Sessions.

Most people come to me because they have something in their lives that they want to change. It may involve the desire to stop an unwanted behaviour pattern, reach a particular goal, increase energy, reduce stress or simply learn to relax; or to manage pain due to physical trauma or chronic conditions. Whatever your focus may be, the basic aim of this work is to bring your attention from your mind to your body, which, given the chance, will handle what life throws at it with intelligence and efficiency. My job is to teach you to get out of your own way. This happens in a series of one-on-one, 60-minute sessions involving touch, breath work, movement and description, in which you are an active participant rather than passively receiving a treatment. Together we will work to create the best conditions for you to be free, aware and powerful.



Events Workshops Breathing Grinberg Elaine Konopka

Events and Workshops.

Breath Lab.

Breath Lab is a place to explore many different ways of breathing, so that conscious breathing can become a pleasurable, interesting, and more natural part of your everyday life.

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Sunday Labs.

Breathe deeply, write honestly.

One Sunday a month, you can cut a swath through the jungle of your life and make a clearing in the chaos, using two powerful practices that I love: conscious breathing and writing.

 

Breath Lab

Conscious breathing has been shown to affect heart rate, blood pressure, muscular tension, stamina, the production of “stress hormones” such as cortisol and adrenaline, and the ability to manage pain, concentrate, and relax. Breath Lab is dedicated to trying new ways of breathing, supported by simple but potent physical exercises to increase body awareness. You’ll learn practical tools you can use in everyday situations (a sleepless night, a stubborn headache, a stressful situation, a low-energy day), as well as techniques to practice and experiment with in a deeper way.

 

Narra Lab

Writing about important emotional subjects has been shown to improve mental and physical well-being, affecting everything from stress levels to immune function. Narra Lab focuses on using expressive writing as a tool to dig deep, examine your life, recall the important stories of your existence, identify patterns, and see what alternative narratives are possible if you let yourself imagine and write them. You’ll use various narrative techniques to increase your ability to

– put your thoughts on the page without censoring yourself

– learn from your experience

– name your struggles, face your fears, and rediscover your strengths

– make decisions and plan action

– take responsibility for yourself

– find meaning in your life

– see the wonder in life and celebrate your existence

 

Narra Lab is open to everyone. Whether you’re a long-time writer or have zero writing experience, you will train your focus, persistence, and confidence.

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  • The sessions were most helpful in preparing me for surgery. We also did an in-hospital session immediately following the surgery, which was fantastic.
    Christine, Paris
  • I learned, among other things, that going through fear and pain is necessary and is inevitably part of life.
    Mano, Paris
  • There were many discoveries: confidence in myself, my body, my friends, my ideas…feeling that I’m strong enough to accomplish my desires.
    Carolin, Paris/New York/Berlin
  • She went right into the core of the pain.... One session with Elaine was enough to experience great relief in my hip and lower back.
    Francis, Los Angeles
  • I breathe more fully, gained a lot of self-confidence and have much more energy than before.
    Maël, Paris
  • In each session I learned something new about myself.
    Margaux, Montreuil
  • Within a few sessions, the pain was entirely relieved (and never came back)... Very, very highly recommended!!
    Nadine, Los Angeles


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About Me.

New About MeLike the proverbial cat, I have had several lives. My first love was dance – classical, then contemporary – and I spent many years as a dancer, movement teacher and choreographer. I also studied and taught literature and worked as a journalist. For over a decade I dedicated myself to the practice of Zen Buddhism. There was much joy in these experiences, but something was missing. I realized I could be fully immersed in a physical discipline and still not be well in my body; that a life lived wholly in the mind is a life half-lived in reality; and that silence and stillness are sometimes necessary, but stifling as a steady diet.

I decided to become a Grinberg Method practitioner because I am a pragmatist at heart; life is short, and when it comes to learning to live well, this method works. Since my first session as a client in 2007, I have muzzled my migraines, unknotted my ulcers and enormously increased my level of energy. I was also able to recognize and stop certain behaviors that were damaging to me and those around me. Most importantly, I learned – and continue to learn – to handle what life throws at me with more honesty, grace and guts.

Being able to teach this to other people, and to see concrete results in their lives, is a very satisfying way to live. I have been happily working with clients for five years now, and continue to learn and improve my skills through the post-graduate courses offered by the Method. In 2011, I opened a new center on the rue Oberkampf in Paris, where I give sessions in learning processes as well as recovery processes for people dealing with surgery, accidents and other physical trauma.

A long-time urbanite, I’ve loved the cities where I’ve lived and worked: New York, Boston, Santa Fe, Montreal, Paris. Teaching clients to better deal with the challenges that come with city life is one of the things I particularly enjoy about my work. Another is working with dancers, writers, actors and other artists on issues such as self-expression, confidence and clarity. But in the end, each client’s fight to survive and flourish is interesting to me, and anyone who truly wants to get back a piece of himself is welcome on my table.

~~ Elaine Konopka

Incentive for the attentive

Unpacking Mom: The Attentive Body blog by Elaine Konopka

Unpacking Mom

Posted in - Life
on May 1st, 2017
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My mother worked in a bra factory. For much of her adult life, she was a pattern marker for Maidenform, the women’s underwear manufacturer, which was (and I believe still is) headquartered in our hometown in …

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Perfectionism: The Attentive Body blog by Elaine Konopka

Pushing Back Perfectionism

Posted in - Life
on February 1st, 2017
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I’m a notebook freak. I buy them whenever I come across them. Spiral-bound or stapled; hardcover or soft; all sizes, shapes, and colors; extra points if the cover makes me laugh. I prefer them with …

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What Are You Worth, by Elaine Konopka_The Attentive Body

What Are You Worth?

Posted in - Life
on November 1st, 2016
16 Comments

Back in high school, my classmates and I were given (more than once, if I’m not mistaken) an “ethical dilemma” to think about and discuss. It went something like this:

A ship is sinking. There are …

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Philippe Caron interview with Elaine Konopka/The Attentive Body

Philippe Caron

Posted in - Body Talks
on October 2nd, 2016
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It’s a little piece of good fortune to have Carvins as my neighborhood wine shop. I step out after every visit with not only an excellent bottle of wine, but also an anecdote or bit …

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"Everything visible springs from causes intimate to you.
While walking, sitting, lying down, the body itself is complete truth."
Eihei Dogen