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I get the same question all the time.  And it’s about time I just laid it out for you, Sassy Pants, plain and simple, once and for all.  The question is not, “How do you do that magic that you do!?” or “How did you get into Rolfing in the first place?” although that’s a common one.  Maybe next week’s post can get into that.  Unfortunately for both you and me, the most common question is not “Can I schedule ten more sessions right now?”  Wanna know what the most popular question of all time (in my practice) is?  Well, of course you do, so here it is:  Does anybody ever fall asleep during a session?

And the answer, of course, is yes.  Yes; a million times over, yes.  People fall asleep during sessions all the time and it’s perfectly normal and acceptable and nothing to be embarrassed about.  In fact, of the close to 50 Rolfing sessions I’ve received in the last four years since I first tried it out, I’ve probably stayed awake through three of them.  Possibly.  Maybe it was only the two.  I lost count with all the sleeping I was doing in between.

The thing is, I want you to be engaged during your sessions with me.  I want you to show up ready to meet me halfway.  I can only change what you’ve allowed me to change.  And you can do more from the inside than I can do from the outside.  Part of the whole point of this work is embodiment, meaning that your consciousness is in and related to your body.  If you’re hungover from a rough night, disassociation (the opposite of embodiment)  may be the most comfortable option for you, and that’s no good for me.  So, yes, I want you to be present and participating in the work we do together.  But, that doesn’t mean you can’t fall asleep.

Huh?

Well, first of all, my goal is to bring about health.  And if you’re sleep deprived, like most people in this country today, then sleep may be the quickest way to bring about health.  So go for it.  More power to you.

Secondly, I don’t think it always has to do with sleep deprivation when you (or I) fall asleep on the table.  I still fall asleep during sessions and I use an alarm to wake up about four times a year, so I don’t think I’m sleep deprived.  I still fall asleep while getting Rolfed immediately after a large cup of coffee and I’m so sensitive to caffeine I usually don’t sleep well at midnight if I had black tea at 8am.  So I think there’s more to it than tiredness.  I think sometimes (often) with a good session of bodywork, big shifts can happen not only in the structure, but on the emotional, spiritual, mental, and energetic side of things as well.  And as we let go of certain traumas and blockages, the ego may try to get in the way, claiming it needs to hold onto that issue for whatever reason.  “I have a bad back” may be part of your story.  And if we shift things so that’s no longer true, your ego may feel a little frantic, wondering how you’ll define yourself in the future.  “I was abused” may be true, but if we let go of the painful trauma around that, will you still be you?  Your ego might not think so.  And so, when your body is making big shifts in the direction of health, it might be helpful to get your ego out of the way.  And so, you “fall asleep” or go into what some people call a healing trance.  You’re still conscious enough to stretch your right arm out, or roll over onto your stomach if I ask you to.  But you’re not conscious enough to fight what your body needs.

At least, that’s how I justify all the sleeping I do during sessions.  You can come up with your own excuses, if you’d prefer.  Regardless, know that, yes, plenty of people fall asleep during sessions, and I don’t mind if you snore.

I know you’ve been dying to know what’s on the menu, so without further ado, here you are:

Energy Work Demo Day

A prix fixe tasting menu for those curious about SourcePoint Therapy with Theresa Zordan

Starters
Diamond Points: setting four points around the body to provide an energetic container for the session  
Blockage Scan: a thorough scan of your body’s energy to find the primary blockage to the flow of information

Entrees-Please Choose One   
Rectangle Points: setting and balancing four points relating to the body’s physical energy; great for pain or after chemotherapy, radiation, or any trauma.  
Navel Point: supporting and encouraging the flow of healing heaven energy in the universe and the body      
Sacral Point and Sacral Diamond: supporting and nourishing the vital life force energy within the body; helpful after any bad falls to the tailbone and for TMJ
Guardian Points: acknowledging and invoking the inherent guardian energy at 15 specific points on the body; stimulating the physical and psychic immune system
Extraction: removal of foreign energies from the body
Stick Figure: reestablishing the basic energetic lines around which bones form; good after having any broken bones or surgeries.
Crescent Moon: creating left-right balance as well as grounding.  Goddess energy for those that are lacking.
Trauma Scan: locating blockages specifically related to traumatic events and addressing the largest of these   
Emotional Scan: locating blockages specifically related to the emotional body and addressing the largest of these  
Karmic Scan: locating blockages specifically relating to karma while addressing the primary blockage of these
Chakra Balancing: addressing all 7 major chakras, from crown to root in order to balance, clear, and awaken
Chef’s Choice: the most necessary of the above entrees, based on the chef’s intuition

Desserts
Sacral Hold: supporting and nourishing the vital earth energy within the body; settles and integrates the nervous system
Diamond Points: reestablishing the four diamond points to bring closure to the session

30-minute sessions.  $10 each.

So what’s your fancy?  A karma scan?  Maybe a sacral diamond?  Call me at 303-261-2568 to schedule your 30 minute energy session for just $10.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

I’ve been listening to Lungs by Florence & The Machine lately, and I can’t get enough.  Also, I just worked with a client through a very powerful first session, which is focused on the breath, and it got me thinking about lungs and breath and how most of us aren’t living up to our potential in that department.

So why don’t we try a little exercise?  Take a breath and notice where you feel your lungs inflating.  Is your breath in your belly or more in your rib cage?  Do you breathe more in the center, close to your throat or further out to the sides?  What about the front versus the back?  The fact is that your lungs take up a huge amount of space in your thorax and most of us are only using a little piece.  That’s fine for watching TV, but if you need that lung capacity, you should know how to access it.  After noticing where your breath is going, try inhaling to the places where it’s not reaching.

Two thirds of your lungs are behind your midline.  I most commonly see clients who have forgotten that their back can breathe as well as their front.  Are you one of them?  Next most common is ‘narrow’ breathing, only in the center, behind the sternum.  Can you push your right ribcage out to the side with your inhale?  Now try the left.  If you’re struggling with any of these, go ahead and spend a few extra breaths on that area.  Next we’ll move to the tops of your lungs, which go all the way up to the place where your neck and shoulders meet.  You can poke a finger down there and touch your lungs.  Can you breathe all the way up there?  What about down to your hips?  Go ahead, fill that abdomen, front to back and side to side.

The lungs can hold a lot of trauma, so which may be the issue, if you’re still struggling to access an area.  Grief is commonly stored in the lungs and the diaphragm.  Ever have the wind knocked out of you?  Your lungs may still be hanging onto that.  And if you’ve ever had an asthma attack, bronchitis, or pneumonia, your lungs may still be cranky about it.  When you break your leg, you do physical therapy to get back to normal after it’s healed.  Same thing should be true with any lung trauma, but it’s just not expected in this culture.  If you’re having a hard time getting your breath to an area, we can work with that in your next session to get it to finally open up and let you breathe.