I learned this from a book loaned to me by my qigong instructor (Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body by Qigong and Tao Tai Chi Master Bruce Frantzis). I teach an adapted version to my clients who have acute localized pain. You don’t need to be a Qigong Master to use this. But you do need to focus your attention on the area with intense pain, and it is helpful if you can reach the area comfortably, or have a friend touch it.… Read the rest
Continued from Therapeutic BreathWork, Self-Care
Coordination of the outgoing breath with letting go of tension is an easy way to bring peace and stillness to the body and mind. It relieves pain and stress and relaxes muscles. There is a physiological basis for the influence of breathwork.
The ribs attach to the spine at the back, and open and close like little wings with each breath.… Read the rest
Most of our breathing is automatic, and we are usually not aware when and how we restrict it. However, we can use the breath as a unique vehicle to responsibly meet and heal from tension, emotional or physical pain, and trauma.… Read the rest
I listen to your body metaphors as you tell me the issues you want me to address before a session: what do they say about your tension patterns? Where do I see you restrict movement as you speak? Where do you need bodywork?
Stiff upper lip—If you are hiding your feelings in a situation you don’t like, I work on rigid facial muscles.… Read the rest
When we have an incorrect map of where our body parts fit together, and where they live in space, we move according to the body map, not according to our true size, structure and function. We are the only animals that can distort our bodies based on what we believe. Just as imagining a perfect gymnastic routine is a rehearsal that helps Olympic gymnasts win, incorrect beliefs about our body can rehearse our posture into painful distortions.… Read the rest
The Buddhist phrase, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional,” has set me to thinking. Events will just happen, they are part of “what is”. There will be pain, so long as we are in the body. Suffering comes from our reaction to our pain.
We can choose to be at peace, whatever comes. This takes training and discipline. We can react to untoward events with anger, frustration, sadness, discontent, disconnection, despair, apathy, resignation.… Read the rest
Dr. John Whitman Ray, N.D., developed the Emotional Tone Scale as part of Body Electronics. Dr. Ray’s teachings encompassed the physical and electrical systems of the body, and their relationship to emotions, thoughts and word patterns, and our spiritual evolution. His teachings spread to Portland around 1982. This was largely due to Thomas Chavez, one of his earliest students, and later the author of Body Electronics.… Read the rest
“Senior Moments”, or a new lease on life?
Did you resign yourself to inevitable decline, “I’m having these senior moments?”
Do you find yourself saying, “it’s getting hard to pick up my grandchildren”, “I have this pain that won’t go away,” “I can’t reach up”, or “I feel stuck”?
Are you only in your 40’s or 50’s and already have mobility issues, digestive problems, or your spouse is complaining you aren’t remembering things the way you used to?… Read the rest
Dis-ease of posture can come from long hours at the computer or desk, standing on cement floors, heavy lifting, bracing to protect old injuries or unconscious habits. They can come when you override signals from your body to change position, relieve pain, or find ease. They can come from old beliefs about yourself, and reactions from childhood.
We have body metaphors that we manifest quite literally: chip on the shoulder; pain in the neck; stabbed in the back; don’t have a leg to stand on; bending backwards to please.… Read the rest
If you are a gardener, you probably know you need to use your legs to lift, keep a straight back to dig or rake, balance your weight to shovel. However, you may not know the hazards of crouching forward for a long time. You may not even associate subsequent pain in walking or standing with the gardening you love.
As a dedicated gardener, you might not change position often.… Read the rest