Why is it called Spiral Praxis?
“Praxis” is a term used by ancient Greek philosophers to bridge the gap between thinking and action. It is close to the somatic ideal of “embodiment,” a word connecting feeling with action. Both thinking and feeling, praxis and embodiment, are important in bodymind work—when our actions are connected to our awareness, we live life at a very deep level. In Spiral Praxis, we connect to the dynamics of the spiral form—hence Spiral Praxis, or “living in a spiral way”.
Do I need any special books or equipment for Spiral Praxis?
The beauty of Spiral Praxis is that it is a self-guided process that can be practiced anywhere and anytime. You don’t need to be in a studio or be alone or 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 bodyminds, 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 that information to help us better navigate in the contemporary world we live in.
How is it possible to heal using just awareness?
Well, it isn’t just awareness! In Spiral Praxis, there are many somatic activities 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 access it. The key in Spiral Praxis is to unify both conscious and unconscious awareness 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. These difficulties can often be easily 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.
What does it mean to use Spiral Praxis to reach our inner potential?
Spiral Praxis is not just a healing bodymind system—it also holds the keys to unlocking our optimal states of being and performance. When we connect our inner flow, we reach the state of being that we possessed as children. Our energy flows freely, our flexibility to deal with life challenges increases, and we become re-connected to a constant learning process. Being aware and flowing means seeing everything from fresh eyes. There is no beginning or end to Spiral Praxis. It is a life-long process that can continue to bring new bodymind insights to those who study it diligently.
How many sessions will I need if I have an injury or project goal?
It depends. 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. For people who have minor chronic injury issues we typically might work 1-4 sessions ; 8-12 sessions if the injury is severe but mobility is still present. Spiral Praxis has been applied to children and adults with severe special needs/disabilities so the range of treatment at which it can be effective is quite broad.
For people who wish to work within an area of interest, or more generally on their own potentiality, the number of sessions will be dependent on what they want to achieve. Please look at our Youtube channel to see the inspiring stories of people who have experienced Spiral Praxis—almost anything is possible and it is just a question of how deeply a person wants to explore their own bodymind.
Do you offer group classes?
Yes we offer classes and workshops for both individuals and groups. Please check our website for all our offerings.
How can I use the knowledge I gain from Spiral Praxis?
Because Spiral Praxis deals with our inner bodymind functioning, it can be applied to many different fields of endeavour. People have applied it to yoga, fitness, massage, classical music, injury rehabilitation, rock climbing, meditation, somatic psychology and other activities. The process of Spiral Praxis is universal and has even been used to help children with severe disabilities learn how to recover lost movements from their infancy. It is a rigorous and comprehensive bodymind system that allows people to tackle any area of modern living from within.
For serious students, training in Spiral Praxis will help you help others explore a new way of approaching life. Teaching the fundamentals of internal self-direction fulfills a great need facing society today. Students can take what they learn from Spiral Praxis into somatics or the field 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.
Is Spiral Praxis a religion?
No, Spiral Praxis is an internal humanistic art and science that does not require a faith. Awareness and experience are what is needed. Every Spiral Praxis practitioner is encouraged to carefully observe bodymind explorations with the aim to prove to themselves the validity of their own experience. Nevertheless, all bodymind explorations are, in some sense, spiritual and creative. 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 its connection to the world around it.
How can I get involved?
Spiral Praxis is in a very exciting time in its development. There is a great need right now for this type of work and we’re working very hard to present these techniques to a larger audience. You can help by becoming a volunteer at the center, by helping us beta-test the online portal, by helping us film our content, or by contributing through our Patreon page. The time and money you contribute will help us create multimedia content, fund our documentaries and youtube channel, and help us write our upcoming Spiral Praxis book.