Cadavers

What makes the body alive? Fluidity and movement What makes each of us alive? Sensations, feelings and emotions All these details are lost in the dead bodies. Their expressions are acceptance and willingness to be looked at, touched, investigated and disturbed. The ultimate offering. But the souls are not there any longer. They are vacantContinue reading “Cadavers”

Paradoxical moving and being

The other day, I went for a walk with a friend of mine to Hackney Marshes and encountered this magnificent willow tree. The friend told me that willow trees grew between the land and water, and mythically meant the connection between this world and the underworld. I have a great fascination with the in-betweenness orContinue reading “Paradoxical moving and being”

Contribution to an article on dying by Su Fox

My post Accompanying the dying process has been quoted in an article by Sue Fox ” Retirement and other endings – part 5″ on Fulcrum, Issue 76. Fulcrum is a triannual magazine issued by Craniosacral Therapy Association. Su’s article makes me realise the question of how we can support or be supported in the significant transition is notContinue reading “Contribution to an article on dying by Su Fox”

Wonders of Craniosacral Therapy

After 3 weeks of absence due to a visit to Japan, I am returning to my Craniosacral Therapy clinic today. This is an occasion that makes me think “what am I doing there?”. Clearly I know I want to help my clients, to alleviate pains and discomforts and feel better.  To do so, there areContinue reading “Wonders of Craniosacral Therapy”

Listen: P-Nidra 2, Balloon Body

Listen to P-Nidra 2, Balloon Body (35 minutes) This is the second recording of P-Nidra (previously Pilates Nidra). The name P-Nidra comes from yoga nidra, yogic sleep, that “is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage”(wikipedia). I find this similar to the state I often fall in at a CraniosacralContinue reading “Listen: P-Nidra 2, Balloon Body”

Listen: Pilates Nidra 1, Fluid Tissue

Listen to Pilates Nidra 1, Fluid Tissue (30 minutes) I wrote about Pilates Nidra, that is Somatic visualisation, in past article. This has been developing since then. It is different every time. I usually spend a half hour or so to listen to my client P’s story about how she has been getting on generallyContinue reading “Listen: Pilates Nidra 1, Fluid Tissue”

The edge of movement and the edge of the self

I love when some insights about ourselves come to us through physical experiences. One clear example happened a couple of times last week in a Pilates studio. The exercise I was teaching is called “leg springs”. It looks more or less like this (I use slightly different settings). The person moves the legs up andContinue reading “The edge of movement and the edge of the self”

Accompanying the dying process

I hope you don’t mind me sharing here my experience of keeping a company with a person dying. My grandmother passed away on 4th June at the age of 93. She admitted to a hospital on the day I arrived in my hometown Tokyo 12 days before, after having stopped eating. During those days, IContinue reading “Accompanying the dying process”

Sessions with M, a boy with complex needs

M is a 10 year old boy who does not speak, gesture or stand. He has a feeding tube implanted in his stomach although these days he seems to be eating from his mouth. Ruth Solomon, who has 15 years of experience working with children with Special Educational Needs, invited me to join her to workContinue reading “Sessions with M, a boy with complex needs”