Emotional Release Bodywork
Drawing on Reichian bodywork, bioenergetics, Chinese qigong and the shaking traditions of the Kalihari, emotional release work uses movement, breath and sound to bring old emotions, traumas and habits to the surface and through awareness and expression allows them to be resolved and released. This can effectively clear patterns we have been carrying since birth, or since childhood, and can also be helpful for people with Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms.
Inspired by the work of Grof and shaped by traditions of Shamanic journeying, Ecstatic Breathwork uses breath and music to take the mind into an altered (ecstatic) state in which powerful healing experiences tend to occur. Visions of our personal history, or of a symbolic and archetypal nature lead to shifts in our relationship with ourself and our world.
Lomi Lomi Massage
Inspired by traditional Hawaiian massage, Lomi lomi is a form of massage which honours body, mind and soul. Lomi lomi is a flowing style of massage in which the practitioner uses hands, forearms and elbows. The practitioner moves around the table with movements resembling Tai Chi, while combining energy work with long, deep massage strokes. Lomi lomi releases body tension, and restores harmony to energetic flow.
One of the simplest yet most profound forms of healing bodywork, Stillness Touch (developed by Charles Ridley) uses gentle body contact, meditative stillness and gentle compassion to bring about a deeply calm state in which body, mind and emotions naturally rebalance themselves. Recipients are frequently surprised at the powerful shifts which result from this gentle, passive healing modality.
Bodywork & Breathwork
Sometimes the most effective way to release and resolve emotional and personal issues isn't through 'talk-based' therapy, but by working directly with the body. This is true because emotional reactions and traumas are not only psychological, but are also physical. Old, unresolved feelings and behavioural habits can become locked into our muscular patterns, our postures, the pattern of our breath and the way we move our body.
Traditions based on these patterns seem to be as old as man, and are reflected in the Shamanic healing traditions of many cultures. In recent times, Western research into the body/mind connection has shown the benefits of these methods, and a number of therapy traditions have been developed by such people as Willhelm Reich, Alexander Lowen (developer of Bioenergetics) and Stanislav Grof (who developed Holotropic Breathwork).
Drawing on both ancient and modern traditions, Heart Mind Spirit Therapies offers the following body and breath based healing approaches.