Six Good Reasons Why We Include Bodywork Sessions in Some of Our Programs
Without adequate tactile input, the human organism will die, especially when deprived of it in the infant stage. Touch is one of the principal elements necessary for the successful development and functional organization of the central nervous system, and is as vital to our existence as food, water, and breath.
Our genetic blueprints only the starting points of our individual development. Throughout our lives, all of the body's tissues are a great deal more 'plastic' and responsive to change and improvement than we normally assume. Far from being "fixed" and "determined" by our biological inheritance we are still "works in progress".
There is no sensation or emotion that is not translated into muscular response of some kind; these feeling states are the primary bases of our habitual postures and our individual patterns of behavior.
Bodywork, by using tactile input, can actually re-educate and re-program the organism into becoming more coordinated, more flexible, and more appropriately responsive – literally more "intelligent". A body/mind system that is integrated in this fashion will be more able to resist depression or disease, more able to attend to and repair itself in times of stress or injury.
Various ancient and contemporary forms of bodywork go far beyond temporary pleasure or relief and actually alter conditioned responses, chemical balances, and structural relationships. That is, bodywork has the potential to deeply change and improve the given state of an individual.
Nothing is more essential to lasting positive change than self-awareness; it is the prerequisite for mastering and fully enjoying one's own life. Bodywork is a direct and effective way to increase this awareness within an individual.
For me, Shikha perfectly blended the essential elements of a great ‘healer’......She was relaxed, friendly, and an excellent listener, possessing a very open mind, which afforded her an expansive ‘tool-box’ of possible healing solutions, together with a broad-based allopathic training.
Founder and Director Ashiyana Yoga Center, Mandrem, Goa