Via Tecta (Sacred Way)

On The Importance Of Receiving Bodywork

Receiving bodywork/massage on a consistent basis has been the most effective healing and self-care modality for me over the past 22 years. Not only does it help me to get out my head and into my body, but receiving quality bodywork is also preventive medicine (far more than just “pampering”). It’s like a “tune-up” for the whole body-energy system, activating the body’s own intelligence (and immune system) to heal itself, not only physically but also emotionally and psychologically as well as spiritually. I’m not implying that it is a “miracle cure” but it helps to facilitate the right conditions within the body for holistic health, healing, and well-being.

Our body (tissue, muscles, bones, organs) stores all experiences as information and memory, even if you’re not aware of it consciously. Our body is literally our “biography in the flesh”. We carry our past (including past lives) like baggage in the body. These unprocessed experiences wear down the body-mind-spirit system (creating entropy), resulting in all kinds of pathologies: psychological, emotional and physical dis-ease. Especially “negative” experiences (from everyday stress to relationship break-ups to trauma, childhood wounding, etc.) are stored in the body if they are not released/processed/transmuted through the body consciously. Contrary to popular belief, chronic tension/pain is not necessarily related to bad posture but is most often the manifestation of suppressed emotions we hold on to unconsciously. This is also the reason why most people live in and escape into the head, so they don’t have to feel the emotional pain of past experiences, even the ones they’re not aware of. But disassociation is not healing.

However, the most beneficial aspect of receiving bodywork is the RECEIVING part. Many of us DO a lot all the time, work and take care of ourselves, from exercise to yoga, to diet, etc….all fine and good, but sometimes we just need to allow ourselves to receive! More and more people are starving for nurturing conscious touch in our disembodied society. Touch is literally food for the organism. Touch deprivation in childhood and as infants leads to all kinds of physiological, psychological, sexual, and emotional issues in adult life. I’ve noticed that some people have a very hard time to receive, to begin with, not only related to touch but in all aspects of life and it’s mostly unconscious. I’ve also noticed that some people first need to “learn” how to receive a bodywork/massage session before it can have better/deeper effects since there are many layers of unconscious bodily “armor” and unconscious holding patterns. And obviously, if there has been trauma in the past due to forced “wrong touch” (such as sexual abuse), it adds another “layer” that can contribute to the fear of touch. Nothing to be ashamed of.

Being a bodyworker myself, I receive bodywork 2-4 times a month. I recommend receiving bodywork at least once a month if possible. It’s one of the best preventive medicines out there. I understand that finances are often a concern, however, what I’ve noticed over the years is that the more I invest in myself for conscious self-care (not indulgence), the more “the universe” supports me in that and provides. Be good to yourself and treat yourself. You deserve it!

Obviously, you want to be discerning about who is touching you and giving you a bodywork/massage session. To me, being very sensitive, a bad massage is worse than no massage. But more than looking for someone who is technically good, it’s about the touch of the person and his/her energy that comes through. That’s the x-factor which you cannot just “learn” at a massage school.

But there is no need to be paranoid about it either. Sometimes it’s trial and error to find the right match. There are many different bodywork modalities out there as well and what works for one may not work for another (personally I enjoy them all for different reasons at different times: Rolfing, Deep Tissue, Esalen Massage, Thai Massage, Sensory Repatterning, CranioSacral, etc…. So have fun exploring that as well. Your body will be immensely grateful for it. 🌀

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“Without adequate tactile input, the human organism will die. Touch is one of the principal elements necessary for the successful development and functional organization of the central nervous system, and is vital to our existence as food, water, and breath.

Our genetic blueprints are only the starting point of our individual development. The kind of conditioning we receive and the kinds of conscious choices we make play tremendous roles in our physical growth, our acquisition of skills, our health and maturity, and our aging.

All our body’s tissues are, then, a great deal more “plastic” and responsive to change and improvement throughout our lifetimes than we normally assume. Far from being “fixed” and “determined” by our biological inheritance, we are all still “works in progress.”

There is no sensation or emotion that is not translated into a muscular response of some kind; these feeling states are the primary bases of our habitual postures and our individual patterns of behavior.

Bodywork, by using tactile input, can actually re-educate and re-program the organism into becoming more coordinated, more flexible, and more appropriately responsive – literally more “intelligent”. A body/mind system that is integrated in this fashion will be more able to resist depression or disease, more able to attend to and repair itself in times of stress or injury.

Various ancient and contemporary forms of bodywork go far beyond temporary pleasure or relief and actually alter conditioned responses, chemical balances, and structural relationships. That is, bodywork has the potential to deeply change and improve the given state of an individual.

Nothing is more essential to lasting positive change than self-awareness; it is the prerequisite for self-control. Bodywork is a direct and effective way to increase this awareness within an individual.”

– Deane Juhan, Touched by the Goddess: The Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual Powers of Bodywork

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“Like road construction, your nervous system is being rebuilt, widened, and strengthened to accommodate an increase of data, like traffic moving through your body. When you face an experience that is out of the norm, that does not fit into the category of the known, your nervous system tends to shut down. Your body goes into shock, unable to process the out-of-ordinary reality.

As energy increases on the planet, blocks in your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies are magnified. Unexpressed feelings and ideas create obstacles to the flow of energy, whose purpose it is to connect you. You must help the process by being responsible for who you are.

Wherever you have a prejudice or difficulty – “I don’t want to know that. I hate this about myself. I don’t like that.” – you can trust that the magnifying glass will be put over it.

You will squeal and squirm until you get it right. And if you don’t, you will manifest the block in the form of a difficult challenge. Everything is intensifying in order to teach people about responsibility and maintaining a clarity of purpose and intent.

Utilizing different modalities of bodywork in this day and age is key to your survival. Pursuing avenues of discovery through bodywork facilitates and quickens the recognition of your identity.

What is coming up now are the things that originally blocked you from perceiving reality. These are the parts of your emotional body in which the highway system was severed and the information could not flow, so you moved into pain and translated the emotional pain out of your physical body. We recommend to all of you that you receive bodywork.

Bodywork simply involves bringing energy from outside the cosmos into your body, infusing it with your other bodies-mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual – and making the energy grid fit. Where the energy grid fits and you don’t block cellular memory and you allow – energy to step into your body, the energy moves through your chakras and feeds your body its data.”

– Barbara Marciniak, Bringers of the Dawn

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“Movement is the unifying bond between the mind and the body, and sensations are the substance of that bond. Friction on the skin, pressure on the deeper tissues, distortion for the tissues surrounding the joints—these are the media through which the organism perceives itself and through which it organizes its internal and external muscular responses.

As we develop and mature, most of us build up and reinforce a reliably consistent sense of ourselves by carefully selecting and maintaining a specific repertoire of movement habits—which generates specific repertoire of sensations—and by surrounding ourselves with a stable environment with which to interact.

This careful process of selection is largely unconscious, and so as long as we are comfortable we are rarely aware of any limitations or potential dangers our cultivated habits may entail. And even if a disturbing symptom appears , we generally do not suspect our well-worn, tried-and-true behavior might be its cause. In fact, the very consistency of our normal patterns frequently prevents us from changing our ways long enough to obtain such insight.

It is exactly this circular relationship between our habitual behaviors and the chronic conditions of our tissues that skillful touching can so usefully penetrate. New frictions, new pressures, and new movements of the limbs necessarily create for new habits, new modifications, more constructive conditions. And here we are close to putting our finger on the possible reason why touch therapies can sometimes produce positive results so quickly, almost “miraculously.”

No matter how much I move myself around, my strongest tendency is to move in the same ways that I have always moved, guided by the same deeply seated postural habits, sensory cues, and mental images of my body; but if I can succeed in surrendering to the movements that another person imposes on the body, without my own system of cues and responses interfering, it is possible to treat my mind to a flood of sensations that are novel in important ways, sensations that may well be able to indicate what things I have been doing that have produced my aches and pains at the same time as they have reinforced my normal sense of self.

And even more important, this moment of surrender and new sensation can demonstrate to me that I am not permanently obliged to continue acting out a habitual compulsion. I can see that that the habit is a habit, that I am something else, and that for a moment at any rate I can choose to repeat it or not. And if I can drop a compulsive behavior or attitude for a moment without causing a crisis, then perhaps I can disperse it altogether.”

– Deane Juhan

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By Bernhard Günther, published on 3rd of February 2020 on facebook.

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