My work with Alex has facilitated an opening on many levels, not just physical. While my body feels more symmetrical and my sacral pain has been resolved, the more subtle shifts are what really stand out to me. As a yoga practitioner and teacher, I study the body and can intellectualize a great deal about my patterning. My work with Alex, however, has encouraged me to feel, to get out of my head, and to allow. His gentle encouragement has prompted me to take this ‘bodywork’ and apply it to my life. I feel a shift in my relationship with myself first, and from that also to others.
I’ve explored a number of modalities with Alex and while the work can be deep and emotional release often occurs, Alex gracefully holds a safe space and offers support without inhibiting release. I feel grateful to have such a professional, effective and dedicated bodyworker in our community.
“Work with Alex has opened up new realms of possibility. Surprisingly, this occurred through the acceptance of pain, in recognizing that my body has stored patterns of dysfunction from years of stress and self-deception.Realizing this I thought, holy shit! There is work to do.
This is not to say that this body work is about pain; rather, it’s about noticing what is present, pain included. Before going into this work, I’d developed habits to avoid pain and block it out of my awareness. From paying attention to this avoidance process during the work, I’m seeing that whatever is present in my body is there for a reason. Avoidance had been a good solution for remaining imprisoned, whereas the work was about getting on the path to freedom, by working through what is present. And thank goodness! It feels good to break free.
My entire left hip was dysfunctional before I began session 1. I did not even realize this until session 3. It took me three sessions to acknowledge that I had a problem!! Years ago my hip had become a peg leg, and I’d blocked that out of my awareness rather than deal with it. I came into the work with a mantra of everything’s fine, but it wasn’t. At some point I saw the reality of the situation. I realized I had work to do, and Alex led me through it. By the end of session 10 I noticed incredible advances. My hip had started to come ‘back online,’ meaning it wasn’t acting like a peg leg anymore, it was coming alive. It feels so invigorating! It wasn’t a lost cause after all.
As my second example, the left side of my face had lesser sensitivity and capacity of expression than the right side of my face. I had known this before starting the body work but I didn’t know what to do about it. Through the sensitivity of the work with Alex and my increasing awareness of my body, I began to notice things moving in my body that were outside my conscious control. This movement had an ancient quality, like it knew what it was doing. In session 7 Alex noticed this occurring under my jaw and said, ‘Aha!’. He had seen it move, and he knew it meant waking up. That process is continuing outside of the sessions, even now, and it’s amazing. I notice a tingling, releasing type sensation. It’s like I’m coming alive – shaking off past constrictions and dealing with reality more honestly and abundantly, woohoo! And my face looks better, too.
This begins to describe some of my body experiences, yet I’d be remiss not to include the fact that there were emotional and memory associations that surfaced with this work, too, that I believe have helped with the healing of my hip.
I could go on and on with stories, a lot happened! Even after session 10 ended, I’m excited because the process continues to go on and on in my body. It’s like something was set into motion by the bodywork.
Deepening my meditation practice has helped this process too. This also came from Alex’s help. Speaking of Alex, he is the epitome of awesome. He comes off as casual and normal. Yet you sense that he holds tremendous depth within him, like an ocean. This allows him to hold space for anything to occur during the work. Whatever your process needs, Alex can handle it in a supportive and nurturing fashion. His presence speaks in a mysterious way of something profound and yet simple. He acts naturally as himself, not hung-up on much of anything. His intuition is incredible: you hardly notice that he is always doing the right thing. He is tremendously strong, and yet soft. He is wise, and yet goofy. His ways can be subtle or direct. It is an honor and delight to be with him. He is totally trustworthy.
I highly recommend this work to others! For the good of all beings. :-)”
“Doing the sessions of Integral Bodywork with Alex has transformed my relationship with my physical body and given me greater insights into the patterns and habits of my mind-body. Coming to this work, I knew that there were both physical and emotional blockages in my body but I didn’t know how to clear them on my own. Alex provided a safe and comfortable environment for me to look into those blockages and start to move through them. He works with both confidence and curiosity, and has a special ability to hold space for his clients free from judgement and expectation. As a result of this work I now inhabit my body in new ways.”