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What is SourcePoint Therapy®?

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by Bob Schrei

by Bob Schrei

The following article was written by Jeffrey Maitland, author of three books: Mind Body Zen (Random House 2010), Spinal Manipulation Made Simple: A Manual of Soft Tissue Techniques (North Atlantic Books, 2001), and Spacious Body: An Exploration in Somatic Ontology (North Atlantic Books 1994). Jeffrey was one of my basic and advanced Rolfing teachers; he is a good friend and dharma brother of many years. He is an excellent healer and works in the energetic domain, as well as being a well-known instructor of Structural Integration and the use of the Cold Laser in a therapeutic context. Jeff recently attended a Module One of SourcePoint Therapy® in San Francisco; this was his very generous unsolicited response to SourcePoint.

What is SourcePoint Therapy®?

With one brilliant creative stroke, Bob Schrei and Donna Thomson have created a new form of energy work based, in part, on sacred geometry.  They teach a new way of dealing with dysfunction that does not employ manipulation to release fixations. Instead, their way of working is an order-bestowing approach that actually constitutes an alternative to manipulation. SourcePoint Therapy®, as it is called, is both powerful and profoundly simple”“ so simple, in fact, that almost anyone can learn it.

The essence of SourcePoint Therapy® consists of entraining the body to its energetic blueprint or template. All that is required of the entrainment practitioner is the ability to locate certain points (which are very easy to feel) in the energy field around the body, scan the energy field for dysfunction (which is also easy to feel), let go of all desire to fix the client, shift his or her orientation (intentionality) to allowing the entrainment to happen, and simply stepping out of the way and letting re-formation occur.  No attempt is made to release this or that structural, functional, psychobiological, or energy fixation.  The practitioner simply creates a space within which it becomes possible for the human body to entrain to its form-maintaining blueprint.

The body then re-forms itself”“not because fixations have been released, but because the practitioner steps out of the way and lets the entertainment do the work of re-formation. The Holistic practice of entraining to the blueprint deals with dysfunction and disorder by re-forming what is de-formed or distorted. As a result of directly introducing order back into the system, fixations simply disappear as a matter of course.  Traditional Holistic forms of manipulation deal with dysfunction and disorder by releasing fixations in the proper sequence.  Unlike SourcePoint Therapy, order is not introduced directly.  Rather, order is the end result of a process of eliminating fixations. To say it simply, the practice of entraining with the blueprint eliminates dysfunction by ironing out and re-forming what is distorted, whereas the practice of manipulation eliminates dysfunction by releasing fixations.

Upon first hearing the above description of how a SourcePoint practitioner works, you may think that it sounds suspiciously like a form of biodynamic cranial work.  For the sake of clarity, it is important to understand where they are the same and how they differ. They are alike in two ways.  First, the shift in orientation (intentionality) on the part of the SourcePoint practitioner to letting entrainment happen is the same shift in orientation that is required of the biodynamic practitioner when he/she lets the organizing forces do the work of releasing fixations.  Second, both call upon something else, other than themselves, to make the therapeutic change. The difference between them comes down to how they accomplish the aim of their interventions.  The biodynamic practitioner does his work by allowing the organizing forces of the body to do the work of releasing fixations. Since the aim is to release fixation, it is clearly a form of manipulation.  In contrast, since the SourcePoint practitioner does his/her work by allowing the blueprint to do the entraining re-formation, it is an order-bestowing approach, not a form of manipulation.

Understanding the difference between releasing fixations and entraining to the blueprint is important because the quality of an entrainment practitioner’s work is directly tied to how clearly he/she grasps this distinction.  It is quite common to slip from performing entrainment work into habitual ways of manipulating restrictions (e.g., unwinding) without noticing it.  When that happens the therapy is not as effective.  A clear grasp of the difference makes for a clear and appropriate orientation (intentionality) toward performing the work as well as clear intention about the nature of the work”“all of which adds up to more effective and efficient therapy.

©2011 Jeffrey Maitland

More on Athletes and SourcePoint Therapy

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After the discussion last week, I received this input from a Rolfer in Japan who also works in the Sports Medicine Field and has been integrating SourcePoint Therapy into his work:


I read your blog and I want to share my experience working with athletes. Because of my Athletic Training background, I work with athletes quite a bit. I feel pretty much the same as you said about working with athletes using SPT, but here are some things I have been noticing.

SPT definitely helps a lot to work with athletes from my experience so far. As a rolfer, one of the biggest benefits of SPT is that we can do great Rolfing sessions without following the recipe (sometimes following the recipe does not cover the place where the athlete needs work at that time). I do understand the effect of the Rolfing 10 series, but athletes most of time do not have time to wait for 10 sessions (the season might get over!!). Doing 10 series sometimes throws off athlete’s balance, but SPT session does not do that much. I mean athletes can finish the session with a more integrated state, and I can get more result in one session. Most athletes can feel the benefit of the session immediately.

The Diamond Points help to align body structure and the energy charge associated with the navel point seems very helpful for athletes who are tired due to long hours of practice.

Rectangle points help the healing process and also are helpful to see which diagonal line the athlete is having problem with. Improved ROM and effect of intervention seems to last longer with points.It also works great with swollen extremities!

The energetic line of the stick figure seems to get cut with fractures. Re-connecting the stick figure has helped athletes to regain sensation, movement, and whole body integration. I have used the scan/stick figure and indirect technique to immediately fix a sprained finger or mild injury so many times, so I believe it is helpful to have that sense of energetic touch to work on athletes. Once I get used to having an intention and where to see in the limited time, I can even work on acute injury gently on the field.

Seeing the athlete’s movement/structural balance with the geometric pattern shown in SourcePoint also seems helpful and I have been trying to work more with it. It helps the Rolfer’s eye as well.

My list can goes on and on,,,
But the bottom line is that with the combination of right intention, touch, and source points, athletes can benefit a lot.



Showing Clients the Points

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Here’s a good question that arises in a lot of different forms.

“What specific SourcePoint Therapy protocols do we have permission to teach our patients and, if OK, do you have any caveats and/or recommendations for how to do this, for example, can we copy your handouts, etc? I have clients who could benefit by doing certain SourcePoint protocols on a daily basis. I have shown some people how to do the Diamond Points and wonder if it is ok to teach a partner in a couple how to do the stick figure and sacral protocols and guardian points?”

It’s our intention for SourcePoint to be simple enough for practitioners to share with their clients, especially the material in Module One. By all means share the Diamond Points and Navel Point with any interested patient. We ask that you tell them where it comes from and encourage them to read about the principles of SourcePoint Therapy on the blog and in the introductory articles on the website, in addition to introducing them to those principles briefly as you show them how to do the points. The most important “points” about the Points are the concept of the Blueprint and the fundamental prinicples of Order, Balance, Harmony and Flow.

The “SourcePoint Audio Meditation” on the blog is good for clients who want to work with the points themselves. The manuals are meant for workshop participants. We’d prefer you referred people to the website and blog for background information.

With both the Guardian Points and the Stick Figure, it’s best to show them to the person who needs them and let them work with these points, themselves. The Guardian Points can be easily and effectively done on oneself. The Stick Figure is a powerful visualization tool and I’d say it will be more effective to let your clients do it for themselves rather than teach it to their partners. The Guardian Points are most easily remembered if you show them to your clients and have them practice them on themselves.

It’s good to wait a while after learning the Points before sharing them. Make sure you have worked with them and tracked their effects, especially the Guardian Points.

The Sacral Hold is taught at the workshop, and I think with that you are better off telling people that it can be very healing and supportive to have someone with whom they feel comfortable simply place their hand below the sacrum and cradle it, and let the lower back relax into it, rather than teaching the sacral hold.

In general we’d say to practitioners who want to show their clients the Points, just remember that you are sharing the process with them, not teaching them how to do it. The difference is this: people come to workshops to learn SourcePoint Therapy, and the protocols are taught in a context. There’s a particular energy field of information out of which SourcePoint Therapy arises, and a workshop is an intensive experience of entering into that field. When you practice it in your office, you are connecting with that field and so it makes sense that it works to share the points with people who have experienced that field with you. But it is a different experience than working actively with those points for two days or more in that field. People may have varying experiences working with them on their own, so if you share them, track what’s happening.

© 2009 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei