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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Clinic Tales

Shiatsu clinic was beautiful tonight. I worked for a second time with a hearing-and-speech impaired woman who has mild MR. She came in hot from the day, cheerful, and a little hyper--though that's not quite the right word--and breathing shallowly. We connected, somehow, in that magical qi way; I could feel her entire kidney meridian through any given tsubo, and as she relaxed, her breathing grew deep and her face, less flushed.

Then I worked on a 61 year old woman whose son died this year. She's been coming for shiatsu since, thought I've never worked with her before. Shiatsu has already cured her sciatica, limbered up her joints, and made her fingernails grow strong. All that was left for me, clearly, was to work on her emotional suffering. I used a technique the clinic instructor had taught me, extending my spine and moving my qi our beyond the wei chi, or protective level, of her energy field. From there I enjoyed a bird's eye view of her psychospiritual being. I worked out at that level for the entire treatment, and my client danced out of the session, happy! It felt perfect to me, but my clinic instructor, who knows where we should be heading to with our shiatsu, told me I need to ground more when using that technique--I extended back too far without also extending in the opposite direction.

4 Comments:

Blogger Emma Goldman said...

Oh, I SOOOO wish you were in the same city! I could learn so much from you, and you'd have good pastry! I also want to work with someone--you or the zen shiatsu person I see here when I can afford it--to develop some desserts that take zen shiatsu principles into account somehow. I realize that sounds a little odd--especially since the major ingredients of french pastry aren't really asian (butter, sugar, wheat flour, eggs)--but I'm sure there are ways. It sounds like clinic was great; I'm happy for you, because I know how intense those experiences are.

2:20 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

We would have tremendous fun, it is true.

I love the idea of intersecting pastry with Zen shiatsu. All the major ingregients in pastry are, unfortunately, "dampening", meaning they gunk up the system a lot and damage the spleen. BUT there are some ways to mitigate the dampness, such as adding warming spices like ginger and cinnamon. Cherries and apricots are good for the heart and bring joy. I could see how this might work...

2:27 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

Would you be interested in trying a three-way conversation with the zen shiatsu person I've seen? We'd have to do it mostly by email (and FedEx, so you can sample, too), but it might be fun!

3:00 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Yes, that would be great, Emma!

6:47 PM  

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