It is intensively satisfying to have my clients walking out of a session either smiling, and or deeply relaxed, with ease of movement where there was tension and ache before, connected to themselves and at home in their bodies. I love working with people and I am glad that what I do is making a difference.
It is also very satisfying when my clients leave me feedback. I am thankful for last months feedback of which I selected a few.
What has become more and more important for me as a therapist over the years is how I care for myself, how I manage my energy so that I can continue to be there for people, so that I can look forward to every session and enjoy what I do without suffering burnout or fatigue.
In July, Andrea and I run our first CPD workshop together at the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork where I work as a tutor. And we are now expanding on similar themes that relate to quality of touch in our work even though we are not making it our focus at this time. This is why our next workshop is open for anybody who feels interested in exploring the following:
Moving without effort and feeling at ease in your body
Becoming more alive, present and responsive
Expressing yourself freely and with authenticity
Join us in exploring these topics and more in a playful and fun way, drawing on our experiences in dance, physical theatre, the martial arts and massage.
What we bring into this work are Andrea Maciel’s more than 15 years of experience in working with actors and dancers as a dancer, movement teacher, scholar and body therapist. Andrea has a background in body-mind-centering, based also on the work of Laban and Bartenieff. And I will contribute and draw on my experience of practicing and studying soft martial arts (Ki-Aikido) for 20 years that had the co-ordination of mind and body at its heart, and on my experience as a massage tutor and therapist.
Some of the elements we are going to work with are personal dance and authentic self-expression, moving from the centre and effortless alignment, the body in relation and connection, and cellular movement patterns and inner resonance.
The workshop takes place on Sunday 13th October from 11:00 to 17:00 at Bristol City Yoga and costs £ 59.00. Early Bird tickets sell for £ 49.00. There is also a 1 1/2 hour taster we run on Sunday the 29th of September at 11:00 at Bristol City Yoga.
Not many people know that I have been practicing martial arts for over 20 years because it is not as relevant for anyone else but me. It has, however, influenced the way I work as a massage therapist.
What I learned in the dojo is that a relaxed body, a body that can sense its surroundings and its inner state with awareness, a body that can harness focused attention and senses the intention of others, is a very responsive body, able to go with the flow no matter what you throw at it, creating a much higher tolerance for stress.
Does that mean we all have to practice martial arts?
Not necessarily, there are many other ways and arts to foster more awareness and access wellness, massage therapy being one of them.
Like in the martial arts, massage therapy doesn’t just involve the body. It involves the mind also. It involves bringing it out of the head into the body. Since our body is constantly and quietly relaying information about how it feels, it is important that we pay attention and learn to understand what it needs.
A distracted mind, however, is not able to hear the quiet whispers of the body. So my aim is to quieten the mind, have it listen.
I will get my clients to feel their own tension, to experience their own restrictions. When we sustain that felt body awareness for a time it allows the body to respond and those restrictions will shift and dissolve, gradually.