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Maike Lenz-Scheele
Hessen, Germany

Unconscious resistance – a jobless shoulder is complaining

How we can overcome persistence of old habits that show up over and over again. And how these habits prevent the integration of new options in daily life of clients.

One ego-state of our student
I always served her well and now she wants to throw me away. How unfair. Consider all the years I assisted her:  helped her to write, stay upright, keep warm when it was freezing cold, when she shrugged me she could say “I don’t know” without even opening her mouth.
Yes, I am the hard working shoulder and with my colleague from the left side, we did a very good job. Now she learned about a new technique and we`re not appreciated anymore.
But we can’t desert her, we guarantee her wellbeing. She needs our help now, more than ever before.

Metathoughts of the Teacher

How can I deal with this part of my student?
There’s no such thing, called a good or a bad habit.
How can I communicate with this ego-state , which is so convinced of its purpose?
How can we integrate this justified voice?
What suggestions can I make, if my client is overwhelmed by this voice and that reality?

The workshop
Coping with this resistance is the starting point.
Understanding the involuntary reactions in the body of our clients is the starting point of dealing with the resistance. Welcome it, listen to it, name it and talk to it with respect. That can make a big difference to the effectiveness of your work.

We’re going to collect stories like the above one, from other strained parts of the body. We can talk to the intelligent student and how to inhibit habitual reaction. And we can talk to this inner voice, who speaks up for resisting parts of the body. We will experiment with this options in the workshop.

It’s an enhancement for our work, because it can be difficult if you and your student wish for a conscious change-process but involuntary habits are still working in the opposite direction.

In the workshop we’ll look at this phenomena from a systemic point of view. As a teacher we’re always dealing with person-centered-systems as there are somatic-, psychic-, cultural- and interpersonal systems working together and melting into each other.

We as humans are many and we have many different ego-states in ourselves. At the same time we’re dealing with all the whole person at ones. Understanding that there are always different ego-states acting with each other, makes teaching easier and allows the students to work better on their own.

We’re going to work in small groups to observe ourselves, while teaching.


About Maike Lenz-Scheele

Maike startet her Training 1998 in New York at ACAT and finished it 2001 in Freiburg, Germany. She’s a member of ATVD.
As a former dancer she produced a dvd with the title “Alexander-Technik & Tanz” in 2006, which was presented at the first congress in Lugano.
She worked with many different people, with all kinds of backgrounds, in private lessons in Frankfurt, Marburg, Gießen and Darmstadt.
From the beginning on Maike taught group lessons specificly for dancers and for a wider audience with specific topics like stressmanagement, presentation, work-life-balance, performance-enhancement, flow and focus. She also loves to teach in companies “painfree at the workplace”, “working with ease in the office” and “a cool head in digital times”
Maike teaches online, live and hybrid.
She’s also a focusing trainer (DAF) a coach and consultant of hypnosystemic concepts (meihei) and an aroma-practitioner.


See also: Maike Lenz-Scheele – Presenter Detail Page

Friday, 26 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h (10.30am-11.45am)
Math Building
Floor: 6.OG (6th floor)
Room: MA 642

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