Definition of Naio™

Naio is a holistic awareness process using somatic education principles to support well-being. Our personal selves are a microcosm of a macrocosm, a vast cosmic plenum. As earth itself, we are water based life, informed with an implicate unified intelligence, an Open Order in a process of Physis, Ancient Greek for Being and Becoming; made explicit though the biological intelligence that is the earth, nature and our body. It can be conceived as a field (fields within fields) of emergent coherent ordering that is bodily expression of being. 

The natural orchestration and flow of life reveals itself as wave-form, a dynamic polyrhythmic flow, with varietal periodicity, in enfoldment and unfoldment generating lived experience. From the pulsing of cells to the murmurations of birds in flight we can see various expressions of

wave-form. This flow, with its waves, rhythms, pulsations, vibrations, undulations and spirals is the vital dynamics of life – expressions of an Implicate Wholeness, or Immanent Health. When we look at health in this context, we can explore its etymological roots from Proto-Indo-European meaning, complete, total, unbroken, whole.

Immanent health can be considered a cosmic generative intelligence that is life giving, affirming, sustaining and evolving. Listening and appreciating the flow of life, can connect us to a deepening sense of being alive. Naio™ listens, acknowledges, and co-operates with the subtle polyrhythmic expressions that can be sensed, and experienced within the whole body as an ordering and organizing coherency, an immanent quality of health and being.

Naio Practitioners procure open awareness and compassionate connection, working in collaboration. They use gentle touch to guide clients’ engagement of their experiential and sensory capacities. This supports awareness of the polyrhythmic and varietal movements of life intelligence as it organizes, conducts and maintains living experience. People often experience a sense of innate flow, spaciousness, relaxation and harmony. The movements are often non-linear, spiral, wave, circular, pulsing, undulating, fluctuating and effulgent. Naio supports movement awareness, self awareness, self-regulation, co-regulation, creativity, resourcing, reorganizing, and renewal which the underlying flow of life intelligently orchestrates.

The trained practitioner has refined their capacity for self-regulation and coherency, holding an orientation to wholeness and health. At the same time, they acknowledge the interdependent nature of our existence, and any conditional forces occurring. They honor their client as a sentient being with multi-dimensional experience such as the transpersonal, the imaginary and symbolic, the inter and transgenerational, cultural, emotional, spiritual, physical, and more.

Naio™ is a way to orient with the immanent ground substrate of existence and engage the generative living processes that support a greater sense of well-being.


Naio’ purpose is to support a sense of wellness, unity and wholeness of being and interconnection, which can contribute to an improved quality of life experience. The use of gentle touch and movement awareness supports self-awareness, self-regulation, co-regulation, creativity, resourcing, reorganizing, integration and renewal which the underlying flow of life intelligently orchestrates.


i) Naio™ is a holistic awareness and somatic education process. Practitioners know the limits of their professional competence and do not go beyond these boundaries. They use the Naio™ process within the scope of their training, background, current licensing and credentialing. 

ii) The Naio™ Practitioners’ role is one of collaboration with their clients. Naio™ Practitioners provide guidance to fully clothed clients through gentle touch and verbal support of their clients’ processes.

iii) Naio Practitioners are educated in anatomy and physiology. They do not treat disease or diagnose conditions, or carry an attitude of fixing.

Their education and understanding of the body and biological process of life means they can support various health situations in their clients.

Naio™ is however a process that supports and co-operates with the underlying health and wellbeing of life. Practitioners can also collaborate with and/or refer to other health professionals if warranted. Practitioners realize they are a part of each clients unique multi-disciplinary approach that supports their well-being.

iv) Naio Practitioners listen with open awareness to the movements and the coherent polyrhythmic expressions of life within their clients – they can recognize and acknowledge any incoherent rhythms, chronic or habitual patterns of movement, inertia or holding or constrictions and imbalances within the clients bodily tissues, perceptions and relationship with their environment, whilst maintaining their own sense of fluidity, coherency, spaciousness and wholeness. In this way the client’s natural life intelligence emerges and dynamically orchestrates any corrections, resolutions and integration. 

v) The process of touch and gentle guidance is supportive of refining perceptual, kinesthetic, proprioceptive, interoceptive and exteroceptive sensitivity that supports a sense of self regulation, co-regulation, and neuroplasticity.

vi) Being and becoming as Bodily-Being (physis) is an emerging process that is home to a subjective living experience which is evolving in unity with all life.

vii) The physical, emotional, the imaginary and symbolic, the cultural, the primordial, ancestral, collective and cosmic are expressed in and are expressions of biological processes and subjective living experience. Practitioners acknowledge and support these processes, thoughtfully and gently facilitate the client to integrate these expressions as aspects of life awareness that can support a person’s capacity to experience the wholeness, vitality and greater meaning and enjoyment of life. Naio Practitioners refer to appropriate professionals when it’s clear a process needs support that is beyond their scope or the client is in need of a different approach.

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