“Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are” – Chinese proverb
I love the simplicity of the above proverb because it speaks to each of us.
It’s pretty simple to recognize those times when you experience tension in a situation that calls for you to behave, act or present yourself in a way that seems possibly at odds with who you are. Similarly, tension is a natural response to a hostile environment or perilous situation where your safety is called into question.
It is also fairly simple to recognize those times when you can breathe, relax and be yourself.
Even when you are enjoying yourself, however – whether it be at work, or in social situations with people you feel comfortable around – there is an aspect of tension your body will experience because of your innate ability to match different energy vibrations, changing and adapting yourself to fit with the surroundings.
Your body is a sensitive organism with many finely tuned sensory receptors responding to whatever you encounter. Structurally, the muscular system within the body is continually fluctuating between tension or holding – for strength, stamina, stability – and stretching – for flexibility, reach, growth.
It is so adept at responding to stimuli, that it will sometimes react in anticipation of a situation or energy vibration as a memory in the cells of a similar, prior experience becomes triggered.
It is not surprising then that, over time, your body accumulates tension. Everywhere you go, everyone you meet, each and every day, you encounter energy in the form of pictures or thoughts about you – how you look, how you act, what you are wearing, your driving ability, what you say, your opinions about life, work, fun, your likes and dislikes. This energy gets put in your space and disrupts your own energy vibration and flow. By the end of a day, it can feel as if you are carrying a 10 lb. weight on your back, or as if you are attempting to wade through mud.
It’s no wonder, then, that you experience aches and pains. The build up of foreign energy absorbed and/or resisted by the body results in pain, pressure, inflammation and fatigue. At times, it might even seem simpler and easier to succumb to the pressure to be who others think you should be, rather than be yourself.
However, that does not address the ongoing build up of energy that is not yours and does not necessarily relieve the resulting pain. Nor does it allow you to truly be yourself and relax.
There is hope, however. The body is so intelligent that, when shown how to release what it’s holding onto, it will begin to do just that – letting go, breathing, relaxing and re-connecting.
You might remember a time when you were under a lot of pressure and overwhelmed, and someone placed a hand on your shoulder or held your hand and told you it’ll be OK. Perhaps you recall how that felt. A sense of relief, maybe. Permission to breathe and take a step back.
This is the basis of Intuitive Touch Healing. A capable healer showing you and your body, through neutral, positive touch what and where you are holding, accommodating or resisting energy that is not yours and how this is disrupting your space. With this communication and permission to change and let go, your body begins to experience its own vibration once again and can relax.
If you would like a little assistance in releasing tension so that you can relax and be who you are rather than who you think you should be, come to one of the Intuitive Touch Healing clinics – 1st Saturday afternoon and 3rd Monday evening each month (held at Intuitive Way). We will be there to help you on your way!
If you are not in the area and would like assistance in locating someone close to you, please email and I’ll find some referrals for you.