Sunday, 7 June 2015
Is healing the ultimate goal of Jiu Jitsu?
Back in the days, old masters of Jiu Jitsu were healers as in Japan.
I guess learning to choke and twist limbs in order to get a submission would lead to a great understanding of the human body.
So why not learn how to heal people?
It is a topic that was mentioned by Ken Shamrock in one of his interview.
He wanted his instructors to be able to heal as part of their skills.
After injuring my lower back at training, I visited Allan Roberts for a consultation after Stu's relentless recommendations.
Allan Roberts is an Aikido Instructor who also run a clinic using the Hellerwork Structural Integration.
The result of the first consultation was very good.
I could see a change on my posture and my shoulders were now at the same level.
I can also breath better after.
It is a bit too soon to see the final result as it is a program of 11 visits but I am very positive.
I will try to keep a little update on the progress of this visits.
What is Hellerwork?
Hellerwork Structural Integration is a unique and transformative work based on the inseparability of body, mind, and spirit and the assumption that every person is innately healthy. It is a powerful system of somatic education and structural integration bodywork designed to realign our bodies and movement in gravity. Working with the body fascia increases the availability of health, energy, flexibility, and self expression. The 11-session series changes your relationship with your body and your experience of being alive. Completing the series is optimal; single sessions are also an option.
What is fascia?
Fascia is soft connective tissue located just below the skin. It wraps and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body. Together, muscle and fascia make up what is called the myofascia system. Our fascial system can be seen as as multi-layer body stocking, wrapping muscles throughout the body. In best condition, fascia is loose and moist tissue, facilitating movement and balance. Under continual stress or lack of movement, fascia becomes rigid, loses fluidity, and its layers begin to stick to one another, The resulting stiffness or restricted movement is often associated with muscle, but it's connective tissue that accumulates much of this stress."
If you want more information on Allan and his work