A Doctor’s Description of Their Session to Reduce Pain

It’s always fascinating to hear what clients gain from their sessions, here’s Rozelle’s experience from a medical perspective:

In my Grinberg method session with Charlotte, I learnt how to reduce my neck pain and prevent it from reoccurring in the future. I realised some features of the methodology from a biomedical view point. And in fact, the experience taught me a lot more than words can.


Charlotte’s employment of Grinberg method literally teaches you about your body: and it’s collaborative as all good teaching is. In my session she activates the different points of tension and pain in the area concerned, which evolved as I moved, breathed and consciously re-created and let go of the familiar pain concerned. Her fingers triggered proprioceptive receptors, giving a time and intensity map which my brain registered. It gave me a physiological memory of the automatic movements I can create which caused the pain. The reason that is powerful is the memory component; when I left my session, I didn’t leave the knowledge behind – unlike, say visiting a masseuse.


I can now notice my habits of position, breathing and movement which cause the pain. It’s like a roadmap to my body that I know exists but needed activation. In my session, I learnt to use and expand my bodily perception as Charlotte awakened the routes that were causing my neck pain.


The memory of her instruction is in my body and reconnected to my brain now, I can use my ability to perceive in the body when I need to stop something that creates the pain.


– Rozelle K., Medic

Marta’s Recuperation from Polio

Marta recovers from Polio Grinberg Method

Marta’s story is an impressive example of the physical recuperation possible with the Grinberg Method. When she was nine months old she caught Polio, an infectious viral disease, which caused paralysis in her left arm.

Poliomyelitis (Polio) is a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects young children. The virus is transmitted through contaminated food and water, and multiplies in the intestine and it can invade the nervous system. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis, which is often permanent.

Marta’s first contact with the Grinberg Method was for a strong pain from injury in her knee after a fall. Through sessions she recovered so well that for the first time in her life she considered perhaps it could be good to work on her left arm.

Marta's Recuperation from Polio www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNZ_-uywOSc

When she was a child, the doctor’s said to her that the Polio in the left arm was irreversible and that it had no cure, it would never get better. The exercises she received were to maintain it but nothing really could be done. When she heard this as a young child she resigned herself to this conclusion thinking that if nothing could be done, there was nothing for her to do. As a result she did not use her left arm for 45 years, and generally would hide the fact that she had little use of the arm.

This video shows Marta’s recuperation process and interviews with herself, her practitioner Teresa Rioja and founder of the Grinberg Method, Avi Grinberg. Below is a transcription of the video.

Avi: After Marta was sick, she adapted to the idea that she had no arm, and in a way her brain wasn’t interested in getting back the arm and also did not know how to do that. So what I did basically is to get it interested again in the arm and own it again. It is like it regressed or retreated from the arm and now it was working again to rebuild the connection.

To achieve this many sessions and commitment was required from all of them, particularly Marta and Teresa who would meet at least three times a week. At the beginning, Marta’s arm was very weak and had no sensation. To move the arm, she had to do a lot of effort in all her body, so much that she never wanted to use her arm.

Marta's Recuperation from Polio www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNZ_-uywOSc

Avi: The idea of a recovery process is to teach people to employ their full abilities when they try to recover from a condition. We also call it recover because we look at it as taking back what we lost. When we look at people as creatures of attention, and we look at an arm that got hurt in this case, we can see that she retreated, she pulled her attention from that area and that all my work with her is about getting back the attention to this area. If the body is very quiet and the attention is a body attention, intense stimulus forces attention and the brain to connect to that place.

In the first session, Marta noticed first how much she had gone about ignoring the Polio during her life. Afterwards she started learning how she could use her arm without a lot of effort she had made in the rest of her body.

Marta's Recuperation from Polio www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNZ_-uywOSc

In each session she learnt new movements and new sensation that until then she had never experienced, such as keeping up her arm even for only a short period of time. Stimulating the muscles and the nerves, her arm returned to life, it gained strength and reflexes. In sessions she learnt to put her attention and will on recovering her arm. She learnt to feel her arm as part of her. She can now see how her active participation in the sessions and daily training led to results. With the greater results and options she gains, her motivation increases and it gives her greater strength to continue to progress with her arm’s recuperation.

Teresa: The most exciting part for me but also a big challenge was once she was relaxed to send to her brain and her whole nervous system, the message that it can wake up, that the nervous system can reconnect and recognise her arm.

Avi: One of the most intense perception of humans is pain; it makes us pay attention and become aware, so in using pain, of course not torturous pain, but a moderate kind of pain, consistently to pull her attention into her arm. This way the nerves were growing because the body was noticing pain and trying to do its best to deal with that pain.

Teresa: In the beginning the hardest part for Marta was to relax all the efforts of this area. So we worked hard to stimulate the area and make it bigger. At some point we measured her back, and it was almost equal, where as at the beginning it was very different.

Marta's Recuperation from Polio www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNZ_-uywOSc

Avi: The methodology I am using is based on the idea that our bodies are organs of perception, that everything that we are as humans is out of our perception, so what I was trying to do with Marta is to expand her perception to include again the arm that she lost in the past. Some people’s brains can learn and adapt themselves and recreate themselves, by actually using her own perception of her own body and increasing the level of her abilities to perceive herself, she managed to call back her arm and reconnect it to her brain. Once the nerves started to wake up in her arm, muscles could start to build up.

When I started first to work with Marta she had a stick, there were very few muscles, there was very little movement and no control. The more the nerves woke up, the more she was exercising her muscles, the arm got stronger, and she gained mobility, and at the end sensation came back to the fingers, to the tip of the fingers, then she could use her hand like the other hand completely. The experience of getting a piece of yourself back is one of the most amazing experiences possible.

Marta's Recuperation from Polio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNZ_-uywOSc

Marta: It’s like the arm is trying to find it form, how to be, this experience is so new, it’s a new sensation in her arm, it seems like it’s looking for its form, its place.

Teresa: What I am seeing in Marta’s process is how her body, by which I mean any body, has the incredible potential to recuperate a limb, even a limb which has not been used for 45 years – something completely illogical – and to see how the wanting, the enthusiasm, the disposition, to stimulate systems of the body, of the organism, make it possible that all of a sudden an arm is growing, it’s being born. For me this an incredible gift because it’s like to see the essence of being human, it’s potential and what we can do with will, with wanting, allowing the body to organize itself and this is fantastic.

Marta: To see that I can recuperate an arm, my will power, my self-esteem, my desire, I see more possibilities, I believe that I can do more things, achieve more, if I have small desires or big desires, in my head if I had the possibility to regain my warm, if I can recuperate my arm, I can also do other things and I have more confidence in the things I can do.


Reflexology for Pregnancy – Rebecca’s Experience

Pregnancy Reflexology London.TIF

During pregnancy, Reflexology can be a welcome support for the mother to be. I met Rebecca at the beginning of her third trimester of pregnancy. She was anxious and experienced daily discomfort from swollen feet and lower back pain.

In sessions we focused on reducing her physical symptoms and training her ability to breathe and relax which later became invaluable to help her through the labour and birth.

Here’s Rebecca’s experience in her own words:

“The labour was amazing. I loved it, which was a big change from the first time, which I had told you was induced and ultimately, a C-Section. Throughout my second pregnancy I was quite doubtful of myself and at times really fearful of labour. Eventually, the labour started naturally the night before my last appointment with you and I was just so excited that the baby was coming. I was full of confidence and really happy to ‘get to work’ as it was. Labour was long by any standards, and hard (by definition!). I did lose it a bit at times, but overall I must have held it together because my over-riding memory of it all was that it was the best feeling in the world! It was wild, and hard and I loved it.

I wholeheartedly put that confidence down to the work that we did together. I always said that sessions with you were extremely therapeutic, on so many levels. As you know, I recommended you to many people and selfishly wish you were still here because two of my neighbours are expecting and I think every pregnant woman should have access to a therapist of your calibre. Pregnancy is such an important time for a woman, and the moment when she is at her most vulnerable, physically, psychologically and socially. To have such great support made a huge difference to me, entering a new phase of my life.”

A Designer’s Update

Learn to be well Blog - A Designer's Update - Grinberg Method and Reflexology/Footwork | Charlotte Crowther, London . Source: http://www.graceleeillustrator.com

It’s always great to hear how client’s have continued their projects after working with them for a period. It brought a smile to receive this update yesterday!

I just wanted to update you on the latest movements in my life! I have decided to go to Bali and Malaysia for a month next year to do some research into fabrics and possibly ethical tailoring. I’m working on a collection of pieces for shows and festivals which is really exciting and I hope to have ready by May 2014.


I’m also designing the course material for two university courses, specific and technical English for design and engineering students. I hope to get more work like this especially in design schools.


So first and foremost I wanted to thank you for helping me help myself and gain confidence in the fact that I can be a designer!


I remind myself of the breathing exercises you taught me and still have the instructions up on my bedroom door.


I really am ever so grateful for all your help this year, I feel like I’ve made so much progress and the Grinberg Method has made a really positive impact on my life.”


– P, Barcelona

A Client’s Learning Experience

I like to share the experiences of clients, they’re insightful and inspiring!

A friend recommended Charlotte as a practitioner, and after witnessing her personal change I decided to take a chance and try this new physical and mental approach towards well-being called the Grinberg Method. I started taking regular sessions in January 2013 and ended my learning process exactly a year later with great satisfaction and clear changes in my body.


I began sessions because I suffered from psoriasis since I was 16, and every winter it would get worse as a result of the constant anxiety and mental stress I would put myself through in response to different internal and external challenges in life, such as from work, friendship, family and relationships. Also in general, I experienced a low self-esteem and the sensation life is a battlefield. Fighting was my main approach to every problem without actually being in contact with how I really felt and expressing that. My biggest fear was entering into an old pattern where I would be hard on myself and suffer.


My first sessions were painful but unlocked most of my fears and helped me identify the areas of my body which I was not aware of. The beginning was hard, in my case quite dramatic I must say, I could not hold my personal suffering back, I felt exposed and it took me time to actually start trusting Charlotte, while realizing my general lack of trust and pensive approach to life. At that point I felt lost, nothing made sense but throughout the sessions I slowly gained awareness of my body, how it was reacting to different thoughts and emotions that crossed my mind, how to perceive them on a physical and mental level, and most importantly that I was able to control these reactions and finally stop them.


Ending my role as a victim has been a step-by-step process which has led me to the question if I wanted to be a happy and energetic person or a gloomy, depressed and unhappy human being. Taking the positive option, while gaining emotional and physical control through the sessions, has helped me increase my personal sense of value, stopped the psoriasis, and improved my personal relationships and job options.


Today I feel I can live the life that I want. The past is in the past and the future is in my hands.


– Product Designer, Barcelona