Category Archives: Breath

What is Chi Running?

 “I’d love to start running, but my knees…” So, let’s talk about injury-free running. It is possible, using a gentle form called Chi Running. This practice combines a forward lean, neutral arm swing, mid-foot strike, and engaging the core, to … Continue reading

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“Each time you judge yourself, you break your own heart.”

Thought for the Day: “My beloved child, break your heart no longer. Each time you judge yourself, you break your own heart. You stop feeding on the love which is the wellspring of your vitality. The time has come. Your … Continue reading

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Layers of Body Awareness

One of my clients describes her experience of receiving bodywork, during this time of intense grief, as working through “layers.” With her breath, as a constant guide, she is able to experience a completely different internal process, during each session. I’m looking forward … Continue reading

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Self-care for Bodyworkers

While demonstrating a massage technique, one of my students said, “Ruben, that looks like it feels really good in YOUR body, as a practitioner.” I replied, “Well, yes. That’s exactly the point of being a body worker. The more you … Continue reading

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The Labyrinth

A beautiful outdoor labyrinth walk, with a friend, gave me an insight into bodywork. The labyrinth is on a huge terrace, in the hills above San Anselmo. Walking it feels like floating, suspended above the trees. For those who have … Continue reading

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Breathe your way to rest

Conscious breathing, during a massage, usually results in a quieting of the mind and relaxation of the body’s muscular system. One of my clients fights against this, saying she “doesn’t want to miss the massage, by dozing off.” Is fighting to … Continue reading

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Above water

One of my clients endured the end of a 25-year marriage and career change at the same time. One afternoon, as I was kneeling at the head of the table, gently cupping the back of her head in my hands, … Continue reading

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