What is holistic bodywork?

This holistic bodywork method is to liberate the tensions from the body and from the mind. I will experience it also liberates stuck emotions from the body.

Physical tensions

The method begins with the practice of physical movements.

The movements gently OPEN, STRETCH and HARMONIZE every 6OO+ muscles in the body.

 

At first when I practiced the physical movements it was awfully painful!

In the beginning I could not even practice some of them!

I had to visualize!

I could not believe the pain I felt when I gently massaged a muscle!

Over time the pain gradually subsided!

Eventually I would practice the same movements and experience pure pleasure!

 

We had movements designed to OPEN the muscles.

 

They allow external energy to come into the body with the use of the movements and the tools used in the movements.

 

We used tools like a tennis ball, a foam ball, a stick covered with foam, a small cushion, etc.

 

The movements could be circles with the arms, the legs, rotations of the head, pelvic tilts, leg extensions, explorations of the zero-point (the point with no gravity) with the arm or the leg, side openings, etc.

 

They also allow the energy located deep in the center of the body to be liberated and come up to the surface of the body.

 

We had movements designed to STRETCH the muscles.

They always follow an opening movement.

 

These movements give a direction to the energy just released.

They also allow the energy released to be communicated to the different layers of the body.

 

The tools used can be the same as for the opening movements.

 

We had movements designed to HARMONIZE the whole body.

 

These are equilibrium movements to wrap back up the different muscular layer of the whole body after they have been opened and stretched.

 

They work at bringing harmony and equilibrium between the left and right sides of the body, between the top and the bottom parts of the body.

 

They integrate the different hemisphere of the body with the center of the body. They are very soothing.

 

These require very little tools, if any.

 

These movements always close a holistic bodywork session.

 

Every 600+ muscle in my body was visited! Every muscle was visited repeatedly, very gently and slowly, over many years!

 

Every tension was softened!

 

This bodywork was like a psychoanalysis of my body.

 

The body is the unconscious mind.

 

Practicing bodywork is a time to listen to and liberate the memories and beliefs stored in the body.

 

The body is a perfect record of the past! Do you know the body does not lie?

 

It is smarter than us! It is animated with the power of life herself 💜

Physical tensions

Deep in the heart of our body runs our Life force.

It is where our essence resides.

It is where Joy, Love, Creativity, Healing and Light live.

 

In the heart of our body lie our spiral cord, our intrinsic muscles and our nervous system.

 

I practiced holistic bodywork intensely for more than 2 years.

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I will always practice it as there is no end in freeing myself of the burden of my personality to get in touch with the lightness of my being.

 

It made me realize I had been living in the prison of my tensed muscles.

 

My body had been like a cylinder made of concrete!

No life could come in me. No life could come out of me.

MS invited me to free myself!

 

There are 8 types of tensions according to Marie Lise Labonté.

 

A tension gets created in our body when our reptilian brain perceives a threat or danger and sends a signal to our muscles to contract.

It is an unconscious process.

It protects us.

Until it imprisons us and eventually can cause discomfort or disease.

The goal of this approach is to soften our tensions.

It is not to get rid of them!

 

#1 The fundamental tension in the ocular region: the eyes and the skull: the forehead, the nose, the cheeks and the ears.

It begins in our mother’s womb to 2 years old.

 

#2 The tension of helplessness in the oral and neck regions: the chin, the throat, the occiput, the lips, the jaws, the tongue and the muscles in the deep region of neck.

It gets installed from 2 to 7 years old.

 

#3 The tension of the poorly loved in the thoracic region: the intercostal muscles, the pectoralis, the deltoids and the arms muscles.

It gets created from 4 to 10 years old.

 

#4 The tension of protection in the diaphragmatic region: the diaphragm.

It gets installed from 5 to 21 years old.

 

These four first tensions seal our inner world.

They make us lose contact with our inner world, our identity.

We start to identify with the outer world.

 

#5-#6 The parental tension and the tension of belonging in the abdominal region: the abdominal, the lateral and back muscles.

This parental tension gets installed from 5 to 18 years old.

This tension of belonging gets installed from 13 to 21 years old.

 

#7-#8 The narcissistic and social tensions in the pelvic area: most muscles of the pelvis, the hips and the legs.

The narcissistic tension is created from 13 years old.

The social tension comes last from 30 years old.

 

All this information is based on the work of Marie Lise Labonté.

She was influenced by the vision of Dr Wilhelm Reich, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and Ida Rolf who created Rolfing.

 

Can you see how the body is perfect at protecting what is most precious at the heart of your body? 💜

 

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Miraculous Body!

 

Our bodies are miracles!

 

If you don’t believe in miracles, perhaps you have forgotten you were born one!

 

I sure had forgotten!

 

For me, my body had always been an inanimate machine designed to get me from point A to point B. Silently please!

 

I did not know my body could speak.

I did not know my body had the intelligence of LIFE herself!

 

When I did my holistic bodywork training,

http://marieliselabonte.com/methodes/mlc-methode-de-liberation-des-cuirasses/

 

I learned that our bodies have more than 600 muscles.

I learned that our bodies have more than 200 bones.

I learned that our bodies have 11 systems all working in harmony to maintain our homeostasis.

 

We have our skeletal system, our muscular system, our nervous system, our endocrine system, our cardiovascular system, our lymphatic system (immune system), our respiratory system, our digestive system, our urinary system, our reproductive system and our integumentary system (skin)!

 

I started to realize that my body is not a machine.

My body is in fact a miracle!

Our bodies are miracles!

 

All the amazing functions it performs without us even being aware of it!

It is divinely orchestrated! It is intelligent beyond human intelligence!

 

We could think it is only biology. We could think it all comes from the autonomic nervous system. We could think it only comes from the organs, tissues, cells, molecules, atoms and subatomic particle.

 

But from a quantum perspective, it is all energy. The same energy that makes up the whole universe! Who animates that energy if not a Loving Intelligence, as Dr. Joe Dispenza reasons?

 

The training had not officially begun that I was already in a state of amazement for my miraculous body!

 

Do you know your body is intelligent as it is animated by LIFE herself? 💜

✨ Early blog post this week, I disconnect from the internet to connect to the infinite more deeply and consciously ✨

 

#MoreThan

A @PatientsLikeMe is #MoreThan!

 

I am more than multiple sclerosis (MS).

 

We are always more than our situation, condition and circumstance!

What is inside us is far more powerful than any situation, condition and circumstance!

 

We are infinite spiritual beings having a finite human experience.

 

Difficulties in life can only show up when, and only when, we have everything we need to meet them, says scientist Gregg Braden.

 

There is a spiritual solution to every problem, Dr Wayne Dyer wrote.

 

In 2007 I was becoming an actuary.

I was not happy.

I was a very rigid left brain.

I did not know I had an inner life!

One day, in a few hours, the whole left side of my body paralyzed.

I did not accept this brick on me and my life.

 

Three years passed before the whole wall came tumbling down to destroy me and my life.

I surrendered!

I decided to listen to the message life was trying to give me.

Over many years I did the work to change from the inside out.

Today I know MS is a gift because it is healing. MS healed me!

 

MS helped me wake up to the fact that the Power inside me is always #MoreThan any condition, situation and circumstance.

 

I found that healing requires three steps:

#1 Accept

Everything is happening FOR you.

#2 Change

When you change your energy, you change your life. Become someone else.

#3 Forgive

Let go. Move on.

 

Me, Mounina, as a spiritual being living a finite human experience:

I am a woman;

I am a daughter;

I am a sister;

I am a friend;

I am a blogger;

I am a speaker;

I am an author;

I am a Life Mastery Consultant.

 

I am a student of life!

I am infinitely curious!

I love yoga!

I love my cat!

I am in love with life!

I am so grateful for everything!

 

The coaching programs I offer can help you unveil the Power that resides within you to bring your dreams into your reality! It would be my honour and privilege to serve you!

 

My dream is that everyone who receives the diagnosis of MS also receives the gift very well hidden in it! Together lets #endMS! 💜

Perfection!

We live in a perfect universe.

We live in a conscious universe guided and orchestrated by an infinite loving intelligence.

 

“The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection. No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it” says Hermann Hesse.

 

Allowing life to happen led me to begin to realize that life is perfect.

Knowing now that life is perfect helps me to allow it to unfold even more.

 

Before I was diagnosed with MS, I had no idea I was sick!

MS came to heal me! It came to make me aware of what I was oblivious to.

MS was the perfect vehicle for my evolution.

Life is only reflecting what we cannot see because it is unconscious thus impossible for us to see.

 

It is very helpful to know that life unfolds with divine perfection.

There are no random events, no coincidences, no mistakes.

Life unfold with mathematical precision.

All is in divine grace.

 

It is also very helpful to know that life happens for us.

Life does not happen to us.

We are not powerless victims of life. We are 100% responsible for our experience.

We are powerful co-creators with life.

 

Since the day we were born, we are co-creators.

Whether we know it or not. Whether we want to or not.

That’s just the way this vibrational universe works.

 

We create with our thoughts, feelings and actions. But most of our thoughts are unconscious.

We need to make the unconscious conscious.

Day by day, in every way, we can become more and more conscious.

 

We don’t have to go looking for what is unconscious in us. It is perfectly reflected in our body and in our reality. We can work at creating something else if what we created is not to our liking.

 

Obviously we begin as unconscious co-creators.

We can learn to become conscious of our creative nature.

 

Every moment there is always more right than wrong in us!

Every moment is sacred.

Every moment is perfect.

Every moment there is only infinite intelligence happening.

 

That is not always easy to accept! But I believe it makes it easier if we know life happens for our highest good and for the highest good of all.

It is also very empowering to know we have a saying in the creation of our life!

 

Everything that happens is exactly what is supposed to happen.

It is exactly what we need for the evolution of our consciousness.

 

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment,” writes Eckhart Tolle in his beautiful life changing book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

“I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us – everything that exists – proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision,” said Thomas A. Edison.

 

Did you ever consider the fact that life is perfect in all its perceived imperfection? 💜

 

I sure did not before this diagnosis of MS!

Now I am waking up to this fact!

The art of allowing!

Allowing is such a beautiful and powerful skill!

It is an attitude we cultivate on the inside.

It can sound very passive. On the contrary, it is a very active way of interacting with all of life, both our inner life as well as the outer life.

 

Allowing may sound simple, but it is not easy.

Allowing leads to listening. https://mouninabounaaly.com/listen/

 

Before this diagnosis of MS, I did not know anything about allowing!

I was all about resistance! I am learning to allow!

 

Allowing is saying yes to life.

Allowing is accepting what is.

Allowing is loving what is.

Allowing is receiving what is.

Allowing is opening to what is.

Allowing is welcoming what is happening.

Allowing is being non judgmental towards what is and realizing it is not good, it is not bad: it simply is.

 

In a deeper sense, allowing is raising our consciousness.

 

Allowing gives us our power back!

It invites us to realize we are at the center of our own experience.

We are not victim of it nor guilty of it.

We are 100% responsible for it.

 

In no way does it mean we want it to be that way forever, or that it should.

It simply means it is that way right now.

 

We don’t have to like it. It is just easier if we do.

 

“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.” says Byron Katie, author of Loving What Is.

Allowing is the opposite of resisting.

“What you resist, persists” said Carl Jung.

Nature knows no resistance.

 

Allowing is the opposite of fighting against what is.

Allowing is what requires the least effort!! 💗

 

I have infinite gratitude for Marie Lise Labonté who introduced me to this powerful way of being!!

 

Allowing is the opposite of arguing with reality.

No amount of arguing with what is will change what is.

What is simply is.

 

Our conditioning (our family, our culture, our society) can keep us from allowing, accepting and loving what is.

Our conditioning is the unconscious part of us.

 

Today I know that allowing is the magic key that opens the whole magic of this universe!

 

Only when I allowed my whole world to fall apart did everything start to change.

 

Allowing opens the doors to healing.

Allowing opens the door to transformation.

 

First we allow, we accept.

 

Then we realize this is here to teach us something.

This is here to show us something we where unconscious of up until now.

 

As scary as this might sound, we trust that if it is happening, we have everything in us to deal with it. Only by accepting what is happening can we move forward and grow with what is happened. The only way out is through.

 

From the simple act of allowing miracles follow!

 

Do you know you have the power to create what can seem like a miracle? 💜

Acceptance

We learned a lot of different mindfulness practices throughout this Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course.

 

https://mouninabounaaly.com/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction/

 

Some were formal, meaning we would dedicate a special time out of our daily schedule for the practice: mindful gentle yoga, body scan, sitting mindfulness meditation.

 

Others were informal, meaning they were to be practiced during the day as part of our day-to-day activities: mindful eating, breath awareness, mindful walking.

 

At the end of our course, we learned, by practicing together, mindful walking. It simply consists of walking very mindfully, completely conscious. Being aware as we bring one foot up, being aware as we move it forward, being aware as we bring it back down.

 

Very simple, but not so easy to be so aware!

 

We were practicing in quite a small room, walking around in circles.

I could walk almost normally but I would get tired very quickly.

One time we were practicing and I felt myself getting quite tired with this walking.

 

Instead of my usual reaction to go beyond my limits, instead of not listening my body’s signal that it was enough walking, I unexpectedly completely accepted myself in this moment.

 

I decided to stop walking.

I decided to sit down.

I decided to listen to my body.

I decided to honor my need to sit down.

I decided to accept to be different from everyone in the room.

 

I realized I could choose my response: resist or accept!

 

I never knew anything other than resistance.

It was such an act of love from me to me. I had never even dreamed of giving myself such acceptance! It completely changed my life!

I discovered the attitude of acceptance towards myself!

 

I saw that acceptance is an act of love.

When I begin to accept myself, I begin love myself!

 

I began learning about acceptance. I began learning about loving what is. Slowly I began to abandon my resistance towards this powerful life.

 

I already tried really hard to fight against what was.

I exhausted myself fighting against what was.

I only felt even more defeated after this battle against reality.

And now reality was catching up with me, showing me even more than before that something needed to be heard. Something needed to be liberated. Something needed to change.

 

Are you fighting against yourself and life or are you accepting yourself and life?

Can you surrender your ego and end the war? 💜

 

https://mouninabounaaly.com/surrender-%F0%9F%92%9C/

 

“Resistance intensifies suffering and acceptance diffuses it. Surrender is the road to true power”, writes Robert Schwartz in his mind opening book “Your Soul’s Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born.”

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also get immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.” describes Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

I had such a profound experience of just being during my 10 days’ meditation retreat that I wanted to go deeper into the experience.

 

I would often read about a method developed more than 30 years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

 

One day I was thrilled to find out by sheer chance that this course was offered near my home at the Department of Medicine of the McGill University as a Whole Person Care Program http://www.mcgill.ca/wholepersoncare/mindfulness-based-programs/wellness.

 

So without any hesitation I jumped into this next experience!

 

It is a method that helps us fall in love with the present moment!

 

Several attitudes are the foundation for mindfulness meditation according to

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn:

 

Non-judging: becoming aware of the constant stream of evaluative and judging thoughts that we have – then step back. Things are seen as neither good” nor “bad” – but simply present or absent.

 

Patience: understanding and accepting that things have their own time for unfolding. The mind has a “mind of its own” and patience allows us to simply observe the unfolding of the mind and body over time.

 

Beginners’ mind: seeing everything as if for the first time. Find the joys of the world as it unfolds around us, as if we are all children – freed from our old expectations based on past experiences.

 

Trust: you are your own best guide. It is far better to trust your own feelings and intuition than to get caught up in the authority of “experts”. If at anytime something does not fell right to you, pay attention, examine our feelings, and trust your own inherent wisdom.

 

Non-striving: meditation is different form all other human activity. Simply being – not doing. There is no objective other than to be conscious of yourself as you are.

 

Acceptance: acceptance involves seeing things as they actually are in the present. We may not like it, but if that is the way things are, so they are. Acceptance allows us to cease struggling to change things that are beyond our ability to control and is the first step in any genuine process of change. Acceptance frees the mind.

 

Letting go: we put aside the tendency to elevate some parts of our experiences and reject others – simply letting our experience to be what it is.

 

Gratitude: the quality of reverence, appreciation and being thankful for the present moment.

 

Gentleness: characterized by soft, considerate, and tender quality.

 

Generosity: giving within a context of love and compassion, without attachment to gain or thought of return.

 

Empathy: the quality of feeling and understanding another person’s situation – their perspectives, emotions, actions (reactions).

 

Loving kindness: a quality embodying benevolence, compassion, and cherishing, a quality filled with forgiveness and unconditional love.

 

Those attitudes where very new to me!

 

One of them really got through to me and it was a major revelation for me!

One of them planted a seed in me that blossomed by the end of the course.

It was life changing! Can you guess which one? To be continued …

 

Are you aware of your breath, your body, your life? Are you intimate with yourself and with life? 💜

Surrender 💜

There is an Infinite Loving Intelligence in charge of this Universe.

Every moment there is only Infinite Intelligence happening.

This life is perfect in all its perceived imperfection.

 

In 2010 I had my second relapse of MS.

I lost all sense of coordination and equilibrium.

I was alone in Dominican Republic for a course on the silence within.

The relapse was so severe that I felt I had no choice other than to SURRENDER TO LIFE!

This is the best thing that ever happened to me!!

This has been my greatest lesson!

I am not in charge of life. LIFE IS IN CHARGE!!

I began my journey of learning to SURRENDER more and more every day to LIFE.

I began discovering that there is an Infinite Loving Intelligence guiding and orchestrating this whole Universe!

 

I had studied surrender as part of the yogic philosophy.

I had learned surrender intellectually.

That time in Dominican Republic I experienced it first hand!

 

There was nothing I could do.

I had to accept life in all its drama.

That was the most humbling experience!

 

We are not in charge of the universe. We don’t make life happen. Life happens.

There is no arguing with life. She is always right!

 

I never wanted to surrender my ego like that.

I thought: I will make it happen! I thought: I will be in charge!

What an illusion! A very limiting one!

 

I had to let go of my will to make things any different than they already were.

I was invited to surrender.

 

I accepted to let go of control and let life take over.

 

I began the lifelong journey of learning to surrender to life.

I began learning that being a partner with life is much more powerful than my own limited will.

 

First we set an intention for what we want.

Then we work as best we can with the expectation of attaining our intention.

Finally we surrender the result. It will happen: probably not on our terms, but on life’s terms.

 

Surrendering is opening to the unknown.

Surrendering is letting go of ourselves and the way we think life should be.

Surrendering is very scary to the ego or the personality!

Surrendering is opening to the mystery of life.

Surrendering is relaxing in the moment and being open.

Surrendering in not resisting nor ignoring life: it is allowing it.

 

Are you aware there is an Infinite Loving Intelligence guiding and orchestrating this whole universe? Can you relax and trust in it? 💜

Remember who you are!

As we embark on this journey, first we remember the truth of

WHO we are and WHERE we are.

We are infinite spiritual beings of the universe having a finite human experience.

We are a soul. We have a personality.

Our personality can be all that we think we are.

It can be the only thing we know about ourselves.

This was certainly the case for me before this diagnosis of MS came as a wake-up call.

I thought I was separate from my body, separate from life, separate from everyone.

I thought I had nothing to do with my body, with my thoughts, with my life.

I am realizing that in fact I am at the center of my own experience.

We are a vibration living in a vibrational universe.

Everything is energy. We live in a sea of energy.

  • We don’t breathe ourselves.

We are being breathed every moment.

We can choose to breathe consciously. This brings us back in the present moment.

Our only point of power lies in this present moment.

  • We don’t make our heart beat.

We don’t digest our food.

We don’t make our hair grow.

There is a life force in us and all around us and it is doing it all for us.

There is a loving intelligence in us and all around us giving us life every moment.

  • We don’t make ourselves think. Thinking happens all the time.

Whether we want to or not. Whether we are aware of it or not.

Our power lies in choosing our thoughts.

Nothing matters more than what we are thinking right now.

How we feel informs us of what we are thinking.

There is a loving intelligence guiding us, loving us, supporting us.

There is a power giving us life, giving us our every breath.

We are miracles.

If you don’t believe in miracles, perhaps you have forgotten you are one.

The first nine months of our lives everything was done for us.

This love and support does not stop when we are born.

It is ever-present. Life is ever-present to love us, support us, guide us.

Inhale fully.

Exhale completely.

Let us remember and be grateful.

Inhale deeply.

Exhale. Let go.

Let us remember and be humble.

Love is in us and all around us.

Love is in our every breath.

Who are you? 💜