Placebo responses in bodywork *
|The placebo response in bodywork|
|Working with longer prognoses|
|Degree of difficulty|
|Phased patterns: the transition from persuasion to rapport|
|Interpersonal and 'physical' rapport|
|Practitioners and their feelings|
For many years I have admired Phil's ability to think about osteopathic body work. He has an extraordinary ability to notice aspects of the consultation that most of us miss; and also a way of confronting his fellow practitioners with their own unexamined beliefs and assumptions. Phil brings a psychotherapist's sensitivities to the bodywork session, where he sees two embodied minds at work, each one entwined with its individual family and cultural history. His chapter explores the non-specific effects involved in manual therapies with their positive and negative potential. Phil raises two particularly fascinating possibilities, concerning undeniably non‐ specific elements in the consultation that are also substantial and literally tangible: in fact both can only be known through touch. One is the ability of the skilled psychologically aware bodyworker to help people re-embody themselves. The other is the extraordinary notion that subtle but powerful therapeutic effects may involve a kind of body-to-body entrainment. This is an experience many bodyworkers as well as psychotherapists would attest to; a more concrete version of Bob Wither's ideas that containment can be enacted through the ceremonial of complementary therapy and that they can trigger healing responses. In this chapter Lately takes us to the mysterious leading edge of conscious bodywork.