As of November 2014, a new energy has become part of my work with Shiatsu. The process by which this energy is contacted is called ‘Bars’ and is being made known through an organization called ‘Access Consciousness’. Though I had heard of Bars two+ years ago, my skepticism was (unfortunately) stronger than my curiosity. Below is a beginning to describing this unexpected journey after 20+ years of practicing Shiatsu(!).
Weaving a new tool called the ‘Bars’ ( https://vimeo.com/72778672) into my Shiatsu Work has been an unexpected and joyous adventure. My Shiatsu Work has ALWAYS been a source of fascination, amazement, interest and joy for me—all of which has been amplified by weaving in the Bars. It feels that the Bars takes the practice of Shiatsu to another level of accessing and empowering the bodies’ energies in ways that I never imagined possible. Even if I only “do” only a small amount of the Bars, the effects on the session are palpable to me as a practitioner from an energetic standpoint but, more importantly they are appearing as noticeable by my ‘Shiatsu-ees’ who have said things like, “that was the best session you ever gave me” (after 10+ years of Shiatsu). As it is often said in the Access Consciousness world—how does it get any better than that?! Another beautiful evolution since adding Bars to my work, is that my experience of the energy as I work has completely transformed into something almost magical. It feels sometimes as if I am moving through a guided meditation that has taken me into a trance-like experience of energy that is not accessible through normal everyday awareness or consciousness. Yet, there I am having a conversation with my Shiatsu-ee AND experience explosions and openings in the flow of their energy. After all these years of practicing Shiatsu (my first class was in 1987), this is something I never expected even as my work has always evolved and changed in ways that were exciting and interesting to me. Please stay tuned for more about Shiatsu, Bars and Shiatsu + Bars! Love, Annemarie