For those of you who are new to this blog, a bit of background…
I have been practicing bodywork – Craniosacral Therapy, Polyvagal Therapy and more recently Birth Process work (Pre- and Perinatal Psychology) since 2005. In addition, I have added massage and Asian Bodywork and Qigong / Tai Chi onto that list as well. Oh and we can’t leave out practicing Tibetan Buddhism..
You might be wondering, “How could he possibly include all of that in one session?” Or one modality fusing them all together?
Well the easy answer is, in a one hour or even 90-minute treatment, I am not able to combine all of that.
With that said, having all these tools at my disposal allows me to approach clients wherever they are. Sometimes they come in asking for massage and I get the sense that Craniosacral Therapy might really benefit them. If I am skillful enough in explaining what I am sensing, then we might do 20 minutes of CST and 40+ minutes of massage. And they are introduced to slower rhythms and deeper serene fluid tides in their body.
At other times, I will introduce a Qigong technique while doing Craniosacral, or I might drop in other embodiment techniques when I am working on someone’s head. They might ask, “why can’t I get out of my head?” Because you have habituated that stance for so many decades now! But, with a competent practitioner, a client can co-regulate with me. I can invite their body to notice what it is like in the different layers of their skin, their fascia, their viscera. We go slow. You can never go too deep, just too fast.
That is a maxim I live by. And the majority of the time, it comes through in the bodywork I practice. Myrna Martin – one of my PPN / birth process work teachers says, “By going slower, we will get there faster.” Too true!
So I am loving what I am doing right now. The closest thing I can call this synthesis is “Process Buddhism” which Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen, a Tibetan Lama, monk and venerated spiritual teacher entitled it. I don’t have an agenda for what a given session will look like – my client’s name their intention and then their body and energy follows that intention, with my guiding the process.
And thankfully all the hard work I have put into learning these modalities is paying off. I am almost to the point of needing to start a wait-list for clients. At present, I still have room for 2-5 new clients a week.
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