear.

  • InTouch Communication:  Values & Empathy integration in communication for transforming disconnection into connection
  • Feldenkrais Movement: calming one’s nervous system.


Natural World Empathy Support 

  • Natures Love plant essences blended by Renee: support body, and minds feelings that block emotions and self-confidence
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  • Eating Coloured Foods:  Metal, Emotional and Physical Support
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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015

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