Transformational bodywork has its roots in Hawaiian bodywork and Chakra therapy.
It started off as a traditional Hawaiian bodywork session, with lots of oil, long deep strokes.
Then the practitioner got me breathing in a special way, making sounds (each of us), letting go, all the while speaking, guiding, encouraging me to surrender, to let go into the present, bringing my attention to various areas, particularly the throat, opening, relaxing the breath and the body/mind.
The practitioner worked on the back of my body for ages, me luxuriating in what felt to me to be her shamanic aura, as she chanted, kneaded, coaxed me into joining her in this energy event.
At one point she spoke of a vision she perceived of an old story from my childhood sitting between my shoulders, asking me to tune into that time, see how it affects how I live my life.
I went there, a bit dubious actually, but it stayed with me for the remainder of the session and the day, some things freeing up inside, and lots of new understandings flooding through me.
When I rolled over she had me breathe into the various chakras, firing them up as well as doing her bodywork, and which brought up some emotions related to that old story.
Then I felt quiet, and very in, with a vague awareness of her working on more subtle energy bodies.
When the session was over, I felt really rested, blasted in a way, at peace, and lay there basking in this feeling. I was surprised I’d only been on the table for 1 1/2 hours, as it had felt like a lot longer.
This work is a shamanic bodywork, a dynamic journey into the body/mind/being, working with whatever arises, all ‘held’ with surety and confidence by the practitioner.
Written by Mark O’Brien for the “Session of the Month’, Here & Now magazine 1999-2005
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