The most unique aspect of this work is that it follows a set of principles, as opposed to imposing or following any external pre-scribed movements. We learn to move from within, to follow our own structure, and to use our structure in a way that is unique to us. Sounds simple, but not so easy. In our culture, we are taught to do as we are told, not as we intuit. Here, we relearn how to intuit.
The method is systematic. Underlying fascial twists in the body move the bones out of place, causing discomfort and pain. This is what we are addressing. The objective is to allow the bones to be in right relationship with each other.
Use what's free to free what's not free. Instead of fighting discomfort, use your body's free parts as tools to help you access and release the stuck parts.
Attention facilitates healing.
Support precedes movement.
Your body is different today than it is any other day. From session to session we observe subtle differences. You may have some discomfort, but you can get to different places to facilitate unwinding.
Your movements are unique to you. Your path is totally unique. Another person's movements are movements that your structure may not be able to duplicate. Comparison is the thief of joy! This is one method where you are encouraged to stay focused on yourself!
Do your best to not download from another method like yoga or linear stretching. We are not striving for postures. We are not striving at all.
All parts are interdependent on all other parts. Sometimes we are required to be present with each piece. Sometimes that may mean each fiber! Each fiber may elicit a different response within our nervous system. In order to find and stay with them, you must go s-l-o-w.
Listen for what wants to emerge.
Observe your markers of progress. Your practitioner can help you identify them.
Work just at the edges of movement and pain. The place of the most potential is the place where you don't push to move past or through your stuck-point. It occurs when you allow, when you slow down and feel, and then act on the subtle information you are given by your tissue. Ask, "where does it want to go here?"
Part of the process looks like this:
Connect (one part to another, such as an arm to an arm, arm to hip, arm to leg, foot to knee). Trace the part along what you've connected it to until you come to the end and have taken up all the slack. See what you notice as you follow this path. Twist or turn or tuck the connecting piece. Allow it to follow it's new path. Rest. Feel. Allow. What emerges? Trace, follow, don't push! Allow. What relaxes? What does your nervous system do? If you take a spontaneous deep breath, you are on the right path.
After about 30 minutes of practice, you may notice some unwinding has taken place. You will feel lighter!
Elements that we use and explore:
connect (one bone to another)
take up slack
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About the Author
Some of my posts are inspired by the wonderful questions my clients ask and the inspiration I receive from them. Some are inspired from a simple practice I've discovered recently that helps in my daily life. I thought by creating beautiful photos and sharing My Three Words, it might be able to help others too. I hope you enjoy reading.