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JULY | AUGUST 2021

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L i s te n to T h e A B M P Po d c a s t a t a b m p.co m /p o d c a s t s o r w h e reve r yo u a cce s s yo u r favo r i te p o d c a s t s 53 T hink about how you want your client to feel at the end of a session with you. Floating? Floppy? Full of ease? Now think about how you feel (more often than you would like) after giving a session. Frozen? Fixed? Full of tension? This is a terrible contradiction. Our client's relaxation should not require the opposite in us. In my continuing education classes, therapists often shrug off their own tension as part of the job—as if feeling bad in our own bodies is the seemingly inevitable result of making our clients feel good in theirs. Indeed, some therapists are even proud of their tension, whether consciously or not. That tension, we seem to tell ourselves, is proof of how much we care about our clients. Proof that we are real therapists who are willing to sacrifice ourselves to make others feel better. "The basic somatic task during our lifetime is to gain greater and greater control over ourselves, learning to flow with the stress and trauma of life, like a cork floating on top of the waves."—Thomas Hanna 1 By David M. Lobenstine

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