Stories of Hope

Stories of Hope are real life stories of transformation, self-discovery, and empowerment that occurred as a result of receiving Body Memory Recall (BMR) healing sessions and attending BMR training seminars and retreats.

These stories are intended to be a source of inspiration to those who are suffering and so that more and more people will discover their innate ability to transform themselves from their past.

“You are not only capable of transformation, you are designed for it!”

– Jonathan Tripodi – Founder of the BMR Approach

Stories from Inspired Body Memory Recall Participants

Unresolved Emotion

9/10/2018

Fabian Hanle

This summer I traveled from China to Sedona, Arizona to experience Jonathan Tripodi’s 5-day BMR Healing Intensive. While the wounds of my childhood seemed to have physically healed, I still felt unresolved emotions holding me back.

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Through Jonathan’s BMR Approach, I was able to release and heal the grief, pain and stressful memories from my childhood and a traumatic motorcycle accident. Afterward, the pain in my body and heart were both greatly relieved. My body posture and range of motion improved greatly. My leg and neck pain went away. I could breathe much easier and my heart was able to open more fully.

I highly recommend Jonathan’s BMR Approach to anyone who wants to “let go” of past body memories, both physical and emotional.

Fabian Hanle
Shenghi, China

BMR – Honoring the Body

4/9/2015

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Diane Long

 

In one of my BMR sessions, I was able to cry for things I had never cried for, grieve for losses I had never grieved for, be held in ways I had never been held.  It made me aware of things I yearned for but did not recognize as possible because I had never experienced them before. 

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BMR helped me know what it feels like to be listened to, to be heard, to be touched in way that not only honored the impulses, needs and desires of my body, but taught me how to better do this for myself.

I felt met in a way I have never felt met before, especially around emotions that seemed too big or too scary. It was not just about being met in my pain and grief and anger but also being met in my power.  BMR was a unique experience that created a new baseline for what is possible in relationships. Jonathan comes to this work with an open heart, with a level of authenticity and a generosity of spirit I have rarely seen. He is able to hear the body’s subtle cues and respond to them in the moment, often without a word. More importantly, he makes this experience of deep listening accessible to people regardless of prior training.  BMR teaches us to trust the body’s wisdom and to trust ourselves in the process. In BMR, Jonathan reminds us that much of the pain we are carrying is from experiences we have already survived. This simple affirmation makes it easier to move into the pain, and we come to know that in moving though the pain, we are able to let go of it. What is most exciting is that as the energy that has been bound up in self-protection releases, it becomes available to us and fuels a new sense of aliveness. Diane Long, USA – Minnesota Self-defense Instructor, Victim advocacy therapist, & Bodyworker

Beating Fear and Secrecy

3/26/2015

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Brian Cupples

When I arrived at Jonathan’s studio, early in September 2011, I noticed the license plate which translated read…”transformation”.

My journey here began some 53 years ago. At this writing, I am a 56 year old male. From the age of 3 years to 11 years, I was routinely physically, emotionally and sexually

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abused by my brother Joe, eight years older. I learned to be very afraid, I learned to hide, I learned to be silent, I learned to hold my breath, I learned to keep secrets. I just recalled hiding one day…I fell out of a tree, my head banging back and forth as I fell through the branches. Some years later, I fell down the deep end of a stairwell, on my head. Fractured skull, broken teeth, broken nose….the adventure continues…. I realize that I was trained to be afraid….of everyone and everything. Fast forward through Junior and Senior High School, College, failed marriages. A daughter I haven’t seen since she was 6 years old. All the while, my body storing the memories. More recently, cancer consumed my Thyroid, launching me into what I called…”manopause” and yes, I do believe there is a connection between not being permitted to communicate and losing my Thyroid. Moving forward, I “survived” another dance with cancer in ’06 – ’07 more radiation. In Spring of ’09 I experienced a first heart attack. Three weeks after being released from the hospital, I crashed a car into a telephone pole, nearly killing me that day. Lost the use of my left arm for over seven months. Since then, I have “survived” two more heart attacks, the most recent, in April of ’11. I have joked about this many times, my “medical adventure” saying…I m not quite dead yet.
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I'm recalling a dream I had while recovering from the Thyroid cancer surgery. I was in complete darkness in a recovery room. In my mind, I could see deep into my soul where I saw an "ember" glowing through the darkness. Most of my life I would hold my breath when hiding or in a fearful state. At this point something moved me to breath. As I took a breath and exhaled, that glowing ember would fire up with a flame or two. I recognized and received the message that day...breathe...I m not quite dead yet. I put those flames on my truck so I would always remember that dream. The fire represents to me, my FIRE, my PASSION, my POWER.  I m not quite dead yet.I have something to offer that is full of FIRE, PASSION, LOVE. Even in the darkest times there was always something that kept me living. I remember regaining consciousness after wrapping the car around that telephone pole. I was trapped as the dashboard and steering wheel collapsed on me pinning me in the driver's seat. I recall seeing the smoke pouring in from the gap between the windshield and the dashboard. I recall also the distinct sensation of being cradled in a "cocoon" Angel's wings is what I believe. I literally felt the "swoosh" of release as the wings opened and released me. At that moment, I surrendered, thinking if I have died today, it is a good day to die. The first responders were very surprised to discover me alive. I had "survived".Fast forward to April of 2011. That morning was a beautiful beginning to a visit with my best friend. After breakfast, I started having chest pains like never before. Into my neck, jaw and arms, the pain intensified. Honestly, I became a bit fearful at this point. I called out to Elena, who found me on all fours, on the floor. She found the nearest hospital and we took off. A few miles down the road, I spotted deputy sheriff's car parked off the side of the road. We stopped, he called for an ambulance. When they arrive, I was taking my clothes off, shaking and sweating profusely. In the ambulance, I recall their efforts to get an IV started. I heard them repeatedly tell the ER Dr..."Can't get an IV in, his veins are collapsed." I was told later, we were travelling over 80 miles an hour down that two lane road, but for me, everything was really slowing down. I recall hearing and seeing the concern of the EMTs as they kept trying to find a vein.Later, I counted 14 punctures on my right arm, 23 punctures on my left arm and hand. I recall at some point looking at my hands and feet. My fingernails and toenails, to me, appeared to be dark brown. Hmm, this isn't so good. I have been with several people when they died, and this is what their hands and feet looked like. I looked at the EMTs, and thanked them for their efforts. I asked that they be sure to tell Elena, I love her. I think I may have passed out a time or two. At one point, opened my hands, as I often do, and surrendered. If I die today, it is a good day to die. Suddenly and powerfully, I felt as if I was being lowered into a pool of warm water ( understand, they had not secured an IV, so this was NOT drug induced). I had such a feeling of peace and love like never before....it was then I heard a voice in my soul that said...."You will not die today!" I woke up in the ER, nurses buzzing around me like bees. A doctor at the foot of the bed, stood, studying me. I was told later he was loudly asking me..." hey, Brian! Do you have a weak heart?" I responded so loudly that they could hear me down the hall...."Strong Heart!" I said repeatedly.  Two days later, a nurse entered my room. She had the biggest smile on her face. "You don't remember me, do you?" She asked. "No I m sorry, I don't" I said. She proceeded to tell me that she was one of those ER nurses I saw buzzing around me. She wanted to make a visit to see me. And with the biggest smile and with tears in her eyes, she told me in her many years of working in the ER, whenever someone comes in, in the condition I was in, they typically don't survive! I had survived. She recounted that morning and some of the things that I was saying. She reminded me that I was yelling "Strong Heart - Strong Heart" that echoed down the hallways. I am a very blessed and grateful man. Not quite dead yet. There have been many other events and experiences with friends and family members that have been very traumatic for me as well. This has been quite the adventure that leads me to Jonathan's door this morning. When I meet Jonathan, I could feel the PEACE, the POWER, the LOVE, the ENERGY, pouring out from him! I knew I was right where I needed to be! We began a three day "intensive" therapy session and I will shout it from the highest mountains..... I am so very grateful, so very blessed, to be directed here at this time! My time with Jonathan was wonderful. Gentle and so powerful. He is truly a gifted, intuitive, blessed, healer and my life is improving powerfully as a direct result of our work together. My healing process has been a lifelong adventure. I must say with all sincerity....since beginning this healing process through Jonathan's BMR sessions....I have never felt better in my life...period! I have never felt this good. This balanced, this peaceful, this loved, this powerful. This is an incredibly beautiful healing process for me and I so look forward to my future sessions working with Jonathan! I truly feel better everyday. I feel more whole, more balanced, created perfectly, strong and getting stronger, powerful, more loving, harmonious and happy! I am so grateful to have begun this healing adventure with Jonathan! May you be blessed to the highest blessing, Jonathan! I thank you, Brian Cupples

Freedom and Closure

4/16/2015

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Stella Ray

Unlike other body work I have experienced, BMR totally blew my mind. It is not just body work, it has connected body and spirit, in a most powerful way.

I felt completely free (for the first time since I can remember) to move in any way I want: scream, kick, hit the table, whatever!

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Jonathan created a safe space to be vulnerable and express any emotion. This experience alone was completely liberating.

On top of that, so many old memories got rapidly released in just three days. For example, a memory of near drowning as a child. I got to feel and express gratitude for the man who saved me and my brother that day—a much-needed closure. My body feels lighter. My heart is wide open. I am forever changed.

I think BMR is absolutely essential work on the journey of personal growth and transformation.

Stella Ray
Sedona, AZ

Wishing All Could Experience

9/10/2018

Wolfgang

I have had many fascinating experiences in my life. But nothing comes close to the experience of Jonathan’s 5-day BMR Healing Intensive in Sedona Arizona. I have achieved so much FREEDOM, POWER and CLARITY in such a short period of time.

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While vacations provide momentary stress relief, I experience the benefits of my Body Memory Healing Intensive EVERY day! It was the best investment in myself that I’ve ever made.

If I could make a wish for my family, best friend or loved one, it would be that they could also experience the life changing healing that occurs from Jonathan’s Body Memory Recall Healing Retreat.

Wolfgang
Germany

Winning the Battle with Weight, Depression, Pain, & Gender Identity

7/6/2014

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Rebecca Anne Shipman

My Journey of Transformation: My initial exposure BMR was during the Sedona Journey Retreat in May 2012.  I attended the Journey mostly to be supportive to a friend who invited me to join her.  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, enjoyed the Sedona area, and felt really comfortable with Jonathan.

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I witnessed many body memory transformations and experienced it myself, in a small way. After the Journey, I considered BMR as something I might try again in the future, but didn’t really appreciate it’s true healing potential.

I returned home to continue bumping along in life on anti-depressants in a job which paid well, but offered little respect and not much joy. I had two kids from a dysfunctional marriage that had ended almost 10 years prior. I am a male to female transsexual and my realization that I needed to change gender precipitated a really nasty divorce. I thought that I had handled the major issues in my life by changing gender, but I kept making some of the same kinds of mistakes in my life and really didn’t feel like I had a future. I had been suicidal at different times and had survived a couple suicide attempts.  I thought it would be best to hang on to my job as long as I could, try to help my kids withstand life with my narcissistic ex, and then retire, enjoy a couple of hobbies, and pass-on peacefully – hopefully without hurting anyone.

I am a bit inclined towards risky adventures. I like to drive my motorcycle fast along twisty roads. I often thought that, when my kids got out of high school, I could ride into a bridge support and end it all. People would just think I got a little careless. I would then be relinquished of the heavy burden of being responsible for everyone else’s happiness.

January 2013 

Seven months since the Sedona Journey Retreat, I had put on some weight. To lose pounds, I tried to exercise but after a couple of weeks I suddenly developed major pain in my Sacroiliac (SI) joints. The pain was disabling, but after 2 months of Physical Therapy, I was able to start exercising again.

April 2013

I suffered a severe burn to my right hand at work which resulted in a skin graft. In the process of healing, I lost an entire summer of activity. By the end of summer, I gained more weight and lost the feeling of becoming a healthy person. I felt that I was on a steep decline.  If I could just hang-on til retirement, my mind thought, then maybe I could live until 70.  But after the injuries and the weight gain, I was quickly losing all confidence in a positive future.

Winning the Battle with Weight, Depression, Pain, & Gender Identity
7/6/2014
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Rebecca Anne Shipman
My Journey of Transformation

May 2012
My initial exposure BMR was during the Sedona Journey Retreat in May 2012.  I attended the Journey mostly to be supportive to a friend who invited me to join her.  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, enjoyed the Sedona area, and felt really comfortable with Jonathan.

I witnessed many body memory transformations and experienced it myself, in a small way. After the Journey, I considered BMR as something I might try again in the future, but didn’t really appreciate it’s true healing potential.

I returned home to continue bumping along in life on anti-depressants in a job which paid well, but offered little respect and not much joy. I had two kids from a dysfunctional marriage that had ended almost 10 years prior. I am a male to female transsexual and my realization that I needed to change gender precipitated a really nasty divorce. I thought that I had handled the major issues in my life by changing gender, but I kept making some of the same kinds of mistakes in my life and really didn’t feel like I had a future. I had been suicidal at different times and had survived a couple suicide attempts.  I thought it would be best to hang on to my job as long as I could, try to help my kids withstand life with my narcissistic ex, and then retire, enjoy a couple of hobbies, and pass-on peacefully – hopefully without hurting anyone.

I am a bit inclined towards risky adventures. I like to drive my motorcycle fast along twisty roads. I often thought that, when my kids got out of high school, I could ride into a bridge support and end it all. People would just think I got a little careless. I would then be relinquished of the heavy burden of being responsible for everyone else’s happiness.

January 2013
Seven months since the Sedona Journey Retreat, I had put on some weight. To lose pounds, I tried to exercise but after a couple of weeks I suddenly developed major pain in my Sacroiliac (SI) joints. The pain was disabling, but after 2 months of Physical Therapy, I was able to start exercising again.

April 2013
I suffered a severe burn to my right hand at work which resulted in a skin graft. In the process of healing, I lost an entire summer of activity. By the end of summer, I gained more weight and lost the feeling of becoming a healthy person. I felt that I was on a steep decline.  If I could just hang-on til retirement, my mind thought, then maybe I could live until 70.  But after the injuries and the weight gain, I was quickly losing all confidence in a positive future.

October 2013
I received an email newsletter announcing that the Sedona Journey Retreat in October 2013 was being offered for a discount. Something inspired me to sign up. Unlike the first Journey a year and half ago, I attended this one by myself. I really needed to get away from my life for a while.

As it turned out, I met some really great new people. Many of the people on this Journey had received BMR training. I felt unconditional, supportive, loving support from the group which enabled me to experience body memory transformation more deeply than ever before. This kind of loving/healing environment was very comforting and way outside anything I had ever previously experienced. Although still overweight and out of shape, the retreat group energy coupled with the energy of Sedona and that of the Guides (Jonathan and Angie) supported me to hike and climb the mountains without too much of a problem. It also made a difference that I chose to come on this retreat for me, rather than going along to support a friend. It was sad when the retreat ended, but I stayed in contact with several of the people I met.

January 2014
I saw on Facebook that Jonathan was scheduling BMR Healing Intensives in Sedona over the Winter. I decided to take 2 weeks, get out of frigid Minnesota, and get back to Sedona for some BMR and hiking.
When I arrived in Sedona, I felt the energy of the red rock mountains which alone felt supportive. I dieted and exercised before the trip so that I could enjoy the outdoors more fully.

My BMR Healing Intensive began the next day.  I received BMR twice daily. I had unwindings each session, which gradually deepened in intensity over the next 3 days. By the third day, I received a TEAM BMR session with Jonathan and Angie which was an amazing experience. The text below was journaled during my Intensive.

Notes After My BMR Sessions
Hands started on my spine, 4 hands, gently. I focused on my breathing – in, out, from the diaphragm. Nothing obvious happening. Just trying to quiet the talker brain; just breathing  I lost track of time.  At some point my breathing developed a “hitch” in the outgoing breath. It came and went, and the practitioner’s hands shifted slightly to a new location on my body. I felt a pain in my low back, and wanted to curl up to relieve it. I went back and forth between the talker brain and the observer brain. “Is this happening organically or am I trying to make it happen?” That’s a really familiar struggle with doubt for me, and so after trying to control my response for a while I just went with the movement that relieved the low back pain. I went from being on my stomach to rolling to my right side, one leg and then the other drawing up. The hitch in my breathing grew to a stifled sob, and I felt my eyes starting to water. Hands were on my back and head. My leg was supported by someone’s body. I went sort of fetal and started to wail. I really had no sense of time at this point. I was just immersed in wailing, tears and coughing.

At some point I remember Jonathan saying something like “Is there anything you want to say?” and at that point some thoughts came to mind. I was unable to distinguish between observer and talker brain at that point – but the idea that I had “killed” my male self, and kept him from people who loved him and people who would have wanted to meet him, came to my awareness. Also I had thoughts about my father’s memorial, and me generally not expressing grief, except while singing one hymn that we used to sing together when I was a kid. Maybe something about past relationships, but that all faded away as I lay and wailed and coughed. At some point I found myself turned back onto my stomach and felt strong, solid strokes going slowly along my spine. It seemed like the strokes were coaxing flem out of my lungs. I coughed, spit into kleenex that appeared in my hands. There was some strong pressure applied to a point of sharp pain and hardness on my body. More wailing; more phlegm.

At this point I lost memory or tracking, and really just remember being on the table, with Jonathan saying “The room is yours”. I was spent, happy, a little confused, altered. After some minutes, I got up, went carefully down the stairs, and was just rolling my shoulders and feeling the unaccustomed freedom of motion, with lots of little crunchy spots, but none of the thick, massive, rigid structure that I think is what Jonathan refers to as “Body Armor”. It was just unbelievable, and I really didn’t have any context around this feeling.

I remember sitting between the two of them, getting a big hug, and taking a glass of water out onto the patio. I sat in the warm, comforting sun of Sedona in winter, and just glowed. After this last session of the intensive, I had time to take in some of the other healing opportunities that were available in Sedona. Jonathan suggested a Myopractic session, and I did that. Definitely a step up from my previous chiropractic experiences. I also had a session with sexual healing and intimacy coaches to address issues that I had all my life. There were some pretty amazing breakthroughs in that area as well.

After My BMR Healing Intensive
Upon completing the 3 day BMR Healing Intensive, I spent a few days hiking the trails in Sedona. I felt so much stronger and supported than I had previously. I also felt less afraid of my life, and started to taper off my anti-depressants during this trip.

My BMR Training Begins
My 2 week stay in Sedona ended with me attending the Intro to Body Memory Seminar (BMR 1) in Sedona. I had tried doing massage on people before, but wanted to try and understand more about BMR and how and why it was working for me.

Jonathan taught several techniques for bringing out some of the old trauma and body memories, but I began to understand that it wasn’t just the techniques physically, but the attitude and intention of the provider that allowed the receiver to feel comfortable and supported releasing their inner body memories. When I returned home to Minnesota, after the class, I was on my way to a new me.  Two months later,  I would attend an advanced BMR training seminar in Omaha. I still didn’t think of myself as being able to be a practitioner. I just wanted to learn and understand more about BMR and how it worked.

March 2014
By this time, I lost 20 lbs, exercised regularly, and was withdrawing from antidepressants. My back was still loose. I had the occasional muscle aches and pains, but not the solid, unbreakable body armor I had before I experienced BMR.

During the class, I felt really altered after several major body memory unwindings. It was transformative for me to be in room full of people where everyone is helping others release their body memories. I can only describe it as love, an unconditional type of love, and it just left me feeling profoundly grateful, and altered, and somehow worthy of love in a way I haven’t felt before. I was sobbing and just watching and sometimes I could see the love passing between people. It was an amazing experience that left me feeling that there was another way to be in the world, another way to interact with others, and that there might be a future for me.

June of 2014
I am now off anti-depressants for 3 months. I have lost 45 lbs since January – when I had my intensive and started training. I haven’t thought about suicide in 6 months.  I run an hour a day, with no sign of back trouble. I am much more aware of all the things that happen in my daily life that I used to handle by squashing them down and storing them in my body. I get mad when I have that protective urge to squash my feelings. Been there, done that, and it is no longer the way for me to be. There’s a more honest, more loving, more awake way to be in the world and it is available for me. And I am more willing now to try and make changes. Knowing that I can heal from trauma makes me a little more open to trying new things. I plan to finish the full series of BMR training classes. Who knows, some day maybe I can facilitate this kind of loving technique that helps others heal themselves?  These days it seems like anything is possible!

Communication & Appreciation

4/2/2015

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Claudia Kaml

 

It is October and this time my husband and I decided to come together with our two children, 8 and 10 years old, to Sedona for a BMR healing retreat. We both have already spent an entire week with intensive body memory release sessions in August this year in Sedona, a wonderful town in Arizona.

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My sister in law told us about Jonathan and his unique way of releasing body cells from their bulk of unconscious, negative and sometimes traumatic memories derived from the past and opening up them for new and positive events in the future. Although my husband and I read Jonathan”s book “Freedom from Body Memory” before being treated we could not really imagine how we would be treated in detail. After the first few sessions during which Jonathan treated us, my husband and I were sure that this was the right method to letting go our negative childhood experiences and all the negative thoughts, feelings and energy stored in our body which have influenced our life and marriage for such a long time. Jonathan helped us further to develop distinctive procedures to improve our way of communicating to each other which was strongly appreciated after being married for more than twelve years.   We were most attracted though by Jonathan’s way of showing us how to deeply appreciate each other again after such a long time together. We learned how to rearrange certain things in our life and how to integrate our new awareness and behavior into our life. We deeply thank Jonathan for helping us to becoming responsible, caring and loving partners and parents again on every day in our life. Claudia and Christoph Kaml Austria Germany
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