During a recent 'Governing Vessel & the Spine' course, we livestreamed a portion of a talk on the bioplasmic body and proprioceptive exercise. Because it was live, the video is informal and the sound quality is not great, but please enjoy the content. Make sure to turn up the volume on your device/computer as well as the video.
The Topic of Intention
The topic of intention is a necessary one to address in any bodywork training. It is important to understand what it is so that we can give treatments with clarity and direction while also listening to the needs of each receiver. Reflecting on the role of intention can also greatly increase the effectiveness and power of our treatments, as well as increasing the effectiveness and power of all of our life activities!
We thought it would be valuable to share with you a recent inquiry about intention from a shiatsu/shin tai practitioner in the UK, and the subsequent response:
Why do I need intention when giving treatments?
"Lately I am struggling with the concept of intention, and I am not sure whether I am not understanding it. Why do we need to intend anything while giving treatments? I myself am not sure that I want someone else's intention in my system, particularly if they don't have clear systems themselves (and who does have a completely clear system?).
My thoughts are that when we "intend" we are using the intellect/mind to intend and this can "pull" us out of connecting with our own body. When I "intend" it feels that I am in my upper body instead of working from my hara i.e. lower body. My thoughts are then when working completely from the hara (which contains the whole), I don't need intention because my whole body is working with someone else's body. Then I am responding to what's in front of me without any "intention" at all.
I would really appreciate your thoughts about this as I have struggled with this concept for some time. The struggle is also about the role of intention in my life. In other words, if I don't "intend", I am forced back into the flow of life and my authenticity around that. But that's conditional upon being fully in my body/hara, because with that sensation comes the quieting of the mind and any intention."
Intention is a Synthesis
Intention is a synthesis of 3 things:
- Instinct (which is related to hara)
- Intuition (which is related to the third eye)
Intention is meant to be applied as a synthesis of these three dimensions. The thought (intellectual or mental) dimension does not necessarily play a dominant role. The influence in the moment can sometimes come more from one dimension than the others depending on the situation: there can be a momentary instinctive understanding, there can be an intuitive message or there can be an intellectual awareness. In that case the dominant aspect is also synthesized with the others to create a full spectrum of information.
Intention really means how you want to direct ki. As an example, with kyo and jitsu, the same technique can be used for either condition. There is a brief awareness & synthesis of information that creates the intention in how your ki is directed and how it will influence the treatment.
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We receive ongoing inquiries about where Saul Goodman is teaching Shiatsu Shin Tai classes. During the last two years he stopped traveling to teach for the first time in over 30 years, and only taught courses where he lives in Doylestown, PA. There are several Shin Tai teachers now in Europe who are running a variety of classes in several different countries (England, Scotland, Croatia, Switzerland, Slovenia, and Austria to name a few), so many students in Europe are able to learn the basic Shin Tai materials.
For now, Saul has not scheduled anything overseas, but he is beginning to schedule some classes in different locations here in the United States. If you live in the U.S. and are interested in learning Shin Tai, yet have no courses near you (or if you love Shin Tai and want to share it with people in your area) you may want to consider sponsoring a shiatsu shin tai class.
Sponsoring a class is a great way to deepen your own knowledge, create a circle of people near you with whom you can exchange treatments and resources, and supplement your income.
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This short demo treatment was given during an Advanced Central Channel course given by Saul Goodman in November 2014. It includes work with some anterior contacts. Central Channel is part of Shiatsu Shin Tai. It works to free the body of menningal stress patterns. As space and motion are recovered, the body begins to literally enter more fully into the present time continuum. Central Channel work has been referred to as the 'jazz' of bodywork due to its complexity, intelligence, and creativity.
The material in this treatment is geared for practitioners who have already done extensive study in Shiatsu Shin Tai, although the concepts could be helpful for any bodyworker to see.
These anterior contacts usually present themselves once life force is really activated in the body,and there are phase II & III motions. Common locations include the sternum and manubrium, the ribs, the xyphoid process, the top of the pubic bone, and the collar bone.
Shiatsu Shin Tai is a comprehensive, precise, and highly effective healing touch therapy developed by Saul Goodman. It expands on traditional Shiatsu massage to create an evolutionary system of diagnosis and technique that stimulates the flow of life force in the body.