Rock And Roll Therapy
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
Seiki has been described as the rock and roll of natural therapy according to the Telegraphs Jane Alexander (23 04 09). It has also been claimed to be similar to shiatsu and energy healing techniques. Furthermore, Seike has been argued as great for lowering stress levels and reducing back ache.
This ‘anything goes treatment is not hung up on stringent diets or exercise regimes and wouldn’t dream of asking you to give up anything, except your stress and pain and even then, only if you are ready to let it go.
”People already put so much pressure on themselves,” says practitioner Margot Gordon, who has treated a host of Hollywood stars. ”The last thing you need is a therapy that puts on even more pressure and causes more stress, yet so many treatments are all about giving up this or not doing that.’
Seiki, frankly, couldn’t care less. If you want to drink a bottle of Beaujolais a night that’s cool (though people often find that, after a series of treatments, their senses become so acute that they automatically eat and drink well).
Seiki originated from a Japanese shiatsu practitioner, Akinobu Kishi. He felt that shiatsu was too controlling – it sought to change the person’s body, whether it wanted to be changed or not.
His solution was to learn by precise observation exactly what the client’s body wanted him to do.
All my body wanted to do was collapse in a heap. ”That’s fine,” says Margot, settling me, fully-clothed, on a padded mat. People often find their bodies automatically seek to shift or stretch, twitch or turn. Mine however, stayed parked, totally inert, throughout the session.
It’s hard to describe seiki. Sometimes it feels similar to shiatsu or acupressure, at other times it’s more akin to energy healing techniques such as reiki. Within minutes, I found my breathing slowed down. In this deeply relaxed state we can, apparently, eliminate stress, tension and emotional toxicity, and this leaves the body freer and the mind clearer.
During my session I lost track of time completely. When Margot gently said she had finished, I could have been on the floor for half an hour or half a day.
”It’s really body meditation,” she says. ”Everything affects us, from traffic jams to unpaid bills; from unemployment to difficult relationships. All those feelings, they won’t go away.”
Accordingly Seiki does not make extravagant claims. In fact, it doesn’t make any claims at all. It’s all very Zen, yet not in a precious and irritating way. People, however, report a host of benefits, from lower stress levels and an easing of insomnia, to reduced backache. Unlike most forms of bodywork there are no contra-indications. ”We can treat absolutely anyone,” claims Margot.
”Because we are not forcing the body; we merely do what it wants and needs. Seiki doesn’t always cure the problem. But it does make people feel good.”
Despite not having a clue exactly how it worked, I left feeling as if a huge weight had been lifted off my chest. My chronic neck and back tension had vanished and friends even asked if I’d had some “work” as I apparently looked 10 years younger. Seiki may be short on rules and regulations, but in my experience it is pretty impressive on results.
Seiki Soho means guidance/empathy. Everyday pressures can often manifest themselves into physical and emotional problems, distortions of life energy, indicating the body’s innate willingness to seek balance. Through trusting the body it shows us how to regain balance. By using guidance and sensitivity of touch, this can be achieved.
Discipline and commitment are needed to become our ‘real selves.’ Only through continuous awareness and clearing can we develop the sensitivity necessary to feel the movement behind a physical discomfort, behind a pain or emotion, in order to release the full creative and joyful potential of our original personality and power.
Seiki has a unique approach to life and healing. It has to be experienced to be understood. It brings forth a reawakening of trust, the space to let go, the realisation that our problems are our chance, the opportunity to accept every situation as it comes (flexibility).
Seiki is a very pure method of healing self, without any compromises.
Seiki is all about ‘being in the moment’ - treating the whole being, with no expectations.
Seiki is performed through clothing, at floor level.
Because Seiki works from the inside out, to a certain extent, it can help all types of ailments. At times, the level of an ailment will reflect what is experienced, during and/or after a treatment. But if ‘basic trust’ is applied, Seiki can be the easiest, simplest thing in the world - with it comes great insight.
Internal resonance (life energy or Ki) can be felt and enhanced by following a pattern of movement within the body, allowing space and time to release stagnant energy, bringing with it the potential to attain a deep sense of health and well-being. The movement we feel is the healing that we need.
The practitioner doesn’t ‘treat’ the client, he only acts as a ‘mirror’ so the client can recognise how to heal ’self.’