I’ve given and received a lot of Ortho-Bionomy in the last several days and had some interesting conversations with colleagues and clients and it’s gotten me thinking a lot about WHY I do this work and about SENSITIVITY.
Some of you may know that I identify as an #HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). I’ve lived in a body with a highly attuned nervous system my whole life. It’s who I am. (If you don’t know what this means, I suggest checking out the work of Dr. Elaine Aron and Ane Axford). Having a highly attuned nervous system means I experience and notice the finest details of environmental and sensory input — from touch to sound to smell to taste — anything you can feel or experience with the senses. These experiences impact me deeply and I know from consciously exploring this trait for a while that not everyone experiences the world in this way. In fact, the research says it’s only 20% of the population who does.
So, how does this relate to my bodywork approach?
It means everything. It’s the reason why Ortho-Bionomy entered my life, changed it completely, and I’ve chosen to study it as much as possible. It’s why I’ve studied the Trager Approach and NeuroKinetic Therapy, two other non-invasive ways of working deeply with the body. It’s why I work slowly and am able to pick up on subtle shifts happening in the body, both physically and energetically, even when I’m doing deeper work. It’s why I’m able to work gently and with depth.
What I’ve found for myself and other HSPs I’ve spoken with or worked with is that the HSP body doesn’t need as much when it comes to hands-on therapy. Is deeper work sometimes ok and sometimes needed? Absolutely. But for myself and other sensitives, it seems a WORLD of possibilities opens when you receive that first truly GENTLE touch. I know it did for me. I think most of us have experienced or been exposed to more of the opposite, or picked up the sense that we need or should need deep, invasive work to heal our body and release pain. That maybe the work itself should hurt in order to be effective.
For anyone, I think the opposite can be true. But I believe that especially for HSPs, giving yourself the chance to experience touch that meets you where you are, that meets your gorgeous sensitivity with more of the same, can be a truly remarkable, life-changing experience. It is the experience of being SEEN and FELT. And I feel so amazingly fortunate to have been shown more of me through work that is gentle and through gentle practitioners.
And I feel so freakin amazingly fortunate to now be able to share that work, this approach, my sensitivity, with other sensitive bodies. We are such beautiful mirrors for each other.