A Strong Intuition Gets Better Results
Do you use your intuition in your practice? If you don’t, I highly recommend you start developing yours, as it’s a vital component of a successful treatment session, in my humble opinion.
What is intuition?
Intuition is defined as “the ability to understand something immediately without conscious reasoning, and is sometimes explained as a ‘gut feeling’ about the rightness or wrongness of a person, place, situation, temporal episode or object,” (National Library of Medicine: Link to Source).
I like to think of intuition as a knowingness that occurs within me, whether from a thought, feeling, instinct, or reaction in my body. All are ways that my intuition is trying to guide me. My spiritual side believes that my intuition is how spirit works through me.
I like to start off my day in the clinic with a blessing for all those I’m working with that day. I open myself up as a channel for divine spirit to work through me. I’m asking for this assistance prior to the start of my day, and I feel the intuitive, gut-feeling responses I get are that assistance.
I like to ask lots of questions of the body when I’m working on it. Like, What do I sense? What do I feel? What needs to happen here? Where do I need to go next? All these questions are allowing spirit or my intuition to guide me. When I listen and follow whatever hits I get, I usually get a really good outcome.
How to Access Your Intuition?
Accessing your intuition and strengthening it requires a good foundation to be open to hearing or receiving it.
The first thing that helps you to tap into your intuition is to clear your mind. We have tons of thoughts flowing through our minds every minute. If we aren’t aware of what we are thinking, then we’ll never know what an intuitive thought may be. I encourage you to start to become aware of what you think about! Practice consciously using your mind to focus on slowing down your mind. Mindful meditation is helpful, too. Create space to allow intuitive hits to come through.
The second step is connecting with your body. Your intuitive hits may come through as reactions in your body. Being fully embodied can allow your intuition to ping in your “inner navigation system”, as Suzanne Scurlock calls it. Paying attention to what you feel in your body and the changes you sense as you are working on someone can be very helpful in tuning into what might be being held in the tissues.
When I’m palpating an area of the body, and I feel a heavy tightening in my belly that is my signal that the tissues I’m connecting with might be holding trauma. When I feel that, I just get curious about the area and invite my clients to see what they sense. I don’t share what I’m sensing with them as I want to see what they are experiencing and work with it. Working with a trauma response in the body takes skill, and I teach you how to do so in my Birth Healing Intensive program.
Strengthening Your Intuition
Intuition is like a muscle you can work to get stronger. The best thing to do to strengthen your intuition is to follow it and see what happens. When you get those intuitive hits, follow through with where they are directing you. When you follow it, see what happens. Every time I follow the intuitive hits in a treatment session, good results occur. It’s easy to dismiss the hits or information coming in. When you become aware of discounting the hits, get curious about the information. I invite you to go with your first instinct, and when you start going wtih that first instinct, you will, likely, discover that the intuitive hit or instinct will get stronger and louder.
If you don’t feel like you get any ‘hits’ I encourage you to start living in the question. What I mean about that, is ask questions about everything. “What should I wear today?”, “Which way is it best for me to go?”, “What’s the best way for me to get done all I need to do today?”. By taking the time to ask the question and then pause to wait for an answer, you will open up a communication channel with what I refer to as spirit or guidance and your inner senses.
Feel more in your body. Take time throughout the day to check in with what you notice in your body. Then, do the same when you are in a session. See if you feel sensations in your body while working with someone and see how it applies to your client on the table. Ask questions in your mind as you are working with them. See if you get answers.
Curiosity is King!
Curiosity is the most incredible tool we can bring into our life. Instead of being judgmental about ourselves or life’s situations, get curious: “I wonder what this is about?”, “What do I need to learn here?”. Bringing curiosity to your treatment sessions can also help your results when you learn how to work with the subtleties in your body, mind and emotions.
If intuition is something you want to develop more and learn how to use it in your sessions, consider joining the Birth Healing Intensive program. This program dives into creating a stronger therapeutic presence so you can feel energized at the end of your day, learn how to shift what is being held in the tissues (whether it is trauma or something else), open up your intuition more to guide your sessions, plus so much more. It’s where the magic lies in your treatment sessions that makes your work so much fun!
Birth Healing Intensive 2024
The Birth Healing Intensive is an application only program launching in February 2024. It is open to a small group of students and is an opportunity to you do you own inner work, so you take yourself and your clients to a deeper level of healing. Learn more about the Birth Healing Intensive: CLICK HERE
About the Author: Lynn Schulte is a Pelvic Health Therapist and the founder of the Institute for Birth Healing, a pelvic health continuing education organization that specializes in prenatal and postpartum care. For more information, go to https://instituteforbirthhealing.com