Does Somatic Intuition Exist?


This post is intended for Feldenkrais Students and other bodywork professionals for whom that elusive idea of “intuition” is of interest.

I’ve always been a believer in intuition, as a separate entity that can give us insights and ideas. I’ve often found myself concealing this belief since so many other do not share it. I’ve been meditating hours a day, usually, since about age 22. That’s supposed to help develop intuition. At the same time, I became a Feldenkrais Practitioner at age 48. I was determined to make a living, from that point, doing Feldenkrais only, and in this I was successful. I had no other income source (if you survey the Feldenkrais community you might find, as I did some years ago, that this is a rather rare event). My only way to pay the rent was to be effective with clients. Plus, I was not living in a “Feldenkrais friendly environment”, shall we say. So I had to build a word-of-mouth practice from outside. I never advertised in the traditional sense. All this was a deliberate choice, and it applied a good deal of pressure or stress to my career, shall we say. I knew that if I had “intuition” or better clarity about what to do with each client, I’d make more money; hence my interest in intuition redoubled after I started my private practice.

Today, when I work on a client, and for the last ten years of my practice as well, I frequently hear the client tell me: “You are very intuitive, did you know that? You know just where to go and what to do.” It was not this way during the first 10-12 years of my practice, where you might say I was struggling to be effective, and where now and then a person might get off the table in more pain than at the beginning. That still can happen to me, but it is rare. It may happen, for instance, if I want to impress someone with wonderful results, instead of staying in the process.

 So you might enjoy reading the story here of my education and evolution around this issue. I am going to share as honestly and openly as I can; for this reason it is going to be a long post. I have spent so many years pondering, struggling, working, praying and meditating to “get intuition,” so there is a lot of history. What you read here is also pretty much the story of how I made my Feldenkrais practice successful. The universe is still patiently teaching me what I need to know, and I have had a LOT to learn (or un-learn, as the case may be). And, of course, I still do.


I want to add here a firmly held belief: The Feldenkrais Method if rightly understood and practiced is a remarkably effective way to develop a keen intuition, in whatever field of study you want, if that is your desire.

So for the first 12 years of my practice, I was desperate to learn Feldenkrais-specific intuitive skills. I had seen so much evidence that seemed to indicate that the effective and accomplished practitioners were certainly making use of that ability, as much as they all would enjoy denying it, while giving intellectual explanations about what they did. Something inside of me always said: “Your intellectual explanation is brilliant, but I just can’t believe it was all those thoughts that caused you to do what you did, that looked so much like magic. I’m suspecting you are not willing to confess to using intuition.”

Here are a few stories to illustrate FI lessons that impressed me as being almost magical, with unexplainable results. These are the type of events I witnessed that led me to believe firmly that “Feldenkrais intuition” actually existed. These were the type of lessons that motivated me to become a Feldenkrais teacher:

I witnessed an FI (FI=Functional Integration, the Feldenkrais Table Lessons) lesson that Isabel, the Italian Assistant Trainer for Ruthy Alon gave to a young lady at the Florence, Italy Training (about 2001). The client was attractive, well muscled, and also had been a talented gymnast, at a high level.  Some months prior she had a serious car accident, leaving her disabled and depressed. It was difficult to witness such an unhappy young lady, obviously still in a lot of pain. She took the training because someone told her it might help her. I remember thinking “I would not have a clue what to do, working with her. It looks like a lot of damage there.”

When it came her turn to get an FI from Isabel, I was watching closely, to see how it might turn out. Everything that Isabel did was super slow. Isabel saw me looking with questions in my eyes, and she broke her silence, and said, in her broken English,  “This is how she wants to go.”  Maybe she was moving her arm at about a rate of one inch per ten seconds. I did not understand how such a Feldenkrais lesson could help a lady with so many injuries and so much pain.

The lesson was concluded without much fuss, and the young lady got a blanket, wrapped herself in it, and went to a corner of the gymnasium, and spent the next few hours shuddering and quietly weeping, off and on. She did the same thing for the rest of the week, and it was understood by all to just leave her alone. It was such a large effect, life transforming, from just a one-hour session. HOW did Isabel DO that?

From that time, the girl was transformed. She no longer had an unhappy spirit. She could smile, she had enthusiasm, and there was hope and energy about her. And she soon became a “normal” member of the Feldenkrais training, participating with enthusiasm and energy.

How did that HAPPEN?

I still do not know. But I continue to work and learn and hope to someday be able to give lessons like that.


Another example.

A client I had for many weeks was making no progress in his back pain. I took him to one of my mentors for a session. I actually paid for the session, since I knew it would be a learning experience for me. Very early in the session, she began questioning him about his mother. He remained non-committal and unwilling to share about his mother. She finally said: “I know you hate your mother, don’t you? Go ahead and scream and yell, let all the anger out.”  I was astonished to the prolonged rage he then displayed, like a storm in the room. After that he was quiet and she continued the session. His back pain from that time began to transform and improve.

I had been preoccupied with the details of this back pain, and had been distracted by the seemingly obvious cause of the pain: taking heavy suitcases out of the trunk of the car while his body was twisted. I had not yet learned, at that point in my career, to be open to deeper causes. He never once told me anything about his mother.

This mentor, as well, would do workshops and would always do a demonstration lesson on either a class member of an outside volunteer. There was a kind of “signature” about her table work that impressed me. She’d be fully engrossed in working on a chosen area of the body, like the neck for example, but her head would not be tilted down (usually) and she’d be looking straight ahead, but with a soft, open focus. It was as if she was scanning the aura of the client.

She’d often say or do things that took everyone by surprise. She might say: “In a moment his face is going to soften as I keep resting my hands here.Or “We are going to wait a couple minutes here, keeping the leg lifted, until we see that nice big, relaxed breath that is about to happen.”  Or she might be working on a pelvis that had chronic pain for months, and nobody else could help it, and the pain might be gone in just 3 to 4 minutes of her work. And it would stay gone. That’s pretty high-level work, and I can’t avoid thinking intuition plays a part. Such was my thinking. Needless to say, she had a very successful practice.

She also understood my quest to develop a better sense about what to do, and gave me a few pointers which I share here. Mainly, she’d tell me to stay with my breathing or “Read your own breathing it will tell you everything you need to know." The problem was, I kept trying to do this and it never worked for me. I now see that I had a lot of work yet to do with clearing trauma and shock from my system; also I had not yet realized that I had to settle my mind first and moderate my diet, before I could hope to use breathing as an intuitive guide. I was still watching TV and movies, to excess, and eating a diet that was too stimulating (restaurant food too often). As well, I have learned that my birth process gave me a breathing disability from the start. I still had water in my lungs, since the attending MD did not wait for me to cough out all the liquid, before he hung me by my heels and slapped my, to get my breath going. I had to return to the hospital later with water in the lungs. So, from my very first breath, breathing has been panic-driven!

But this mentor was right, breathing is the real key; it is just taking me longer than we both hoped for, to begin for me to sense and read my own breathing while doing a Feldenkrais Table lesson. Even now, it only happens now and again, and not reliably.

I share this just to make the point that I needed to first better understand myself to know how intuition or “guidance” might manifest for me, instead of wasting so many years trying to “connect” to the breathing, which never could happen, as I was then. That may finally be changing at this point in my life (age 70) as I am getting more serious about healing long-standing trauma and shock, using mainly the ideas from Stephanie Mine’s book We Are All In Shock. Also I became certified in the Buteyko Breathing method, and doing that work has been a great help in calming the breath.   

But for me, guidance was just not there, from the breathing. Instead, it showed up as feelings, as imaginative “day-dream” like thoughts, fleeting mental images, and transient body-sensations (apart from the breathing). I used to condemn myself for “lack of focus” when I had “distracting” thoughts, feelings or images in my mind while working on a client. It has been the most wonderful help for me, to reverse that: now, I honor and even act upon daydream-like thoughts and images and subtle body-feelings, and trust them to be giving me helpful information. Had I learned this in the beginning, I would have saved myself SO much stress and troubles. I could have cut ten years from my learning curve.

Again, during my two weeks in Italy for Ruthy Alon’s Feldenkrais Training, about 2001, I was able to witness Ruthy herself working on many people who had never before experienced Feldenkrais work. Each day for the two weeks that I was there, she’d work on one or two people, in front of the group. In each case, I was confounded, and astonished, when I saw clearly that she was getting results with these ‘first time clients’ that would take me many weeks of private sessions. Some of the things she accomplished probably I could never do. How did she DO that? Some of these people would be in tears after the session. Some of them would be forever changed. Each of them looked very different after that. Every Feldenkrais student can tell such stories. There are countless “Moshe stories” along this line.

Intuition as a topic was carefully skirted but also skillfully handled in my Feldenkrais Training. And in retrospect, I can appreciate why, as you will see. It was referred to only obliquely, as in “sometimes you get a gut feeling what to do.”  It was sort of obliquely communicated that those who believe in intuition are not really “with the program” but rather such people are a kind of a new age aberration. They’ve probably had too many drug highs. There are lots of people who feel that way about “healers” with a two weeks training, and a big ego. We have all seen people who “trust their intuition”, and who advertise themselves that way, but who really have little training or skill. And what is worse by far, such people will seldom see the need for further training or education, because you see, “intuition has all the answers I need.” But even the shamans in Aboriginal cultures go through a rigorous and prolonged period of mentoring, training and testing.

It was often emphasized in my LA Training that knowledge belongs to the past; if all you do is analyze, think, plan and then perform what you think will work you will hurt your client for sure. Knowing what to do never comes from the intellect. You are imposing a template from the past on a client in the present moment; it will NEVER be an exact fit. It does not work that way. We were often told this, in various ways.


Moshe Feldenkrais said it like this: “If you think you know what to do you are going to hurt them. He also said (a Feldenkrais Trainer, Marty Weiner once told me this, and actually drilled us all on this during a workshop): We have to get comfortable not knowing what to do. When we trust that answers will come out of that, with a silent mind and questioning heart, and keen observation backed up by years of education and experience (or failing that, following the advice of a trusted mentor) we have a better chance to “intuitively” get specific and appropriate, in the moment, ideas for being effective. I’ve learned to trust this. But that is not the same as simplistically “trusting intuition” which is a slippery slope, and can lead to arrogance, laziness and dogmatic or one-track ways of thinking about things. I see those tendencies in myself when I get in lazy mood.


If all this sounds like a puzzle, welcome to the club. You cannot trust ‘intuition’ and you cannot trust the intellect. What in the world CAN be trusted? I have been working my way through this puzzle long enough now that I can gather random thoughts such as these to share. I hope that at least one person might short cut their journey, to learn intuitive bodywork skills, from what I write here.

So a Feldenkrais Training systematically knocks down all the mental props and defenses and beliefs we have depended on, while at the same time telling us that “intuition” is NOT what is going to fill that gap, at least intuition as it is commonly understood.

What does fill that gap is keen observation, experience, and lots of Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) which vastly expands our awareness skills and understanding, or “somatic horizons” while improving our ability to witness what is going on in our own bodies, what will help us to know what will help us, and what will not, etc. It turns out that when we can read our own bodies it becomes easy to read other bodies. In most other body-healing professions, such knowledge comes from the intellect: books, education, mentoring and training, and learning by trail and error from clients.

As Ruthy Alon once remarked at a workshop, “If I am on a treatment table and someone like that is about to work on me, I would get off the table and run for my life.”

And she was not joking. She was not smiling.

Feldenkrais people have been trained to pick up those clues from inside, not outside. To externally apply book learning to a passive body on a table can be an act of violence, if not tempered with an understanding heart and a mother’s touch.


So, Feldenkrais Trainings actually do provide a solution that works. But, it took me many years to appreciate how to make use of it. Since my clients nowadays mostly all tell me “Steve you have such good intuition” perhaps I am qualified to share random thoughts like this about this vast and interesting topic. I attribute any such skills I may have, however, to my Feldenkrais approach to clients, not to some gift of intuition. But you’ll be the judge. Also, 45 years of attempting to meditate, sitting in the stillness for many hours a week has had to have an effect.

I’d personally be almost terrified to think that I am using intuition as a primary tool, in order to know what to do. Either I have intuition, or I do not. It is an elusive thing, and I cannot depend on it. What I can depend on is common sense and the willingness to do my work, on my side of the equation, not depending on intuition.


So you attend a Feldenkrais Training, and develop those skills of observation, etc. What does that look like? For me, it is looking at a person in a global sense, with soft focus eyes and no judgments, neutral emotions, a quiet mind, while kind of imitating, or “being” how they stand, breath and move, and then sensing what just changed in my own body. All that can happen in one short moment. If my eyes suddenly ache, I know for sure they have eyestrain. If I feel tightness in my right ankle, I know they have an injury, or an old untreated ankle sprain on the right side. Such a knowing can often happen the instant a client walks in the door. Such impressions come with lightening speed, and they have never failed me, not even once. If I get twinges of back pain, I know they have back pain.

Nonetheless, in my opinion, this is not intuition, but a long-practiced and refined, and tested, clinical “Feldenkrais skill.” If there is a magic clinical skill, this is it; it also involves knowing that whatever presents itself in this way, is not only primary but also catalytic, meaning if I resolve or even slightly improve that one thing that came up first in my attention at first glance at a client, a whole host of things will automatically change too. And that will certainly look like magic. A little bit of improvement on THAT one thing is worth months of work doing all kinds of other things.

All this is not to say that there are also numerous clients where I don’t get any “reading” in that way, and have to just start working with them, waiting for clarity to come, but we all get insights that might be considered intuitive. For instance, if we feel a little irritated or impatient with what a person is telling us, we might know they are selling us a story line. Or, we’ve all had insights about how to help a friend or family member, and we don’t know how we know. In every case, by looking closer, we might find that it is not intuition at all, but rather a skillful reading of subtle clues.

One story comes to mind from my practice: 

A young, slightly obese, female client came to me with unexplained paralysis on the right side of her body. She had been to many MD’s and other practitioners with no improvement. She frequently was asking me for my opinion about the cause, which I was most reluctant to give. I had found out, by then, that she had extremely fundamental religious beliefs. Her religion was the only way to heaven, and so forth. So finally I gave in, and said what I felt to be true, even knowing that I would never see her again as a client:

You are paralyzing your own mind and logic by such dogmatic and narrow religious beliefs, which are so harsh and judgmental. I think your habit of thinking this way, and feeling all that judgment against others who are not part of your religion, is what is showing up in your body as paralysis. You asked my opinion, and now you have it. Please don’t be upset.

And indeed, I never saw her again.

How did I know that? That understanding was there from the beginning of our work. It had just risen to the surface of my mind, unasked for, and as many times as I put it aside, as something I should not or could not say, it kept returning to my mind. I also knew I’d lose her as a client if I said that. When this sort of thing happens three times, I have resolved that I must speak that thought.

When it is finally understood that the human brain is mostly about human movement, it begins to explain how so many accomplished Feldenkrais practitioners do what seems to be magic; they do things which seem like intuition but probably, actually it is not. What seems like magic may really be more about keen observation, experience and much training.

One of Moshe’s definitions of maturity is appropriate here: A quiet cortex. And if the brain were about movement, the best way to acquire a quiet cortex would be by refining our movement skills. As any bodywork person could tell you, from a beginning massage student to an accomplished Osteopath, we are all full of knotted and over-tense muscles. For every tight muscle fiber there are one or more neurons in the brain firing off, continually. And other parts of the brain are working even harder, to keep this out of our conscious awareness, since that would be too much distraction. This is not a quiet brain.  

When I watch an accomplished Feldenkrais practitioner at work, what happens can often seem like mystery, or even magic. I’ve seen such things many times; these people will know what to say, what to do, and how to proceed, and without a moment’s hesitation. They get results in table work sessions that other practitioners do not get.

But paradoxically, the longer I study this issue, the more I would not call it intuition. I’d call it a practiced clinical eye. If a person could demonstrate reliably such a skill, without having ever had any contact, not even a phone call, or knowledge of the person, before they walk in the door then I’d be more inclined to call it intuition. If we so much as glance at a person, or briefly hear their voice on the phone, or even watch them walking from a distance, there is so much somatic information available, far more than I would have once thought possible.  

Witnessing such things many times is maybe why I became a Feldenkrais Practitioner, and why I continue to study the work; I wanted some of that magic for myself! And also I wanted to share it with clients, and make a living doing that! I have advanced towards that goal, perhaps, but I have a long way to go still.


The foundation of intuitive knowing, as Moshe pointed out, is a solid educational and experiential background of the field-of-study in question.  

One of my early mentors was an MS PT who studied cranial osteopathy intensively, and was taking many such workshops frequently. He was trying to show me how to have my hands above a person’s body, while they were lying face up , and he was encouraging me to be sensing with my hands “What was there, under my hands.”  He’d say things like:

"Now you are over the liver. Go slower. Go MUCH slower. Breathe! Feel your feet on the floor. Can you feel the liver? Relax your face. Do you sense how it is torqued a little bit, pulled up too tightly, and also congested? Don’t try so hard, let it just come to you. There is some hot energy there? Do you sense that?"

 I kept saying: “No, I never feel such things.” Or “no, I cannot feel or sense that.”

After twenty minutes of such an exchange he put his hands on my wrists, holding them there in mid-air. He then said, with a little irritation in his voice:

"Steve, stop. You have to stop saying those words. Promise yourself; promise me, that you will never say such words again. Repeat after me: YES I can feel that. YES I can sense this. YES this makes perfect sense. I want to hear ONLY those words from you."

I agreed to this under the pressure of the moment, but I remember thinking I’ll be telling a lie every time, because those words are not true. He further said:

"Those are the ONLY kind of words I want to hear coming out of your mouth. It does not matter that you do not yet feel or sense anything. You never will, if you keep talking like you were."

That was one of those turning points in my life where things really began to change. By forcefully, even against my “better judgment,” thinking and speaking a thing that was not really true, it felt at first like I was telling a lie every time, but did in fact help me to begin to actually feel those subtle things.

And it has not escaped my notice that while many osteopaths have a wonderful ability to sense the body of a client at a distance, (I have heard amazing stories) prior to that there has been a very thorough and arduous process of education and training, and that came first.  They know their anatomy, and physiology, for starters.   

All ancient peoples had mentors, they studied under a master, and we are talking about years of study and mentoring. They became an apprentice. We all have had to have teachers. Did we learn to read and write by intuition alone? No. We learn things in school from a teacher and from textbooks — not intuition. (This is not to say intuition does not exist!)

Nonetheless, no matter how much intellect and knowledge and training one has had, during a session in real time, all that, especially the intellect, must be quiescent, not held very tightly. Otherwise we miss the subtle clues that are there in each moment that can guide our work. How might the Feldenkrais Method teach this? Here is one rather strange example:

One of my Feldenkrais Trainers once said: "One of the best table-lessons (Functional Integration) you might ever do would be to look at what you believe is true about this person, and how their body is, and spend your time trying to disprove that."

I did a double take when I heard that. It made little sense at first. But, the confounding thing about this is that he was RIGHT. When I have done this, I have gotten very good results. How do you explain it?

My answer would be that it takes me out of my usual ways of thinking, into uncharted waters where magic or healing of a different sort (than usually happens with my work) becomes possible. One learns a lot by such inquiry; It is humbling to step aside from what the mind thinks it knows already.  One learns not to trust one’s first impression, thinking, My intuition can never be wrong”. No, it CAN be wrong, because my MIND got in the way. So step away from the mind, and try to disprove whatever you think is going on with this person. The client on the table, amazingly, will reliably respond to such a lesson in a very positive fashion. Such an attitude gives their nervous system a chance to manifest its unique individuality, unencumbered by an over-structured intellectual framework imposed by the practitioner.

So my belief is that intuition is real, yes, but it cannot be fully trusted. If intuition is filtered through a human mind, it can be polluted with human foibles. There is a certain percentage chance of error, and for sure, our own thoughts and beliefs will get in there one way or another.

Plus, depending on intuition to give answers can sometimes be a form of laziness. There are those who don’t want to do much work. They cannot stomach the idea that other people have advanced themselves by hard work over many years, so they will instead attribute the success of their rivals to “The Gift of Intuition,” as if that were: “A thing that person got but I did not.” Or:  "Life is unfair that way. I am not successful because I never got such a gift."  It is an immature and lazy-making way of thinking and comparing oneself to others, and from the many stories I have heard about Moshe, I’d guess that he had very little patience for that kind of thought process.

Once Moshe remarked (and I paraphrase): “People often tell me that I have healing hands. But if that is so, how is it that all the students I have trained, end up getting the same kind of hands? They never had such hands before that. Do they all have healing hands too?” 

I think this was Moshe’s way of saying the same thought that I just expressed.

Clients never once told me “Steve you are SO intuitive” during the first 15 years of my practice. But I often hear those words now. What changed? As best as I can figure:

  •  While working with a client on the table, I listen more attentively to my own body and breathing and feelings. I take in a client with soft and open focus eyes, and with a quiet mind, being comfortable, and on occasion, not knowing what to do. I do not quickly jump into an intellectually conceived or memorized technique when I don’t know what to do; instead I just appreciatively allow that space of not knowing to exist. Paradoxically, it is from that space that knowing comes.
  • If I feel bored or like I am wasting time, I know I must change what I am doing. I’ll get up and move around, and try something very different.
  • If, while doing something, (or even thinking about it) I get uncomfortable feelings of any kind, I absolutely will not touch that body part, as long as I have such feelings. These feelings would include an energetic force field pushing me away from a body part. Or perhaps I’d get a revulsion feeling just thinking about doing a certain thing. Or perhaps, even before I touch them, I get cold sweats and an uncomfortable downward shiver in my spine that tells me NO do not do this thing that you are about to do. When I learned to honor such body signals, only then was I reliably effective, and never again really hurt a client (except in some notable instances where I ignored such feelings).
  • I’ll try to work in such a way that makes me feel really good. I enjoy feelings of security and comfort, and quiet restfulness. So I will work in a way that helps me feel that way. The same goes for a sense of joy, and hope, even enthusiasm. Sometimes I’ll feel certain sensations in the spine, that tells me I am doing really good work, and I have tested this, with actual results, and it seems to be true. Or maybe I’ll just be curious and interested in what I am doing with the client, and I have learned to trust that following such a path will always be helpful.  
  • When deciding what body part or area to work on, or what strategy to use, during a session, I’d use the “menu” approach. I would run a list of options through my mind, just as if I were at my favorite restaurant, choosing a menu item. Whatever I was attracted most to do, that is what I would do, and no intellectual or other consideration could sway me.  That particular choice would sort of just stand out in my mind, just like the chosen menu item will stand out from the written menu. The choice is made according to what I want to do, or would feel comfortable doing, not according to what maybe would seem best for the client. If I choose that way, it can be non-productive or dangerous.
  • When a thought or an understanding about the client just appears in my mind, as if out of nowhere, and it makes sense, I will either speak the thought or act on it. If I ignore it a few times, and the thought persists, for sure I will speak or act on it.
  • Finally, I have made an ironclad compact with myself to use my intuition, such as it is, only for helping others, for meditation and attunement with God, and to provide for my own basic needs. That’s because I know if I use intuitive insights to be critical or to gain a selfish advantage, or gossip, I’d not only lose it, but I’d pay a heavy penalty: more than I could bear. How I know this I cannot say; it seems to me that the universe itself is structured this way. Perhaps it is a cosmic law of some kind. I know in my heart that without this attitude in place, intuition would not work for me. Perhaps it comes from my very conservative religious upbringing.     


As usual, Moshe Feldenkrais had a way to summarize all this very succinctly:

"Functional Integration is about two nervous systems becoming one."

One short example I will share from my practice. This happened some years after I had made the firm decision to always listen and act on my own best judgment, and never from what the client is asking me to do. That decision came out of many failures, where I had hurt a client because I was doing something he or she asked me to do, such as:

  • Work on my neck
  • Do what you did last week
  • Please work on my right knee
  • Etc.

I had a client who was scheduled to play solo guitar at a concert in just two weeks. He had earlier come to me after a bicycle fall, to rehabilitate a finger, and also I had helped him with posture and releasing the many tight shoulder (and other) muscles that he had acquired in his guitar-playing career.

He had a finger that was disabled from a bicycle fall. He asked me to work on the finger:

"Do what you did with the other finger that last time; you did such good work then and I could play the guitar normally after that."

But I got cold sweats even thinking of touching that finger, as soon as he asked me, much less “working” with that finger. I refused; I absolutely refused to touch it. I told him:

"You have a serious injury here. I cannot touch this finger. I think it is fractured. You need to get an X-ray. But if you want, I can work on that wrist, or hand or arm and shoulder, but I cannot touch that finger."

This irritated him and he responded:

"I have had two X-rays and the technician and the MD both say there is no fracture in that finger; there is no reason you cannot work on that finger. I’ve got to do this concert. The finger is not swollen, and there is very little pain. There is no broken bone there."

Still, I refused.  I had to repeat myself a couple times. He was more than a bit upset, and almost got up and walked out of the room. He stayed for the session, but I never saw him again, as a client. But he did call me, some months later, to apologize, and to tell me:

"Steve, it turns out you were right. There was a stress fracture in that finger. The first two X-rays were taken at the wrong angle, and the fracture did not show up. You were right not to work on that finger. On the third X-ray the stress fracture showed up."

I must say, phone calls like that sort of make you feel good.

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