For years Mark St. Peter had no descriptive term for the work he did. After much exploration, he coined the term psychephysical training to describe a small but evolving community within the healing arts.
Psychephysical pertains to the interrelation of mind, soul, and spirit, and the influence of intention on the chemical, electrical, and biological functions of the physical body. The commonality shared by all psychephysical practitioners is that they combine physical movement, hands-on work, and attendance to the conscious and subconscious needs of those seeking their help.
The definition of psychephysical:
- Psyche: n. 1. The human soul, spirit, or mind. 2. the mental or psychological structure of a person, esp. as a motivating force.
- Physical: adj. 1. of or pertaining to the body. 2. of or pertaining to that which is material: the physical universe.
- Psychephysical: adj. 1. Pertaining to the interrelation of the metaphysical elements of mind, soul and spirit (one’s own or another’s) and their direct, but as yet undefined, motive influence on the intentions, actions, capacity, and functions of the physical body. 2. Relating to the observation of the measurable and the as-yet un-measurable physical and metaphysical energies of mind, soul and spirit within and between individuals and their manifestations in the observable living physical matter of a person.
In 1999, Mark St. Peter introduced the term Therapeutic Physical Care to the lexicon to define the space between fitness and physical therapy. This zone, poorly described by other terms and practices, encompasses the challenges that many of us face every day. The concept of TPC centers on purposeful attention to the correction and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain through specific physical conditioning and movement patterns. Although Mark has developed his own approach to such care, there are numerous types of physical and therapeutic disciplines that can be combined into a personal regimen of therapeutic physical care.
The approach Therapeutic Physical Care for Dynamic Balance is to teach the public a deeper understanding of the body and its regenerative capacity and to help improve physical function and manage or eliminate pain. We accomplish this mission through custom-designed exercise programs, education, and nutritional guidance.
The Dynamic Balance Credo:
- Educate, don’t dictate
- Treat each person with respect and genuine concern
- View each person as an individual with unique needs
- Apply focus and attention to the task
- Show each person their unexplored limits
According to the American Pain Foundation, more than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Common causes include back pain and joint pain caused by osteoarthritis. Anyone who has suffered from chronic pain knows that it can affect ability to work, socialize, and participate in activities of daily life. Many people with chronic pain have been told that it is untreatable or that pain medications are the only therapeutic option. Dynamic Balance helps chronic pain sufferers by evaluating the underlying causes of the pain and designing a program to support the affected region and alter motions that cause pain.
Dynamic Balance also specializes in helping individuals who have suffered injury, serious trauma, or debilitating physical degeneration. The founder of Dynamic Balance, Mark St. Peter, understands trauma recovery first-hand. The many approaches that he developed during his own recovery from serious trauma inform the Dynamic Balance approach.