Shiatsu is a never-ending journey for me. Each person, each session, a new adventure. As the years go by, the meanings of the meridians clarify, as well as their relationship to one another. Long standing mysteries suddenly become clear.
A first sudden clarification still stands out for me. It was with the Liver meridian which I had learned relates to anger. Yet I also learned that it relates to the Soul and for many years was very confused about how the two could co-exist in the same meridian. The Soul, to me, was an exalted place of purity and purpose—and anger? Well, anger was something emanating from a baser place in our selves!
Then one day, in a session I suddenly saw the connection: Anger is the protector of that exalted place of purity OF purpose*! When a wrong has occurred, whether to ourselves, or another, an animal or our planet, it is an affront to our Soul, that place of exalted vision of who we are, what we can be and where we are going. If something gets in the way then of course we are angry!
*New clarification as I write! Liver is about purity OF (not AND) purpose. Hence, its’ role as detoxifier in our bodies! Also, associated with vision, Liver is about who we are, our Cosmic Task on the planet and being able to SEE and plan for the execution of that Cosmic Task so that the Gallbladder meridian can do ITS’ job, fulfill om its’ Cosmic Task (next topic).
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: Annemarie@haraharmony.com
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