Bodywork as a self-knowledge method – Q&A
WHERE DOES THE TERM „BODYWORK” ORIGINALLY COME FROM?
This self-knowledge group method has its roots in different dance and movement therapeutic methodologies. It was named Bodywork by its founder Nóra Pecsenka as it is the work of consciousness in the body. Also, Bodywork has a philosophical and spiritual background similar to Byron Katie’s The Work.
In English-speaking countries, the expression of bodywork (like this in lowercase) covers many different therapies and techniques in complementary medicine which involve touching and moving body parts, thus, massages, manipulative therapies, breath work and the promotion of body-mind awareness.
Thus, bodywork and Bodywork are two different terminologies.
WHAT KIND OF APPROACH IS BODYWORK BASED ON?
Bodywork is fundamentally formed by Nondual philosophy and Integral Psychology. By understanding the development of human consciousness, techniques are selected to match the given section of consciousness.
IN WHICH AREAS CAN WE USE BODYWORK?
Compared to other dance and movement-based methodologies, Bodywork has a predominant focus on the border between existence and non-existence. We facilitate self-knowledge processes in which participants can experience presence and consciousness in the body, mind and emotions as well as in human movement and touch.
We can enrich our potential as human beings: we will gain a deeper understanding about the merits of being in a human body and about the responsibility for our actions and relationships.
We support individuals on their journeys, in which they can cross and move around the complete realm of consciousness between conception and death, or to put it with other words, between the fall from grace and homecoming.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A BODYWORK PROCESS?
By moving, touching and being touched, we might uncover earlier experiences that have their traces in our body. By processing these memories, we can manage current blocks. In this method, we focus on both intrapersonal and interpersonal dimensions. The most important elements of this method are: arrival in the body, group formation, search for resource (trust, self-power) and the integration of the various parts of the self and also of consciousness. After each process, there is room for verbalization and the cognitive realization of the very experiences.
WHO IS BODYWORK ADVISED FOR?
Bodywork is advised for everyone with a healthy personality and for those who are spiritual seekers. In case of mental disorders, the Hungarian Association for Dance and Movement Therapy can provide adequate and secure facilitation.