lying down in this simple passive position is an easy method to release excess tension from the body. it’s extremely calming to the nervous system and allows the spine to decompress. try it and see! (directions below) as it enables one to feel sensations rise more easily through the back of the body rather than the front (like in savasana - corpse pose), it helps deepen our awareness into areas we often neglect and generally hold the most tension in. the back body tends to be a receptacle for deep holding - from a young age we are subject to various kinds of stress (physical, emotional & psychological) that our bodies treat as a threat. the body’s tissues unconsciously respond on a cellular level with a freezing or hardening and this builds up over time if it isn’t released. it’s part of the fight or flight response and it’s why it is so common for people to experience tightness in the calves, hamstrings, buttocks, lower back, shoulders and back of the neck. drawing our awareness and our breath to the back body in this pose can help soften and release any “holding”, slowly helping us un-do these habitual holding patterns.
lie on your back with knees bent and your feet flat on the floor (your feet can be placed the same width as your hips or a little wider). let your knees fall in towards each other, so they are touching. you can place your hands on your belly or give yourself a hug with your arms. you can also place some soft support under your head. rest here for 5-20 minutes. allow your attention to fall on your breath and just feel where the breath falls in the back of the body. if you sense any tension or holding, just allow it to release.
at times in private sound healing sessions I utilise constructive rest, having the client rest in this simple pose with their hands placed along the sides of their body while the Ancient Tibetan Singing bowls are placed on the front of the body. the combination is extremely potent, facilitating a release of blockages that are so deeply enmeshed in one’s system. .
📷: Marble female idol from Paros. Early Cycladic, circa 3500-3000B.C. @mkg.hamburg
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