Everything that happens in life is experienced not only with our mind but also through our body. Certain experiences, that have either been very strong such as a trauma, or have been repeated often, leave traces in the body, much like your body on a memory foam mattress. Experiences can shape us through the way we unconsciously hold ourselves, limit our breathing, or contract certain areas in the body.
Every time there is a certain impulse that reminds us of that situation we repeat the same reaction like an autopilot program. We thus perceive the world from that point of reference as if we are still stuck in our past, loosing the ability to choose freely.
Like this, certain patterns of being, stick with us for a long time; Shyness, lack of confidence, thoughts of "I'm not good enough", "I'm too much" or "I'll never let anyone hurt me again", just to name a few.
Moods we experienced as children in the family, stay with us, long after we have left our home. We may not even really know why we feel in a certain way because nothing in your real life supports this feeling and yet the mood stays. Like this, we can start to feel that life runs in a certain fixed direction for us and that our choices become less and less free.
THE GRINBERG METHOD
What it is
The Grinberg Method uses touch, breath, movement, physical exercises, description tools and techniques to increase the ability to pay attention. It is a structured teaching-learning interaction between practitioner and client, with the body being the focus. The aim of the Grinberg Method is teaching people to recognize and release patterns that direct them to respond on autopilot rather than from freedom. When these limiting ways of being are stopped, there is tremendous energy for people to move towards greater health and more personal possibilities. The Grinberg Method is for people wishing to end their suffering from physical pain as well as anyone ready to live their lives more fully.
HOW IT WORKS
The Grinberg Method is not a treatment. It is a learning process. Through instruction and touch by the practitioner, a client learns to pay attention to the different physical areas that support specific patterns. A client then learns to gain control over these patterns, ultimately stopping them, through different exercises.
Learning ways of breathing different from your own fixed style is a crucial part of the process. Breathing fully and completely allows us to gain more energy that is needed to create sustainable change.
The Grinberg Method teaches how to become aware of automatic and unconscious reactions to fear and pain.
Fear as such is a necessary experience, serving as an emergency and warning system. If experienced fully, it activates all kinds of qualities that we need in extreme situations like extra energy, clarity, focus, speed, and quietness. Most people consider fear as something negative that they would not like to experience. They use a lot of energy to avoid situations that may trigger their fear. They try to ignore it, numb themselves to it or get very scared of fear itself. As a consequence they become stuck, repeating the same things in life without daring to listen to their wishes and dreams and lacking the energy for change.
Pain acts as a necessary indicator to tell us that something is wrong in the body. Similar to fear, most people have forgotten or never learned how to deal with pain in a constructive and self-responsible way.
Instead pain is seen as something that we should not have and that we have no control over. We try to get rid of any pain we feel. We try not to feel. We ignore it. If we learn to stop our reactions to pain and instead bring our full attention to the experience of the pain, the body is able to reassemble, restore, and repair much better.
The feet are the foundation of our body. As we stand on our feet for long times, many things that are happening in our body, are also present in our feet. For example if you carry a bag on one shoulder there is more weight distributed to one foot. Every effort, every tension, and every pressure that is created frequently shapes our body and subsequently also shapes our feet.
At the beginning of every session, the practitioner looks at the client’s feet in order to see where there are imbalances in the distribution of energy and attention. Through this so called ‘foot analysis’ the practitioner can use the feet as a map for the body in order to learn more about the limiting patterns that the client wants to stop and the physical areas that are affected. This will then affect where and how in the body the practitioner will work.