Thursday, May 8, 2008

A Proactive, Therapeutic Mix


"So what do we do? Anything - something. So long as we don't just sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late."

Lee Iacocca,
Former Chairman of Chrysler Corporation

As a student of Bodywork, I enjoy learning a multitude of techniques and combining them into a therapeutic mix for the benefit of the client. The more of these "modalities" I have in my bag of tricks, the better. One of methods I  rely on most is Acupressure. Based on acupuncture theory, Shiatsu  and other Traditional Chinese Medicine branches,  it addresses distress inside the body by applying pressure to various "points" on the outside of the body, which are connected to meridians, or energy centers within. Treating these "points" unclogs the blockage of energy flow through the meridians.

 I consider it a first line of defense.


 It's proactive, where reaching for the Motrin bottle is reactive.

Victor Frankl coined the word "proactive" in  Man's Search for Meaning : "to take responsibility for one's life rather than looking for causes in outside circumstances, or other people."  He formed this theory after losing his wife, father and family to the Nazi concentration camps. He believed that even in  the vilest of circumstances, meaning can be found, and even created.

Steven Covey, in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People defines being proactive as "acting before a situation becomes a source of confrontation, or crisis."

When it becomes a crisis, Then It's time for the Motrin.

As a student of Bodywork, I've learned a lot about the body, but I've also learned a lot about myself and others, and that the mind and body are truly are one:
 distress in the mind=distress in the body.

But
Anything proactive we do for one effects the other.

Work on both? 
A Therapeutic mix. 
For you are your own client,
And you must have a multitude of techniques in your bag of tricks.
Tricks for the health of the  Body.
Tricks for the health of the Mind.
Tricks to unclog the blockages which keep your mind from remembering you have a body.
Just like acupressure, you won't get results unless you use them regularly,
and when we do, we can take "responsibility for our lives, rather than looking for causes in outside circumstances, or other people. "
If it was possible to do it in a concentration camp, then surely we can put some pressure
in our own lives.  When we do, it invariably travels the meridians between you and I, unclogging the blockages of energy between us.

And anything proactive we do for one, effects the other.

“It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.”

-Confucius

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