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He was built like a pregnant fireplug, and his back pained him. He could not sleep nights, and his coach had the same problems. I found that his abdomen was as hard as a rock and that the back matched the front. I asked him to lie down and do a sit-up while I held the muscles in the front of the abdomen and the mus cles in the small of the back (lumbar area). He could see how both sets of muscles—both front and back—fired and shortened at the same time. Then I had him look at where these muscles were attached and what he did to himself when he shortened both his front and his back at the same time.
Some months later you are placed on a bathing table, and a rat tle pokes you on the left side of the head. You have a sharp pain there, and your left arm and shoulder hurt. You see bright lights, smell hospital smells, hear people talking, and so on. You re-expe rience the original trauma and add the current experience to it. When you are three, you fall off a tricycle and painfully twist your left arm and shoulder as you hit the ground. Your head hurts on the left side even though it was not touched, and again you re experience sensations from your birth.
Kissing a Stranger As I worked her neck, I was flooded with a feeling of warmth and love for this woman whom I hardly knew. There was a feeling of serenity and oneness. I could not discover where my hands stopped and where her body began. I became more and more lost in an all-encompassing oneness. Then I completely went away. Nothing existed. I was suddenly brought back by a knocking on my office door. I got up, walked to the door, opened it, embraced the woman who was standing there, and kissed her softly and warmly on the mouth.
A Zen approach to bodytherapy: From Rolf to Feldenkrais to Tanouye Roshi by William S. Leigh