Yesterday, I received a good session from a student. I also received a deeper learning than ever about repetition. The student did some very lovely strokes down the back and then followed them by more and similar strokes.
Each stroke is a communication. And though we know this on some level, we can forget it and sink into just manipulating tissues. Of course, we are doing both – soft tissue manipulation and neurologically significant communication.
Don’t repeat yourself unless it results in more clarity.
Each stroke is like throwing a pebble into the pond of the person.
One, two, maybe three pebbles – you’ve created a lovely pattern. But, by the time you’ve thrown in five or six, usually you’ve just muddied the waters.
Through Zero Balancing and in Deep Massage, we learn to use a broader brush. Stronger clearer messages will always have the best chance to be fully understood by the bodymind.
Not repeating out of habit saves you time and effort; enables you to cover more territory during the session; and shows more faith in the client.