What we offer in our work is simply one of the paths that we can take to inquire more deeply, to look beyond the surface of our lives. There is an excitement to realise the infinite possibilities of change. We like to think that our structures are fixed, that there are universal truths. We like to think that we have inherited our bad backs and our genetic constitutions, that we can’t alter our environments. This is not necessarily so and the sense of freedom that this implies is dizzying. However old we are we have the potential to change and to grow and to learn. We simply can’t change and remain the same. If we change our bodies, our movements, we change the way that we relate to our environment which in turn changes that environment. If our environment changes so too do our thoughts and emotions which in turn alter our physical responses. We are part of the dance of life, why is it that we are so frightened of change, why do we long for stability in a moving world? For the world, our lives or indeed, life on this planet is one of movement and interrelationship, one of constant change and flux and here we are trying to cling on to the fixed, the permanent, the immovable, like Canute trying to stop the waves.
We fear living in the present, of going with the flow of life, surrendering to the Tao. In my work, I am listening to the fixities, the tensions, the tightenings, and the contractions that seem to prevent the flow of energy, the life force if you like. If I can find a place of balance in myself, a stillness from which to observe this flow, I can invite the same in you, to notice how the oppressive thoughts are reflected in the tight musculature of your body, how that emotion seems to be linked to the way in which the pelvis holds on or the neck is locked. With quietness and gentleness we listen to the layers of holding in the body and ask whether, bit by bit we can release. We are showing by simply waiting and being with our pupil that there is another way that we can inhabit our bodies, another way that we can live, that we can greet life. I am not particularly concerned with the anatomical or medical model, that is not my area of expertise, instead I wait to see whether this holding, this tension can release into my hands. The beauty of bodywork is that there are no judgements, there are no rights and wrongs, shoulds or oughts, there is simply now – can I, you, we, let go of that burden right now. We can always choose to pick it up again after the session, but at least for a few minutes I, we, you have had the sensation, the taste of the possibility of a different way of life, and really how much more exciting could it be to discover that I am not trapped in my narrow and restrictive viewpoint, my painful constricted body, my limited perspective? What is more painful than to believe that our current pains and belief structures are all that there are, that we are condemned to live forever as we are and that there is no hope of change?Leave a reply →