Some Questions About Spiral Praxis

“Praxis” is a term used by ancient Greek philosophers to make a connection between the gap between thinking and action. It is very close to the somatic ideal of “embodiment” which is a word that connects feeling with action. Both thinking and feeling, praxis and embodiment, is very important in bodymind work—when our action is connected to our awareness, we are present at a very deep level of living. In Spiral Praxis, we work very closely with the dynamics connected to the spiral form—hence Spiral Praxis or “living in a spiral way”.
The beauty of Spiral Praxis is that it is a self-guided process which can be practiced anywhere and anytime. You don’t need to be in a studio or be alone shut off from the world. The techniques we use are totally based on the exploration of internal phenomena that are constantly happening within our own bodies including organic sensations, thoughts, feelings, movements, ideas, and so forth. The goal is to learn how to decode these phenomena so that one can use information to help us better navigate in the world we live in.
Well it isn’t just awareness. In Spiral Praxis, there are many somatic activities and techniques we use to achieve results in injury rehabilitation. But awareness is definitely the underlying human ability that allows somatic systems to be successful. Using awareness is immensely empowering when a person knows how to deal with it in a harmonious way.

Many people suffer from pain, cognitive dysfunctions, emotional distress, and movement difficulties without realizing why they might be experiencing these symptoms. Usually there is a holding pattern, a block in flow, or a persistent repetitive habit that cannot be easily shaken. But most difficulties can easily be resolved once our basic bodymind processes are understood. All of the activities in Spiral Praxis —whether they relate to bodywork, cognitive re-patterning, or movement exploration— are geared towards awakening the natural healing mechanism within all of us.

After your initial contact, we’ll follow up with additional questions and then work together with you to come up with a plan of action. The actual number of sessions depends on individual ability and needs and availability. The most important thing is to remember that bodymind work is a process—it takes time for a person to assimilate knowledge if they want to have lasting effects from their SP sessions.

With that said, we think that most people will be very surprised to see how fast progress can be. Typically we work 1-4 sessions with people who have minor chronic injury issues; 8-12 sessions if the injury is severe but mobility is still present. Other people wish to work within an area of interest and the number of sessions will be dependent on what they want to achieve. We were able to teach one of our older students how to do the splits in one month and another to achieve his weightlifting goals in four sessions —many things are possible, but it depends on how easily a client can absorb the material.

No, currently we do not offer any group classes except for workshops and the Spiral Praxis Advanced Studies Program.
Because Spiral Praxis deals with our inner bodymind functioning, it can be applied to many different fields of endeavor. We have used elements of it to teach yoga, fitness, massage, classical music, injury rehabilitation, rock climbing, meditation, somatic psychology and other activities. Currently we are using it help children with severe disabilities learn how to recover lost movements from their infancy. We believe we’ve been able to do this at a very high level simply because rigorous training systems from internal perspectives are very sparse—it is a field for the coming future.

Training in Spiral Praxis will give you an opportunity to explore a very new way of approaching bodymind-related activities. What we try to teach our students are the fundamentals of internal self-direction with the hope they will bring these principles into the fields of their choice. Beyond this, it is a process of learning which can be extremely gratifying on a personal level—Spiral Praxis can give you a life-time of learning material that can never truly be exhausted.

No, Spiral Praxis is an internal humanistic science and does not require faith. Awareness and experience are what is needed—everyone is encouraged to carefully observe bodymind explorations with the aim to prove to themselves the validity of their own experience. Nevertheless, all bodymind explorations can be considered spiritual and creative in a certain sense. This is because internal science and external science are quite different. Like external science, internal science is replicable, communicable and universal; yet unlike external science, internal science cannot be measured as a quantity but rather as a quality. This quality (or subjectivity) is a spiritual phenomenon, for it includes the experience of perception, infinity, and existence of our being. For many people, this is why bodymind exploration is so important to them—it brings them closer to the mystery of Self and it’s connection to the world around it.

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*The beautiful nautilus photo used through this site is used with permission from master photographer Harold Davis—view more of his work here.

The beautiful nautilus photo used through this site is used with permission from master lensman Harold Davis—view his work here.