What are The Four Suggestions used in VTYB (Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork)?
When we enter a medical office of any kind, such as a doctor’s or a dentist’s office, there are always suggestions, such as on wall plagues or from a kind greeting, inviting the client to feel welcomed and safe and to be in a more positive, tranquil and relaxed condition.
The same principle is true for The Art of VTYB.
Clients come into a VTYB session sometimes far from being in a calm and serene emotional state; frequently quite the contrary.
Perhaps the client has arrived from a chaotic traffic jam or a angry business negotiation. Perhaps the client is dealing with an unorganized home or has been in a negative and disagreeing conversation. Sometimes the client arrives having been in a sorrowful personal exchange such as the sudden loss of a dear one or a pet or maybe they are experiencing a challenging internal concern. Perhaps the client is emerging from a busy shopping experience.
Realistically, life delivers it’s fair share of challenging situations and unfortunately, there are no shortages of a variety of chaotic, confused and anxious moods.
Here are The Four Suggestions that The VC’s curriculum has formalized and routinely includes as an instructional directive during a course. It is also recommended to use these and other ‘suggestions’ in private treatments previous to initiating touch with a client:
* Breathe. The etymological root of the english word ‘breathe’ is of latin and greek influence. The words ‘spirare, spiros, spiritum, are exonyms for the english word ‘spirit’. For attaining the spirit of relaxation, tranquility and the customary and agreeable healthy transformation, it is imperative to remind the recipient to conscientiously ‘remain’ with their breathing during the session. This conscientious breathing will enhance the overall quality of the session’s experience. Because the practitioner is already embodying a significant responsibility as a therapist, the practitioner must transfer onto the recipient some of the responsibility to be open, relaxed and receptive. Directed to the recipient, the suggestion ‘to conscientiously breathe’ easily transfers this imperative suggestion and thus positively influences the ambiance of the session.
* Silk Ropes. On the therapeutic books of Asian bodywork, since time immemorial, has been this elegant and very effective suggestion to feel the body become as a silk rope. Remarkably and also very desirable, the imaging that results within the mind of the reposed recipient, who has received the suggestion to become as a silk rope, also attunes to and experiences the seventy two thousand currents of energy, known as channels or meridians or nadis aka the rainbow rivers of careening light. This highly effective intent of the ‘silk ropes’ suggestion is again one of the four vc suggestions to enhance the quality and potential of the treatment’s ultimate result.
* Gravity. Focused towards the reclining recipient, the precise nomenclature employed for this important and impacting suggestion is: ‘This moment, please surrender to gravity and feel gravity as a secure, nurturing and comfortable embrace.’ Ordinarily, we are experiencing gravity as an imposing, even detrimental, force perhaps prolapsing our internal organs or inducing unsightly facial muscles. Yet, referring, in the suggestion, to gravity as an ‘embrace’ creates an empowering and welcoming experience. ‘Feel the cosmic nest’ is an accompanying suggestion to the ‘Gravity’ invitation.
* Color, Fragrance and Sound. The lungs are not the only organ that is breathing. The skin or body is also breathing and this is an even more true anatomical assertion when we include the psychological or emotional [pranic] or astral interpretation of the breathing function. Assuming that the skin or body is also ‘breathing’, we can be suggestively very creative with our imaging ideas for the fortunate reposing recipient. By submitting gentle proposals for the recipient to inhale and exhale personally chosen colors, fragrances and sounds into and out of various bodily regions, such as an example: ‘breathe in a favorite color into the feet and breathe out through the fingers, and or breathe in a favorite fragrance into the base of the spine then breathe out through the third eye’, these suggestions produce obvious affirmative effects upon the recipient and thus initiates the confident expression so intended and desired for the treatment’s exchange.