Humility and Feeling
As a therapist, I believe that some of the most important characteristics are humility, feeling and an ability to put ego aside.
It is easy to be filled up by the feeling of helping. The ego gets in the way of taking credit for the improvement. What we want to achieve is that the client’s body begins to heal itself and we become the one that activates and controls the process. Or control is not the correct word, we do not know how the process will look. To some extent it follows the patterns, we can learn to recognize different symptoms and body types and expect a certain result, but the healing is always guided by so many processes, both mental, physical and circumstantial.
If the ego gets in the way too much I think it will be hard to read the customer and do the treatment in the best possible manner. Then, it is easy to start having opinions that comes out of own experience. That you yourself feel better by a particular treatment or way of living and that applies to the person who turned to us for help.
Many new coming therapists have a very clear and a little simplistic idea of how it should be. They have their education had to learn techniques and theories and are strengthened in their approach. The more you work with different problems and different people, the more humble, I think we will become.
“The more you know, the more you realize that you do not know”
I am grateful for the training I had fifteen years ago. The teachers managed to get our students so (unsure) understanding of how difficult it is with health and treatments, we went out with the feeling of not having understood anything! The feeling was so clear that we (at least I) have always been hungry for more knowledge. Instead of rejecting other methods, it became more and more clear that we all really work with the same thing – but with slightly different methods.
We learned a solid base of anatomy and problems, but then it was open to continue working up experience and through that understanding how it all fits together.
The basis for different treatment techniques are the same. Both mental techniques, therapies and treatments are really the same basis and goals, and if we as therapists can sit on the side and offer our toolbox of methods and then let the customer’s body to determine what is required, it will be best. We do not need to tie ourselves to one method, but we can pick out things that feel right and effective.
Various techniques that seem very different seldom contradict each other, but can be combined. I have always been quite curious and have tried most things. Sometimes I have not thought so very much of it, but I have never rejected anything until I experienced it myself.
That is a pretty good attitude as a client before treatment, to be open to the positive that this therapist / technology can contribute and dare to relax and receive aid unconditionally.
Sometimes you experience a technique that feels wrong or do not provide what you had hoped for. But for another person that may just be what is needed to get a little closer to balance and well-being.
Sometimes the ego can get in the way and the therapist misses something important because they have a preconceived idea of what this customer needs, rather than listening and taking in information.
Sometimes the customer’s attitude can get in the way, they might not even want to get better, might have a preconceived idea of how good it really can be, or do not feel like taking care of the pesky things that are the basis for the pain. Sometimes we are not ready for these changes, or will have to be in even more pain to “get the thumb out ‘and doing things in a new way. We cannot always expect to be fixed, even though we paid for it.
Sometimes we hit just right and the results will be almost miraculous. Sometimes not so much at all, and it is easy to become discouraged and wonder what is wrong.
We will probably just have to work on doing our best, without extinguishing the desire to help and allowing the body to show the way, it usually know exactly what is needed, even if our minds do not always keep up.
My curiosity has at this stage of life led me to the fascia. There is so much exciting new research that challenges what I previously thought, but which also explains so much. I and the others at Atlasbalans are trying to collect as much as possible about this on our side about the fascia. If you are curious about how your body works, it may be worth taking a look ?
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