Energy Release Techniques
Integrating the following simple techniques into your Spiral Release
Bodywork session allows the body to let go physically and emotionally,
while reducing pain and discomfort. I have found breath, color,
attention, thoughts and intention to be the most useful. After experimenting
with various combinations, these tools will enhance your SRB experience.
Awareness and Attention – By becoming
self-aware, you gain ownership of your reality. Awareness is
the first step toward manifesting change in your body and life.
You cannot change anything without awareness. If we stop and
pay attention, we gain understanding and the power to choose
differently for ourselves. Without awareness, we move through
life on autopilot.
During a session, you may experience a tightening up or tensing
of an area in your body other than in the area where I am working.
If you relax the tense areas, the area being worked will also
begin to relax. For example, while I am working on your hip,
you notice that your right foot is clenched. By consciously
relaxing your right foot, your hip will, begin to relax. To
implement the technique of using awareness, you must have your
attention throughout your body.
Unless we have a particular pain or ache, not much attention
is paid to the body. During everyday life, we tend to take the
body for granted. How often during the day are you fully aware
of your body? With each session, you will have the opportunity
to develop this skill. Awareness can be used in everyday life
to help you be more relaxed and centered.
Intention – Intention is determination
to manifest change. Taking responsibility for your personal
health and well being is ultimately how all true healing takes
place. At this level, all is possible and miracles happen. You
must be open to the possibility, and then bring that possibility
into your reality through intention and action. When you are
mentally and physically open, then change is inevitable.
During your session, it is important to have a clear intention
of what you want to accomplish. First, we become aware and then
we make the decision to change. With this decision comes an
intention and then a focus or commitment to follow through until
the desired result is reached. (To learn more about intention
and awareness see: http://www.newdimensions.org/online-journal/articles/genius-of-intention.html)
Breath – “Breath is the subtlest
connector of all parts of the mind-body system. Consciously
adopting a regular but easy rhythm eases emotional release.”
Working with your breath to facilitate release will create a
successful session for you. The importance of breath has been
known for thousands of years in disciplines such as yoga, meditation,
and martial arts. The breath is a powerful tool for change and
can be used not only in yoga and bodywork but also in everyday
life. Breath can alter habitual adverse behavior during stressful
times. If engaged in an argument, you may find your breath shallow
or even non-existent. By bringing your awareness to your breath,
you can step out of the emotional charge of the argument. Followed
by three to five deep cleansing breathes, you will become more
relaxed and tension will be eased. Your behavior will make a
positive shift. It may take some practice, and once you are
able to do this in the moment, you may find the ability to eliminate
stress in your life. (to learn more about the breath see: http://www.yogamovement.com/resources/breathing.html)
Thought – Have you ever heard of self-talk?
It is a term used to describe inwardly directed thoughts and
words. People talk to themselves either out loud or subconsciously
at the rate of 150 to 300 words per minute. This adds up to
as many as 50,000 thoughts per day that we direct toward ourselves.
We rarely become aware of self-talk during our day-to-day living,
and it affects our perceptions, choices and reactions. Negative
self-talk can hold you back from finding and fulfilling your
purpose in life. It affects how you interact and react with
others. By becoming aware of this chatter, you can make significant
changes in your life and body. How much of this talk do you
hear on a conscious level? What are you saying to yourself right
now? Is it negative?
Being aware of your thoughts and preconceived notions during
a session is a powerful way to change your body. When something
limiting comes up, it helps to shift to a positive thought.
For instance, if you feel pain and your thought is “this
hurts too much, I don’t want to do this,” By changing
this thought to, “I’m Ok, this pain is what I want
to let go of” the body will begin to respond positively.
This is because you are no longer reinforcing your limiting
If you pay attention to your thoughts as they arise, this technique
can work in your everyday life as well. With practice, these
limiting thoughts will be less frequent and will eventually
Color – As the body begins to open and
release, some people see color. Using color during your session
works in the same manner as changing your thoughts. Seeing a
color is a thought. By changing the color, you change the thought.
This can reduce pain and speed up the process of letting go.
Not everyone will see color but for those who do, color may
be a powerful tool to enhance their experience.
You are free to experiment with these different techniques
to find which works best for you. Over time, they become an
integral part of the work. Once this happens you will become
an active participant in the process rather than being just
a subject getting worked on. Eventually, you will not need to
rely on someone else to heal you but will be able to take responsibility
for healing yourself. Ultimately, this is how all true healing
takes place. At this point, all things are possible and miracles
can happen. You must be open to the possibility and then bring
that possibility into your reality through intention and action.
“If you don’t see and immediate result to good
or bad action, be patient and observe.” Deepak Chopra
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