The Inner Wisdom of my body brought me into Presence…
When I was younger, I found myself fascinated by the human body and how it works. As a late middle age LMT, I find myself even more intrigued. Never is there a dull moment when I get bored with what I do. That is because I continue to study, take classes, and keep my mind open to new things arising in the world of Science, Touch and Healing. In addition, during every session, my presence grows as I listen and support the inner wisdom relationship between me and my client. I am in a constant state of openness,learning and integrating. My mind, body & spirit feel much more aligned and deeply connected due to the quality of work to which I aim. Why? Because I understand that each client is a gift to me, where we dance together in mutuality for the highest good, and where the intention is focused on waking up into knowing health and wholeness. My clients come back, because I stay in a neutral place of non-judgment, open to the possibilities of getting better. Whatever it takes… My commitment is strong and based in care and understanding. Not to mention, an array of tools learned throughout the years.
As a Licensed Massage Therapy, the emphasis of my work has been on Listening, Connection, & Using the Tools that I have learned. One of the places I learned my unique approach to healing was in my Hakomi training. Ron Kurtz, who founded the Hakomi work taught that Loving presence is an incredible supportive way to create a therapeutic relationship that is safe, accepting and gracious. For me, this means being very aware of Who I am in the moment, and listening to the information that is presented by the inner wisdom of my client. This can be expressed in the wave of a breathe, a sound, a facial expression or sometimes through talk. Dialogue happens on many different levels. Through my Upledger Training, I have also learned to trust the Inner Wisdom inside of each person. It guides me, shows me the way to release and uncover old traumas, defense patterns, and dysfunctional patterns. Much of the time, I use the Craniosacral Rhythm and its Significance Detector to lead me where the body wants to go. Believe it or not, your body knows what it needs and that information is available.
The people who benefit the most from organic and natural healing are those who open up to all possibilities. People who take a chance to step outside what they know into the Unknown. This means feeling deeply into the sensing body, feeling emotions, and exploring belief systems. Coming out of the shadow and entering into the Presence of NOW. For example, I had a client who had lost her baby. During our SomatoEmotional work, she continued felt her deep grief, and expressed the pain that she felt inside her body. The pain at her loss. I listened to what her body offered to show me. After a series of sessions, she moved much more freely and felt so much better. It is such a difficult thing to have to go through, but she found that going in and through her broken heart, that she could live easier on the other side.
What I have discovered is that the best healing work is not about analyzing or figuring out the problem. But rather, I have seen through my massage therapyapproach that focusing on supporting this concept of the “Evolving Presence” takes us into more expansion and a felt presence of health and wellbeing. The more we are mindful, curious and neutral, the more clarity and truthful we become. And the Truth does set us free. All the massage tools in the world don’t mean a thing without have a solid foundation in Presence.
Sharon Hartnett LMT, CST-D, SI, BHSP, Hakomi Practitioner