What is the Grinberg Method?
The Grinberg Method arises from the assumption that person and body are not two split entities, but that the individual grows, experiences, learns, and perceives through the body.
The body is, therefore, the learning channel through which is taught to stop patterns that bound our lives with chronic pain, behavioral limitations, and detachment from ourselves.
Possible goals for a process
Through cultivating body attention, the Grinberg Method can help you to:
● Work with physical pain and help your body heal
The process supports you in achieving a change from the actual condition you’re struggling with. Your state of well-being is the outcome of different patterns you’ve learned in order to deal with pain and fear. These patterns are efforts that channel your energy and attention into fighting instead of recuperating and healing. The process is focused on unlearning these patterns and re-learning how to allow your body to recover.
● Digest emotions and change behavioral patterns
It might be that in specific situations you experience ongoing stress, worry, fear, boredom, loneliness, and the like, or have a particular form of behavior, such as nervousness or shyness. The process will teach you how to stop these automatic ways of being, by letting you learn about the pattern that you fall into and why it exists.
● Unleash your potential
You may wish to develop a talent, follow an ambition, fulfill a specific project or goal, and give expression to your creativity or vision. By assessing what stands between you and your wish, and thus what you do to curb yourself in that field, you will learn to stop limiting yourself and allow your potential to manifest and be fulfilled.
How does it work?
Your goal is our purpose, when we define it, you will:
- understand what stands between you and your aim: the pattern you fall into that doesn’t allow you to express your intention
- experience what you do and what you become when you hold the pattern, in which circumstances it happens, where in the body, with which intensity.
- train your body attention, in order to be able to recognize and let go of the pattern
- experience and allow what you are holding back with the pattern.
The sessions can be associated with a traditional massage, but the significant difference is that you don’t lay passively on the massage table, but you’re invited to actively participate in the session. The way I teach is through physical touches that aim to bring your attention to specific parts of your body, through verbal guidance that conducts you in contracting and letting go of specific areas, and through your active participation in sensing and describing.
What is a pattern?
A pattern is a repetition we do in certain situations that limits our life.
It is what stands between us and what we are able to be and do.
In many situations, we’ve learned to hold back our true intention, our wish, and our needs.
Sometimes we are angry about something, we feel afraid, we are sad or ashamed, and the way we’ve learned to suppress those emotion work against our personal freedom to express what we feel.
So we repeat the same behavior against emotions, as we’ve learned that a boy cannot be afraid because he’s a man, that a girl cannot be angry because it is not feminine, that sadness is useless because it makes you weak and it is better to look ahead.
The way we suppress our true being is through the body: we contract our physicality, we retain our actions, and we find a safe shelter in our mind by numbing our perception and thinking. But when we do so, we don’t give space to our essence (we hold back ourselves), we block our will (what I need to do and say), we deny our freedom (making decisions that go against my desire), and we impede ourselves to live in the now (experience through our mind).
The result of these patterns is a limitation in what we want to be, being absent or confused in certain circumstances, chronic pains that come from not allowing relaxation in the part of our body that needs to heal, and a waste of energy in useless sets of actions.
Practical examples of the results of a pattern can be being stuck in fear of public speaking that leads us to be confused and overwhelmed, being trapped in a spiral of unexpressed anger that makes us irritable and intolerant, living in stagnant conditions that lead us to boredom, getting frozen by our way to deal with guilt and shame, or coincide to a Persona (character) that is not us.
In order to obtain a picture of the customer that does not go through his perceived, but his experienced, foot reflexology is used. It allows getting a profile of the person and his imbalances, physical patterns, and why they are adopted.