This blog post is for Pilates and Yoga Teachers, and
Students, as Well as Other Physical Disciplines.
This information is Useful for Reiki Practitioners
and Teachers, Cranial Sacral Therapists and other
Please read part 1 first! https://jennycolebourne.com/touch-and-presence-enhance-your-pilates-and-yoga-practice/
KEEPING THE DOOR OPEN
In order to help other people we first need to practice expanding our own awareness and consciousness. We truly “know” through personal experience. Each person is unique and will experience things in different ways to us.
Keep the door open to further information.
Whether we are going deeper with ourselves, or with someone else, we need to be 100% engaged in the task at hand. Being 100% engaged does not mean we are tense. We are totally relaxed, centered and open. This takes practice. Usually, it is not something we are taught in school. We learn it through disciples such as meditating, or practicing Reiki.
QUALITY OF PRESENCE
Please refer to my previous blog which describes various ways that we can ensure we are, with ourselves and others, with a presence that has positive value.
We all have abilities and possibilities that we perhaps have not been previously aware of. Simply leave your consciousness open to that idea.
We are all able to perceive deep in the body.
It is important to be relaxed and let go of any idea of trying.
Let’s say you have your hands on someone either as part of a healing session, or as part of an active touch correction, or adjustment.
Go through all the steps that were described in part 1 of this blog. Then, very simply, think “skin”. You will be amazed at how easy it is to sense someones skin. In the beginning you may want, as an exercise, to ask yourself some simple questions. How is the skin? Is it warm or cold? Is it dry or moist? It is a simple practice to hone your perception.
It is important that the minute you feel yourself tensing up, or trying, to stop yourself, and return to a relaxed state.
UNDER THE SKIN
After a while, very simply, shift your awareness to under the skin. Here we may be in relationship with the fascia of the body. If you wish ask yourself some simple questions like “What does it feel like here? In this space?”
Just for fun, now, shift your awareness to the bone in this area. What is the bone like?
IT IS SO EASY
I remember when I first did these awareness explorations in about 1989 as part of my cranial sacral therapy education. I was stunned at how easy and natural it was.
SENSING MOVEMENT UNDER YOUR HANDS
You may at some point notice internal movements happening under your hands. They will always be therapeutic. The body knows what to do, how to heal itself. The best thing we can do is give these movements our 100% relaxed focus and follow, accompany the movement, as closely as we can. Resist the temptation to direct. Simply follow and wait for the cycle of movement to complete itself. It is super important not to judge anything. Do not be alarmed if the movements happen to be big, follow as best you can and trust the process.
This can be done both with a simple hands on position, or as integrated into an adjustment of a yoga asana, or Pilates exercise.
It is best to remain humble in front of the complex, beauty of the body and the power of the universe. By this I do not mean to make yourself smaller, but to be in a state of awe.
SMILE AND ENJOY YOUR PRACTICE.
BE OPEN TO STILL MORE.
Have a look at my videos, with touch corrections, on my You Tube Channel.