Personal Experiences

I first came to Integrated Awareness seeking continued work on my sobriety following six months with Alcoholics Anonymous. I was looking for something more… and I stayed for 25 years of table sessions and classroom study with Lansing Gresham.

Integrated Awareness has been for me a process of learning to integrate the different levels of my life (my physical body, my emotional body, my energetic body, my spiritual body, and my soul) into present-time awareness. I was amazed to learn it is possible to know how all of me feels, here and now.
 
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-Randy - Alameda, CA

Integrated Awareness has been for me a very personal journey from chaos to calm, from separation to belonging, a vehicle of self-inquiry and discovery, a touchstone for sanity and safety. Guided through a process of experiential learning, IA works from the inside out. I was asked to show up for the process, state what I wanted and to remain open for what is possible. 

With a professional background in mental health and having spent years studying and exploring many modalities in the healing arts and sciences, IA offers...
-Susan - Alaska

During a 2-month stay at Esalen in 2010, I had a couple of sessions with a man named Jules, who seemed to know more about my journey than I did.  My curiosity aroused, I asked him about his training: he mentioned a name - Lansing Barrett Gresham - that I googled when I returned home.  

A few months later as I was in my first IA class, Lansing came to me at the break to ask how I was doing.  I replied, “I know all of the words you’re using, but it’s as if you’re speaking a completely foreign language.”  He smiled and said “you’...
-Eric - Alameda, CA

I went for IA® help with 2 separate problems.  I had very painful sciatica on one occasion and a painful elbow and shoulder on another.   During the sessions I noticed a lot of different sensations.  There was a feeling of balancing happening in my legs and a sense of lengthening in my neck.  It was gentle and non-invasive.  My IA Teacher, Andrew McKay, knew just how to hold my head and how to support my neck.

The physical problems were greatly relieved...
-Ron - Spain

I’ve been learning and expanding with the aid of Integrated Awareness for fifteen years. As a teenager I talked circles around talk therapists, uninterested in a conventional approach to anything, much less to depression, anxiety, and my myriad strategies of resistance to living.  

My first experience with IA felt insistently true and instantly trustworthy. I don’t remember what I went in to accomplish, and I don’t remember what my teacher looked like, even though I’ve worked with her every year since.  I do remember a new found...

-Max - Brooklyn, NY

In 2006, I was faced with a particularly aggressive, life-threatening illness. Should anyone ask me today I would and could recommend excellent surgeons, oncologists and radiologists, all of whom I credit for saving my life at that time.

It is, however, my IA teacher, Kathy Bledsoe, to whom I attribute my healing, recovery, and ability to thrive and live a life I continue to grow and to love. Initially, I chose IA to help me find a way to sleep. I had all kinds of...

-Yvonne - Tampa Bay, FL
Rosemary

When I was a young student nurse in 1950 and again when  getting my degree in 1980 I had been educated to know the function  and problems associated with the interior organs of the physical body.  I learned the typical Medical Model for the disease process, trauma repair and the different approaches for healing via surgery and/or medication.

Later I was introduced to Therapeutic Touch for nurses to use in their patient care.  It was an application of one’s energy through the hands to create a soothing, relaxing caring touch to facilitate relaxation and healing.
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-Rosemary - Brewster, New York

I was introduced to Integrated Awareness by my mother-in-law, who I was getting to know at the time. I had lost my own mother to sickness, gotten married, and had given birth to my first child within the same year. I had no idea what my experience was going to be other than the hearsay of how wonderful Integrated Awareness is at helping people with all aspects of their life and body.

Before I started IA, I identified myself as lost and alone. I had been very depressed most of my life. After a few sessions with Lansing, I noticed that my motorcycle...

-Katherine - Oceanside, CA

To start with, I do not understand Integrated Awareness.  My daughter has studied it for twenty years.  So after I had suffered distressing breathing problems for a year (beyond my usual COPD) I finally accepted her gentle suggestion that I see Lansing for a session.  My daughter had worked on me various times so I knew it was “hands on” work.

Specialist pulmonary doctors did not know what was causing this strange problem and I had little confidence that hands-on could help damaged lungs. I  believed and understood how perhaps this work might help...

-Olive - Santa Rosa, California

Integrated Awareness me ha dado mucha confianza en mi misma. IA esta ensenandome una nueva forma de vivir. Y he aprendido que el dolor físico a causa de nuestras emociones se puede soportar. Yo no sabía como manejarlo. Gracias…

Integrated Awareness has given me a lot of confidence in myself. IA is showing me a new way of life. And I’ve learned that it is possible to handle the physical pain caused by emotions. I didn’t know how to cope with them.  Thank you… 
-Begona - Murcia, Spain

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