I recently completed a survey for the first year of Gestalt training. I could have written a book (LOL) on the personal and professional benefits received so far. At the top of the list is the practical approach to the program - how what I'm learning can improve my life and my career.
"... I am exceedingly grateful for the application discussions...specifically when graduates of the program came back to speak about how they have used Gestalt training in their 'worlds'...whether in therapy, coaching or creating a life dream...inspiring food for thought at this early stage of the program for me." (from my evaluation)
I also appreciate expanding my personal network of wonderful, talented and compassionate people. The Gestalt community is a beautiful mix of men and women from all walks of life with lots of experience and expertise to share with the world.
For example, just this week, I received the following e-mail from Melody Schaper:
The Alexander Technique is a radically simple and powerful method to become aware of and release unwanted and unnecessary tension and pain. The process allows you to listen to yourself and become familiar with what is standing in the way of you being free.
Asking important questions of yourself like, what is important in this moment and what is true for you right now and combining that insight with a somatic awareness leads to a powerful and empowered freedom from pain, discomfort and dis-ease.
I have heard said that healing happens most often when people feel they’ve been listened to. That it’s not always what you want that matters most, but more importantly, how you are being listened to and how you are listening to your own inherent wisdom that allows for you to change and grow.
Through sessions you begin to realize and uncover what is standing between you and your freedom and you learn how to be at ease and peace in and with yourself.
Lessons are gentle and deeply respectful of how you are with yourself. You will discover ways to let go of what is unnecessary and what keeps you from living with a gentle groundedness and clarity and you will learn new ways to move alignment with your true self.
Listening to your inner knowing, which has been clouded by habits and compensations to injuries and trauma enables you to make healthier and more appropriate choices in your life and work and supports a freer, richer life.
My door is always open,
Happily Melody Schaper was okay with me responding to her with 'the third degree' to seek clarification.
Having met in our Gestalt community on several occasions, Melody's name suits her to a tee. She exudes positive energy and genuine kindness - 'easy to believe' that her expertise is in movement therapy.
I wanted to know more about her work and scope of practice, so I wrote her for some background information.
I was thrilled to discover that Melody would be willing to speak to our class when we resume in the Fall. Melody also shared this additional information about herself:
I would be happy for you to share this e-mail flyer and information with anyone, Maria. The gestalt training was profoundly healing for me and taught me so much about working with myself and others.
I am a Movement Therapist in private practice in Kimberton, PA and work with a wide variety of people. My training was as a modern dancer. I studied several body therapies in depth and became certified in the Alexander Technique and Laban Movement Analysis and have been teaching privately for 20 years. I recently started a full time practice now that my children are older.
My practice seems to attract people who are in physical pain and want to find relief through the Alexander Technique. I have a smaller group of people who come to see me to do Somatic Therapy. There are a few women who come who have been abused and want to learn how to trust again. That is enormously intriguing and satisfying to me. With my body work and artistic training I have the opportunity to explore profound gentleness with them. Of all I do that is the most rewarding and I long to do more of it.
I taught for many years at USC in South Carolina and worked with actors, dancers, athletes and artists and taught expressive work and experiential anatomy. That too was very rewarding though I left to raise a family.
My husband and I run The Center For Intelligent Leadership In Kimberton and teach the Embodied Enneagram to individuals, couples and corporations.
Thanks again for writing. I want to connect with people that are interested in this kind of work.
If you would like to get in touch with Melody or learn more about her work, she can be reached via the following information.
Registered Somatic Movement Therapist
THE CENTER FOR INTELLIGENT LEADERSHIP
Our Unique Course in Leadership as a Lifelong Practice
Thanks to Melody for sharing a taste of what she does with us. Please feel free to contact her directly for more clarification of her services.
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