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. Where do you hurt and what is it telling you? What body metaphors do you use or manifest? How can you move into ease?
Do you have a caved chest, restriction in breathing or chronic tension patterns? When you have forgotten that you can control certain muscles, they don’t have much movement. Thomas Hanna calls this Sensory Motor Amnesia, SMA. Gentle touch bodywork, with exercises, will help you regain body awareness. And reclaim movement. Then you will have more choices, and feel more comfortable in your body!
Stanley Keleman developed other exercises that allow you to play with how you created the shape of your body. He calls it, assembling a shape. With practice, you learn to disassemble, and then reassemble it. You may find negative judgments locked in a habitual shape. When you release a shape that held old beliefs, you will be surprised to discover that the old beliefs no longer haunt you. This works faster than affirmations!
I address beliefs and emotions through simple touch, and through waking up your body awareness. Some of what I do is based on the work of Thomas Hanna1, Marion Rosen2, Dr. John Ray, and what Stanley Keleman 3 calls Voluntary Muscular and Cortical Effort.
The gentle, hands on work of Ortho-Bionomy® finds a position of ease or comfort. Then I hold it a little, and feel for the release. Your body recognizes that it is safe and comfortable, and releases tension. It is a natural reflex.
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You may schedule an Ortho-Bionomy® session at your convenience, or call for questions: 503-708-2911.