Coronavirus (COVID-19) and influenza are upon us. People most adversely affected by COVID-19 are the elderly and those with preexisting conditions. Those are the folks that come to us so we have extra responsibility to prevent contagion. This is why the following is important. Touch therapy practitioners have one of the highest risks of contracting or spreading microorganisms that cause disease in society as we frequently work with hands directly on the skin.
If you place your hands and awareness gently on the surface of the waters of the patient you may feel the ripples on the water created by some outside influence. Traumas...can disrupt the normal gentle smooth flow of a body’s water...If one waits, the ripples will reflect their origin. We are arcing the source. If we wait and look outward with hope and patience, the life force of the body of water will seek nutrition and health.
There comes a time in everyone's life when it is time to give back and pay it forward. ...there is value in helping students dedicated to the work to gain wisdom and confidence and give them encouragement to think out of the box. I know that my students will outlive me and carry the work forward in new and dynamic ways to meet the challenges of a new world. -- Don Ash
"As parents, friends, colleagues, as well as citizens, we are all teachers. We teach by example, knowledge, wisdom and experience." This is the first in a three-part series of Circle articles on teaching: Teacher as Self; Patient as Teacher; and Teacher as Mentor. A new part will appear approximately every two weeks or so as a way of reflecting on how you, the reader, may see yourself and how you might move CST forward as this year ends and a new one begins.
"With iridescence in both body and wing, the dragonfly highlights elegance, amazing grace and reflects universal consciousness and the presence of spiritual energy abiding in the natural world. It is a most organic expression of our existential awareness...The dragonfly reminds us that the universal consciousness is real and that we can change direction. Our physical nature is just a vehicle for our universal consciousness." -- Don Ash
To think that we can be present at moments in which a person on the table reconnects to their deep personal knowing is miraculous to me. I view it as an honor and privilege to witness the body reinventing itself and finding union and purpose for this life that is given to each of us.
OK, dialogue. What is that? Suppose a person has a somato-emotional event on my table...Don’t you think as a complete manual therapist it might help to have experience -- and basic skill at least -- in holding space for this physical manifestation to run its course, the same as you would in facilitating the release of a strain pattern of a muscle group or the inflammatory response of a sprained ankle? Doesn't physical injury often have an emotional component? To be heard is healing..."
The cause for body response is from the intention we mentally focus on. This is of paramount importance connecting to spirit and the deepest inner mechanisms of consciousness and self-healing. One has to be willing to trust the process. I say silently to myself (but really openly to the ever present and listening spirit of the person,) "Cranial rhythm, express yourself. Show me where to go and what to do."
By way of intention we call upon, earnestly ask for, and often receive intentional wisdom from the body in the form of physical, spiritual and energetic awareness. In this blog post we discuss recognizing and inducing the stillpoint and invoking the spirit.