Expressing emotions – with particular reference as a process – is also about using and exchanging energy. Behind this huge simplification there lies the basis of body work and movement. Subtle movement is the key. Being alive, the body is in constant motion, even in extreme cases it never ceases. Movement, especially spontaneous one, gives us priceless liveliness, but it is also captured in the breath.
When we take into account physical activity, recreation, exercise, stretching, dance or walking, we see its numerous forms. But when we realise the need for movement, we shall begin to notice it and appreciate it not only in its dynamics but also in everyday spontaneous activity. Thus, we will aim at spontaneity, and going beyond the frame of habits.
Breathing is usually associated with the trunk of the body, the chest and the breathing muscles including the diaphragm. But are we able to see how our patient’s shoulders go up and down despite the fact that during a massage session he lies on back?
For instance, what does relaxation of the area of trapezius and shoulder muscles have in common with relaxation or relieving pain from stress, if the therapist initially works at the level of the skin and fascia, and in addition he works very gently, almost invisibly?
The above questions do not aim at creating discomfort. Rather, they are meant to activate and make us leave the routine of a typical static representation of massage which is along these lines: the client is lying down and passively receiving the treatment.
Working in the area of shoulder joints, we take into account not only the joint itself, but also the shoulder muscles, shoulder girdle, partially the spine, the neck and the upper part of the chest, especially if we are aiming at relaxation, deep relaxation, or a psychosomatic rejuvenation. In short, the basis of a conscious awake massage is working with soft tissues.
A rehearsal at a kindergarten. Children are dancing, pretending to be trees. They move their arms like branches. Smoothly and invisibly going from one movement to another, their arms go up and down freely. The only sound is a quiet rustle. One of the children’s mothers is assigned the same job, she is the symbol of the mother of the trees. Suddenly, the choreographer of this amateur troupe comments:
-Can you move as freely as the children at least for a while?
Surprised, the lady responds that she is trying as hard as she can: ‘Can’t you see?’.
-The problem is, that it is so visible that you are trying. Trying too hard. And the trees simply let themselves flow with the wind, that’s all.
Continuation in the next entry …