The Grinberg method is a structured way of learning through the body.
It works with pain and fear, because the way we deal with them, tells us a lot about who we are. And they can be strong catalysts for transformation.
Our reaction to pain and fear is held in the body as a strong pattern (for example sucking in the belly, lifting shoulders, clenching jaws, holding breath). Throughout our lives we’ve learned to respond in a similar way to certain situations. Ways that can be limiting us in our daily lives, because we respond from something that has happened in the past. During a session I make you aware of these old patterns and teach you how to break them by offering other options.
To define what needs to be learned, the method combines your past experience with your present condition and wishes for the future.
The aim of the process is to attain greater health, get insight in strong habitual and unconscious patterns, teach you how to regulate self-limiting states and with this, experience more freedom in the here and now.
Basic Concepts of the Grinberg Method
Stopping what limits you - Breaking patterns
Throughout our lives we learned to respond in a similar way to certain situations. By repeating ourselves we developed patterns of movement, thought, emotion and behaviour. These patterns alienate us from our bodies, causing pain and discomfort. They generate recurring moods that diminish our experience of life. Leading us to relating to ourselves and others as a matter of routine.
The Grinberg Method emphasizes that an essential key to any change or achievement is the willingness and ability to stop the habits that would otherwise limit us. Since we often experience our habits as “who we are,” breaking them presents a challenge.
Learning a different approach
Fear, pain, unwanted feelings, loss and the like commonly appear in life. Today, with any effort to realize a change or a goal, we may encounter them in different volumes. They would normally be perceived as obstacles, and we would continue to relate to them as we did in the past; overcoming, ignoring, avoiding, being overwhelmed by them.
The Grinberg Method offers a new approach. Here are a few examples of what would be taught and experienced through the body:
-Not to look at it as an enemy
-To let it flow through the body so it strengthens rather than paralyzes us
-Not to reduce our options as a way to avoid it
-To gain back qualities we have lost in our past
-To ensure that it does not repeat itself
-Not to allow past conclusions to define who we are
-Not to let it dictate the future
-To allow it, so we can let go of it
-Not to resist it, as this makes it even stronger
-To notice that it is not bigger than us—no need to collapse or give up to it
-To experience it in our bodies rather than try to deal with it as an ongoing dialogue in our heads or by talking about it to others
About the body
-To let our bodily perceptions enrich our experiences
-To let the body heal itself better through the right conditions—attention, relaxation and allowing the flow of fear and pain.
-Experiencing through the body rather than through the mind, and the related different outcome.
-To start implementing our will at any moment, achieving to get what we want
-To learn that it’s like a muscle—the more we practise it, the stronger it gets
-To get a stronger will by not contradicting our intentions
-To exercise our will with our whole body, increasing the chances for our intentions to happen
Personal freedom - Choosing who and how to be
Although we sometimes perceive life as happening to us or as being out of our control, things can stop and others can start. Even when circumstances cannot be changed, we can still choose who and how to be within the situation. Recognizing this and acting upon it allows us to exercise our personal freedom.