The Freedom from Within: physiotherapist's experience with Vegetative Training

Reading about Vegetative Training on Oliviers blog I got interested. I am very curious about the body, movement, therapy, etc.

Then I met Olivier at a Fighting Monkey workshop and asked him about the system/method and he explained. He gave a lot of his time and explained sincerely about the reasoning behind and that just clicked with what I already knew from my background in physiotherapy and movement.

So I started with some sessions via Skype. Via Skype? How would he teach me I wondered a bit. But I wanted to try it, feel it and embody it. About the method you can read more on his blog but some of the things I took away was: seeing the freedom in my 18 month daughter.

I know we say that kids move a lot. But the variability in their movements is huge. I can see the “same” movements I do when I go through a session, in her while she is eating, playing or relaxing. And the freedom in her body and breath. Wauw. She is shaking her head, lips and stretching without thinking about it. She is not thinking this would be good for me or I need to do this stretch my physio showed my. Her body intuitively knows what it needs. And that is something I got from vegetative training.

After a session I would find myself on the bike shaking my lips (making sounds like brrrh brrrhh). While reading a book I would, without thinking, begin to shake around my hips and pelvic area. While walking my arms are swinging a lot more freely (imagine an African man walking, I always noticed that they have very loose arms).

I've learnt to better allow these movements to come out. And when I hold them back, it is now more clear to me. So now I can be aware - and I can choose whether I allow it (and feel the freedom like a child again) or the norm of society wins.

It as a great gift and one that can be enhanced and be with me as long as walk this earth. I like that it is not Olivier who tells my what to do. Yes he instruct, but the movements come from within and with it freedom. It is hard to explain in words. It is something that one must experience in one's own body.

Old habits, injuries, inactivity, phycological processes and cultural tendencies all influence the way we move and what we express with the body. Through Vegetative Training I found some deep hidden tension no other therapist would have found. Vegetative Training as I see it is a very potent tool to tab in into self healing and self regulation of the body.

- Thomas Pretsch, physiotherapist

Elite runner Mads Valentin Tærsbøl on Vegetative Training

"When I first heard about Olivier, and Vegetative Training, I was curious about what it was, what it could do, and who 'that magical guy' from Belgium was. But I was also a little skeptical if it really was as good as I've read. I then started talking with a few people who've tried Vegetative Training, and I just knew that I had to give it a try myself.

The reason I tried it out in the first place was because I like the idea about the body have the 'tools' to heal itself, and recover better, instead of always going to various physiotherapist, acupunctures, kinesiologists and so on.

But the main reason behind it was that I had been struggling with a painful knee for a couple of months.

I'm an elite runner so with two daily run sessions + strength my body is really important to me, and with a bad knee I couldn't perform, and train, the way I had to do. 


For those couple of months I tried EVERYTHING in order to fix it, but it didn't really help....but then I had a session with Olivier and that changed everything for me and my perspective on the body.

I've now had three sessions on Skype with Olivier, and what a great experience. Despite the fact that he was in Belgium and I in Denmark, and the only thing that connected us was a computer screen, I could feel right away that this guy could do something special - or as Olivier told me:

'Your body can do something special - I'm just your guide.'

We started the session and the breathing-exercises we did were really new to me. At least since I was a little child (small children breathe like this).

Through different techniques Olivier all the time told me to think of a tree or a flower - even think about the ocean: those things 'open' and 'close' in a natural rhythm, and that's how humans should do: physically as well as mentally.

After the session we spoke a while , and the rest of the day I felt completely energized in a way I haven't felt in a long time. But the most amazing thing happened the next day: I couldn't feel anything in my knee AT ALL. So happy!!!

Since then Olivier and I spoke two more times, and I now do the breathing exercises on a weekly basis,  but they're not scheduled - cause that's the thing that's different about Vegetative Training (compared to a more standard training regime): Only do it when you feel for it due to the fact that the body/mind knows what it wants - and that's the secret to a self-healing organism: Listen closely - it will tell you everything.

Try it: I can recommend Olivier - He's a great guide/instructor, and you will really feel how passionate he is about helping people, and that's admirable. 

Vegetative training is definitely something I'll continue to use, and actually it's not that weird at all:-) "

Training for longevity, Simmy Tan

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"I am coming into my 5th month of online training with Olivier Goetgeluck. 5 months ago, I had no concept of what moving well means. While I still enjoyed my training back then, I often felt exhausted, tired, and I was constantly battling with pain and aches, I was always anxious and stressed

I knew I needed to change but I did not know where to start, although I’ve built my habit of “working out” regularly, having a coach provides the structure and the accountability I needed. By chance, I came across Olivier’s postings, I was enlightened by his blog posts, and he seem to exudes a maturity way beyond his age.

I’ve given very careful consideration upon hiring his service, not just because it is an investment, also because I know it will be completely different than what I’m used to. I was so afraid of change to be honest, but I am so glad I took the step.

Olivier has introduced many new concepts to me, far beyond what the mainstream fitness community provides. I used to follow along with the trend and just did what looks “cool”. I could never pictured myself practicing stillness let alone sticking to it, I never felt motivated to do mobility, I never wanted to take a day off and “relax”. I have to admit the shift was slow, and I took my time. Throughout the past couple of months, I’ve certainly given a lot of thought into training for longevity. I can’t quite put my finger on it, I often felt more intellectually challenged, I associate the gains I’ve made are more mental than physical.

I can’t thank you enough Olivier, I am confident and certain that I will continue to implement your teachings as I move forward in my life."

- Simmonette Tan

Vegetative Training taught me how to slow my life down on and off of the court, Codi Miller (pro basketball player)

"During my time in Belgium I never thought I would be taught how to do something that I have been doing my entire life.. 'Just breathe,' Olivier said to me… During the months of January and February I was going through a tough time. It finally hit me that i was in a foreign country alone and this mental frustration showed on the court as well during those months.. That was until I heard the words, 'Just breathe.' 

Now I have always been conscious of the benefits of doing particular breathing techniques but I have never seen anything work as fast as the breathing and other techniques that I did with Olivier Goetgeluck.

Vegetative Training (VGT) is the name of the method. Now I still don’t know all of the science behind it but I do know after my first session I felt amazing and from that day I have been hooked to it.

After a few sessions of doing this breathing technique my spirits began to lift along with my level of play. The first three to four weeks working on breathing, in my opinion, lead me to win three MVP's in four weeks. What was most fascinating about my style of play during that time is that I was producing more but I was trying 10 times less.

The VGT taught me how to slow my life down on and off of the court and this gave me the ability to make smarter and more conscious decisions throughout my day and throughout the game. The moment I stopped trying to control everything was when I finally had the breakthrough in my game and in myeline that I knew was coming, I just didn’t know when. 


I recommend anyone who wants to elevate their game no matter the sport or just someone who wants to enhance their life experience to work with Olivier Goetgeluck. He is an extremely kind, nonjudgmental and charismatic teacher. He will admit that he doesn’t have all of the answers but it will for sure seem like he does.

If you are struggling with trying to keep up to the pace that this world moves, which seems to be moving at 100% every second of the day Olivier will teach you multiple techniques on how to slow down just a little bit.

What I love about his teachings is that all we have to do is learn how to breathe properly and major changes our life will start to present themselves.. 

So thank you again Olivier Goetgeluck for teaching a 23 year young adult on how to breathe again."

- Codi Miller, Professional Basketball Player at Dallas Mavericks (NBA)

Bewegen is een middel geen doel, Jan Adins


"Olivier, ik voelde van bij onze eerste ontmoeting een diepgaande interesse in wie ik ben en in het parcours die mij bracht bij mijn essentie en persoonlijke missie: 'De mens bewust maken van zijn/haar verantwoordelijkheid over zijn/haar leven.' Het was alsof je het NV IK principe al jaren kende, en eigenlijk pas je het (on)bewust systematisch toe. Bewegen is een middel geen doel. Een zielsverwantschap was duidelijk; en van daaruit kon je de 'Formats' toepassen als middel en zelfs de ontbrekende dimensie in mijn praktijk als ondernemerscoach. De parallel tussen het lichaam in al haar dimensies, bewegen en ondernemen vanuit de NV IK hebben we tijdens al onze sessies geëxploreerd en uitgediept. Van daaruit groeit er systematisch een uniek ondernemers-coaching concept dat beetje per beetje zijn weg naar de juiste doelgroep vindt. Heel veel dank hiervoor Olivier."
- Jan Adins, Ondernemerscoach