As I’ve mentioned, I recently traveled to Portland, land of green roofs and putting birds on things (they really weren’t kidding about that one). The trip was peculiar and wonderful, and it allowed me to go places I’d known about for a long time and never been, and meet people I’d known online for a while but never met.
My first foray out of the Airbnb spot where I was staying was to meet up with Larisa for tea. We met at Townshend’s Tea, where they had at least three types of non-caffeinated chai, one of which had rosemary in it. (That’s what Larisa got. She let me try it, and it was pine-ey and warming.)
Larisa told me a bit about her ortho-bionomy practice, which fascinates me. (I had wanted to book a session with her for this trip, but my schedule filled up. Learning experience.) She talked about helping people to learn to listen to their bodies, and about using her expertise to help people access their own bodily wisdom (instead of her, as a professional, telling them what she thinks is best for them).
I love speaking with people who practice different healing modalities, because I often come away with concepts that can influence my own coaching and photography work. A little like Larisa, through coaching, I aim to guide people in accessing their own wisdom. Even more so because I’m particularly interested in empowerment and self esteem.
Larisa talked about how her work is subtler than, say, chiropractic work. People don’t always feel as if something big has happened during their sessions with her, but they’ll realize a few days later that they’re relating differently to pain.
I can draw from that, too. Often, in coaching, we go slowly. We delve beneath the surface of small stuff (like, say, a pile of paper that plagues us). A client will begin with filing one paper, or two. It’s hard to comprehend that moving one paper can shift the way someone’s living her life. It’s also hard to imagine that listening to your body differently could dissolve pain. But that’s what Larisa does. She’s seen it, and I believe it.