My all-time favourite therapy technique
My favourite all-time therapy technique is called Pulsing (based on Tragering after Dr Milton Trager in Hawaii who devised it originally, sometimes known as Bone Rolling, but with added enhancements). It was devised jointly by Silke Ziehl, who taught me, and Curtis Turchin. You can still learn it from Silke at the Open Centre in Old Street in London.
How does the Rocking work in Pulsing treatments?
Imagine you are naturally a beautifully flexible spring like a Slinky that can flow downstairs from step to step effortlessly but the spring has become compressed and kinked in places and no longer flows smoothly.
The rocking reminds your body what it felt like to be a Slinky again, longer and effortlessly stretched out and what’s more important it helps your energy to flow freely again from head to foot. Sometimes it can feel like being a baby again being rocked by your mother, an old memory that is very basic and human.
Technically it’s a light energy technique which can be used on its own or combined with many other techniques and used to balance the person or lighten another deep technique like PI i.e. Postural Integration (which I also studied with the originator Jack Painter and Silke Ziehl). Pulsing is Reichian Bodywork in that it deals with the Bodymind through the physical and allows emotional release. In this it can be supplemented by e.g. Gestalt and aspects of PI.
It works mainly with the skeletal system and rocking the person rather than the soft tissue directly but affects the soft tissue indirectly. It works deceptively deeply. Most happens for the person when “nothing is happening” i.e. in the “gaps” or when the rocking is so slight it is only happening in the practitioner’s mind. It goes on working after the session, like cooking scrambled eggs. It often lasts longer than a purely physical bodywork session (if there is such a thing) since it allows the person to regain harmony and balance and possibly emotional release.
A major objective of Pulsing is to create a safe space for the person to move to from their present stuck-ness. Often by synchronicity the therapist and patient share a common stuck-ness on an issue but the practitioner can move both to a third place which is freer for both and both get the healing!
Another objective is to encourage the person’s spine to extend by suggestion. All Pulsing is working with the spine!!!! When you rock you are rocking the whole person even if only by one toe.
And you work to harmonise the person’s energy.
Other concepts for practitioners
Use the infinity symbol to remind you of how you need to move in and out of the person’s energy. It’s important you keep coming back out to yourself and your centre to avoid getting stuck with the person.
Keep physical contact all the time. Don’t surprise the person by taking your contact away and then making contact suddenly somewhere else
Allow and facilitate emotional release but don’t make it an objective of the session otherwise you burden yourself and the person with it and you/they may be disappointed. Use whatever therapies you know to help and remember the simplest is just being there, supporting and not judging. You can say it’s OK to cry etc. You are not there to make the person feel better, just to help allow them to feel what they’ve been trying not to. Such feelings tend to evaporate when they have been felt. They may find some long suppressed words with the feeling that they need to say. Be careful with release of anger so no one gets hurt e.g. use a pillow to beat with fists, get the person to lie on the floor to avoid breaking your couch. Trust that the person knows what they are doing and will not get into releasing more than they can handle
Keep the rocking going all the time even if it’s only in your head. Keep visualising the vibration (like a sine wave) going from head to feet and back again.