It’s like an icicle that runs the the line of the deepest part of our bodies. . . It sits there frozen, filling in the gaps of our unhealed trauma, protecting us from the pain of those things we’ve long since forgot or can’t handle. . . It helps us disconnect from all the overwhelming feelings we simply find it too difficult to process. . . With that disconnection from the pain & trauma, comes a disconnect from our minds & bodies, where these feelings are buried. . . That disconnection from the body that holds the source of our unrest, also comes a disconnection from a part of our self; meaning, even though those feelings & parts of us cry out for our attention & acknowledgement, our disconnection doesn’t allow that communication to come through. . . Just like anyone, our bodies & pain will continue to find a way to get these communications through to us. It does this by innately stepping up its communication abilities in the form of creating wake up calls, physical pain, numbness & dysfunction, as well as seeping into aspects of our lives making those areas more troublesome over time. . . By no means is it an enemy; in fact it’s a great source of direction for deep healing, liberation & joy. . . But what does healing this icicle created by shame & trauma as a protective mechanism look like? . . It looks like applying heat to it. Over time it starts to thaw & melt causing a flow of great vitality that was once frozen, to now begin melting & integrating into our bodies. . . That vitality is certainly liberating, but it can also be uncomfortable & it will take your courage to know the difference between hurt vs. harm to continue on that path. . . How we engage in that thawing process starts with a commitment to do it ... you have to decide! And from that decision, ensues an innate unfolding that causes curiosity to start to flow, revealing techniques, people & practitioners who can aide in that healing journey. . . The ending is in the comments👇
Check out my most recent podcast I did with Sean McCormick from his show, the Optimal Performance podcast. It was really great being on his show, as Sean is a veteran in the Podcast world, having produced well over 200 podcasts. He was really curious to know about what exactly Maori Healing is, and how that relates to the style of coaching I do with my clients. Check it out if you’re interested.
Also, and as I’ve shared previously, some of my own personal healing work is to improve my ability to communicate with groups of people and in the public domain (including being on Podcasts). It’s very healing for me to see where I struggle with my communication abilities publically, that doesn’t show up privately for me. Developing and healing myself in this way also allows for new opportunities and possibilities to open up within my career.
I mention this for two reasons. One is to share with you a little about me, and the other is to remind you that healing looks different for everyone; it’s not general.
Sure, there are general modalities,...more
My Maori-Healer teachers are coming;
One day only, sessions available this Saturday October 12th.
Below is part of an Instagram post I recently wrote, that describes an aspect of what Maori Healing bodywork helps people with. Details for Saturday are below.
What is it & how do we get rid of it?
Its a term that refers to an energetic armor or shielding, designed to protect us from people and things from emotionally, physically or psychically hurting us.
It’s benefit is clear, to keep us safe, however the cost might not totally be. This armoring keeps us protected, but it also keeps people, opportunities & love from coming into our lives; basically, we slowly die on the inside, while protecting ourselves from being hurt by the outside world.
It can also be unconsciously or consciously created from a past trauma. Depending on the specific type of trauma we’ve encountered, we may be surprised where we’ve stored the trauma in our bodies & created the armor.
This armoring also contributes to our bodies becoming...more
I’ve spent many years studying, healing, and building my craft and private healing practice. Now I'm ready to be more public about it all. I’ve had the opportunity to speak on a couple of my friends' podcasts, and it inspired me to explore these opportunities further. It was such a fun and rewarding experience that allowed me to share the impact my work has made in my life with all of you; I'd love to continue connecting with all kinds of new people who’ve got podcasts and want to talk all things healing. My desire is to share my journey and work, and enhance the content and value of people’s podcasts specifically by discussing the many facets of healing with them. My primary focus isn't personal exposure, but to share how my own personal healing can help your listeners, by being more public about my journey and healing process.
If you feel like this could be a fit, let's connect. Know anyone with a podcast? Put us in touch.
To learn more, download my complete deck below.more
Hey Everyone, just wanted to give you a heads-up, that I've been sharing on Instagram @haroldturk much more frequently, instead of using this email format. I'll be emailing longer communications, but for daily quick shares like the one below, feel free to follow me to keep in touch more regularly. I hope you're well. Let me know if you need anything.
A little origin story
I’ve been receiving & providing Maori-style bodywork since I was 29yo(47 now) & I’ve personally received this bodywork on the deepest possible levels.
At that time in my life, I was going through a massive amount of upheaval & I hungered for the work to help me exorcise a lot of emotional baggage I was carrying, while simultaneously & passionately learning to do the work for others.
Throughout the years I’ve seen & physically felt the relationship & interconnectedness of all the things I’ve mentally & emotionally held onto & how it coincided with every area of my physical life being stuck, which included...more
It’s been a few weeks or so since the Maori visited and I wanted to share a couple of thoughts with you.
First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who came out and received sessions. The two days were full with healing, and I was inspired by all the desire everyone came with in order to heal.
One way I see healing, is such that, when people allow themselves to open up and let their emotions out, specifically by way of the bodywork, this vulnerability allows the body to relax which makes all kinds of healing possible that wasn’t available to them before.
In doing this, the body and mind become of aware of this old holding pattern, and are now aware of this new liberated position within.
This new space allows us to see more clearly all the painful things we’ve been holding onto, and all the negative effects of that old holding pattern has created.
This unique style of bodywork goes straight to the source of ones pain, and it helps them free this area so that their external world can be liberated in so many ways they never thought possible …
After I sent out the last email regarding my Maori-Healer teachers coming into town, I felt compelled to share more about how exactly this unique kind of bodywork has helped me with my life and how it may help you too.
Really quickly, and for those who have no idea what this work is, it looks like a sports-type massage, meaning that it’s hands on and it works at the root level of your muscle imbalance, pain and stagnation.
I started receiving this work when I was about 29... I’m turning 47 in May. My first teacher was both a body-worker and someone who did talk-type therapy with me, even though she wasn’t an actual therapist (sound familiar?)
At the time, I had a lot of upheaval going on in my life, and so going to see this teacher of mine, meant that I was going to be able to have a safe place to unload emotions I’d been bottling up, and this unique-style of bodywork was a perfect vehicle to facilitate that.
Right off the bat, and on a instinctual level, I saw the value in being able to discharge a lot of trapped feelings I’d been holding onto, and for...more
My Maori-Healer friends are coming to Topanga.
The privilege of having my Maori-healer friends/teachers coming all the way from New Zealand to Los Angeles has grown, especially after having lost Manu last year(See picture below of us celebrating Manu's passing.)
Their healing-posse has grown smaller and smaller, and because of that, the privilege has grown larger and larger.
Work like this is not easy to come by, even for us LA-folk who seem to have every resource we desire at our fingertips.
These Maori-healer friends of mine are quality Healers, and they’re coming out to Topanga, California on Sunday and Monday February 17thand 18th to do sessions with people.
For those unfamiliar with who they are and what they do, please continue to read below.
For all intents and purposes, it looks and feels like a sports-type massage, however, instead of just reaping the physical benefits of healing from it, somehow we’re able to receive emotional and energetic healing as well.
Afterward, you feel like you’re aligned and more intimately connected,...more
A humbling Thanksgiving, and holidays to you and your family.
With respect to the numerous shootings, acts of violence, fires, political tension, increased complexity of the world and the speed with which we hear about it all and how it effects each of us on an individual level, I think it’s appropriate to use the word humble, rather than happy to describe the holidays.
Despite a lot of my clients and myself being in a good place and doing well, depending on the day, it doesn't stop my heart from feeling full of feelings on a consistent basis this year and it’s become increasingly so, lately; you’re not alone if you’re feeling similarly, don’t panic, it’s normal.
For someone to reply with how he or she has been doing, with “awesome or amazing,” without any sense of heaviness to their heart, would be considered out of touch - too much is going on for someone not to be effected in some way.
I’m humbled by all the pain, that’s part of being in this world, and what it means to be alive today.
Not that I’m trying to, but I couldn’t outrun the sadness...more
The environment all weekend was full with healing, laughter and fun. And for all those who came out and received sessions: thank you for coming and I hope you’re allowing the healing to continue to flow through you; remember, you control that flow, no healer or coach of any kind can do that for you.
On another note, I realized that for future visits by my teacher, and regardless of what Maori-healers she brings with her for those visits, I'll be sure to share more in detail about how things have changed and the perspective I have about it…
Maori-Healers typically don’t travel the world; let me begin by saying that. They typically stay in New Zealand, helping and teaching people there.
A Maori-healer commonly known as Papa Joe, was a man who pioneered the idea of having a group of Maori-Healers touring the...more
So I’ve got good news; my Maori friends are coming into town and I’m going to be hosting them on Saturday and Sunday March 17th and 18th.
Hosting means that I’m setting up healing appointments/sessions for you to partake in receiving from them.
Most of you know that one of my dear teachers, Manu is no longer with us, but my other teacher Ata is going to be coming out; as well as Charlotte (I met and spent a good chunk of time with Charlotte a few years ago when I visited New Zealand, where I attended the Maoris first ever, teaching and cultural workshop.)
It takes a village to help me develop; and that includes getting help from these two powerful women.
I’ve had and continue to have people, teachers, mentors, coaches and therapists in my life, all of whom contribute to the kind of man and “Healer” I’ve become today.
And with that said, the Maori teachings and bodywork style has long since been a staple in my education and “therapy-diet” for what it’s taken to get me here.
The bodywork is unique in its ability to help facilitate and integrate...more