Monday, December 3, 2012

Who is a good candidate for "bioenergetic rehabilitation"?

Over the past 14 years I have treated many people with many kinds of injuries. I've treated injured shoulders, backs, knees, ankles, hands, fingers -- you name it. A lot of those treatments were what I call "guerilla" treatments: in my training or my teaching or just walking on the street I would meet someone in pain, and I would offer to treat them. In some cases I've seen stunning results and in a small minority of cases no results, and I've often wondered what makes the difference. I believe that most physiotherapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and osteopaths have also encountered the same phenomenon: many clients who respond well and a few who, for whatever reason, don't.

In my experience injured athletes and people in a great deal of pain are the ones who respond most quickly and most readily. For both, there is huge incentive to get better. Athletes want to get back to their sport. People in a lot of pain want the pain to stop. They don't care how it happens, so long as it happens. They don't go into a lot of thinking and rumination about what energy healing is and how and why it works. They are just willing to try it. There is openness to the experience, a feeling of allowing, and sometimes even curiosity. In this way they become participants in their own healing, and we can both watch it unfold.

Several of my teachers have told me that I should not call myself a healer. The person I am treating heals him or herself. They are the healers. I am the facilitator. The people who understand this are the ones who heal most quickly. We are doing this together.