ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT ZEN-TOUCH™
WITH SEYMOUR KOBLIN
What is Zen-Touch™?
Zen-Touch™ is a form of body therapy that combines:
“Zen” – A state of being where one is flowing in harmony with theforces of nature. When we experience this place we feel a sense of Oneness… Unity… with the divine. We can all recall times, perhaps moments when our life flowed perfectly. Call it perfection, bliss, joy, love, or a connection with God, this state of ” being” is very healing and perhaps the common state that all humans strive for.
“Touch” –The practitioner’s body, including hands, fingers, thumbs, elbows, forearms, knees, feet are used to make contact with a person’s energy field. A tuning of the body mind spirit occurs as the practitioner orchestrates movements, stretching and holding of points on energy meridians that correspond to functions of the body mind spirit.
It sounds like people who receive Zen-Touch™ will become
healed or enlightened?
Receivers of Zen-Touch™ are “response able” for their own healing. The sessions are a thumbnail glimpse and experience of joy, calm, freedom from pain, and a state of peace that is inherent to our birthright as human beings. By facilitating a shift in how one’s body communicates with itself, practitioners merely catalyze changes that a client would have eventually embodied on her/his own (ideally in this lifetime). The change; relief, life lesson, joy, understanding simply comes sooner.
It seems like this might be hard work for the practitioner?
The practitioner and client become co -creators of a state of being that expedites change, and improves one’s overall health condition. One of the unique differences between ZT and other bodywork forms is that the practitioner and client are in a reciprocal relationship- they both receive benefit. I compare it to giving a gift to someone you love.
Who gets more benefit? -the giver or receiver?
Ideally both feel better from the experience. The amount of commitment that is necessary for a practitioner to facilitate this work is extensive. Eastern/holistic theories techniques and practical applications of energy meridian, behavioral, exercise, nutritional assessment and recommendations are all part of a practitioner’s repertoire of necessary skills. The paradox is that while a practitioner could offer so much information and technical expertise to a client, the best work is accomplished when the practitioner gets out of the way so that a client finds his/her own path to healing.
Can you be more specific about the way ZT practitioners do their bodywork?
The 5 principles that practitioners maintain while facilitating sessions are the
essential key to the unique approach of Zen-Touch™
1) Reverence: Practitioners address the human body as a vehicle or instrument of Spiritual Development. The forces of nature that govern every movement and function of the body mind spirit are accessible through the energy meridians that the practitioner stimulates. The honor of touching and connecting with someone in this way is accepted with gratitude, respect, humility, compassion and awe. Before a practitioner lays hands on someone he takes a moment to center and embrace the sacred space that is created between client and practitioner.
2) Be Received: Practitioners wait to be called in rather than asserting
themselves on a client. Instead of “Pushing” on the body we are being “Pulled” into one’s energy field, meridians, body areas and tissues. It’s like knocking on a door and waiting to be let in rather than pushing the door open.
3) Flowing: Instead of moving in an abrupt random manor, practitioners, like water, flow into the areas that are calling for attention. Stretches, point stimulation, and various foot, hand, elbow, and knee techniques are woven into a seamless pattern of motion that mirrors the contours; valleys and mountains, high’s and lows of the client’s body.
4) 2 Hands: The use of two hands that are in constant communication with each other connect areas of high energy with areas of low energy. For example A “cool” area in the upper back that feels relief when a nurturing hand is placed there, is connected to a painful high ridge in the mid back area that is “ropey” and slips away when a thumb touches it. By gently connecting these two areas, the body feels how this state of extreme between emptiness and fullness can be moderated, and better balanced.
When life situations are too extreme one may get burnt out, fatigued, and feel pain or resentment. The practitioner points this out by stimulating these areas of extreme and the body usually receives/accepts this message because of the practitioners nurturing and supportive approach. The body listens and spirit responds.
5) Be Natural: each practitioner develops her own style or “nature”. Every session of Zen-Touch™ is as different as the practitioner that facilitates it. The common thread that one will recognize ZT by is the 5 Principles.
Does the practitioner say anything to the client about these energy dynamics of High and Low – Full and Empty?
At the end of a session the practitioner will often explain what she finds using the” 5 Element/Season model” which integrates one’s health condition with the cycles of nature. For example in the scenario above the high/ full energy area might correspond to excess “summer-like” flamboyance, excitement and passion (that may actually be compulsion). This hyper activity can be a distraction from the person’s need to honor the “Fall –like” calling for acknowledgement- “harvest” of one’s individuality and self/soul awareness. The gathering of one’s unique soul expression may have out of fear been denied and relatively empty for so long”. A practitioner may offer, exercises,
foods, and way of life suggestions that will enhance and support the client’s movement towards the resolution of this extreme pattern.
Any last comments about Zen-Touch™?
If a person is looking to expedite their journey on the path to health, in a way
that feels absolutely wonderful, I recommend a session either through our
Massage Clinic, Holistic Therapies Clinic (by donation), Zen-Touch™ promotion
days ($10 introductory sessions), or contact one of the following therapists.