What is "Vegetative" Training?
TL;DR: One client told me that if she had to explain the method in one word it would be "allowing."
First of all "Vegetative" refers to the vegetative system or the inner pillars of our adaptive ability: our hormone balance, immune system, and autonomous nervous system. Training in VGT means that we train to expand the performance characteristics of the organism from the inside-out without manual intervention of the therapist.
Over the years, inside the body muscular 'armour' has been formed: resistance structures or zones where tension is held because of conflicting past experiences. Once they were needed to defend ourselves and stay safe, but often we hold on for too long.
You can compare it to sand in a machine. When these structures are loosened, motion flows and becomes easier and you use less energy. Or by observing the logo of the method at the top of this page where you see the crocodile lurking in duckweed water, waiting to emerge with its hidden power and energy.
Benefits of VGT
- Deep relaxation and recovery of the body
- Healing of old injuries
- Endurance improvement through better breathing and lung capacity
- Better motorics and coordination through lowered tension
- Inner power, mental focus and behavioural flexibility
- Release of suppressed aggression and often lower back tension and pain
- Rejuvenation of the body, becoming younger again, from the inside-out
- Self-regulation extending to organisation of your life
- Learn deeply to 'listen to your body'
Who is it for
- Athletes looking for the edge
- Very beneficial for kids age 10 to 15 to ease into puberty
- Low energy, loss of enthusiasm for life, burned out
- Everyone who feels they have a higher potential
Vegetative Training has been used with success in multiple contexts, even high level athletes such as: pro cycling, Manchester City FC, Everton FC, Austrian National Soccer, Iron Man.
I am an approved practitioner and in continuous tutelage of Inge-Jarl Clausen, therapist and founder of the method. Click here for more information about the science behind the method.
On Adaptive Physiology
As a human organism, just like everything else in nature, you have an inherent self-regulating or self-healing capacity.
Vegetative Training (VGT) aims to expand this capacity and your potential as a human by looking back at how the experiences you have had in your life shaped your physical, thinking and emotional patterns.
The method starts from the theory that experiences are stored in the body. Some of our experiences stay with us as unresolved conflicts acting as protection mechanisms or 'body armour' which are growth-limiting.
Through VGT we transform your experiences, limitations and injuries saved in your body as disturbances in your human physiological adaptation systems.
It is a powerful way to bring your homeostasis (our internal balance, a performance characteristic) in motion to support a deep transformation.
VGT is not mental training nor physiotherapy. There will be no touch used and very little talking. We start the session with a maximal expansive breathing technique that 're-boots' you and expands you from deep within.
From the first session of you start to lift yourself to a higher level of functionality after starting to re-find your inherent capacity to self-regulate: you learn again to listen deeply to your body and work with the signal you receive, re-finding your biological spontaneous movements that crave to come out, to be expressed.
"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." - Mads Valentin Taersbol, Elite runner (full testimonial)
"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." - Codi Miller, professional basketball player (read more)
"Just did a session as you have taught me. I planned 25 minutes. The time flew by but about half way through the session my body started doing every possible movement to loosen the tension in my spine. Amazing! Literally I was twisting and turning on the floor. My breathing evolved from initially maximally in and out to almost an exhausted state to loosely flowing and calm. Afterwards my body turned around on my belly and my lungs started expanding towards my back to again regulate tension in my spine. This is good stuff! I totally did not expect my body could do this!" - Tom Verrept, student of physiotherapy
"I feel like I've been bathing in my own breath. But I'm not doing it - I'm being bathed. Of all the therapies/healing modalities I've worked with, VGT has had the most immediate and effective results in the quality of my daily life. I'm grateful to have found it and you." - A.
Book A Session
Sessions take on average 40-60 minutes and are always individual.
- 1 session - €90
- 3 sessions - €216 (€72/session for 3+)
- Kids (7-18 years) - €45
- On invoice +€18
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