Listen to your Intuition
Listening to our intuitions and inner guidance makes us stronger as dance movement psychotherapists, not stronger as in tough and ready but, the opposite, stronger to feel and work from your heart.
What happens when we don’t listen?
- We feel frustrated
- Anxiety sets in
- Lack of energy
- Lack of joy in working with your patients
- We become rigid / dry in mind and body
- Feel we have let our patient down
And when we do listen the session’s just flow, the relationship just flows! At least this is my experience and I would bet that it is the experience of many of you too. We won’t always get it right as my supervisor says but at least we would have been honest with what our body was telling us.
‘Our inner guidance comes to us through our feelings and body wisdom first…not through intellectual understanding’
Dr Christiane Northrup
Empathically attuning with clients / patients is where impressions and intuitions appear and most especially as a dance movement psychotherapists this is where the real strength of the work lies. I feel quite passionate about this and sharing my thoughts about this subject is because I often come across therapists who discount the intuition as something to not really pay attention to simply because it cannot be proven. They get caught up in the lineal reasoning as oppose to the lived and felt experience which is where we should all be working.
Also working with patients who have had traumatic experiences where their sense of self has become a traumatic sense of self where any notions of intuition and listening to that inner wisdom become unreal, become not of the body has urged me to really pay more attention. Gentle listening and resonating back on the part of the therapist is essential for these patients. However, listening to your intuitive voice is essential.
Babette Rothschild in her book the body remembers stresses the importance of the therapist being aware of what is happening in their own bodies and to know in themselves the signs of nervous system arousal and relaxation. The nervous system arousal is a sign of detrimental! The higher the sympathetic hyperarousal the more chance the thinking capacity diminishes due to stress hormones in the limbic system.
So how can we be more in tune with our inner teacher?
- Listen to your bodies signals / language
- Ask yourself how is my body responding to this situation / person?
- Do you feel comfort or not in this situation, with this person?
- Come back again and again to your body
- Get good supervision.