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What is Pulsing?

Pulsing is a rhythmic, rocking form of bodywork that allows you to increase your sensitivity to your body and engage in a process of dynamic re-patterning of body, mind and spirit.

Pulsing is often described as "The Tai Chi of massage". While this captures something of its spirit, Pulsing actually contains little of what most people would consider as 'massage.' The client lies on a couch, but may remain fully clothed; no oil is used and there are no long strokes or deep work on the muscles. Rather than working soft tissue, Pulsing works more with the skeletal system to improve mobility and movement.

For most of the session the therapist will be rocking your body using a soft, regular rhythm; the speed may vary at times according to whether there is a need to be more gentle and nurturing or more energising. At times, arms and legs may be lifted, stretched, bounced, shaken or rotated to encourage mobility. There will often be a lot of work on the head and neck to release deep-seated tension. During this, the client is encouraged to simply relax into the movement and connect with breath and awareness to the pulse of their body. Sometimes the whole body will spontaneously relax and ride the wave of long, flowing movement.

A Pulsing session can be conducted in various modes, according to the client's need and the therapist's background. Some Pulsing practitioners are massage therapists who use the form of Pulsing as a manual therapy to promote deep relaxation and musculoskeletal realignment. Others are trained in process work and may use Pulsing in its original formulation as a bodymind therapy, encouraging emotional release as part of a process of dissolving character and body armour. The client may choose to engage with playfulness, laughter, anger or tears; sink into the supportive, nurturing rhythm; or enter a deeply relaxed meditative state. A session may include any or all of these.

Whichever form of Pulsing is experienced, clients invariably report feeling nurtured, supported, deeply relaxed and energised after a session. Whatever their emotional state there is usually a greater sense of aliveness, lightness and freedom of movement. It is a nurturing, blissful and liberating form of bodywork - arguably it is one of the very best: few others leave the receiver with such a feeling of profound relaxation combined with aliveness.


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