Massage with Somatic Experiencing
Warm Water Massage happens in close to body temperature water, we can experience three-dimensionality through being guided beneath the surface with a nose-clip
I combine Remedial Massage, Craniosacral work, Aquatic Bodywork like WATSU, WaterDance, Healing Dance and Somatic Experiencing® to ease and dissolve tension in the body, heart and mind, where possibly trauma, pain or confusion have become overwhelming and interrupt the natural flow of life.
Slowing down the breath in a relaxed physical state calms mental activity and facilitates a meditative state. In water, our diving reflex, a neurological pathway, instantly and effortlessly brings us to this state.
A session unfolds in an organic & creative way, depending on the issues arising and according to what is ready to be met.
The sessions consist of three parts. We start with a check in, a space to share your wishes and intentions and open what may need to be expressed and healed. From here we can explore how that feels and moves through your body, and listen to what your body has to share - connecting you to innate resources to facilitate self-healing in day-to-day life. The second part is the massage in warm water, where I address the body’s needs through touch, massage, being held, moved, danced and stretches. The (optional) final part is to experience freedom through fully submerging under water.
I studied WATSU® (Water Shiatsu) and became a practitioner in 1998. WATSU was developed by Harold Dull at the School of Shiatsu and Massage at Harbin Hot Springs.
We use stretches and principles of the Zen Shiatsu where blockages can be released along our meridians, so our ‘Chi’ flows.
WATSU® is based on stretching, which strengthens muscles and increases flexibility and range of motion. Warm water, and the continuous support it provides is ideal for freeing the spine. It takes the weight off the vertebrae and relaxes the muscles. The support of water allows the spine to be moved in ways impossible on land. Gentle, gradual twists and pulls relieve the pressure a rigid spine places on nerves. The receiver experiences greater flexibility and freedom. During a session a range of emotions can come up and be released into the process of continuous flow.
Connecting with the breath, sink a little on the out-breath ‘letting go what is not needed’ and rise with the in-breath, hanging out in the gap.
As well as being held, creates a Re-bonding Therapy.
I started my study WaterDance® in 1994 with Peter Shroter who developed the Water WaterDance (WATA®) with Arjana Brunschwiler in 1987.
Integrate the past and live with greater ease & flow from Presence
Through the re-patterning of your nervous system, you can return to healthy self-regulation and aid the release of tension and trauma stored in the body. You will be provided valuable tools to assist with challenges and to feel more grounded in your life, such as the capacity to meet the wounds of the past with greater compassion. This integration allows your life to unfold with loving awareness & presence.
We all want to be seen and heard in our deepest authenticity. When we experience being held in warmth, both physically and emotionally, relational healing occurs, attending to early attachment wounds. Progressively, this can support healthy, secure connection in your relationships.
Alongside the diverse combination of techniques I use, the work can involve:
·Learning to track sensations and feelings in the body to support nervous system regulation
·Unique exercises to support repairing boundaries and empowerment
·Connecting with your Inner Child, playful or wounded, as well as inner Protectors and other inner Resources
·Alleviation of physical symptoms
·A happy relaxed body, free of pains
·A sense of safety, inner strength & confidence
·Inner child connection
·Restored trust in the innate wisdom of the body-mind capacity to heal
·Capacity for healthy boundaries
·Safe Attachment, Repair of raptures and other emotional wounds
·Release limiting belief patterns, shame-based thinking & behaviours
·Repair of inter-generational trauma
·Enriched intimacy & positive sexuality
·Increased resilience, creativity & playfulness, clarity & relaxation.