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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 and Workshops.
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.
We work in small groups in my Paris center (Oberkampf/Ménilmontant). The sessions are in French and/or English as necessary.
Join me for two hours or more of intensive attention to your body. Through breathing and simple physical movements, we explore subjects connected to our emotions, difficulties and desires — unique and living maps that will help you navigate the seas of being human.
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
Like 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
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“Then all of a sudden, I yawned.
What a rude bastard, but I couldn’t help it!”
Holden Caulfield in A Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
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"Everything visible springs from causes intimate to you.Eihei Dogen
While walking, sitting, lying down, the body itself is complete truth."