Pulsing Rhythmic Bodywork is possibly one of the very best forms of bodywork, and also one of the most enjoyable. Pulsing is a transformative Reichian bodywork that helps you connect to your embodied self, release physical tension and emotional stress, let go of old patterns and discover your authentic self.
The training is primarily hands-on learning. Short demonstration sessions are followed by supervised practice in pairs, during which you will receive one-to-one coaching on technique and on general good practice. The groups are small and friendly, with no more than 12 participants. Jenny Firkins of ZenBodywork is assistant facilitator.
These weekend workshops are a great way of immersing yourself into an experience of this delightful bodywork.
October 2017: limited places available
February 2018: Places available
Advanced workshops: Deepen your skills with advanced trainings for those already qualified. Click here for details
Pulsing uses a continuous rocking of the whole body to encourage the receiver to release both the superficial holding of everyday muscular tension and the chronic holding of body armour. The wave-like rhythm brings a sense of ease and flow, and coaxes the receiver to accept support and nurturing, to surrender to the motion and release their habitual control of the body's natural impulses.
Within this matrix of continuous rocking, the limbs are stretched, lifted, shaken, rotated and swung to encourage the whole body to open up. Different rhythms may be explored, from the slow and meditative to the dynamic and exciting. This allows you in your body to experience unfamiliar states or engage with ones you habitually block while being safely held. It grants you permission to connect with feelings and sensations, to release physical tension and emotional stress and attune to your natural energy and power.
A Pulsing session is likely to leave you profoundly relaxed, yet sparkling with energy.
These weekend workshops are a great way of immersing yourself into an experience of this delightful bodywork. They are suitable for anyone who is:
While many practicing bodyworkers attend, no previous experience is required: the workshops are for anyone who is open and willing to engage with both themselves and with others in a spirit of play, exploration and acceptance.
Attendance at 4 weekends leads (subject to satisfactory completion) to certification by the Pulsing Association. This qualification is generally accepted by professional organisations such as Embody and the FHT. This makes it ideal for any practitioner of hands-on bodywork wishing to add another skill; or for practitioners of performing, movement & martial arts who would like to introduce an element of hands-on work into their practice. It is also useful for psychotherapists and counsellors wishing to explore how to use touch with clients.
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Workshops take place at weekends only. They run 10am to 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Trainings are now finished for the year.
18-19 March 2017
13-14 May 2017
7-8 October 2017
24-25 February 2018
2-3 June 2018
13-14 October 2018
Dates will be announced late 2017
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Location and Practicalities
British School of Shiatsu-Do
Unit 3 Thane Works, Thane Villas, London N7 7NU
The venue is about 7 minutes walk from Finsbury Park Underground and British Rail mainline. There are frequent bus services along Seven Sisters Rd. On-street parking is available (metered Saturday mornings).
Hot drinks and pure water are available on the premises. Lunch may be brought or easily purchased nearby.
Unlike conventional massage, it is not necessary to be unclothed to receive a Pulsing session. Wear or bring clothing that is comfortable and does not restrict movement; t-shirt and jogpants or leggings are recommended (preferably cotton, as Lycra tends to be too slippery).
The workshops run from 10am to 6pm both days.
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Workshop cost and booking
A single weekend costs £125.
To obtain the Pulsing certificate you must complete any 4 weekends within 2 years - total cost £500.
Anyone who has already completed the Pulsing practitioner training and wishes to attend for a refresher is entitled to a reduced price for a single weekend of £85.
Booking & Payment
Your place is not guaranteed until payment has been received. Once you have reserved a place I will hold it for you for 3 weeks pending payment. If payment has not been received within 3 weeks, your place will be un-reserved and offered to others. If this may be a a problem for you, please contact me to discuss.
All courses must be pre-booked and paid for in advance. There is no admission on the day without prior registration.
Step 1: Decide which date(s) you wish to book. It is probably advisable to first text or email me to check on availability of places.
Step 3: Once I have confirmed your place, make your payment. Your place is not guaranteed until payment has been received.
Your place will be confirmed once payment is received.
Credit Card payments
If you really need to pay by credit card, you can book the event through Eventbrite (single weekend only, booking fee applies).
For cancellations made:
Within 14 days of your booking: Full refund
Up to 8 weeks before the workshop: Full refund
Up to 4 weeks before the workshop: 50% refund*
Less than 4 weeks before the workshop: Not refundable*
*Alternatively, the full amount may be credited towards a place on the next workshop.
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Benefits of Pulsing
This deeply enjoyable and gentle form of bodywork provides a wide range of benefits to physical health and mental & emotional wellbeing. Like massage it helps release stress, eases muscular tension and promotes the overall health of the physical systems of the body, such as the immune system, digestion, circulation and the lymphatic system.
It also provides benefits that are generally more associated with exercise practices such as yoga and Pilates and movement-based modalities such as Tai Chi and 5 Rhthyms dance meditation. It can enhance balance, co-ordination and mobility; it stimulates energy and a sense of aliveness. It may also assists you in developing self-expression and psychological transformation, helping to shift old patterns of behaviour. This may be with conscious awareness of your process, or simply by allowing fresh energies to emerge within the body.
Pulsing may also be a very meditative experience, helping you connect to a deeper sense of self: a holsistic self-experience.
Pulsing connects you to the security of movement: the rocking of a foetus in the womb, the rocking of a baby in its parents' arms, the rocking of the cradle and the self-rocking that children (and people of all ages) readily slip into. Rocking maintains the sense of safety and relatedness.
Like the pulse of music, touch can set a bodymind dancing. The effects of Pulsing occur below the level of conscious awareness and will continue to be felt for some while after the session. It is a joy to give and a delight to receive.
Who can benefit?
The persistent rocking of Pulsing can have a hypnotic effect, which easily results in an altered state. It is perhaps then not suitable for anyone for whom an altered state might be problematic. This might include anyone who experiences flashbacks as a result of PTSD or is suffering from any kind of dissociative disorder.
You will not be admitted on the day if you are under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs.
The core of each weekend will be short demonstration sessions followed by supervised practice in pairs. During this practice you will get one-to-one assistance on whatever aspects you require: technical issues on the strokes; the application of theory; general principles of practice; good posture. For those on the qualifying track, you will receive hints to help you develop your own style and integrate advanced moves and freestyling.
To ensure that everyone gets plenty of table-side coaching, the group is kept small (no more than 12 participants) and I am assisted by Jenny Firkins of ZenBodywork
You will learn a basic forty moves with which will allow you to:
1) Give a whole body session for an hour. This repertoire is expandable and the sequencing variable.
2) Give short form sessions focusing on one or more of the mini-sessions within the long form (head and neck, arms, legs from the front, legs from the back, torso from the front, torso from the back)
3) Introduce single moves or short sequences into your existing mode of bodywork.
Additionally, those on the qualifying track can expect by its completion to take away whatever is personally relevant to their learning curve and future application of Pulsing from amongst the following practitioner skills:
4) Deep relearning in your own body, how it feels to be fluid, connected and whole, the necessary basis for communicating this to others
5) Developing good habits of posture and positioning for effortless working
6) Utilising different qualities of touch and engaging with the different types of body tissue: ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm
7) Supporting the emergence of core body impulses; healing through respecting involuntary movements
8) Discovering body images & enhancing bodily aspects of self-image
9) Combining the moves with a focus on breathing to coax feelings towards expression
10) Maintaining contact without merging, managing your own body boundaries and supporting the formation of boundaries
11) Choosing a progressive or regressive approach and balancing the pleasure and reality principles
12) Combining pulsing with verbal facilitation.
If you are planning to enter the qualifying track in order to become a Pulsing practitioner offering professional services to the public, please note:
If you would like to be kept informed about Pulsing workshop dates, special events and offers, please submit the sing-up form below.
Keep in touch
You can get much more information on Pulsing Rhythmic Bodywork, including the history of Pulsing, articles by top practitioners and a UK directory of therapists, on the Pulsing Association website
This training was previously run by Guy Gladstone, whom I assisted for many years.