The Healing Power of Touch

Bodywork has given me many gifts. For me over the years it has been an art, science and spiritual practice. As well as a source of income and a beautiful way to contribute to peoples lives. I write this article to inspire others to enter into the world of bodywork.

Most of us have lost touch with our bodies. We take our body for granted. We have become strangers to ourselves, and the natural wisdom of our bodies.

I hope, by reading this article, and through receiving and learning bodywork, you will begin a journey to come to regard your body not as alien territory but as your home. Most of us go through the day without being aware of our bodies. We have numbed it out in order not to feel the discomfort that is both psychological and physical in nature. Or, if we cannot quite manage to tune it out, we try to shut up the body with pills, alcohol or by distracting ourselves with television, computers, movies and work.

If we take a moment to put aside all of these addictions and distractions, we must surely acknowledge that most of us live in varying degrees of physical and emotional tension. So what can we do for the tight shoulders and tight necks, the aching backs and painful muscles? This is a question bodywork has answers for, because bodywork releases chronic tension and pain stored in our tissues and nervous system.

Maybe you are one of those fortunate people who hardly suffer from pain, but perhaps you sense that you can stretch the limits of the physical envelope in which you find yourself; you want to expand and open up to deeper places inside; you want to learn to let go and relax more, live in a more natural and stress-free way.

Bodywork is great at helping people open up, let-go and relax, while simultaneously bringing us back to our natural biological intelligence which informs us of our feelings and supports us to fulfill our needs.

Techniques of working with the body existed long before anybody began to keep records. As soon as our cave man ancestors noticed that relief can be given by pressing, rubbing or stretching the body, bodywork was born.

For thousands of years, touch, massage and bodywork have played a major role in healing methods. For example, in Shamanic cultures, tribes used massage in their healing ceremonies not only to heal the body but also to invoke the spirit — they did not see any separation between the two.

Chua Ka was an ancient method of Mongolian massage, applied by warriors to remove fear from their bodies before riding into battle. In Thailand, use of massage was recorded as far back as 300 B.C. and this style of massage is still popular today.

The Ayurvedic schools of India incorporate massage as part of an elaborate, holistic and ancient healing system, the Japanese have the Shiatsu tradition, and the Chinese have used acupressure for many centuries, pressing key points on the meridian lines of energy that flow through the human body.

With the birth of modern, allopathic medicine in Western countries, bodywork massage and other holistic forms of healing took a back seat for a while, but in the last forty five years — since the mid-1960s — there has been a resurgence of interest in bodywork in the Western world. This came about because of the effectiveness of touch methods to assist in healing and nurturing the body, releasing pain syndroms and accelerating a return to good health.

When a experienced  Myofascial Energetic Release practitioner does a session he focuses on 3 main areas. He sees the structure of the individuals body with all its possibilities and limitations. He also examines the functional patterns, that is, how the person uses the body that life has given him. It is very important to introduce new choices into the way we move, these new choices can deeply and positively affect the whole quality of our lives. Third he sees, hears and senses the psychological and emotional patterns the person is broadcasting.

Not surprisingly, bodywork is emerging as one of the fastest growing alternative healing methods. This healing happens not only through the intervention of the bodyworker but also through the understanding that dawns in the client.

Myofascial Energetic Release Trainings are devoted to helping people understand the healing role of touch, not only in terms of physical health but also mental and emotional well-being, and opens the door for deeper self-exploration, using the body as a path to self-discovery. 


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Satyarthi Peloquin
Satyarthi Peloquin

Satyarthi Dylan Peloquin has been a professional bodyworker for over 42 years. Over the past 33 years, he has trained and taught over 3,000 people worldwide, many of whom are now full-time bodyworkers and / or teachers of various methods of bodywork.

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