Kinetix is the method I created in my private practice that “maps” the fascial and neural networks of a client’s body in order to make sense of pain and find the root cause. Kinetix is an evolving method that has been in development between myself and my body, as well as between myself, my clients and students since 2008.
My first foray into teaching happened in 2015, when I spent “however long it would take” with 4 of my original students in Boulder, Colorado. We spent 5 and a half months together learning the ins and outs of what Kinetix is, and many more hours together after that playing, experimenting and helping each other optimize our own bodies.
Up to that point I had developed the method intuitively and instinctively since 2008, without much conscious awareness of “why” I was doing what I was doing or why it worked so effectively for my clients. I will forever be indebted to these original 4 students, because they helped me learn what Kinetix is really about, and how to teach it.
After this I tried different ways of teaching – like a week long retreat style or weekend workshops, and finally I came back to my roots of in depth study as the only way that made sense to me if we were going to produce skillful practitioners.
In June 2019 the first ever Kinetix Practitioner Program opened for enrollment. We had 16 people join this 10 month program that would start in late September 2019 and run through June 2020.
If we’re gauging success on pieces of paper (students achieving “Certified Practitioner” status) then this program was a total failure, with none of the 16 original students completing the program or achieving Practitioner status. Six of the original 16 students left the program or were asked to leave by me at different points, leaving us with ten students as of May 2020. At this point it became evident that these ten students, as a group, did not share the same vision I have for Kinetix. So I ended the program early.
I am choosing to gauge success in terms of lessons learned and adaptations/evolutions in process, and in this respect it’s been a success. The lessons, however, have been exceptionally painful – for myself and many of these students.
For the record, I think in our modern world we’re far too obsessed with exchanging money for pieces of paper, for titles or CEU’s. I think the health and healing world is suffering from a lack of quality control and true apprenticeship/mentorship. The latter takes time, discipline, humility and the courage to face our own demons.
There’s so much interest in Kinetix, and I could make a lot of money teaching mechanically by focusing on the physical aspects of this version of fascia release. But I wouldn’t be able to live with myself, because this isn’t about money for me.
I believe the world is breaking under the weight of all our unhealed pain, with so few places to turn to for real help; and releasing unskillful practitioners into this world would only exacerbate the issue. This is something I’ve talked about before called “the pickle we’re in.”
We’re all so traumatized and looking for help, but because we haven’t faced our own traumas/pain…we often end up further traumatizing other people. Most professionals in the healing world haven’t fully excavated their own demons, which get projected onto clients/patients – which means they’re working with projections of their unconscious, instead of the person in front of them.
I want to make something clear: Kinetix is NOT a proprietary method of fascia release that in and of itself produces results (relief) for pain.
Kinetix is a method of opening feedback channels between a person’s body and their conscious mind; it’s about making the unconscious conscious; it’s about objective communication and data gathering (mapping), of pattern recognition and deep listening. The spirit of Kinetix is one of reverence for what a human being is, what a body is, and for pain as a necessary wake up call from a wiser source. That source might be your body, your higher self, the intelligence of nature or god. Whatever you want to call it, it’s vastly more intelligent than we are, and our job is to listen and discover “what is” that is asking to be made conscious.
There has to be a real partnership between practitioner and client as well. This requires trust. And trust is something rather subconscious and ethereal at first pass; but really, your trust in me depends on you “sensing” my own self trust, my boundaries and self-awareness.
In order for a practitioner to really partner with someone else, they must go on their own journey first. We can only help people to the degree we’ve helped ourselves. We can only take people as far as we’ve gone ourselves – into our own subconscious, into our body and its deeper terrain; into sensation, emotions, fears, and patterns of delusion, self-betrayal and our own relationship to pain and freedom.
Teaching the above has been no easy feat for me. Often, I feel like I’m pushing giant boulders up mountains; we toil and struggle uphill only to roll all the way back down and have to start over. I often wonder if it’s worth it, and think “why me?!” Why did this knowledge want to come through me, and why do I keep saying yes?
I cannot escape this mission. Whatever this is that wants to come through me has taken root, it will not let me go and it wants to grow me into someone worthy of bringing a better world into being.
Kinetix has to be about self-knowledge first, and the creation of objective sense perception as the means by which we become worthy of working professionally with people in pain. Unless and until we cultivate objective sense perception, we will only ever work with our own projections onto clients; which means we’re really trying to heal ourselves.
If we are not objective we may actually do more harm than good.
So while I don’t know exactly what the future of Kinetix looks like, I do know where it has to start.
Please watch the video for my full story, if you’re interested in Kinetix (or my vision for a new paradigm when it comes to “professionals” in the healing arts).
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