The Grinberg Method

What is the Grinberg Method?

The Grinberg Method is a structured way of teaching through the body, designed to enhance wellbeing in everyday life. Be it a physical symptom that you’d like to change, a certain unwanted situation in your life that you want to stop from recurring, a goal you want to realize: Body learning allows us to cross the borders that normally stop us from making such changes.

Why is the Grinberg Method efficient?

Most of the physical symptoms and limitations in our lives are created by ourselves, by repetition of postures and behaviour that if repeated over a too long time damages our health. Many times we are even aware of those patterns but still don’t know how to stop them, or it seems too difficult to stop them. The Grinberg Method teaches to focus our attention on how those patterns or mechanisms happen in the body with the aim to learn to influence, control and stop their repetition. Like this you can create the changes you desire in your life.

How does the Grinberg Method work?

In one-on-one sessions, you describe together with a practitioner what you want to change or achieve, what are your goals and what stands between you and those goals.

In the next step, the practitioner teaches you through touch, breathing movement how the pattern you described appears in the body and can be experienced in the body. Step by step you will learn how to influence the pattern and you train to control the pattern as a body experience. At a certain point, the pattern becomes so well controlled and contained that you can also prevent it from happening in different situations in your daily life.

Stopping the automatic repetition opens up new options of behaviour and allows you to gain back the energy that had been invested in those repetitions.

How long and how often?

The length of a process cannot be defined in advance, it depends on what is your aim and when do you feel satisfied with the results you achieved in your sessions.

In order to build up your level of attention and create an efficient learning process, it is recommended to attend to sessions weekly. I do offer intensive processes for people who don’t have a practitioner in their area and want to get sessions in Berlin, as well as for people who like or need to learn in an intensive format.

An intensive process consists in a series of sessions. It lasts from 2 to 5 days, in which you will get two sessions a day, focusing on an aim that we define at the beginning.

If you want to learn more about the option of doing an intensive process, you are very welcome to ask me.

Apart from one-on-one-sessions, you have the option to participate in classes, group activities, lectures and workshops that trainers of the Grinberg Method offer in Berlin. Have a look at the monthly program of activities:


Avi Grinberg started studying and practicing various body work techniques in the early 1970s. After working with many clients and encountering a large range of physical conditions, he determined that the best healer an individual could have is himself. He then changed his approach from that of a therapist, who helped people improve, to instead teaching individuals how to be responsible for their own health, wellbeing and development. He began to develop his own method – one that teaches clients to use their individual strengths to overcome their weaknesses, and to express more of themselves in their lives.

He started to teach this method in the mid-1980s. Today there are hundreds of practitioners who work with the method in Europe, Israel and the United States.

Currently, Avi Grinberg and the method’s co-founder Ruth Elkana train teachers and trainers of the Grinberg Method and develop further aspects of the Grinberg Method.

Different related materials

An interview with Avi Grinberg, founder of the Grinberg Method
An article in the Deutsche welle about fear and pain
A radio feature in the Deutsche welle about the approach of Grinberg method to fear
A radio feature in the Deutsche welle about the approach of Grinberg method to pain
An article in "The Guardian" about the Grinberg Method


The Grinberg Method is not intended for people who suffer from conditions considered as life threatening, such as HIV or cancer. It doesn’t substitute any kind of medical or psychiatric treatment. It has no spiritual or religious background, and it doesn’t recommend a particular life style.

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