Finding Your Body Voice

Annemarie in Grandpa's Hat

Giving our body a voice is a doorway to more ease and joy in our lives.  It is also a way of tuning in to our inner voice which can lead us to a smoother experience of life and protect us from problems that might otherwise entangle us.  Honoring and listening to our bodies can be a daily or moment by moment practice to check in to while we are making choices throughout our day.  These choices can range from what to wear, eat and do. The ‘how to’ can be as simple asking a question and then trusting the answer that comes.

Here is a way to begin giving your body a voice:  Next time you have a choice to make about where to go, what to wear or eat or who to spend time with, ask your body if she/he would like to vote. Then give your body a choice by trying this simple question “Body, what would you like in this moment?”. The sometimes seemingly small course corrections that can emerge from this question may yield surprisingly beautiful outcomes.

In the last few months asking this question had me try a new form of exercise–and then return to it again and again as I became aware, to my great surprise, that my body LOVES the experience of an intense strength building form of exercise that I discovered at a local Barre studio, Barre and Beyond ( It is as if my body loves giving muscles I did not even know existed a ‘voice’ by becoming the strength and power that they are meant to be.  This experience was totally unexpected and has added an energy and aliveness to my life that I did not know was there for me.  Your body may desire something different than mine did, all I am saying is that there may be an exciting adventure waiting for you once you begin to allow your body to have a voice in your life.


Mighty Mirth at Barre & Beyond Studio

Your journey listening to your body voice will be different, I only encourage you to stop, ask, listen and then see if good things happen. I hope you will experiment with this question and see what shows up in your life—and let me know what you discover.



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:
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