On the way to all surrounding pleasantness / part 3

The rocking movements – kinds and goals.

The rocking movement in order to concretize the connection
when in prone position, the middle upper back serves as a handle. This specific rocking movement concretizes the connection to the pelvis because the pelvis rocks from side to side as the weight in a pendulum.
In the short film one can see a demonstration of such connection being concretized through the use of the rocking movement.
It is interesting to notice however that the connection in this case is not easily made.
Muscle tension along the back limits the range of movement of the pelvis and demands an Intervention, in this case an additional and special support to the lower back that allows the tensed muscles to release a little and the range of movement of the pelvis to grow.

The Rocking Movement for feeling the weight
when lying on the back. In the demonstration that you can see in the video film, one can see the main principles: the leading principle being feeling the weight! This principle leads to letting go!  It is based on the fact that release automatically takes place when the brain is receiving information of the physical existence.
In order to leave an open track in the brain for the physical reality, we direct the client’s attention to the weight of the organ we are “weighing” and the release just happens by itself as part of balancing procedures that the brain does sub-consciously.

This demonstration doesn’t show what happens when the client does not receive this guidance –he might often be holding his leg tightly because he does not understand what he should be doing, whilst directing his attention to the feeling of the weight of the leg still does not explain to him what to do and yet it creates an immediate relaxation!

The second principle that is being demonstrated in this film is the way in which the rocking of the leg creates a feeling of continuity along the whole body – it clearly shows how the movement is reaching the head and secures the connection in the client’s body from head to foot.  For the observer it is visual, for the client it is a sensed experience of being connected.

In the second half of the demonstration –  in the weighing of half of the leg or of the leg being bent in the knee, the next element starts to show itself – recognizing the support while in movement, including times  when the support itself is not static!

This is a central subject in learning how to let go!
What helps the client to continue and recognize the support is the fact that the moving action is produced from the practitioner’s legs and not just from his hands. This way the client is not preoccupied with the touch that does things to her body and can continue to be feeling her own body moving upon the table., she continues to identify the existence of the table as a support to her body – therefore her brain recognizes her physical existence and can continue to balance the tensions in the body.

Rocking as a way to meet the structure
In the prone position, rocking the hand (in 90 degrees falling down) to meet the shoulder joint, weighing the hand (in 45 degrees up) to feel the whole hand with the shoulder blade relating to the ribs  and just weighing the shoulder blade directly against soft pressure on the ribs.
In the demonstration one can see how rocking movements of different parts of the body clarifies for the client exactly how his body is constructed. Where the shoulder joint is, what’s the possible movement in it, other joints that are being secured in the demonstration but are not spoken of are the elbow and the wrist – in all of them a movement occurs that secures their existence and their structure. Later on it is the connection between the shoulder joint and the shoulder blade which is being secured and also the way the shoulder with the shoulder blade moves in relation to the ribs cage, what movement is possible there and how it feels. It ends with the whole hand: the forehand, the arm, the shoulder and the shoulder blade, all are being moved as one thing both in relation to the ribs cage and in relation to the spine.

 Rocking in order to secure the tension around the Joints
Here the foot is rocked in a supine position. As part of the regulating and balancing processes of which our subconscious mind is capable, is the balancing of tension around the joints., But in order to do that the brain does need the information regarding that tension. The rocking movements supply accurate information about the tension both in the muscles and the ligaments in the ankle area or in any other joint area where the rocking movements take place.
And yet it is not only the subconscious that receives the information but also the client and the practitioner which allows them to relate to it as well, in accordance to their findings: an instruction to strengthen by activity or to release by paying attention to the weight, in this case by paying attention to the weight of the foot.

In the short film ahead we can not only see the checking of tension around the ankle but also inside the foot between the toes and the heel.

The same subject, regulating the tension around the ankle joint, can also be seen in the prone position, and here I would like to refer to another part of the way of gathering the information which is true for both demonstrations. This is the identification of the tension in muscles that the practitioner is holding in his hands while the rocking takes place, the muscles between the foot and the knee – in the front or in the back of the leg according to where he is working. The holding of these muscles when on the back side and the small pressure on the front side, reveals the degree of tension in these muscles which are passing through the ankle and determine the degree of freedom in the joint.

A big movement to secure the connection through a stretch
The rocking movement here is minimal because the stretch which is created by the twist is what gives the sense of connectedness and the rocking, which is very light and minimal, just strengthens and prolongs the sensation. This is also a different way of using the weight as it really hangs in the edges of each side helping to build up the tension between the edges, and then just a small rock as on a see-saw maintains that sensation of connectedness through the tension of the back that connects the two edges: the hand and the leg.

In summary

The rocking movement helps the brain identify the physical existence and thereby to release unnecessary holdings, by sending it relevant information.
Rocking also relatively relaxes both the brain and the muscles by monotonous and repetitive movements. It can also release hormones and pain killers like endorphins.
Another function of the rocking movement is elongating muscles as it works as a weight that keeps slight stretching of the muscles to which it is attached.

On the way to all surrounding pleasantness the rocking movement has an important role. As it delivers the sensation of existence in the physical reality and always reminds us of the support it brings to complete the connection between all the elements, all the connective tissues: the muscles, the tendons, the fascia and the ligaments.

The rocking movement also allows the brain to balance the system that is to increase tonus in weak places and decrease tonus in places that are being held too much.


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3 Responses to On the way to all surrounding pleasantness / part 3

  1. Olga Gordon says:

    Dear Avi, thank you for the information and video. The tension in my shoulders is less after watching video. It was very helpful to get recall from Trager session.
    Best regards from Russia

  2. Evamaria Willach says:

    This is what came out of a lifely discussion in person with Avi in Vienna in April 10, 2013.I am Evamaria Willach:
    The first video shows a rocking movemnet option. Video 2 and 3 rather deal with rotations of shoulder and weighing and moving a leg. So you need to make clear and redefine what rocking is for you. Maybe the hebrew word has a different association field.

  3. avibahatblog says:

    Yes this is true, the word in Hebrew is Tnuda and it includes both weighing and rocking.
    I will probably have to rewrite this chapter.

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