That word gentle popped into my head when I was thinking about work recently.
I got to thinking what I meant by it. Conscious that it might mean something different than would normally come to mind.
Less is more. I remember when I was first taught that. It took a while for me to get my head around it. But over the years, that’s totally it. Touch, simple, wonderful touch.
Touch is obviously a key part of my work. But what sort of pressure is right. I would describe my work as gentle but that does not mean it’s not deep. To me, the two are not mutually exclusive. In fact far from it. I work with your body to encourage it to open, release, let go. This requires a gentle, sometimes firm, sometimes not, sink into your tissue to see what it wants. Mindfully using my touch to see where it yields and where it wants to hold on. Yielding tissue will allow me to work more deeply, getting in touch with those areas of pain, tension, holding. But tissue that is contacted in a way this is not ok for it won’t yield. It will push me out. And so it will need a gentle enquiring listen to what I can do to support it, coaxing it to trust me, soften and ease.
Your body, your way. Less is more. Working together to support your healing.