Listening for the Echo
Listening for the echo’ is a fundamental technique taught in every Asian style of bodywork. ‘Listening for the echo’ is experienced when a practitioner is in full expression of a compression or a stretch. The ‘echo’ is the ultra-subtle sensation that occurs when the spindle cells and the brain communicate.
Within the belly of the muscle or the tendon there is the computer department, the group of specialized cells whose job is to detect pressure, heat, and intention, etc. As these neurological assemblies register and record impulses, they also bio-electrically submit this information to the central nervous system. This eventually includes the brain which responds accordingly, issuing the appropriate reaction.
The time required for this communication to complete the essential full cycle is where the ‘echo’ is to be experienced. We are eavesdropping on this communication with consciousness, respect, courtesy, and sensitivity. This enables us to procure the most desirable technique available.
Subsequently, we are sensitized and are given privy access to proceed with perfect savvy. That is, we can settle deeper into the compression/stretch or inversely, we act assuredly and in confidence as we release.
Knowing the talent of ‘Listening for the Echo’ secures for yourself an elite status in the art of Vedic Yoga Massage Therapy. We have achieved the coveted position of eliminating the dreaded duality of being obscure: ‘Is this treatment going too fast or too slow?’, ‘Am I being too strong or am I being too weak?’, ‘Is this session good or bad?’
To achieve transcendence and vital effectiveness in massage therapy, a unified field must occur. The individualities of the giver and the receiver must merge to disappear and be replaced with the highly effective propriety of being at one with the recipient’s needs.
The element that distinguishes Asian Bodywork from the typical Aromatherapy lubricant treatment is Consciousness. With oil massage (Swedish style for example) the magic occurs as a result of the flowing strokes and fragrant balms. A recipient is lulled off to tranquillity and rejuvenation consequent to those dynamics. Add to this ambiance serene music and warm lighting and we have the magical medicine so well-cherished about bodywork for centuries.
However, with Asian Bodywork styles such as Vedic, Anma, Shiatsu, Balinese, Tuina, and Thai, the medical magic occurs as a result of offering your talents interwoven with loving awareness and consciousness. This is not to say that these energies are absent in our standard European bodywork. Of course these considerations are essential.
However, with Asian bodywork, reverence is exclusively paid to Sacred Awareness. Without holy consciousness, all other embellishments are powerless. Consciousness is the life-giver to intention, talent, expertise, and progressiveness in the development of the session’s protocol. ‘Listening for the Echo’ is the ultimate experience for any Vedic Bodywork session.