Saturday, 13 October 2012 07:17

The Sound of Silence

I was reminded, in a treatment a couple of days ago, about the importance of stillness and silence and also of coming home to the spine.

A new client arrived with several current problems and after discussing her case I commenced work on her spine. After working slowly down I naturally came to that all important vertebral joint L5/S1. For those readers not familiar with your spine and/or the non-therapists among you, that is the gap between the last lumber vertebra and the sacrum.

One reason I consider it so important is that the sacrum is held fairly firmly in between the two bones of the pelvis, the iliea, so L5 is the first of the ‘true’ spine that moves freely. It may not move much, but it does move and it is important that it moves. If L5 does not move then L4 has more work to do and can get over loaded and so the result is that the restriction can travel up the spine.

I rested there, with my thumbs gently pressing into the space either side. It was tight.

Then I waited.

I don’t play music in my sessions so there was silence. And stillness. As I held it I did not move beyond my soft breathing.

After a few minutes she gave a gentle ‘lurch’ with her pelvis and low back – it is hard to describe it any other way. Then, as the minutes passed in stillness and silence she moved into more, gentle lurches, and some soft tears. After about 10 minutes more, it all subsided.

So, why am I telling you this? Because the space of silence and stillness is what gives permission for a release like this. Had I been playing music that would have stamped its need for hearing on us and set a mood for the session. She was free to choose whatever mood she desired, or that just came and visited her.

Music can also be a distinct distraction, taking both client and therapist away from the task in hand; not allowing the free flow of – well of whatever it is that needs to flow for that session.

Much later in the session I was working on her neck and about four vertebrae were in a small curve. I had eased the tension between each one and then simply held the lower one, not moving for several minutes and, again, still in silence. After those several minutes I checked the vertebrae and they were straight.

The second lesson for me was the importance of coming home to the spine. I could have worked many areas on this client and, I am sure, they would all have brought benefit. But the central core of the being, the spine, brought about what I consider to be the biggest release for her in that moment.

The final lesson is the importance of giving the body the time just to do its own healing. A simple stimulus, such as the primeval touch in the right place, and allowing time for the subconscious – maybe I should say the Unconscious, to recognise a need, a long forgotten healing perhaps, and gently do its work.

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