Presence of Being

Class details

  • Class Hours: 50
  • Instructor: Shantam Lanz
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class Materials: Manual provided by instructor, bring swimsuit and towels
  • Checkin at Harbin front gate as early as 12pm Sunday. You may enter the classroom building at 6pm to bring in your bedding and food if you'd like. Class orientation begins promptly at 6:30 pm for a 7pm class start time.

This course, dedicated to the mind/body relationship, enables students to deepen their ability to truly be with their clients physically, emotionally and mentally, to facilitate the processes brought to life through Aquatic Bodywork, and to respect the dynamics and boundaries of the client-therapist relationship. We start with an outline and exploration of massage therapy’s mental/emotional effects. With this awareness, we demonstrate how to create a safe working environment for client and therapist, keep healthy boundaries, use effective communication and conflict resolution skills, and appropriately react to a client’s emotional response to bodywork. This course focuses on self-care principles and techniques.

Using techniques and exercises from Hypnotherapy, Self-inquiry, NLP and Meditation, students learn to establish rapport with their clients, as well as discover when they are in rapport with someone and when they are not. In addition to this, we demonstrate and teach communication skills as a way of establishing trust, honesty and responsibility. We use sensory awareness exercises to show students how to be present with themselves as a basis for creating a safe space for their clients. We spend 25 hours of this class in the water, where students explore how being present with someone translates into practicing effective, safe aquatic bodywork.