Friday, March 27, 2015

Incredible intuitive experience of "no mind".

Lately I was tutoring a student of mine who wished to improve her kneading technique in Anma massage ("Jyunetsu ho"). She had a really hard time putting all the rules in her mind together into a synchronized rhythmic motion. I have tried to suggest several ways to build up a coordinated practice with no real improvement, until....

I noticed that she holds her breath every time she applies pressure. Therefore I suggested she should stop supervising the body with her mind and let the body roll naturally as if the motion creates itself. Only one thing: when she applies pressure she should focus on relaxing the lower back and releasing the air in the abdomen!

Just like wonder she miraculously changed and was able to perform kneading anywhere on the body!
She was surprised!
Of course it reminded me the times when I had my Aikido Dojo (school) and I always instructed the students to "leave their minds outside the door" when they come in the Dojo!

In the modern world we strive to supervise everything we experience with our mind, but the mind is very limited in doing that. Very often by learning "in our head" we do not really absorb the material in full unless we practice it allowing our body (senses & care) to become acquainted with it. It is a more simple, yet enjoyable and practical way to learn!!