By William S. Leigh
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I was in a bad mood and not happy about returning to Utah. When I told the Rolfer that I had just been accepted by Ida for training, he took this as a decree that I had to have a well-processed body. Ida was known for grading the work done on a person and would often call someone who did not meet her standards. Well, I resisted, and that poor Rolfer worked for over two hours. I felt beat. " Anyway he finished and told me to spend the night at a motel before driving to Utah. No one ever tells me what to do so I drove for the next eighteen hours.
One day in our training in San Francisco, Moshe was acting cantanker ous, and he knew it. "What I need," he said, "is a young woman with dimples in her cheeks to take care of me," and he laughed and laughed. I laughed, too. I knew what he meant because I had read the chapter on "Muscular Habit and the Sexual Act" in his book Body and Mature Behavior. A few days later a nice young lady arrived from Israel to take care of his household needs, and Moshe was again his happy, con genial self. The cheeks with dimples were not on the face.
Can you separate the two hands? Can you tell me what direction my fingers are moving? Am I lifting your tissue? Now take a deep breath. How does that change what you experience? Now can you feel that bone? Can you feel how the muscle is attached? What am I doing? Can you feel how it is moving? Now move your elbow straight out and straight in slowly. What do you experience in your chest? " I asked. She answered, "No," and laughed. The mind can only focus on one thing at a time; by completely attending to what was happen ing she had bypassed the pain.
A Zen approach to bodytherapy: From Rolf to Feldenkrais to Tanouye Roshi by William S. Leigh