face=Arial>Body Harmony® is the name given to an integrated
approach to bodywork and life skills pioneered by Don McFarland and now
practised around the world. Body Harmony incorporates many of the numerous
techniques available for working with the body, mind and spirit but what makes
it particularly effective is the way the incorporates these into a touch that
listens to the whole being. We work from the understanding that each body knows
what will help it heal and the skill is in listening' in such a way that a body
feels safe to share the stories of its life and to take the steps to achieve the
healing. This gives access to the body's natural healing abilities, inner wisdom
and self confidence so Body Harmony promotes healing and personal effectiveness
in all areas of life.
Body Harmony works on all aspects of being, from
the deep physical structure to the meta physical components. Practitioners
recognise that current knowledge about the interactions between the physical,
emotional and energetic is only in its infancy, whereas our own structure,
physical, emotional and metaphysical understands what it needs but can get stuck
in painful protective patterns and emotional cycles meaning it may need a
helping hand or listening ear to enact the movement toward health.
For many years Don McFarland had extensive experience
as both student and colleague of numerous pioneers in the fields of bodywork,
breathwork, healing, psychology, sports and dance medicine and observed that
whatever system was being applied to people's bodies, those bodies themselves
had their own opinions on what was being done, and how it was it was being done.
They also had their own ways of making those opinions known. Consistently
confirmed in his own practice, he saw the most easily made, effective and long
lasting changes were being achieved by the bodyworkers who were open both to
listening to, AND to being guided by these body responses.
from this, Body Harmony uses a usually gentle, non-invasive but responsive touch
to encourage the whole being to release trauma and injury, increase energy flow
and expand its movement; actively involving the individual as participant in
their own healing. To achieve this elements of many bodywork, healing and
related methods from around the world may be recognisable within a session. The
stories the body tells through indicators like movement and stillness, changes
in breathing or in tensions and pulses under the practitioners hand prompt and
guide their application. No technique is applied in isolation because it's good
for you' nor is anything imposed.
What to Expect
will usually start with discussion and an assessment of body structure, function
and alignment during which the body will start to talk'. This generally, but
not always, progresses to hands on work on the treatment table with each session
being as individual as the person participating. Some are very gentle and quiet,
some more active and cathartic in nature but all address the stories we hold and
how they affect our functioning in everyday life, whether that be physical,
emotional or social. There are examples of sessions included in a fuller article
on Body Harmony in Positive Health Magazine.
What can Body Harmony help?
According to client willingness
and desire Body Harmony can relieve stress and tension, relieve aches and pains
and restore natural body movement so improving function, posture and
presentation. It can accelerate physical and emotional healing and resolve
issues held in the body to allow enhanced health, vitality and communication,
increased success and prosperity, and improved interpersonal relationships.
Workshops and Group Events
In a session the client learns more
about their own responses and ways to continue their healing at home. Workshops
and trainings build on this: a common wish after experiencing body harmony in a
session is to take the understanding of our own body responses further by
attending group events. Often called trainings or classes these workshops are
far from limited to those intending professional practice, they are group events
led by Body Harmony teachers in which anyone with an interest can find out more
about Body Harmony or explore specific skills further. Most workshops/trainings
are suitable for everyone and we welcome complete beginners as well as those
experienced in related fields. Many people with no wish to practice
professionally participate in Body Harmony classes to work with themselves, and
with family and friends.
Specific introductory classes are available
which address the basic elements of Body Harmony but all classes develop the
skills for effective work with ourselves and others in a collaborative,
experiential and lively way which makes learning the mechanics of freedom a
pleasant and joyful experience. Often they have a theme to focus the work and
some like the 5 Module Course are designed to train professional practitioners.
The public practice of Body Harmony has three
progressive stages overseen by the International Body Harmony Guild (IBHG).
An Internationally Certified Practitioner has demonstrated an
understanding of the principles of Body Harmony and the ability to apply these
mechanics in a manner that assures personal empowerment without compressive side
effects. Minimum preparation is 5 Modules of 20 hours each.
Internationally Certified Consultant has demonstrated the ability to analyse the
structural relationships of a system- from individual to family, to corporate.
To pinpoint their points of stress, and facilitate more harmonious functioning.
This usually requires an average of 1000hours training in Body Harmony and
An Internationally Certified Teacher has
demonstrated the attributes of both consultant and practitioner and is able to
demonstrate and teach the mechanics of Body Harmony by word and action.
The International Body Harmony®
Body Harmony is a registered name and all practitioners must be
accredited by the IBHG and be current members of this Guild.
This site has information on practitioners worldwides, current classes
and local contacts in other regions.