Zen And The Art Of Touch And Movement – By Abi Adams

Never underestimate the art of touch and movement and the power that flows from within, it can transform your whole being if you allow yourself to understand it and help to ground you as a human being. If you are not aware of yourself and your surroundings then read on below and I will try to explain my experience of this to you.

What can you see in the picture above? What can you feel?

I see two women, extremely vulnerable. Not knowing what’s going to happen, but looking for a different reaction to the one they are used to. I see intimacy, a deep connection, respect and trust.

The art of touch and movement comes to and moves through us in many ways. This picture makes me stop and really look, as the woman on the left is me and I remember all of these emotions and feelings whilst on an intimate Movement Immersion in the heart of South Africa. The day before this picture was taken, I thought I’d had a miscarriage (my second). I could feel myself wanting to retreat, curl into myself and pull away. But I was encouraged to participate by my beautiful roommate.

We walked for 1 hour in silence up the beautiful Table Mountain, acknowledging the space with the silence. This space was interjected with thoughts of escaping which I could feel were drawing me physically. We were then guided through the most gentle flow of movement, with the idea of moving with nothing and keeping that space, a space my emotions kept trying to feel as they roared around inside of me. It felt divine to move with no intention or expectation. Nothing heavy, technical or deliberate.

My body felt able to hold my nervous mind. We were then encouraged to sit in the forest alone and journal for 1 hour. A torrent of words flowing from my mind, through my hand onto the paper. I felt spent but so free. It was as if the movement had released something and broken down the walls of a dam that was now pouring out of me.

Understanding the art of touch and healing

And then came the challenge; having had the opportunity of retreating deeper into myself, I had to offer myself into a partnership of receiving and supporting. I wanted to run. I wanted to hide under my bed. The last thing I wanted to do was have someone touch me. I felt my body harden, my attitude becomes defensive. I was becoming an emotional arsehole.

And so I choose to support first, having to gently push my partner in various places with her allowing that push to move through and out of her. As she continues to receive my push, I felt myself melt. I felt extremely vulnerable in our relationship. I felt accepted by her and it made me want to cry and hug her. The movement changed slightly as we progressed, with my armour gradually falling away from my body piece by piece with every touch, and by the time it was my turn, I couldn’t wait for my partner to touch me.

I wanted her to touch me because it encouraged me to release the emotions ravaging my body through my movement. I felt her love, compassion and tenderness with every application of her hands to my skin, my emotions soothed. I left this session so grateful for choosing to show up and step into my vulnerability.

The art of touch and movement are our most powerful approaches to remaining human, connected and compassionate. Not just to ourselves, but to everyone around us and the earth we live on.

My name is Abi Adams, for more about me check out my website.

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