November 2013 (Feedback testimonial relating to Neuromuscular Energising Therapy (NET) Training)
Thank you for a very interesting and enjoyable course. I have been pondering ever since what it was I got from it and felt to share with you what has come up for me. Many of the components of the course were familiar to me - especially from my background working in paediatric neurology - yet how you put it together was very new.
I connected immediately to its simplicity and its potential for deep change for the patient. What I particularly liked and found refreshing was the continuous interplay between physio and patient. There was a constant sensory dialogue, a dance of kinds and as a therapist a constant commitment and responsibility through sight and touch to respond to the patient and call for more.
On a basic level we were reconnecting as physios to something I feel most of us entered our profession wanting to do (though for many nhs constraints mean it is lacking)- ie treat patients through touch. On a fundamental level for the patient they are reconnecting to something their body already knows, something that maybe got covered up or rewired, yet the inner knowing is still there. It feels to me like raking through my deepest drawer looking for the right thing to wear and finding at the bottom that old long forgotten favourite jumper I had - only to put it on once again and feel that it fits perfectly, is warm and snug - it just feels right.
To reconnect to true movement must feel just like that. My question now is..... If we are asking for a certain quality of movement from our patients and in order to get that quality our own handling must be sensitive - do we not have a responsibility to constantly assess the quality of movement in our own bodies,our own awareness of how we move including our restrictions, our vitality, our quality of touch, how sensitive we are with ourselves? Just like the scenario offitting our own oxygen masks on a plane before our childrens, should we not be taking care of ourselves before we take care of others? Could we be reflecting the quality of our own movements to our patients without even realising it?
Almost certainly i would say.
If we are living a life that is driving our bodies hard, if we do not have a deep
awareness of our own body and its restrictions could we be compromising
not just ourselves but the potential for change in our patients?
Could quality of service as physios begin with self care at home? How many of us as
physios can say we are healthy, well, energetic and really connected to our bodies?
Perhaps true evolution for physiotherapists is about this first before we get even more
caught up in more and more complicated studies and research etc. Maybe we need
to be teaching self care, to our students first.
Just a pondering as I travel north on the train. Thanks again Charlie. I look forward to catching up at a future course Warm wishes Jane Sent from my iPhone