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.

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

 

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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