For thousands of years people have been going into isolation or different kinds of retreats in darkness in order to connect deeply with themselves. We hear stories of monks dwelling in caves for weeks or months in deep contemplation, or housemakers taking to 10-day Vipassana Meditation retreats in the style of S.N. Goenka. In such retreats we can gain insights and understandings of the true meaning of life and who we really are. Being present to our feelings, thoughts and physical sensations without distraction from external stimuli brings us back to the essence and connection with our soul’s whispers.
The end of a year is an important transition time. I usually like to spend it in nature having some alone-time which helps me reflect on the past year and set intentions for the one to come. This year my friend Tom and his girlfriend Kadri had invited me to spend this time with them in Spain. For 6 days we hiked on an amazing track, Cami De Ronda GR92, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea across Catalonia. Winter is the best time for this hike as it is not too hot for walking, yet it is still possible to stay in tents and even spend a few nights just in sleeping bags under the stars and full moon. I found myself in a powerful vortex there, starting the new year in alignment of body, mind and soul.
When was the last time you took a deep, conscious breath? Today? Yesterday? Don’t remember? Stop right here and take one now…. a slow, deep breath in…and a slow, full breath out…do you feel the difference?
by Giten Tonkov, Creator of BioDynamic Breathwork & Trauma Release System.
As a part of the BioDynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release approach, we use a concept of unwinding. In this context, the word “unwinding” relates to a repair process for tightly “wound,” tense, and tight deep-core muscular and connective fascial tissues in our physical body. This tightness is usually a response to emotional and/or physical trauma. One interesting note: sometimes long-term tension held in the body can result both in both tense areas and a weak and flaccid core.
Is qigong for everyone? Do I become Daoist after doing it and how can it actually change my life? What are benefits and limitations of this ancient Chinese practice? Simon Calder, qigong teacher with over 25 years of experience, explains the essence of this forgotten art of movement.
Fascia release is getting more and more trendy, but there are still lots of people who not only do not know how to release fascia, but also what (and where) fascia actually is or what benefits releasing it can bring to our body and mind. Beta Lisboa, yin yoga and mindfulness teacher, fascia release therapist and instructor shares how we can help ourselves with simple everyday practices.
The pelvis should be worked with early on in bodywork sessions. All body segments are directly associated with psychological and emotional patterns, but none compare in the intensity to those stored in the pelvis: sexuality, eroticism, desire, trust, vitality, empowerment, identity, safety, anger, and freedom. The pelvis region is intricately entwined with all other segments and is subject to our moment by moment emotional body-mind state.
Nisarga is the Director and Cofounder of The European Institute Of Body Oriented Healing Arts. He is a bodyworker therapist specialising in myofascial energetic release and deep tissue work. On his way to mastery he reached to the sources of body and spirit work. Travelling through Asia, Europe and America he discovered what the human body really is and how important is listening to what it tells us. In his own words: “Life is like a journey, it doesn’t matter where it takes us, what’s important are beautiful sights and admiring them in the moment”.
Almost two decades ago, bought a book in a European airport bookshop to read during a flight. Since the first moment, got literally hypnotized from the content of this unique and precious printed work. Intelligence was one of a series of lectures given by Osho. Could not stop laughing, mainly of myself, and my presumption of being knowledgeable, I had no doubt, that existence was giving me a huge lesson and since the moment I dropped my eyes into the first pages I couldn’t stop reading it.
An article by Satyarthi Peloquin
Underneath most of our myofascial holding patterns is repressed emotional trauma. We know that emotional trauma is held in the soft tissues of the body. The concept of tissue memory is fundamental to our understanding of the connection between bodywork and emotional trauma release. Releasing emotions in sessions has a lot to do with the bodyworker’s intention as well as the character of the client. As bodyworkers who work hands-on with clients, we regularly see cases were trapped emotions are the underlying cause of many pain syndromes. We locate these emotions when we encounter areas of the body that are tight and where energy is blocked and fluid flow is restricted.
Several colleagues, friends, and students have asked me recently what I thought makes someone a successful therapist and how they themselves could become more successful as a therapist. The answer came to me few weeks ago while out for a morning jog on a sunny beach in Goa, India. Point after point began to reveal itself and a basic framework appeared in my mind. As a result, I have outlined the following eleven steps that helped me be successful on my path. The formula I explain here is the result of sixteen years of experience, study, and “inner work” which I have done on myself. This formula can be used as a general guideline for any therapist working with people through bodywork, massage, breath work, dance, yoga or psychotherapy. I call this a ‘general’ guideline because we all are unique individuals, and someone may have more or different steps to add. On the other hand, some of the steps may not work for you. I am sure many of you could expand my list with additional valuable suggestions based on your own experiences.
Kasia Patzelt visits EIBOHA in Poland, the institute founded by Giten and Nisarga.
It always amazes me how life has its own mysterious ways of guiding us. Like the way I heard about, EIBOHA. I met Nisarga (also from Poland and a body worker) whilst doing a Panchakarma retreat in India. Instantly I was interested and excited to hear that there was a place that offered body-oriented healing arts, in my country!
I had left Poland as a child and undergone all of my education, healing and spiritual explorations overseas, always feeling a big longing to share those new ways of being and healing with friends and family back home, but never quite knowing how to go about it.
December is a special month for me. It's time when I slow down, I lean over what has happened in my life, what I accomplished, and on what I want to work on in the future. It's a time to sum up, and time of understanding. This time I also had a chance to participate in a wonderful workshop, that has made a big impact both mentally and professionally, and the time of summarizing was enriched with another important aspect.
The first principle of Core Integration is that the body must relate continually to the physical force of gravity.
Since the moment we are born, and sometimes even in the womb, we are exposed to conditionings and belief systems.
Some things worked and some did not. Other techniques made me feel frustrated and tenser then I was before I tried them. The techniques I found that worked consistently to bring clarity and silence to the mind were conscious deep breathing exercises and relaxation techniques that use breath.
Unraveling The Mysteries Of Unwinding
1. What is unwinding?
The term “unwind” is generally used with a meaning to relax, become less tense, or take an ease. “Unwind your body” is a common phrase used to promote relaxation bodywork.
But Fascial or Myofascial Unwinding is a type of bodywork that has a goal to “release” fascial restriction by encouraging the body or parts of
Massage is something that you can start but you never finish. It goes on and on, and the experience becomes continuously deeper and deeper, and higher and higher. Massage is one of the most subtle arts – and it is not only a question of expertise. It is more a question of love...
Learn the technique – then forget it. Then just feel, and move by feeling. When you learn deeply, ninety percent of the work is done by love, ten percent by the technique. By just the very touch, a loving touch, something relaxes in the body.
"When you have chronic muscle spasm in your back, the affected area will tend to suffer from an increasingly painful condition, because when muscles are in strong spasm neves our pinched and blood blocked from reaching and leaving their own cells. Little vessels, called capillaries, that bring blood to the cells, get compressed by the spasm, so the needed nutrients -- oxygen and other essential supplies carried by the blood -- don’t make
1) Relieving the pain by releasing soft tissue spasm.
2) Bring better structural alignment.
3) Becoming aware of the underlying causes of stress in one’s life emotional and physical which causes the soft tissue to spasm.The emotional and physical Type equation here.
For many years I felt that the importance of Verbal Skills for bodyworkers has been under-utilized and under-explored. Ever since Descartes and the mind-body split, we have divided things into body or mind. This is a subtle but active form of conditioning that can be seen in our speech and attitudes.
Scientists don't know what causes rheumatoid arthritis, but many suspect that the microbiome—the bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tracts—may be to blame.
Doctors aren’t entirely sure what triggers rheumatoid arthritis, a disease in which the body turns on itself to attack the joints, but an emerging body of research is focusing on a potential culprit: the bacteria that live in our intestines.
In our isolation and self-protection, we have lost contact with one of our most essential needs, the need for touch. Touch is a way of becoming intimate with others, it allows us to give and receive love, and it’s essential for our emotional, psychological and physical health.
All over the world people are touch-hungry and love-hungry; we are longing for the basic need of human contact, closeness and warmth.