The typical hands-on DFA intervention accompanies and guides the movements of breathing to help the person develop the sensitivity they need in order to learn how to perceive their body. Practitioner and client work together as a team. The client discovers how to open the inner spaces of his or her body from inside, while the practitioner is working from the outside making tissues spongier by means of the physical hands-on intervention that releases the tension that keeps breathing motions captive in a habitual holding pattern.
The aim is to facilitate the natural motions of breathing, without imposing any external rhythms or being restricted by the limitations of the habitual tension. While, breath by breath, you gain space from the restrictive pattern, emotional and mental contents may surface from underneath the threshold of conscious experience, where they had been held by the tension, and the belief systems that have developed around them become recognizable. If you allow their flow, emotions will continue their process and grant you the possibility to understand them in their context, instead of letting yourself be carried away by them. You will discover what the next step for you will be. You will be able to contemplate your notions about what you believe the world is like, what you believe you are like and what you believe you will be able to achieve in life. You can find out what shape your beliefs have in your body, revise and update them. Like this you will gain freedom both physically in your movement and breathing as well as in the area of emotions and your way of being in the world and moving in life.