Every session is unique, like each individual. And the experience, unpredictable. Perhaps a coming back to self. Into undiscovered landscapes within. Through the body.
Our job as practitioners is to create a platform for that unique journey to happen. Where energy can flow. Where awareness can expand. Where healing may occur. Yet we hold no intention- the journey itself is our focus: the infinite moment. The togetherness and the space in between.
We will start the session with a conversation in which you may share anything you like. This will give us a clue as to the approach to take during your treatment, which may veer towards the more physical, psychological or emotional. The following will give you an idea of some of the elements you may want to focus on. You may also choose a theme to explore or to simply immerse into the flow of the session.
Alignment & Posture . . .
Your first session will start with a movement and postural assessment in the water in order to gain an insight into your body-type, movement style and structural needs. After this you will simply float and do nothing. Your body weight is reduced to about 10% in water, so your therapist only needs to lightly support you at key points; you may even fall asleep. As your body then begins to unwind, the therapist's skilful hands will follow these patterns, gradually guiding your body into a movement continuum. By tapping out of repetitive patterns and into more authentic and fluid movement, holding patterns will dissolve and your body can naturally re-align.
Bodywork & Stretching . . .
Water provides an excellent medium in which your body can be moved and stretched while applying bodywork simultaneously. A wide range of techniques may be applied, from shiatsu pressure points to sports injuries massage and deep tissue. You can think of it as a thai massage in water, yet instead of providing a sequence of stretches, the session follows the natural unwinding of the body: organic, whole body stretches based on the natural impulses of the body.
Fitness & Recovery . . .
Most of our fitness routines are based on controlled movement, some more repetitive than others. The phrase ‘mind over body’ may apply, yet we also need the opposite approach and allow the body to fully take charge. By tapping out of our controlled movement habits and into more creative possibilities, we unleash the body's primal expression. Through the feel good sensations that such quality of movement entices, we can re-program the muscle memory towards more fluidity, flexibility and greater efficiency of movement.
Joints & Spinal Health . . .
The lack of gravity takes weight off your muscles allowing your joints to naturally decompress. Gentle craniosacral holds in water can be very effective in further releasing tension in the joints. Water in an excellent medium that allows a full range of spinal mobilisation as well as gentle yet effective traction.
Energy Flow & Trauma . . .
Shock and trauma, whether physical, emotional or psychological, are events that are experienced in our bodies. They are defined by a ‘fight or flight’ situation. When there is no way to fight or flee, the nervous system freezes as a self-defense mechanism. This response mobilises a great deal of energy in our bodies, and after coming out of the freeze response, it often remains trapped in our system unless we know how to release the charge. By allowing the body to naturally unwind in the freedom of water, such pent-up energy can find its way towards expression and integration. Full body shaking sometimes takes place as this energy is being integrated and in this case the soft and fluid element of water is an excellent medium to allow such wave-like motion to take place in a safe and contained way. It is then essential to connect body and mind through a range of practices following the session to achieve full integration.
Calming the Mind & Deep Sleep . . .
A fast-paced urban life often overstimulates our minds with no rest. The fully immersive sensory experience of the session can distract you from the mental chatter and direct your senses towards your body. While you float brain waves naturally slow down into an alpha state, a space in between wakefulness and sleep that encourages creative thinking. A session can encourage deep sleep and we recommend it just before bed time for those with sleep problems and insomnia.
Emotional Re-balancing . . .
Our emotions are just as real as our physical sensations and they don't exist separately. Physical tension sometimes may correspond to an emotional holding. Natural movement inevitably makes us aware of such a connection, bringing us into greater wholeness and presence.