It's very exciting to begin work on a new series of books about the body. The first three in the "Somatic Intelligence" series were for bodyworkers and hands on practitioners. They spoke to the theories and principles that make somatic education work, then included techniques and movements in the subsequent volumes. What a revelation to walk through the looking glass with my first somatic education teacher, Dr. Tom Hanna, who opened up a whole new world to the capacities of sensory awareness and its effects on health and well-being.
The journey has continued over the last 25 years with ongoing study in neuromuscular re-education, the brain(s) and how they interact, the role of the internal organs and glands, the role of energetic pathways and gateways, the role of the fluids, the multi-dimensional osteopathic approach, chi kung, and more.
Having begun with meditation and other spiritual practices in the 1970's, there was a natural curiosity as to the ways in which consciousness effected the body, the mind, the heart, and overall well-being. The curiosity expanded into the ways in which the formation of the body and its memories or holdings might be restricting freedoms of all kinds. At some point about fifteen years ago, there was a universal intelligence along with the intimations of the inner guru that began to reveal countless relationships, reflections, and types of interconnectedness that were being express in and through the body as a mirror.
Night after night, day after day, session after session (with clients), these intimations opened my eyes and awareness through its own light to the infinite wonders of the system and what it's connected to. Along the way I began to keep a journal of some of these revelations, and an urge came to share some of them. Having been very athletic my entire life with dance, martial arts, and several sports, many injuries developed.
These revelations guided me through them all and helped me to understand much more deeply what was going on in my clients as well, although each road to balance is quite unique. Looking back and tapping the roots of medicine, I discover that all of the wholistic approaches (Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Osteopathy, Reiki, and more) were revelations and gifts of Spirit, our common origins, that is also the source of healing.