by Gerry Pyves, NO HANDS Founder & Creator
Goldilocks tried out the first bowl of porridge…
Of course you know how the rest of the story goes – the first bowl was too hot, the second too cool, but the third was just right.
What has this got to do with Massage?
Well, everything it seems. You see, one of the things that Massage therapists and other bodyworkers spend a lot of our time noticing is TONUS. Is the muscle too tight (the porridge is too hot), or is it too flaccid and loose (the porridge is too cold)? Or are they “just right”, like Goldilocks found when she came to Baby Bear’s porridge?
This is true of the whole body, as well as individual muscles. Does this client lack colour or tone or heat in their body? Or is the client too hot and tight? Or do their muscles have the right amount of give as well as having sufficient ‘tone’? You probably know very well the client who is “uptight” and looks like a pressure cooker about to explode! You may also be very familiar with the client that lies on the table like a cold limp fish, pale and seemingly without tone or warmth.
These are old ideas. In the ancient bodywork system of Shiatsu, “Jitsu” and “Kyo” are the terms used to describe the same concept of energetic over-activity and under-activity, respectively.
What has not been understood until very recently is how these physical states actually relate to our NERVOUS SYSTEM. Nor has it been understood how they are to a great extent controlled by the state of our Vagus nerve and cranial nerves V, VII, IX, and XI.
What this latest neuroscience is also telling us is just how much TOUCH can impact the nervous system and regulate and change the patterns of imbalance and dysfunction in these nerves.
Come along to my “Massage for Trauma” day and learn how to impact these cranial nerves specifically and the nervous system generally with your touch. Come along and experience the tremendous changes that this knowledge can make to your clients’ physiology.
This information is going to be vital for all Bodyworkers to know about in order to deal with the modern conditions that clients are now presenting with. That is why I have made it a day for all bodyworkers, not just those who have learned NO HANDS Massage.
I look forward to sharing this information with you.