"At the heart of us exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm." - Mary Ino Burmeister
The TARA Approach
"In healing from shock and trauma,
the resolution is always a restoration of Soul (Essence) and the activation of
Spirit (Action) in the service of Essence."
Stephanie Mines, PhD,
founder of the TARA Approach
This subtle form of energy medicine and self-care practice is based on the ancient Eastern technique of Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Art of Compassion. It is informed by pulse diagnosis and based on twenty-six acupressure sites. These are held in different combinations or 'flows' to restore the circulation of energy along the extra-ordinary meridian lines of our body and to jump-start our inherent self-healing processes.
The TARA Approach (acronym for Tools for Awakening Resources and Awareness) integrates this ancient Eastern technique with developments in Western neuro-sciences to offer specific tools for the recovery from shock and trauma. Its objective is to unburden our nervous system.
Self-care lies at the heart of the TARA Approach. It emphasises the gentle and progressive, rather than 'quick-fix' nature of this system. Treatments with me can help to activate, and hold space, for healing processes. I can then show you how these can be consolidated by regular self care at home. Your personal commitment is essential and empowers you to direct your own journey of growth and transformation.
"We have our two hands as our rejuvenators and harmonizers. With these two hands we have the privilege of helping ourselves and others to get in tune with the universe. Hands are generators of the Creator Power - not from within us, but a part of the ever-constant and forever balanced universal supply. We need only be aware of this supply." - Pamela Markarian Smith
A precious resource:
The response of our body to shock and trauma can have long-term effects and chronic conditions are frequently a way for our body to adapt. At times, these effects may be traced all the way back to when we were in our mother's womb.
As a starting point, the TARA Approach offers a valuable distinction between trauma (which is likely to have more logical causes and responses) and the more debilitating circumstances of shock (manifesting in less logical and more tenacious and unconscious ways). The resolution of both depends on the resources available to us.
The TARA approach offers one precious resource. This clinically tested and holistic approach is characterised by two components: it uses gentle touch and sensitive dialogue to stimulate self-healing. This combination means that both our pre-frontal cortex (enabling mindfulness) and brain-stem (responding to touch) are engaged to re-calibrate our nervous system.
In essence, the TARA Approach aims to uproot causative conditions of imbalance - rather than merely focusing on symptoms - so as to regenerate and restore us to the core.
Why come for a session?
of energy medicine:
All our experiences have an impact on our emotional and energetic systems. These affect our physical body. Challenging experiences are stored in our energy field, nervous system and connective tissue and may manifest in all kinds of afflictions. Our bodies keep the score.
In turn, energy medicine can restore energy flows which activate the natural healing ability of our body and catalyze our innate recovery process.
When the natural flow of life energy is restored, energy blocks - physically manifesting as dis-ease, tension, fatigue, anxiety, aches and pains - can be released. Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues - "projects rather than problems" as master Jin Shin Jyutsu teacher Mary Ino Burmeister insisted - can be addressed to bring us into healthier rhythms and into a clearer alignment with our life.
Direct benefits can include: deep relaxation; stress reduction; support with hormonal imbalances, structural concerns and insomnia; strengthening of our immune system; pain-relief; easing of migraines and anxiety; addressing traumatic repetition in our own lives, families and communities.
Beyond treatments for existing symptoms, energy medicine can provide a precious form of preventative healthcare. It can offer doorways to align more deeply with our life purpose and to empower our unique essence.
Importantly, the TARA Approach is an integrative paradigm. It is a valuable complement to bio-medicine, but not under any circumstances intended to substitute medical care or to replace the need for comprehensive professional assistance.
For a video introducing the TARA Approach - click here.
"The jumper-cabler [practitioner] is only a spectator.
The individual is the one to heal themselves."