Exploration of direct bodily experience
The body is an invaluable instrument, always available as a source of information, instructing us on what we feel in a particular situation and providing a blueprint for action. It is naturally equipped with self-healing mechanisms which spring into action when the body is relaxed. Today’s stressful and dynamic lifestyle often prevents us from fully connecting with our bodies. Often we have to learn what it really means to understand our feelings and trust our bodies. The body is extraordinarily sensitive and profoundly attached to the deeper levels of being. Bodily experiences and perceptions are pathways to an internal understanding of what, in a particular situation, is appropriate and nourishing and what is not. The body is always in the present moment. Scientific evidence has recently shown that a lasting, real change in our psychophysical condition is necessarily rooted in bodily experiences.
Mindful, gradual awareness of experience
Mindfulness is the state of open, inquisitive observation and an awareness of sensations and feelings at any given moment. A session taking place in a safe, neutral environment enables curiosity and empathy while eliciting observations and feelings of the sensations arising in the here and now as a result of a specific problem or challenge – namely feelings, emotions, thoughts, memories and impulses on all levels of being. Listening to these feelings (and our reactions to them) results in a full comprehension of them and the creation of a space in which natural intelligence and the healing wisdom of our own organism can be expressed. The idea of mindfulness can be found in a variety of spiritual traditions spanning back millennia. Contemporary neuroscience confirms that the path to healing always leads through embodied experiences of different emotional, mental and energetic processes in the present. It is only the immediacy of the present moment that can bring the torrent of stressful responses to a halt, as it makes our whole system aware that particular unpleasant experiences are not part of the here and now. Moreover, we realize that certain feelings should not be automatically tied to beliefs, stories, fears, etc.
Reinforcement of Personal Strength
Our ideal state is the state of relaxation and presence. By contrast, chronic excitement, stress, fear, distress or depression prevents us from reacting appropriately to circumstances and challenges. When, during a session, we come into contact with such feelings, we help our clients locate their own resources which provide a sense of safety and stability. Resources can be inside or outside our bodies. They take on many forms, ranging from pleasant or neutral bodily experiences, positive memories and images to thoughts about friends, family, pets, and artistic pleasures. The recognition of sources of power also strengthens our ability to handle our everyday lives. We also support the Agency. This means we explore with our clients how they create their own perpetuating symptoms and support their capacity to shift old patterns. During this process the client develops somatic mindfulness and an orientation to personal strengths which help both to increase capacity for self as well as to affect regulation.
Empathic therapeutic relationship
The therapist-client relationship is at the core of any therapeutic work. We take great care to establish a safe and empathic relationship with our clients, since it helps us come into contact with the processes they experience during the sessions. This approach is of the utmost importance when dealing with people who lack trust and feel unsafe. We try to support the fundamental needs of every human being, creating a compassionate and loving space in which our clients can feel acknowledged, heard, understood and accepted.
Our work is rooted in approaches that draw on the latest scientific findings in various fields. Modern science is increasingly confirming recognitions that until now were mainly of an intuitive nature. The understanding of bodily and psychological mechanisms is becoming increasingly complex. At the same time, the approaches to resolving problems and coping with challenges are becoming increasingly efficient and yielding more lasting results. We help our clients understand why a specific problematic experience makes them react in a particular way. We help them find meaning in such events or situations.