Integration & Touch

Today was the day I earmarked for some much-needed self-care. We read about it and we understand that ultimately, if this vehicle we call our body, is to continue to serve us, we need to pay it attention from time-to-time.


Yoga and meditation are two ways that I engage in self-care and have done for more than half a lifetime now. But I also schedule regular ‘maintenance’ with a brilliant chiropractor / cranio-sacral / magic wand kind of stuff.


Today I needed something different. There was this small, yet persistent voice within which was saying “what about me.” Much of our focus tends to be on fixing – this isn’t working the way it was / should / ought to…I know someone that can help me fix it. And that creates a fragmented approach mentally as well as emotionally towards our bodies.


Aspects of our being get ‘left out’. Hence the little voice wanting to be nourished.


It’s well-known amongst my groups that I have a long-term pelvis misalignment coupled with chronic pain, and yet my back consists of more than simply my pelvis and it was this that needed to feel some sense of integration again.


Here’s the beauty of having the likes of Kate Codrington on hand. No ordinary woman with magical massage hands, no. She can take the abstract descriptions of explaining little cells with inner voices and lack of integration coupled with inner conflict with the feminine and draw all the threads together to bring about a wonderful bio-dynamic massage that enabled my body to feel heard as well as held.

Often (in my experience), massage is something that is ‘imposed’ upon the body. The therapist has generally learned a routine and can focus on ‘problem areas’ with a lesser or greater degree of skill.

But that’s just it…it’s an imposition. There’s no room for choice.


Don’t get me wrong – there’s a time and a place for this approach and on the whole it tends to serve those who are in need of a generalised body treatment.


Those of us who are going through transitions (and this encompasses the whole process of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual), there’s a point where something more is required.


I am very blessed to have the likes of Kate to call upon with a willing ear which is every bit as important as capable hands.


“Touch is the chronological and psychological Mother of the Senses. In the evolution of sensation, it was undoubtedly the first to come into being. It is, for instance, rather well developed in the ancient single cell amoebae. All the other special senses are actually exquisite sensitizations of particular neural cells to particular kinds of touch: compressions of air upon the ear drums, chemicals on the nasal membrane and taste buds, photons on the retina…Touch, more than any other mode of sensation, defines for us our sense of reality.”

[Deane Juhan]


Kate also combines her magical skills with those of Leora Leboff and together they offer workshops for women – Love Your Belly. They have their next one scheduled for Sunday 10 July.


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Esprit Yoga

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