Spaces in My Body

The space between my space.

In yoga, our instructor has us focusing on the space between our vertebrae.  In odd moments in the day I think of those spaces and stretch my posture higher, reaching for the impossible sense of being taller or even touching, as our instructor says, “the farthest star”.

What is even more amazing to me is the impact that finding these spaces is having on how I think about my life.  These spaces in my body (and they can be found all over) give me an experience of what feels good to me in my life. For someone who in some strange way has never felt entirely comfortable liking what she likes, this is significant. I was in my 20s before I was able to own that, contrary to my mother’s strongly held opinions against cast iron frying pans, that I myself quite liked them (!).

Importantly, this awareness of spaces in my body translates into everyday life.  I begin to notice more clearly what feels clear and what does not.  Life does not work very well when we do things that do not harmonize with our clarity.  I am learning an important life tool that was missing from my tool bag.


About HaraHarmony

Who am I? My name is Annemarie Marti and I have been practicing Shiatsu Therapy since 1987. During that time, my work has been enriched by meeting and working with many, many wonderful people. This work has allowed me many insights and perspectives on Shiatsu, healing, growing, self-expression and our relationship to our body and our planet which I now will begin to share in the Hara Harmony blog. The notion of being a healer came to me while I was in college and reading books about indigenous healing practices. In the mid-1970s I did not have a vision for how to pursue such a path and turned my desire to heal to our planet. It was not until the late 1980s that I found a way back, through Shiatsu, to my original desire to heal our bodies. As my journey with Shiatsu evolved, I began to see that there was a connection between healing our planet and creating vibrant health for our own bodies. The style of bodywork that I practice is called Shiatsu. Shiatsu is an Asian style of bodywork that evolved from the perspectives and teachings of Chinese acupuncture. Acupuncture brings to the process of healing, the concept of balancing, smoothing and rejuvenating the energies in our living, Human body. Shiatsu uses touch, no needles, to contact and move these energies called ‘chi’. In moving the chi, a Shiatsu therapist is able to help muscles to relax, the mind to quiet and well-being to return. My touch is firm to gentle~~you choose! We work together to create a great session for you where you feel refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated. If you would like more information about Shiatsu or my practice of Shiatsu, please email me at:
This entry was posted in Yoga. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s