ABOUT DBM AND DANIS BOIS
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La Méthode Danis Bois
Perceptual Education (formerly known as Somatic-Psychoeducation) is an emerging discipline that attempts to reconcile the body and the mind fully, and to put them on equal footing."
Who is DANIS BOIS?
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La Méthode Danis Bois
What does DBM Bodywork Support?
Reconnecting to Self
Balancing the Mind-Body Connection
Pain & Tension Management:
*Specializing in Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Symptom Relief,
Chronic & Acute Joint & Bone Pain
Sports & Repetitive Activity Injuries
Muscle Fatigue & Soreness
Learning to Differentiate Sensation: Pain, Stress, Tension, Nerve Stimulation, etc.
[Note – if you are under a physician's care for pain management we can work in conjunction with your doctor]
Finding Stillness & Quieting the Mind
Trauma & PTSD Support
Life Change Support – Grief, Illness, Work, Sudden Life Events/Changes
[Note – if you are under a psychologist's, psychiatrist's or MFT's care we can work in conjunction with these professionals]
Injury & Movement Habit Awareness:
Improved Biomechanical Efficiency
Enhanced Proprioception – Better Balance and Spatial Orientation
HOW DOES DBM WORK?
New to the US, DBM is a somatic tuning approach that evolved from Dr. Danis Bois' osteopathy and physiotherapy practices in France. It is a perception enhancement approach that draws upon sensory awareness of our matter to transform our relationships to pain, stress and tension. We primarily use 1 or more of 4 modalities to foster this awareness: 1) a gentle, non-manipulative manual therapy (fully clothed), called Fasciatherapy; 2) a somatic movement practice, called Sensorial Re‐education; 3) a meditation practice, called Sensorial Introspection; and 4) a verbal or expressive component that accompanies all of the above. We follow a slow, autonomous 'inner movement' - a vital life force that differs from other movements/impulses (i.e., primary respiratory mechanism/cranial rhythmic impulse) that permeates all tissue matter and every system in the body. This difference is marked by the way the 'inner movement' is drawn to, incarnates and transforms dense/resistant matter. Our aim is not only to rhythmically regulate this 'inner movement', but to guide the student through the process of perceiving this movement for themselves, with precision. Awareness of this movement is a profound perception awakening experience that can draw the student's attention to physically and mentally injurious habits. As such, we do not treat bodies; rather, we facilitate a process where individuals move into deeper, more intimate relation with their bodies and hence themselves and others. The practitioner's empathetic hands guide individuals through the perceptual experience of "appearing to" or "sensing" themselves. This occurs through heightened sensory awareness of the qualities and stories that make-up our dense and yet ever dynamic and communicative matter.
FASCIATHERAPY : A NON‐MANIPULATIVE MANUAL THERAPY
In manual therapy - Fasciatherapy - the practitioner follows the 'inner movement' with razor precision as the hands slowly glide through the infinite fascial layers that connect and protect every element in the body (muscles, bone, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, etc). The practitioner also provides verbal cues at appropriate moments throughout the session that cultivate the student's sensorial receptivity. This process helps awaken the student's perception of the 'inner movement', as well as their real-time changing experience of their own physiology/body matter, sensory perception skills, and thought processes. Also, what's interesting about DBM is that we do not initiate movement of our students' tissues if we do not perceive the 'inner movement' in the area in which our hands are applied. What this means is that EVERY stroke is a response to a concrete dialogue with the tissues, a dialogue that authorizes the practitioner to move the tissues in that area. This is one way that the DBM practitioner honors the depth of the student's bodily and psychological experience. The 'inner movement' is the expression of the student's physical and psychological potential, in that moment; and the practitioner's aim is to be faithful to this process by following the 'inner movement's' lead. This work is ideal for reflexive, motivated individuals experiencing physical and/or emotional pain, stress and fatigue. It can accompany or inspire an inner inquiry process, or be used to teach self-reflexivity via proprioception re-education.
Sensorial Re-education is a somatic movement practice that complements manual therapy sessions. Here, the objective is to help people become autonomous in their relationship to the inner movement that is followed in manual therapy. Sensorial Re-education classes introduce students to slow, gentle movement sequences - called codified movements - that explore how the body moves through space to maintain balance and ease in the execution of ordinary gestures. The aim is to bring awareness to how perception of the inner movement can organize optimal biomechanical activity. This depth of perception enables us to consciously live the body's potential for effortless motility: we begin to glide through movement as opposed to simply muscling through it. Awareness of this movement occurs, in part, through sensorial training - 300+ codified movements that enrich cognitive skills (proprioception, focus/attention, being present to one's self, etc.). These sequences were meticulously designed to illuminate our perception of movement patterns that generate tension or pain. Each class explores the vast learning potential in ordinary gestures - their amplitude, rhythm, velocity, the qualities of their orientation, unfolding and affectivity - through evolving awareness of the inner movement. Students are closely guided through codified movement sequences that sensitize us to the nuances that make-up everyday gestures. We learn not what it means to do movement but to be movement.
Sensorial Introspection - a 20 minute activity - is an opportunity to observe how we perceive the inner movement and the effects of this animation within our bodies from a place of stillness/immobility. This practice is essential to building the students' autonomy. It is an internal compass the involves no other interlocutor but ourselves and the movement. It is also a place to explore the limits of our own stability and the degree of closeness we have to our selves when we are immobile. We call this immobility a 'point d'appui', or a 'supporting point'. It is a technique that practitioners use when working with students during manual and gestural therapy. The supporting point is not only an indication of one's vitality, or vital life force, but also an indication of one's degree of intimacy with one's self. It helps us to evaluate how present we are and are not to ourselves. Done on a regular basis, Sensorial Introspection is an indispensable tool for the DBM student who is eager to develop a more autonomous relationship to the inner movement, beyond the practitioner's guidance.
VERBAL DIALOGUE AND EXPRESSIVITY
Verbal dialogue accompanies every aspect of the DBM process. The aim, as noted above, is to draw sense-meaning to what the student perceives sensorially. The practitioner guides the student through the creation of a descriptive lexicon that is unique to the student's extra-quotidian experiences. This direction helps transform subjective experience into something tangible/concrete and real. It is this verbalized objectification of inner experience - which evolves in the immediate moment through directed dialogue with the practitioner, or dialogue with one's self via writing, for instance - that inspires the process for which the extra-quotidian experience becomes a bench mark for something new - the move toward physical wellness and/or behavioral transformation.
The Sensible & Expressivity
Drawing sense-meaning to extra-quotidian experience in the immediate moment is a process of sense-experiencing - the perceptive ability to both fully experience and fully witness an inner event in the moment in which it is happening. Dr. Bois refers to this process as living the Sensible, or living the Sensible dimension of the body. The word Sensible is derived from the French word 'sensible', a concept usually translated as "sensitive." In DBM work, differently, the Sensible (with a capital 'S') is meant to describe the "sensibility" of the body matter when one sense-experiences or is in dialogue with the immediate effect of one's perception of the inner movement while one is in action, i.e., speaking or performing. This heightened awareness is what can transform our relationship to pain, tension, stress, our habitual thought patterns, and our behaviors. In Europe the verbal dialogue component has been developed within the expressive arts realm. Artists, dancers and theater performers are utilizing manual therapy (Fasciatherapy), Sensorial Re-education and Sensorial Introspection to establish the evolving condition for living and experiencing the Sensible in action. This process not only transforms the practice of creation, but it can insight the experience of the Sensible within audiences, or those on the receiving end of Sensible-inspired productions. Here, powerfully, a reciprocity evolves between the artist and their interlocutors.
CSBMT is a Bay Area project dedicated to the dissemination of information about the Danis Bois Method. The Center has 2 primary goals - an immediate goal and a long-term goal. Our immediate goal is to provide outstanding, ongoing educational services by DBM-certified professionals in the forms of private sessions, group classes and workshops. Our aim is to provide a solid base of compassionate support for DBM clients and students. Related to this immediate objective is exchanging information with practitioners of other somatic modalities. As noted above, DBM is new to the US. We hope to become participants in the vast and rich somatic community in the US. Our long-term goal involves the promotion of community outreach initiatives: the Center aims to create a volunteer program that is attentive to communities that either cannot afford DBM bodywork or who would otherwise not receive information about this modality. We also hope to work with individuals undergoing various kinds of rehabilitative care who may find a relationship to the inner movement a useful tool in their wellness or transformative process.