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The Gift of Pain: Evening Seminar with Genjo and Jack

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Massage Mastermind: Having Your Voice Heard


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Long-Term Client Relationships

Creating an Inner Life

with Genjo Marinello


Internal Frame of Reference: When we establish the continuity of regular inner work: meditation, prayer, yoga, ritual... our practice with clients becomes reflective of our inner life. Because of touch we work with all aspects of our clients' lives. Whether we work in a spa, a shopping center, or a treatment clinic, our touch establishes a trust in clients that is unique among the helping professions. We become aware that the trust allows clients to experience their lives from a deeper perspective. We have a fiduciary responsibility to attend the client without projections and judgments. Letting go of of those responses is one of the main benefits of establishing an inner life. 


Sense of Progress Inside: Just as we track the progress of our clients over time it is also very helpful for us to track our own inner progress towards peacefulness, gratefulness, and empathy. We are very fortunate to be doing a kind of work that helps others and causes no harm. With inner practice we can refine our thoughts and feelings that sometimes result in negative attitudes towards our work. Our work is not only helpful for our clients' bodies, but we are able to give clients a much more wholesome experience of their lives. We learn many skills and techniques along the way, but probably the most worthy skill is is the ability to give clients a feeling of companionship and support. This skill develops as we learn to live with ourselves inside.  


Developing the Body as an Instrument: Another benefit of inner work is that we start to open our senses through body awareness. In other words we become more and more able to follow the inner direction our feelings give to us. Feelings are not the same as emotions because while feelings occur in the body they are not self-centered. Our feelings are inclusive of what is occurring outside of us as well as inside. Inner and outer become the same and thus we are not separated from those persons we are helping. We can feel these connections with others both inside and outside of ourselves. As we learn to work with bodies as instruments of awareness, our own bodies give us more and more of an intuitive sense of direction.


Becoming Present: We are learning through our bodies that life is quite different than we supposed with our thinking minds. When we join our minds with the feeling awareness of our bodies, we start to realize that there is nothing but presence. Time does not exist except as a way to measure experience. In fact our bodies exist in presence, always adjusting to life in the moment. Our minds, that have been obsessed with past regrets and future challenges, become entirely responsive to what is occurring now. Fear is not a fact of life but a choice of emphasis in the mind. Fears, worries, and doubts, originate in our collective mind. And through inner work we can start to see how much we are creating and recreating our own fears... and start to live otherwise. The more we become present, the less we experience the adrenalin rush of fear.


Getting Beyond Conditioned Responses: We have trained ourselves to react automatically to certain situations. Just like soldiers in a battlefield, we spend much of our lives reacting with conditioned responses. We can see this as we work with our clients' bodies: "the body repaired this tissue a long time ago, but the mind is still holding on to the grievance." We avoid many things in life because of fear, prejudice, and past experiences... one might say this is a good thing because it keeps us safe. But the safety of the conditioned mind is also the safety of the prison cell. In our inner work we can start to understand the relationship between safety and imprisonment. Presencing inside starts to break down our conditioning that is based in fear.

Sacred Relationship: Finally, as we practice more and more inside, we start to realize that our workspace and our forms of working with the bodies allow us to meet soul-to-soul or being-to-being with our clients. Just as our bodies become instruments of presence, our sessions become sacred meetings with other beings. In other words our outer practice becomes an external representation of our inner practice. Our lives and those of our clients are changed by these meetings in sacred space. Our boundaries and client relationships become expressions of inner growth. We start to realize that we are very privileged to work with the beings that come to us with body complaints. In our inner lives we can give appropriate thanks for such opportunities to join, in trust and curiosity about life, with others who are living lives in bodies.


Attending Body, Psyche, and Soul


The theme this time is looking at how we as bodyworkers can attend to the various aspects of our clients development over time. The means is a change from our orientation of symptomatic relief and fixing to a much deeper way of supporting the person on the table. In this seminar we will look at aspects of the Zen practice of attention in relation to a fuller and more well rounded approach to our own practice. It is not about becoming a Zen practitioner, but about refining the ways we approach our own practice. I believe that bodywork is a path that can be used for spiritual development as well as understanding the psyche.

The Issue of Service

 What does Service mean to you and your practice? What does it mean to your clients and their healing path?




Psychological Issues


Long-term client relationships require more consideration. Practitioners who are involved in such relationships will find that they may need outside supervisory support to deal with issues of:

  • transference and countertransference
  • psychological issues that surface
  • growth of client participation
  • resetting appropriate  boundaries
  • changing body symptoms
  • issues of client fear and past trauma
  • changing conscious awareness
  • spiritual development.

None of these factors can be adequately dealt with in basic bodywork education. Younger practitioners have very little life experience with which to accompany long-term clients. Many seasoned practitioners have worked primarily with short-term treatment and 3rd party criteria that rule relational factors. This culminates in many practitioners feeling out-of-their-depth when life-changing issues arise with clients. Many worry that they are moving outside their “scope of practice.” They start to recognize that something is missing, some deeper understanding of what is happening, some way of speaking about their client relationships, some common languaging and themes that presently do not exist in professional parlance.  Most continuing education for bodyworkers do not deal with long term relationships, but focus on short term “fixing.”

Students who attended The Future of Bodywork II: To Fix or Not to Fix were excited to discuss these issues. They enjoyed the input from panelist Genjo Marinello,
from his counseling and Spiritual Direction experience.


Genjo MarinelloGenjo Marinello Osho is the abbot of the Seattle Zen temple, Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji.  He has been a Zen meditation practitioner since 1975, was ordained a monk in 1980, became a full priest (Osho) in 1990, and was named a Dharma Heir in his lineage in May of 2008. In 1989, Genjo completed a certificate program in Spiritual Direction through a program affiliated with the UBC Vancouver School of Theology; he also has a M.A. in psychology from Antioch University. Genjo has served as a teacher at the Center for Spiritual Development, Still Point, Seattle Holistic Center and for the Birankai International Aikido Association.