What is Integrative coaching?
Integrative coaching is comprised of four elements:
The practice of observation and body/mind awareness.
One of the core principles of integrative coaching is the ability to observe, and cultivating the kind of body awareness that allows you to really know yourself intimately, the practice of creating spaces within from which you can watch the sensations of your mind and body is foundational. The practice takes its base from, although not limited to, Vipassanā style meditation, a non secular form of training for body/mind awareness. It also includes creative visualisations to communicate directly with the subconscious.
The practice of breath manipulation to access and control emotional states and alternative states of consciousness
Breathwork is one of the keys to unlocking alternative states of consciousness within us, it energises and detoxifies the body. For every emotional state there is a corresponding breath pattern. Once we can observe and understand this, the ability to access emotional states at will and alternative states of consciousness becomes something we can learn. Non ordinary states of consciousness are also a feature of breathwork. These are useful places to observe our sticking points from to gain a different perspective and insight.
Body oriented and creative visual approach to integrating the psyche.
Energy psychology is the umbrella term used to describe a variety of techniques and modalities that work with the mind on a somatic level. This means they work between the body and the mind, to get deeper into the subconscious where dissociated and unintegrated emotional energy might be stuck. It incorporates elements of, but is not limited to; EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique), IFS (Internal Family Systems) Matrix re-imprinting, The Emotion Code, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing), TRE (Trauma Release Exercises) and Psych-k
Understanding and changing the language that guides your experience of relating with yourself and others.
Language is the structure with which we create a container for our experience. By working on and training our communication internally and externally we can begin to perceive things differently and lay the semantic structures for us to be able to live in a a more self supportive way. With good communication comes the ability to make order from the chaos of the internal world, with clear boundaries to channel and manage your energy properly for more compassionate and joyful living. This in turn allows you to focus yourself better and drastically improves your relationships. Communication practices within integrative coaching include, but are not limited to; Neuro linguistic programming, Non violent communication, Inner Dialogue (a meditative practice) and intention setting (communication with a greater power).
If you're doing Inner Dance and Conscious Trance Breathwork Integrative coaching is the counterpart to help you make sense of and utilise what arises in sessions.
Integrative coaching is a good way to reorder some of the things that might have been opened up by IDB and CTB breathwork sessions. Sometimes things arise within breathwork sessions that would benefit from the help of a cognitive dialogue to integrate properly into the new perception. In this way Integrative Coaching and Breathwork synthesise well.
IS it like therapy?
In a way yes, in that all of the techniques are therapeutic, except it differs from traditional talk therapy in that it usually works more directly with the body and engages the right brain hemisphere where the majority of emotional processing takes place. It's also resolution and solution focused. So in this way it integrates coaching elements too.
What are the effects?
People generally report a deeper sense of relaxation and peace, more self acceptance and feelings of freedom, no longer being controlled by their patterns. A sense of feeling more whole with the ability to be more present. Past patterns become integrated and no longer run behaviours that project themselves into the future. People tend to become less reactive and have a greater ability to choose their responses in life.
Are there any side effects?
Sometimes emotions can be in process for a day or two afterwards, and so occasionally people report minor emotional discomfort arising within the days following a session. But generally it passes quickly and can easily be remedied with rest and drinking plenty of water following a session. Once emotional tension has been released by the cells, the effect can be similar to that of detoxing. And so a continued practice of breathwork, movement and fluids helps the body to move anything that has been stuck through the lymphatic system toward elimination.
How quickly does it work?
The effects are often immediate, shifts can usually be felt within the session but bigger perceptual overhauls can take time, and series of continued sessions to practice and train in. Like everything this isn't a silver bullet, but for those willing to put in the work, these tools can be an invaluable accompaniment for their journey.
How Long does it last?
The changes made within the sessions are often lasting, although your psychology is best construed not as something static but more like a garden; this approach deals with weeds, cultivating the soil and planting seeds, but ultimately its the regular maintenance and upkeep that will ensure lasting results.
Can it be done online?
Yes, it can be conducted online or in person. Online sessions are done through Skype or Zoom and both types of sessions typically last an hour.
how much does it cost?
The pricing can be seen in the table below: