ロルフィング講師の感想 その2

the Photo before and after the session with Ma
Standing, you asked me what I was noticing…. I don’t completely remember what I said… I think I mentioned feeling more ease, more anterior-posterior movement of my right illia, more of a lumbar curve, clearer connection to earth, and more open…. and what was most significant for me was the prominent sense of joy.  I clearly remembering sharing that I wanted to dance. – an expression of my joy. Right then!  Dance! The sense of joy was deep, profound, and gentle.  It was a sense of joy within me and around me.  A feeling of connection and belonging – physically, spiritually, and emotionally.  This was a very profound session, Hiro.  Thank you ever so much.
Months after the session, I continue to play with, embody, and evolve the work.  I re-visit “that lying supine with knees bent, Hiro touching my feet…flow of connection and shift of lumbar curve”. I feel even more the vitality it brought and still brings.  I continue to welcome back my lumbar curve.  I remind myself of the joy, the letting go, the allowing. Over these months, I notice that a constant systemic static is diminishing.  I feel more peaceful.  I feel more at ease being seen, being in front of people.  I bring into my practice, and into my life in general, the concept of MA.  And I curiously ask myself,  “What is this work that we call Rolfing Structural Integration?”
Again, I thank you, Hiro.  I hold you and this experience in my heart.
Note: I’d like to provide you with a little more background information, if it is helpful.  About eleven years ago, I had a spinal cord injury.  All my lumbar discs herniated and my L5-S1 disc shattered and migrated up my spinal cord.  I was not able to walk, sit or stand for more than 5 minutes.  I lost the use of my right leg for 1 month until I received surgery to remove the shattered disc from my spinal cord.  In order to remove the disc pieces which were applying pressure and blocking my spinal cord, the surgeon had to remove approximately 3/4 of an inch of bone in the right sides of vertebral  bodies L3 and L4, removed the associated facets on the right side, and parts of the discs.  This intervention returned neurological flow along the spinal cord and I then was able to partially use my leg and begin to learn to walk again.  I am very thankful for the surgery.  The surgery also introduced much instability and new, different, flatter spinal curves.   During the three years that followed surgery, as I gained feeling and strength, I broke my right leg three different times in three different places.  Again, I am thankful for so much.  I have much support and skills, from within myself and with my family, friends and community, that overtime I heal. As you notice, I walk quite well now. I continue to find ways to awaken my body and connections, to find easier movement, to remember joy.  I feel our session together help me find connections and ways of being in my body and spirit that were previously dampened or obscured, perhaps from my injuries.
I’d also like to share of how the feelings I experienced during and after our session (those of connection and belonging – physically, spiritually, and emotionally; and the deep, profound sense of joy and peacefulness) were very similar to the feelings I experienced in a near death or “death and back again”  drowning episode years ago.  During that episode, when I realized that, no matter how much I struggled, I could not free myself of the ropes that held me under water, I became very clear.  I let go. I felt free and fluid.  I felt a sense of connectiveness within and around me.  A profound sense of joy enveloped me.  It was lovely.  I do not know how my drowning experience that included near death or death relates to our MA Rolfing session.  I image it may be in the commonality of fundamentally experiencing profound joy and ease, albeit in different manners.  Or perhaps, as I am just beginning to understand, it is MA – the pause, the space, the relationship – that is the commonality.
I am curious, Hiro.  Thank you for sharing your work and this important concept of MA.

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