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Bodywork & Breathwork

About this course

A new way of look­ing at how the body holds trau­ma, and how to release it

Tra­di­tion­al psy­chother­a­py explores how the mind holds onto thought pat­terns and ways of being that are inef­fec­tu­al and/or harm­ful. Through dia­logue, the ther­a­pist attempts to help the client to loosen the grip of the non-help­ful belief.

Hold­ing on to such beliefs is demon­stra­bly the basis for dys­func­tion­al behav­iour. The “hold­er” forms pat­terns of behav­iour to sup­port and rein­force the belief. We see this in uni­ver­sal state­ments such as, “she always…”, “he nev­er…” which are con­flat­ed to “All (wo)men are…”

Clear­ly, noth­ing is uni­ver­sal. But the ini­tial “hold­ing / block­ing” set­up we con­coct is frag­ile and needs prop­ping up, so all evi­dence to the con­trary is repressed.

Body­work the­o­ry sug­gests that our bod­ies hold with­in their phys­i­cal struc­ture the sto­ry of our unre­solved issues and past trau­mas, both phys­i­cal and psychological.

This course is 36 lessons, and is avail­able for $35.00 USD

Membership Level

You have select­ed the Body­work & Breath­work mem­ber­ship level. 

As infants, we are taught to form a “self”  —  we do this by learn­ing to dif­fer­en­ti­ate between “me” and “not me.” We also learn to repress our­selves by tight­en­ing our bod­ies and breath­ing halt­ing­ly and shal­low­ly.
We find our­selves locked in a prison of tight mus­cles and shal­low beliefs, hav­ing repressed much about our­selves   —   hav­ing repressed much of our pas­sion.

This process hap­pens as we are social­ized into the rules and roles of:

  • our fam­i­ly
  • our soci­ety and
  • the groups to which we belong.

Such groups encour­age only those aspects of our natures that fit in with their pre-con­ceived mind-set of what’s accept­able. At the same time, they sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly manip­u­late us to repress what doesn’t “fit.”
Thus, the tight­ness of our per­son­al “square box” is to some extent deter­mined by the val­ues and inten­tions of those around us, and by how much of our essen­tial natures we learned to (and agreed to!) sup­press.

The main physical mechanism of this suppression is muscular tightness.

This tight­ness is then played out in emo­tion­al tight­ness (lim­it­ed emo­tions, some emo­tions judged as good, oth­ers judged bad and hence avoid­ed.) Emo­tion­al tight­ness is exhib­it­ed in a person’s resis­tance to ful­ly feel­ing the range of their emo­tions.
We’ll devote a chap­ter to this, but suf­fice it to say that we tend, in gen­er­al, to empha­size “good” emo­tions and to deny, sup­press, or bury “bad” emotions.

This is one issue that Body­work addresses.

In this course, we’ll explore Body­work from both West­ern and East­ern approach­es. Using descrip­tive text, pho­tos and videos, you’ll gain a bet­ter under­stand­ing of how our bod­ies “work.” With plen­ti­ful exer­cis­es, you’ll dis­cov­er ways to shift the things your body is holding.

The price for mem­ber­ship is $35.00 now. 

Mem­ber­ship expires on Decem­ber 31, 2028.

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  1. Body­work 101  —  Body­work Overview 
  2. Body­work 101  —  Intro­duc­to­ry Essay 
  3. Resis­tance ver­sus Openness 
  4. Body Embarrassment 
  5. The Impor­tance of Touch 
  6. How The Body “Works”
  7. Estab­lish­ing Neu­tral Posture 
  8. The Body­work Per­spec­tive – How the Body Tilts 
  9. The Body­work Per­spec­tive – Body Zones & Parts 
  10. The Body­work Per­spec­tive – The Shoulders 
  11. The Body­work Per­spec­tive –the Chest and Sternum 
  12. The Body­work Per­spec­tive – The small of the back 
  13. The Body­work Per­spec­tive – The Pelvis (sacrum) from the back 
  14. The Body­work Per­spec­tive – The Pelvis from the Front 
  15. The Body­work Per­spec­tive  —  Mus­cu­lar Tension 
  16. A Body­work Ses­sion  —  Setup 
  17. A Body­work Ses­sion  —  Upper Body  —  Front 
  18. A Body­work Ses­sion – The Upper & Mid­dle Back 
  19. A Body­work Ses­sion – Part 2 
  20. Breath­work  —  10 Step Breath­ing Exercise 
  21. Intro­duc­tion to Breathwork 
  22. Free­ing the Body 
  23. Chi Imbalance 
  24. Using Body­work to Release Emotions 
  25. Begin­ner’s Guide to Free­ing Massage 
  26. Body­work Exer­cis­es  —  Open­ing the Chest 
  27. Body­work Exer­cis­es  —  Open­ing the Belly 
  28. Body­work Exer­cis­es  —  Open­ing the Low­er Back 
  29. Body­work and East­ern Medicine 
  30. East­ern Body­work  —  About the Chakras 
  31. East­ern Body­work  —  Chakra 1 
  32. East­ern Body­work  —  Chakra 2 
  33. East­ern Body­work  —  Chakra 3 
  34. East­ern Body­work  —  Chakra 4 
  35. East­ern Body­work  —  Chakra 5 
  36. East­ern Body­work  —  Chakra 6 
  37. East­ern Body­work  —  Chakra 7 
  38. Body­work Exer­cise  —  Chakra Balancing 
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