It’s something I have thousands of hours of training in, yet it’s so intuitive.
Sometimes people come in for a session,
When all they need is to be held.
Clasping their hands in mine,
They begin to weep.
It’s so simple, yet so profound.
We know that babies die without it,
Bad days can turn around because of it.
The truth is, what you touch with your hands,
You can’t help but touch with your heart.
It’s a way to bestow dignity, restore respect, and demonstrate love.
Sometimes I think my presence is more important than my strokes.
Yes, I know the origin and insertion of that muscle,
But more importantly I recognize the origin of your being and the insertion of your spirit.
This is indeed about more than dirty feet or ticklish thighs.
It’s more than just a physical act.
The mind and the body are indeed one.
I touch your trapezius,
But more importantly I touch your pain, your sorrow, your fear.
Assuredly, whatever we can allow to be touched, we can allow to be healed.
It’s something that grounds us.
By bringing us out of thoughts of the past and the future,
The act of touch brings us to the here and now.
Our guards come down, we release control, our worries and insecurities magically melt away…
“If Yin is a noun, then Yang is a verb, and life is a complete sentence.” – Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide To Chinese Medicine, pg. 52
We recently started a discussion about the Autonomic Nervous System and I explained the breakdown of the sympathetic nervous system versus the parasympathetic nervous system. That was all a Western/conventional/allopathic understanding; now let’s discuss the same concept from an Eastern/alternative/holistic perspective.
Having studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for the last few years, I’ve learned quite a bit about how they view the world in the East. It’s fascinating. One of the fundamental concepts in Chinese Medicine is that of yin and yang (pronounced “yong“). We’ve all seen the yin/yang symbol (see right), but I’ve noticed that most people don’t have a clue what it means. This newsletter will provide you with an introduction to these very concepts; the full theory behind yin and yang are much more complex and could easily fill an entire book, but I believe that this will be a good 101.
Yin and Yang are a way of viewing life. Simply explained, yin and yang provide a categorical way to approach the world….