Table Talking: Verbal Interaction

The Missing Link in Bodywork

with Jack Blackburn

Workshop Details

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Table Talking for Bodyworkers

 

 

Table Talking Guys

This hands-on class is for anybody who wants to become more facile in their verbal interactions with clients and learn to use words to deepen and expand the hands-on work they're already doing.

 


"I've been just AMAZED with the changes coming from the work
I learned with you. Thank you!"
~ Student, 2006
"Learning more about using words powerfully is so important in our work and hardly ever gets taught anywhere."
~Student, 2008
"I was able to recognize change in tissue when the client brought in their awareness. I also built confidence in guiding clients who may experience upset or difficulty in session."
~Student, 2008
"I truly appreciate the relevance that all the lessons have taught me not only to bodywork, but to life in general."
~Student, 2008

You will learn counseling skills that build carefully on what you are observing visually and feeling through your hands. You will be taught how to listen carefully to the client's verbal descriptions of what occurs inside during the session and how to work with client dissociation, distraction and numbness. You will practice many forms of verbal interaction and learn how touch-based, body-centered counseling differs from psychotherapy.


You will learn "active listening" which is a technique for mirroring the clients words and tissue responses in a way that safely supports their process.


You will discover how to empower your clients and affirm how much they are involved in their own healing. You will learn how to anchor your experiences and those of your clients in the present moment and how to add your verbal skills with clients onto those areas in which you are already skilled, namely reading and interacting with the language of the body visually and tactilly.


We will explore issues of appropriate boundaries, ethics, transference and counter-transference as they relate to combining verbal interactions with touch therapy.


We will explore the roles of mentoring, guiding and companioning our clients rather than just fixing their symptoms.


After taking this workshop, you will:

  • Read and interpret the language of the body.
  • Conduct your sessions with a state of presence.
  • Have more confidence working with client's pain, fear, and guilt.
  • Know how body-based counseling differs from psychotherapy.
  • Be more aware of transference and counter transference.


Click here to read Jack's article on Table-Talking.


"I want to thank you for teaching the Table-Talking class. It is such powerful information. I've been using the techniques and have gotten great results! I'm surprised at how easy it has been to incorporate it over the last few days. I appreciate all of the knowledge you bring to your courses. Thank you for the authentic, humble way you present yourself. Youre a terrific teacher."
~ Student, 2006


Recommended reading for this workshop:

  • Focusing by Eugene Gendlin (2nd edition, Bantam Books 1981). Chapters 1-9 .

 

  • The Ethics of Caring: Honoring the Web of Life in Our Professional Healing Relationships by Kylea Taylor. Hanford Mead Publishers 1995.