Zoom Sessions now available and gaining in popularity! It is amazing the healing power that can be harnessed even when we are not physically together. I have now (surprisingly and happily) spent an entire year cultivating this healing art form that would have never found its way to me if not for COVID-19. The silver lining in the pandemic has been that dozens of people have been with me online for body/mind therapy that includes: talking about what is going on in any given situation, inquiry into the patterns and mindsets, body scanning to find out the feelings and sensations as further roadmaps, and at times “hands on” energy work to release the strains and patterns identified. It is very powerful healing work, and in the words of a patient ,” energy is energy, so it just makes sense.” Schedule with me: firstname.lastname@example.org or read more here.
Body/Mind Therapy with Anita Bondi
My 35 years of training in the healing arts runs the gamut from formal education and training as a Social Worker/Therapist, traditional Massage Therapy/ Foot Reflexology to specialized studies with osteopathic physician, Stephen Myles Davidson, DO. I also have advanced degrees and certifications in Movement Studies, Pilates, Athletic Training, and Holistic Health. 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 inquire. I palpate. I look. I touch. Usually I follow this recipe over and over again during a session. Listen. Inquire. 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.
It has become more and more obvious as I work with individuals and through my own healing journey, that learning to understand our thinking, become embodied, and on a journey to living present to each moment is essential to our wholeness. I teach classes, make individual meditations for patients, and put up videos for anyone so that they can access the deep place within them where Truth resides.
Words are fascinating to me. Nature and our connection through our bodies has me mesmerized and captivated. I began a 60 sec. poem a day practice about 3 years ago and although I do not write everyday currently, I enjoy dipping in and out of that as a spiritual practice and recently the poems have found their way into some of my meditations.
Door of Awakening
Remember this quiet
ear over ground
all moving towards this
one pause –
the geese, pine needles, and your heart
knew better than to wait.
All that asks answers
old weathered tree of wonder
plant yourself at the door of awakening
climb the staircase
as if you know
it is inviting forever.