My dream is for bodyworkers to have dialogue, financial and strategic cooperation, social visibility, and understanding of our place in healthcare and our secret allies. But what in the world is a bodyworker?
o Well, that’s anybody’s guess, but for me it’s any form of work that approaches the body through the touch sense, whether it’s self-sensing aided by instruction or touching/interacting with the patient by the practitioner. A bodywork form could approach any of the parts or tissues of the body, and the energy pathways running through and around the body. Active engagement of the person’s nervous system with the goal of balance, ease, reorganization and functional achievement is probably involved in all bodywork to some degree.
o Some, but not all, of the fields that could fall in this category are Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis, manual osteopathy, yoga, physical therapy, medical intuition, gym training, Body-Mind Centering, orthopedic surgery, Zumba, Alexander Technique, Centered Riding, any sport, Pilates, Reiki, chiropractic, Feldenkrais, yoga, physiatry and acupuncture.
o These fields are all distinct, and often their practitioners are radically different and bitterly opposed to one another. But they are all bodyworkers, and I am seeking to improve and promote dialogue, understanding, and sharing between bodywork fields. Dialogue and respect has been shut down by lies about economic competition, fear-based ideas that someone must be right and someone wrong, and a failure of imagination. That’s where I, and you come in.