Body / Mind Integration Therapy

In the mid 90’s Terry became interested in the body/mind connection and began taking classes in Hakomi.  After completing a workshop called Trauma and the Body, Terry discovered great value in this work.  In 1996, Terry completed the year long training Hakomi for Bodyworkers with Morgan Holford and Susan McConnell.  Hakomi is a body-centered psychotherapy modality which is at the root of this training.

The origin of the name Hakomi is Hopi and means: “How do you stand in relation to these many realms?” The Hakomi Method provides a safe, gentle means for clients to explore and shift “how they stand in relation to” unconscious, hidden beliefs that influence one’s life — relationships, self-image, behaviors, habitual patterns.

Hakomi also addresses the physiological resolution of trauma by gently affording the body an opportunity to “defrost” from traumatic incidences that have been “frozen” in the body, resulting in a reduction of pain and post traumatic stress symptoms.  The Hakomi process gently supports the client in translating the language of the body through body gestures, posture, movement, verbal interaction, and the cultivation of internal awareness.  Tensions, sensations, images and memories become access routes to limiting belief systems while developing empowering resources that support new options and positive change.

 

Five essential principles create the context for this profound therapeutic method:

  • Mindfulness:  The art of turning one’s attention inward toward current experience – is a desired and necessary state of mind for the Hakomi process.  It is a skill that is cultivated and that improves with practice.  Mindfulness becomes the actual key to unlocking the ‘map room’ that holds limiting beliefs and unresolved experience such as trauma.
  • Non-violence:  The state of supporting change without force creates a setting of sensitivity and safety that allows a deep sense of connection to unfold.  In the atmosphere of such safety, the unconscious finds respite and a field in which to come forward into consciousness. That which has been hidden, can now be safely expressed and known.
  • Unity:  We live in a world of relationship and it is through relationship that we heal. In the healing process we don’t ‘get rid of’; instead, we shift the nature or quality of our relationship to people, places and things. We shift “how we stand in relation to these many realms.”
  • Organicity:  Life is a mystery.  In Hakomi, there exists a reverence for that which cannot be known and can only be experienced.  Hakomi does not seek to solve a problem, but rather is present to support the truth of the experience unfolding.
  • Body-Mind-Spirit Wholism: Where does the body end and the mind begin?  All experience is incorporated throughout the matrix of body-mind-spirit.

The experience of personal empowerment that results from such in depth work is profound and highly individual.  Clients frequently experience a sense of renewal, possibility and confidence – an overall feeling of being more alive and aware.