Interview with Shlomo Perkins, Founder of Perkins One-Brain
Shlomo Perkins is originally from Sharon, Massachusetts and made aliyah after receiving his degree in communication. Upon completing the army, Shlomo learned to be a One Brain Facilitator and established Perkins One Brain. As seen on his website, Shlomo has succeeded in helping his clients make the changes they were seeking.
What is One Brain Therapy?
First of all, One Brain is a type of guidance, facilitation and consultation. It is not technically considered “therapy.” I am a facilitator, not a therapist. This may seem like semantics, but there’s an important distinction. I do not heal someone; I make it possible for one to heal oneself.
A Perkins One Brain session lasts between an hour to an hour and a half, usually tending towards the latter. It involves verbal communication, muscle testing and various simple and gentle exercises.
What is the goal of the facilitation?
The basic goal is to give the client a feeling of free will so he can choose how to act, think and feel. More specifically, we release emotional stress from brain and body cells. We want to take people out of “survival mode” (reacting) and put them into cognitive thinking (choosing) mode, to release the triggers that bring them into “survival mode,” to help them gain awareness of being in “survival mode,” and to teach them what to do accordingly to get out of there.
Can you please elaborate on the three aspects of a session: verbal communication, muscle testing and various exercises?
Sure. Verbal communication helps me gather information about the client’s struggles. It also helps people to vent and feel heard.
Muscle testing is a way to communicate with the subconscious. By gently pressing on someone’s muscle, I can get yes or no answers based on the rigidity or resistance of the muscle. This allows us to define the root of the problem as well as how to fix it. The answers come from one’s entire lifetime cell and brain memory. When certain topics or questions bring a pleasant emotional reaction, the muscle will be strong. When an unpleasant emotional reaction takes place, the muscle weakens. In general, people are aware of physical reactions to emotional stimuli (weakening of the knees and sweaty palms when scared, butterflies in the stomach when nervous, etc.). The body is able to display our emotions.
After gathering data though speech and muscle testing, exercises are used to release the emotional stress. These can include gentle hand or eye movements, placing hands on certain parts of the body, reading short texts and various other maneuvers of this nature.
Who are your clients?
I have a wide range of clients. I have worked with young children through the elderly, in English and Hebrew, with both men and women. I work with anyone who wants to solve an unpleasant behavioral pattern. Such patterns include any emotional pain, fear, fear of pain, anger, depression, frustration, addiction, argumentativeness and learning disabilities. I work with anyone who feels unaccepted or unacceptable, anyone who doesn’t feel fulfilled or as if he isn’t living the life he wants, and anyone who has a physical pain or sickness.
How do you work with physical symptoms?
I am not a doctor, so I always emphasize that I do not replace the need or desire to visit the required professionals in any circumstance. We can always work on how one relates to such pains or illnesses. Also, various methods subscribe to the idea of physical symptoms being a result of certain emotions or energy flow blockages. Through getting in touch with our emotions and energies and bringing them to a more pleasant place, the goal is that the body will no longer have to display symptoms. I have worked with people with sore throats, knee pain, back pain, fevers etc. This doesn’t exempt someone from treating the symptom accordingly with the appropriate professionals, but we work to treat the root or source of the issue.
Do you believe that the body contains everything necessary to heal itself?
To a certain extent, yes. Obviously, we all go through a normal aging process. The question is, how is our quality of life along this journey? If we are truly in tune with ourselves and all aspects of our personalities, we should feel well as we go through life. Releasing emotions and energy blockages can allow the body to “heal itself,” or in other words, to work the way it truly can. This can certainly be a process, and everyone has her own pace and starting point.
How can you help people who suffer from chronic pain?
Pain is used as a signal to bring us awareness of something going on inside of us that is unpleasant. We can work on discovering those emotions and thoughts and releasing them. One who feels Choice and Acceptance may still have challenges in life, but he will not have the need for the body to act in such a manner. Even if a doctor successfully manages to eradicate such symptoms (as desired), it’s still important to deal with the emotional source of such pain.
What about people who engage in self-destructive behaviors like addictions?
Any type of behavior that stems from a lack of choice or self-acceptance is within our jurisdiction.
When would you not recommend the One Brain method?
As stated earlier, we do not exempt someone with a serious symptom or illness (either physical or mental) from seeking help in a more traditional way. I only work on an emotional and an energy level. Even if treating the source helps with the symptoms, one has to be responsible for treating the symptoms until that time comes.
Can you give us an example of how you helped someone previously thought to be helpless?
I don’t want to get too specific because the privacy of my clients is of utmost importance. Earlier I stated the various types of people I work with. I have helped people with a fear of heights, a fear of being in a monogamous relationship, an inability to wake up for college courses and a hatred towards family members. On my website there are testimonials.
Can something that happened to someone at five years of age still affect his body when he is in his 40’s?
Definitely. If one doesn’t release experiences and traumas, one continues to carry them. This is why in a Perkins One Brain session, we don’t just release stress in the present but also in the past. If we release a past stressor, then we won’t have a previous behavioral pattern to reenact in the present time.
How can someone be sure she doesn’t have underlying stressors built up in her system?
If someone truly feels calm, happy, tranquil, choice, oneness, acceptance, equality, enthusiasm, etc. most of the time, then most likely she or he is functioning as desired. If not (like most people), then there are clearly issues (the way one relates to external stimuli in this case) at play. Physical or emotional pain can also be a sign of built-up emotional tension.
How can we teach our bodies to properly process stress, so it won’t become trapped inside?
This is a process that I help a person experience in our sessions. It involves one truly being in-touch with oneself and communicating properly with one’s internal and external worlds. The exercises we do help someone use a different part of the brain. This can be a challenging transition at first, especially without help.