Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hakomi Psychotherapy: A New Frontier into the Spirit

Hakomi Psychotherapy: A new frontier into the Spirit
Mindful Self Inquiry

Many people move west to explore the western frontier. However, when I moved to Boulder over a year ago, I was also drawn here to explore the frontier of the subconscious mind and its connection with the body through mindfulness and so I began my studies in Hakomi Psychotherapy.

This therapy utilizes the body as a "doorway" into uncovering core material that is often buried in our subconscious mind. Some of our formative memories are stored in the body and generate core beliefs that often determine how we live our lives...

I chose to study Hakomi because I feel that so many physical ailments that I see in my massage practice are stuck in the body because of emotional and energetic holding patterns that are so deeply engrained that the pattern comes back shortly after having a massage, no matter how "deep" it is. So, I wanted to facilitate a deeper transformation that might help people get out out of pain, both emotionally and physically.

Hakomi sessions may involve some touch, but it will be in an experimental context and not a in typical massage or bodywork fashion. For example, in a Hakomi session, if someone has tight shoulders, we would explore the sensation with mindfulness, and might soon discover that the tightness is a way for your system to feel big enough to be able to defend yourself. There may be memories of feeling small that surface as the therapist places their hands on the shoulders to slightly exaggerate the sensation. These memories will be listened to, in the atmosphere of mindfulness and loving compassion. The tension will often release on its own, along with emotions that might have been stored with these memories. The end result is hopefully a new awareness of an old way of thinking and being that is no longer needed. If the client continues to observe their state of being, they may notice this pattern happening in their daily life, and chose to react in a different way. 

“In using mindfulness, we create opportunities which allow the unconscious a clear chance to express and be seen, heard and felt. In our focus on the mind-body interface, we work to create channels of communication between them.”
— Ron Kurtz, founder of Hakomi
What does Hakomi mean? Ron Kurtz, the founder said, “The word Hakomi came to me in a dream… We searched to find the meaning and found that it was a Hopi word meaning, “Who are you?” Another way Hakomi thinkers have phrased this is: “How do you stand in relation to these different realms?” "
After over a year of studying Hakomi, I am now accepting appointments for practice participants in Boulder and Denver.  
If you are interested in experiencing a Hakomi session, this is a great opportunity as there is no fee until I am certified in Hakomi.  

Feel free to pass this on to a friend or family member who would appreciate this opportunity to explore the inner frontiers of their mind, body and spirit.  Sessions available in Boulder and Denver, as well as on Skype. Remember, there is no fee for this service until I am certified. 

Please note that I am not a certified mental health professional, and that I cannot work with people who have a clinical diagnosis or who are dealing with addictions or history of severe trauma or abuse. If you are interested in finding a professional therapist who practices Hakomi, please visit: or

Thank you,  

I look forward to going on an adventure into your subconscious mind and spirit sometime soon!

Thai Massage: A New Frontier in Stretching

Thai Massage: A New Frontier in Stretching - Going to the Border of Sensation

Many people know the benefits of Swedish massage for circulation and relaxation. But did you know that Thai massage goes much deeper than Swedish massage can? Especially in areas of the body like the hips, hamstrings, glutes, and lower back. It involves deep stretches that feel like yoga stretches, as well as acupressure points that move energy where it is stuck and create flexibility where there is stiffness. Some points may be tender - the massage points are to take you to the edge or the border of that sensation - but not beyond. Deep pressure is more possible to obtain with Thai massage because you are resting on a mat on the floor, and the therapist can use their natural body weight to lean into your body, creating a strong sensation. This sensation shouldn't be painful, but it can be tender, and sometimes intense. But if you learn to direct your breath to that area and learn to relax into the sessions, you can be transported into a relaxed state where you can release deep tension that has been held for years.

Some people call it lazy man's yoga because all you have to do is lie on a mat and breathe, and you get placed into a sequence of poses and stretches that create a similar effect as a yoga class. Many people feel some of the same feelings of peacefulness and energy after a Thai massage. This is because the energy meridians that are being massaged, stretched and balanced are similar to the ones that are being balanced in a yoga class.  

Laura Rose studied massage in Thailand - to read more about her adventures in Southeast Asia, visit her travel blog:

Schedule a Thai massage in Boulder or Denver today:

Breema Bodywork: A New Frontier in Consciousness

Breema Bodywork: A New Frontier in Consciousness

Breema Bodywork is difficult to describe.  It inclues gentle touch, rhythmic movements, and a fully present practitioner on a padded floor. This modality can take you to a new frontier of mind-body connection.  Sessions begin with instructions on Self-Breema®  and meditation in order to connect the mind and body, and the bodywork helps to solidify this connection, creating a harmonious state of being that may feel new to the person who is receiving the bodywork.   Unlike other forms of bodywork and energy work, there is no need to "fix" or "send energy.  As long as the practitioner is using the support of the Nine Principles of Harmony to help keep their mind and body in harmony, a their presence naturally gives to the recipient. 

I am always amazed when I practice Breema in a noisy conference room and people fall into a deep state of relaxation and don't even notice when the session ends!   Read more about Breema®  Bodywork here:     

Experience Breema Bodywork with Laura Rose, a Certified Breema Practitioner:

Rates at studio in Denver or Boulder:
30 min                      $35 (sale $25**)
45 min                      $45 (sale $35**) 
60 min                      $60 (sale $50**)

10 min   FREE - at Bodywork Bistro in Boulder  
(first time bistro clients only - click here to see schedule)

**First time Breema clients only - offer Expires August 11, 2012
visit to schedule an appointment

Save the date for a Breema Workshop in Boulder
with Laura Rawson from the Breema Center:
August 11 - 12, 2012 

Experience Breema Evening
Friday, August 10 7:00-8:30 pm (No charge)  
Solstice Center,  302 Pearl St, Boulder, CO

Saturday: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM (lunchbreak 12:30 - 2 PM)

Sunday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
$150 ($125 if paid by July 27)

Saturday only: $100 ($80 if paid by July 27)
Solstice Center, 302 Pearl St, Boulder, CO
To register for the workshop please contact the Breema Center (510) 428-0837 or

Breema and Self-Breema are service marks of The Breema Center