With the dawn of a new year, many of us start out with noble notions and plans of self-improvement, promises to lose weight and a wish to somehow get rid of that niggling back pain that just seems to be getting worse. Two months on in – how’s it going for you?
If you’re still achieving the goals you set out earlier this year, then that’s fantastic. However, as big or small as our personal development dreams may be, the truth is that we are creatures of habit. The gap between who we are and who we want to be often remains daunting.
It’s easy to get up an hour earlier to go jogging one day, a little more difficult the next and the day after that. We slip up when we promised ourselves we were definitely not going to eat three doughnuts when we only intended on eating one. We lose ourselves to our usual repetitive, day-to-day motions because it’s easier and we can go through our day in “auto-mode”, making excuses that we “don’t have time” or “can’t do anything about it anyway”. The predictive habits we consider parts of ourselves are often manifested physically as back pain, headaches, fatigue and emotional imbalance.
However, Karen Carmeli, practitioner of the so-called Grinberg Method, believes that these habits can be remedied as long as we have a willingness to learn. Too often we try to deal with our problems intellectually without fully understanding the true origin of our behavior or physical discomfort. There needs to be a balance between what we learn intellectually as well as physically, or in the body.
The Grinberg Method, developed from roots in reflexology in the early 1970’s by Avi Grinberg, a former paramedic, is a holistic method of teaching using movement, physical pressure and breathing exercises to increase awareness and create change in the mind and the body. There are practitioners all over the world, but Karen is the only practitioner of The Grinberg Method in Japan.
This method teaches us to “quiet the mind” and “listen to the body”. However, this is not a psychoanalytical interrogation method, nor is it a fluffy, vague “just sit down and think positively and then we’ll send you home” kind of thing. The purpose of the method is to continuously learn how to change through physical movement and increasing our attention to better understand what’s going on inside and why we do what we do.
So how is it done? Firstly, through a series of one-on-one sessions, Karen asks a number of questions – anything from personal goals or struggles, to physical discomforts or emotional disorders to establish what you need and touch on where problems originate. However, the important part isn’t the questions, but our answers and why we answer what we do. The essence of why we answer a certain way leads to a greater understanding of ourselves and how we can change for the better. An important element is that we learn not to avoid fear, but to “go through it” and learn from it. The Grinberg methodology and its practitioners creates a safe environment for that fear to be expressed and dealt with naturally.
There is also a strong physical element – in fact, this is the critical part – where Karen will examine the soles of your feet and find painful points in the body and try to remove them. Yet, this is no normal massage and it’s not a time to relax and take it easy. The client must also work to pinpoint these painful areas in the body and help in their removal by using physical pressure counteracting that of the practitioner’s. It will, undeniably, be very painful at first, as there will be a lot of built up muscular tension and energy that needs to be released from those areas. These aches and pains – whether they be in the neck, the shoulders or anywhere else, are manifestations of vices we’ve developed through the years from bad posture, stress, nervous habits and dealing badly with emotional experiences.
By removing this pain through touch pressure and following up by learning how to stop creating it by dealing with both physical and emotional situations in a healthy way leads to continual development and improvement – raising energy levels, reducing physical pain and removing repetitive negative behavior.
The Grinberg Method is a very individualistic process – the number of sessions required varies greatly from client to client. Some people will learn quickly, others may need more time to develop the awareness needed to recognize and stop habits that they have been struggling with some time. The most important thing however, is that they learn to improve themselves emotionally, physically and are able to use this knowledge on their own and live life with a greater freedom of movement and expression.
For more information and reservation, please contact Karen