The National Council of Psychotherapists
in the body
Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar
beings belong to two kingdoms: the kingdom of the bodies - the mortal sphere,
and the kingdom of spirits - the immortal, divine sphere. Being spiritual
without attending the body is disembodied; we will die unless we respect our
physical side and take care of our bodies. Being physical without attending the
spirit is dull and disenchanted; we disrespect our creators and our souls unless
we honour our higher being.
bible describes this space of belonging to the two kingdoms, in two sequential
phrases: "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you
care for him?" and "You made him a little lower than the heavenly
beings and crowned him with glory and honour" (Psalms 8:4-5).
we see ourselves only as bodies, we actually ignore our spiritual and immortal
nature: we stress our animalistic side. When there is no space for spirit, there
is no true healing. Equating ourselves with our physical identity results in
isolation and vulnerability, in aggression and fear (of others, of exposure, of
deterioration and death). To heal and accept death, to strive and to maintain
balance - we need something that is bigger than ourselves. When we accept
ourselves as spiritual beings, then our bodies are the physical manifestation of
our spirituality. We then not only pay respect to our spirit and soul,
transcending death and fear into bonding with love, but we are also more likely
to take good care of our earthly bodies. When we genuinely recognise our
spirituality, we make the effort to supply our body with the necessary
conditions to blossom and grow.
spirituality is about inclusion and love, not exclusion - it is about including
body, mind and spirit together. In terminal illness, or chronic diseases it is
even more crucial to include all parts, to encourage healing. This is why, I
believe, western-medicine alone is not enough in the treatment of HIV, Cancer
and other chronic or terminal diseases. Our bodymind connection needs to be
respected in the light of our spirit.
is about giving in to a higher power - within us and outside us. When a football
player perceives himself only as an individual - he will try to hold the ball as
long as possible, to gain respect on the expense of others. On the other hand,
when he can see himself as belonging to a group, he would do anything to support
the group, and himself - as a part of the group. He will have more resources to
win, and would also treat himself better - allowing himself to express his
talents, while using others to help his weaknesses.
recognising our spirituality we do the same, and we are therefore more likely to
be healthy in our bodies, minds and spirits. In Integrative-Massage-Therapy (IMT),
as well as in many other bodymind approaches, you are encouraged to find all
those aspects in yourself and express them fully.
your spirituality is like looking at yourself through the eyes of god: God will
surely want you to be as happy and fulfilled as possible, and by accepting your
spirituality, and honouring your body, you allow this divinity to act through
you in this direction.
Massage Therapy (IMT)
is a new, innovative therapeutic approach that combines bodywork,
body-psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and stress management. It is a journey to find
health and balance through the body.
offer a safe and respectful place to explore what it means to be you, and to
allow you to express life more fully in you. I offer you support and guidance to
explore deeper levels of being. You will have a chance to observe patterns and
attitudes, and as they change to notice how your life change as well.
the sessions we might use various modalities to de-stress, balance and
strengthen your immune system, your body and your mind. Body Processes include
movement and massage, Reichian processes and Meridian therapies. Conscious
process include various Stress-Management and psychotherapeutic approaches.
Unconscious processes draw from hypnotherapy and shamanic journeys, NLP,
storytelling and healing.
Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar: Integrative Massage Therapy (IMT), Hypnotherapy, NLP and Stress-Management