Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Would you rather be a Chocolatier or a Hammer Wielder?

Our Education Has Misled Us.
Most traditional education comes as information to memorize inorder to regurgitate it later. We work to understand books, articles, and a theory. Later, we do our best to prove we’re right in our beliefs.

Why would this ever be a problem? 
Because we are seldom left time to consider IF the information is actually plausible, we skip a step. IF and only IF there is a reasonable premise, learning the material is justifiable.

Good With Hammers.
If we want to be good with a hammer, we visit a Hammer Master. This expert shares with us their "Secrets Of Hammer Wielding™". How hard to hammerhow quickly and which special hammer to use. Taking a course on hammering assumes that you plan to use it on nails or some similarly yielding inert substance. The premise is that nails need a hammer in order to move them forward. The premise assumes there is no other way.
Yes, a chocolate hammer

Chocolate Feels Good.
When we have our first taste of chocolate it is a transcendent experience. The texture on the tongue; the sweetness. The warm, melting aroma with pretty foil wrappers peeling back. But we can be thrown back a variety of ways; to Easter, or Mom, or that fancy shop in Paris with the most delicious coffee. Or, we might have had an allergic reaction to it. In short, the past matters. A master chocolate maker must take into account the person who will experience the chocolate. A premise could be that the experience can't negate the past.

People Are Not Nails.
Far too many of us are busy trying to memorize another Hammer Wielding™ technique. Collecting hammer after hammer and constantly looking for new nails to hammer. If you work with people as a Yoga teacher, PhysioTherapist, Massage Therapist, or other type of therapist you have to work really hard to remember this. Our educational history has prepared us to want to work hard and become Hammer Wielders PhD not Chocolatiers. Since working with Humans is an experiential interaction, there is a history to consider, and without considering the premise we are working with we may be Hammering when we should be noticing. 

When I employ Simple Contact nothing sustains me, guides me, and it offers my patients a place to go that they should find helpful and relieving. Learn what you need to know, then try doing nothing yourself.” - Barrett Dorko

For Therapists In Hamilton
There is an opportunity to re-examine what you have learned and why you have learned it. Barrett Dorko is teaching a workshop in Hamilton for anyone that is interested in working with people who struggle with pain. It is not a "What to do" workshop, those are for Hammer Wielders. Barrett will talk about the experience and context you construct as you become a Chocolatier.

Simple Contact - Manually Managing People in Pain

Date and time: May 10-11, 8am-4pm
Location: Performance Physio, 50 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton, ON. L8P 4W3
Instructor: Barrett Dorko, PT
Cost: $350
Simple Contact is two things; an understanding of how painful problems occur and a method of managing them manually in a manner that is synchronous with that understanding. Ideomotion is a movement inherent to life that both expresses us and keeps us comfortable.

Contact: Jake Tumber, PT (905) 912 7127

1 comment:

Mary Clark PT said...

That "nothing" that Barrett talks about is an openness, a listening, that presupposes a desire to understand the experience of the person in pain. Simple contact allows the receiver enough time to appreciate the safety of the intervention. And the safety of allowing their body to move in such a way that issues get resolved, even if those movements are not always comfortable.

Mary Clark PT