Now he would never write the things that he had saved to write until he new enough to write them well.
Well, he would not have to fail in trying to write them either.
Maybe you would not have to fail at trying to write them either.
Maybe you could never write them, and that was why you put them off and delayed the starting.
What has happened in the last month during lock down to my Shiatsu?
Well the obvious part is that we were all not allowed to practice our beloved touch therapy. Sadly in times of much need of comfort and relaxation many therapies that bring silence and going within understandably have had to shut doors.
But with the one door closed quite a few others have opened up. I discovered distant healing which was a revelation for me. The work with energy, Ki as we call it in Shiatsu, is wondrous and magical for me anyhow however giving distant Shiatsu opened up a whole new dimension for me. Whether I worked with meridians on a distant healing session or worked with the energy that was coming up I was always curious as to what presented itself to be worked on and shifted. All of the distant healing for me has a lot of trusting involved and is a highly intuitive practice. I feel that through it I have find tuned my abilities of feeling and following energy in the healing process. I am very excited to feel how that influences my hands on Shiatsu and Seiki.
Through some very good guidance from one of the founders of the Shiatsu college I have also found a way to give myself Shiatsu in a way that is almost as delicious as receiving it from a different practitioner. This shows how much your body response to the right kind and relevant touch regardless who it is coming from. Of course I know how the meridian system is mapped out on the body and therefore it might seem simpler for me to give myself Shiatsu. However up until the guidance by our teacher I was a bit lost as to how to go about it. Whereas now I believe that anyone can be guided to give themselves a very satisfying Shiatsu.
As great as all those new online and energetically experiences have been and are I still also believe that touch and Ki-full touch especially is the best way to process and let go of all that has happened or is happening still. Therefore I am looking forward to going back to touch and to integrate the energy expansion that has happened over the last few months into my work.
Please also read my previous blog on how beneficial and even necessary touch is for animals and us humans.
How often has someone that is not your spouse, child or parent touched you today? Pretty often that number is 0 for people living in the UK. One could argue that we touch each other too little. Touch is being highly underestimated in the Western world and medicine as being therapeutic or even healing.
However, research in various different areas has shown that touch is very important even necessary for human development and wellbeing. Studies in understaffed orphanages in Romania in the 1980s and 1990s have shown that toddlers that did not receive any touch from a care taker where under developed for their age, their growth was slowed down, they developed compulsive rocking and other self-soothing behaviours. If the children never received hugs or touch in any form the disorders of mood, cognitions and self-control persisted through to adulthood. Such symptoms have not been recognised in children that are blind or have hearing impairments.
As an act to save children from sexual predators adults outside the four walls of the home are now more or less not allowed to touch children. Nurses, teachers, coaches and other care takers should not be touching children anymore even when they are hurt which leads to touch deprivation in children because often the hours spent without parents are now higher then with parents.
Touch is not only important for children’s wellbeing and development. Touch also enhances wellbeing and performance of adults. Studies have shown that sports teams for example basketball players that pat each other and touch each other more during a game are more successful because a stronger bond between team mates has been formed due to the physical contact especially when the contact implies a ‘well done’. Teams that touch each other will perform better throughout a season compared to those teams that do not touch each other at all.
In Shiatsu touch is the practitioner’s tool. Shiatsu touch is listening with the hands. One of the main principals in Shiatsu is the unconditional positive regard towards the receiver. Whichever story is behind the receiver’s ailments there is no judgement, every receiver on the Shiatsu matt is treated equal. This brings a very special quality to Shiatsu touch. A quality of indifference and seeing the receiver for who they are.
The Shiatsu touch is one of experiencing what is happening in the receivers body. It is one of the biggest joy’s of giving Shiatsu to feel the reaction of the receivers body to the touch at an acupuncture point that is relevant to them and to feel the energy move again at a blocked meridian passage. It is brilliant to feel the release of tension. Sometimes what we feel is very small but it has a very big effect on the receiver.
As a receiver of Shiatsu for more than 15 years I can vouch for Shiatsu touch. Every practitioner I received Shiatsu from has a special touch. It is a touch that comes from the practitioner’s listening to your body and meditation on the changes that are happening in the body. Shiatsu is less moving your muscles and trying to solve an issues. Shiatsu touch is helping the body to remember how to heal itself. And I believe it is the unconditional positive regard that plays a role in the very special Shiatsu touch.
David J. Linden:Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind. 2015. p. 4
M.W. Kraus, C. Huang, and D. Keltner: „Tactile communication, cooperation and performance: an ethological study lf the NBA.”, Emotion 10 (2010):745-49. Published by the American Phsychological Association. In: David J. Linden:Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind. 2015.