Body/Mind Therapy with Anita Bondi
My 25 years of training in the healing arts runs the gamut from traditional massage therapy to specialized studies with osteopathic physician, Stephen Myles Davidson, DO. I am trained to look at the whole person, beyond diagnosis, medications, and prognosis. I take a history that includes past traumas, accidents, injuries, lifestyle choices, diet, and exercise. I listen. I palpate. I look. I touch. Usually I follow this recipe over and over again during a session. Listen. Palpate. Look. Touch. Repeat.
The body and its functioning is a beautiful, complex mystery and each person is unique and different. There is no one way to treat anything! Sometimes illness is chemical, sometimes physical, sometimes emotional, sometimes related to past history, present circumstances, or a combination of both. Typically it is a combination of many things. Since balance in the body is an individual thing so then is illness, pain, and discomfort.
Here is an analogy given to me by Dr. Davidson. Think of your whole self/person in a swimming pool and you are walking towards the deep end. At some point you will be underwater, beyond where you can comfortably breathe. This is the way that illness manifests in the body. We are fine (0r so we think) until we aren’t (or are under water and cannot breathe). Now we have to do something because not being able to breathe is uncomfortable. In the analogy we can then turn around and walk back towards the shallow end. Our head will come out of the water and we will be able to breathe again. Treatments are like walking into the shallow end of the pool again. Strain patterns are found and released and “one feels like they can breathe again.” There is a sense of ease in the body and the body can begin to re-balance itself. The body can begin to heal. Repeated treatments continue the process and can help the body to function optimally.
There is no magic, only science (which at times can seem like magic). The body wants to be well. At times it needs help.
The most important thing is that a patient have a medical team, (made up of doctors, practitioners, experts) that they trust, that listens to them, that takes the time to treat them individually, and that keeps trying until the patient responds positively. We are so fortunate to live in this era. Complementary therapy is now living right alongside traditional medicine. Many hospitals have alternative therapy centers and wings attached to the main facilities. I do not see this issue as an either /or, rather, a both/ and.
Each patient needs to find the team that works for them. This team can also be made up of family members, clergy, friends, and trusted teachers.
There is an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. In my opinion the village is needed to keep that child going through adulthood and into old age.