The Grinberg Method offers two types of processes for individuals—a learning process that focuses on personal development and a recovery process where the learning is focused on dealing with acute and recurrent physical conditions. Both kinds of processes are a series of 1-hour sessions in which the client meets regularly with a qualified practitioner.
During a session, the practitioner draws from over 200 techniques of touch and incorporates breath, movement, verbal instructions and description tools to fit to each individual client.
Initially, you learn the basic lessons of letting go of effort in your muscles, getting to know different possibilities of breathing, quieting your mind and more. This leads to a heightened level of paying attention through the body—noticing and allowing physical sensations that were not previously apparent.
Teaching to let go of extra
effort in the leg
As the process progresses, you will go into greater depth and learn to incorporate into your physical experience the emotions, thoughts, sensations and life history that are fundamental aspects of what would be needed to stop. The practitioner will adapt the pace, depth and intensity to the client.
You reach a point in the process where you can actively recreate by choice—using a high level of energy and attention—what previously happened automatically as a routine. Then it would also be possible for you to voluntarily stop it.
The optimal way of stopping is to do so in daily life. It can be done either through altering the situation or by being able to stop—even before you start—the automatic way in which you routinely relate to the situation.
Whenever we stop a routine, we have an opportunity to meet something new; different options and possibilities become available. We free up the energy we were using to maintain that habit and can now choose where we want to direct it.
The overall intention behind any process is that you apply in life the skills you have learned and practiced during the sessions.
The outcome of choosing to not continue a routine can be experienced on many levels, including greater agility and physicality, a richness of emotions, more precision and determination of action, and enhanced clarity and open-mindedness. Our body is then able to find a greater sense of equilibrium, health and freedom.
The starting point of a learning process can be a physical condition such as digestive disorders, headaches, breathing difficulties, etc. Other focuses can range from difficulties in having and expressing certain emotions, to indecision, problems of time management or any other experience that detracts from your life. When it is a wish you would like to bring into reality, it could include any kind of project, a quality you seek or a talent you want to enhance.
A recovery process is for people who experience acute physical conditions, for those who suffer from severe recurring conditions that noticeably alter or affect their life and after a physical trauma (also before and after surgery).
The process is a specific methodology within the Grinberg Method. It is based on the assumption that the body would heal itself better given the right conditions. It also assumes that we are unaware of and need to re-learn how to provide these conditions, as normally the following tends to happen:
- We try not to experience the fear and pain that are involved with any ongoing severe physical condition or sudden trauma—creating extra effort and further weakening the body
- We attempt to disconnect from the body—especially from the area that needs to heal—in order to avoid the entire physical experience
- We experience an unquiet mind and a general restlessness, as we are troubled by the condition
The recovery process attempts to achieve the best conditions for the natural healing of the body. The practitioner’s intention is to teach the client to:
- Allow the flow of fear
- Stop the reactions to pain
- Quiet the mind
- Focus the body’s attention on the area that needs it most
All of this is done in a focused and concentrated manner to encourage the intensity with which the body struggles to achieve its healing process. Ultimately, parallel to any required medical treatment, the results would be a more complete recovery over a shorter period of time.
Once an individual is beyond an acute stage, it is possible to continue with a learning process.