The origin of this approach
Full-Presence Meditation® originates in France from the work of Prof Danis Bois, whose career in the field of health and education span from physiotherapy to innovating new methodologies of health with DBM Fasciatherapy then Somatic-Psychoeducation, and to entering the academic world by completing a Ph.D in Social Sciences, obtaining a professorship in Psychoeducation at the University Fernando Pessoa (Porto) and directing the Centre for Applied Research and Studies in Perceptual Psychoeducation(CERAP)
Meditation has been at the root of his teaching when training students in the methodologies he developed and in the early 2000’s, he began to pioneer verbally guided meditation in an academic setting.
Here is more on his journey with meditation, in his own words: Dani Bois
My journey with Full-Presence Meditation® began in the late 90’s as I was training in DBM Fasciatherapy following a change of career which was the result of my encounter with the deeply caring touch of that manual therapy. I began to practice in London, and in parallel obtained a post-graduate diploma in Perceptual and Movement Education, and a university diploma in Somatic-psychoeducation.
This encounter came at a time of professional and personal challenge. The touch used in Fasciatherapy, which is directly connected to the experience of Full-Presence Meditation® that underlies the quality of this touch, enabled me to connect with a part of myself I had never encountered before, giving me for the first time a sense of my own existence, outside of the conditioning of my birth and culture. This opened new possibilities towards the resolution of my difficulties, and has accompanied me ever since.
What motivated me then, and still does today, is the desire to share this work so that others too can experience this aliveness and the journey of presence to self that brings appeasement and opens new ways of being through more benevolent and caring attitudes towards self, others and the world.
I have now relocated to Amersham, in Buckinghamshire and over the last few years have concentrated on deepening my understanding of Full-Presence Meditation® and completing a Full-Presence Meditation® coaching accreditation in order to be able to better accompany people in their meditation journey through the 8-week Program to Optimize Self-esteem, Benevolence and Anxiety management.
Over the years, I have also been involved in developing the English language around Full-Presence Meditation® and the other methodologies elaborated by Danis Bois, by interpreting for him during summer workshops at the Omega Centre in the US and in London in the 2000’s and providing linguistic support to people involved in communicating internationally on research programmes carried out through the Cerap.
I have also translated into English Danis Bois’s book Le Moi Renouvelé, The Wild Region of Lived Experience, and recently the book he co-wrote with Isabelle Eschalier, Full-Presence Meditation®: Seven Ways to Access Human Warmth. I am currently interpreting for Danis Bois during his weekly online meditations.