Trust--A Key Component to Transformational Change

January 27, 2015
Have you ever participated in a trust circle? You stand in the middle of the circle with your body rigid like a board and allow yourself to fall backwards letting the people on the outside of the circle catch you before you fall to the floor. If you have done this exercise you know that there has to be total trust among participants. In a Feldenkrais® hands-on (Functional Integration®) session there has to be that same level of trust for the client to willingly give over control of voluntary movements to the practitioner. 
Trusting someone else when you’re in pain is even more challenging. When you have on-going chronic conditions you organize your movements to avoid discomfort. You know your personal limitations and where you will encounter pain. If you give over the control of your movements to another person you wonder if s/he is going to cause you more pain and discomfort. You become vigilant so when necessary, you can stop any movements that are uncomfortable or painful. The irony is that the more you try to inhibit pain the more likely it is to occur. When you come for a Feldenkrais hands-on lesson you must have confidence/trust that the practitioner can guide you through uncharted waters and that you will be safe. It is the practitioner’s job to instill trust as s/he helps the client feel secure in the exploration of new effortless movement possibilities and inspire confidence that life and movement can be easy.
The following conversation about trust was part of a longer discussion that took place during the 2013 Okanagan B.C. Feldenkrais Practitioners’ Retreat. For anyone that is not familiar with the Feldenkrais Method this conversation will give you an idea of how seriously we take the comfort and safety of our clients. For those of you who are Feldenkrais practitioners it will affirm what you already know to be true about trust in the practitioner/client relationship.

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