Osteopathic Bodywork: Listening to the Body
The body is a remarkably complex and intelligent structure. Injuries and insults may cause a structure to lose its inherent mobility. If its mobility is not restored, it may become shortened or immobile, creating abnormal tensions on other structures that articulate with it.
A series of these events can result in a line of tension that creates symptoms far from the original site of injury. This entire chain must be addressed in order to wholly treat the person. If treatment is out of sequence, the body will not easily change or hold the change. If the intelligence of the body is listened to, the lines of tensions will reveal themselves and dictate the order in which they must be addressed. Done this way, the techniques can be very precise and gentle. Changes from treatments may be immediate or may take as long as a week to settle in.
“There is an art of listening. To be able really to listen, one should abandon or put aside all prejudices, preformulations and daily activities. When you are in a receptive state of mind, things can be easily understood; you are listening when your real attention is given to something.”
– J. Krishnamurti