Shaking Myself into Stillness
Shaking Myself into Stillness
It has been a while since I've had such an obvious Parkinson's client. I found it really interesting just how strong his shaking felt when you held his arms, even while medicated to help reduce the severity. He also presented with quite severe anxiety. With kinesiology I tested that using the Access Bars process was appropriate, we held the points and within 5 minutes his shaking stopped and didn't start again while I was with him. Incredible result. Did it hold, I'll let you know when I see him next.
This event then was then on my mind in my evening practice and while I stood there, I did as I had many times before, I allowed myself to shake in the standing posture. I found over time that when I feel like, that allowing a low level shake to enter the standing allows me to soften to and loosen whatever it is that is creating tension. The shaking seems to clear through the tension and I can again return to stillness.
Shaking is such a useful practice that if you don't already do it as part of your routine, add it in. Eloquently put by my brother, Simon, as like shaking a bag of rice to get the stones and bad rice out. The vibration allows you to release things to be held. Yes there is a very real injury aspect that comes from people who are being shaken, through industrial machines or physical violence. But that is significantly different from shaking that you choose. Just as the act of dancing often contains shaking, especially if you go to a dance club where you are moving in rhythm with sometimes hundreds of people. Don't we often feel great for that release.
So for me the practice allows me to find the stillness that I am struggling to hold. I have a very active mind and so to aim straight for stillness means that I struggle to start with. By beginning with a shaking practice, I can allow all the agitation and activity in my mind to have a vehicle to move through me more easily and more fluidly. I am giving my body a way to allow stagnation to flow more easily. And let's face it, flow of energy in the self is what we are aiming for.
And yes at times I do perhaps look that funny when I'm shaking. I can really go for it and allow my body the total release that is possible in shaking. Doing 30-60 minutes of shaking can really stimulate the body, activate metabolism at greater levels, release some amazing biochemistry inside you to leave you feeling great. All drug and expense free, just shake, wearing whatever you want, wherever you want.
From the shaking it is so much easier to find the stillness. Anytime the standing becomes too challenging, shake gently until you are ready to return to stillness. I've found this really useful especially when working with new standing postures or when exploring areas of my movement where I struggle to open. I'll stand there and feel where I am holding. If I need to, then I will also gently shake until I can feel ready to stand still. Through this I find the integration of standing much easier.
So we can shake ourselves still, use movement as the vehicle to stillness. This is no new idea. It was encouraged in some of the meditations of Osho, to move until you were ready to be still. Helping our western monkey minds come into peace.
What does this mean for people suffering from Parkinson's? I don't know. But I do wonder whether there is a conscious mechanism for becoming aware of the shaking that happens autonomously, and using your awareness to lead the body back to stillness. Is that possible? I have no idea. Has thinking about it helped my practice? Very much so, because it has given me more awareness on my shaking and my standing practice.
Feeling out of sorts, shake to stillness. And to help out, check out this film of my brother leading a short shaking practice, Shaking Away the Stress. Try it, let if go on for as long as you want, don't be limited by the film. Then stand, align yourself and just be.
Enjoy and love your life
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