Body Harmony addresses physical and emotional problems from an understanding of the body’s innate drive towards health and an appreciation of the naturally present physical intelligence that orchestrates its 50 trillion cells. The fact is that the body knows how to heal itself. Human beings have an incredible ability to transform, and that ability can be accessed through the body. All that is required is the right kind of support.
Body Harmony is the art of listening to the wisdom of the body. When touch is very respectful and sensitive, and administered by someone who is present and aligned with gravity, deep holding patterns find the safety to start to unwind and relax their grip, whether that involves untwisting, elongating, melting, shivering or shuddering.
Body Harmony practitioners understand that their attitude is crucial. Don McFarland, the founder of Body Harmony, said, “What produces the most effective results is an uncompromising attitude of absolute respect for the body before you.”
This kind of honour and reverence of touch is not confined to any layer or level, but speaks directly to the deeper realms of human experience, and has a strong tendency to yield levity, expansion and fluidity within the tissues, which results in a greater overall experience of fluid movement and an increased sense of vitality and wellbeing.
Body Harmony values joy and pleasure, and seeks to support changes that contribute to an individual’s sense of wellbeing. It is possible to release trauma without fully re-experiencing past events. Transformation can happen with ease. A gentle, listening touch can be the spark that ignites your body’s natural ability to transform.
One of the things that sets Body Harmony apart from other hands-on therapies is that you are invited to participate by having a goal for the session.This can take the form of a simple intention to ‘explore’ or ‘relax’, or it can be a goal for personal development, work or relationships.
How you participate in a session can dramatically influence its outcome. Experience has shown that working with a conscious intention creates better outcomes.
Both before and after the table work, you will be encouraged to walk across the room while trying to hold your intention in both your mind and body. This encourages you to experience how that intention actually feels, and gives the practitioner a chance to notice any relevant holding patterns. By simultaneously engaging both the mental and the physical, Body Harmony creates body/mind unity, and often with amazing results.