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Pulsing Rhythmic Bodywork

Personal development workshops

Qualifying track for professional training

Pulsing Rhythmic Bodywork

Pulsing Rhythmic Bodywork

Move more freely… feel more alive

Playful, energising, relaxing, nurturing, transforming

Vibrant and energising, relaxing and nurturing, pleasurable and playful, meditative and healing - Pulsing is a delight to give and a joy to receive.

Pulsing is a transformational bodywork, a rhythmic body therapy that is possibly one of the very best forms of bodywork, and also one of the most enjoyable. This transformative Reichian bodywork 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.

22-23 February 2020: Places available

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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:

  • Stressed and wants to relax
  • Tired and needs to be energised
  • Seeking an undemanding sensuous experience
  • Out of touch with their body
  • Wanting to discover self development through body movement
  • Wishing to explore Reichian therapy

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.

Professional qualification

Pulsing rhythmic bodywork training

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.

About this training

Pulsing was created in the late 1970s by Curtis Turchin, a bodywork practitioner from the USA. In 1978 he gave a demonstration of Pulsing at the Open Centre in London, and returned the following year to run a formal training. Two of the participants - Silke Ziehl and Guy Gladstone - developed this practice and began to offer their own trainings; as far as I am aware, they were the only people worldwide who did this. I undertook my basic Pulsing training with Guy Gladstone, and later a Master training with Silke Ziehl. For many years I assisted Guy Gladstone on his trainings, and when he decided to cut back on his workload prior to retiring he handed the programme over to me.

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Workshops take place at weekends only. They run 10am to 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

22-23 February 2020
13-14 June 2020
17-18 October 2020

February 2021
June 2021
October 2021

Precise dates to be confirmed.

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Yuan Centre
Colwood Gardens, Colliers Wood, London SW19 2DT

The venue is 1 minutes walk from Colliers Wood underground station (Northern Line). There are also buses into Wimbledon (British Rail and District Line tube). Parking restrictions are in force on Saturdays in the roads closest to the centre; there are no parking restrictions on Sundays. Parking is not restricted on Saturdays and Sundays in Zone CW, just around the corner from the tube station.

For anyone needing accommodation, the Premier Inn Wimbledon South is across the road from Colliers Wood tube station.

The venue has a kitchenette where drinks can be made; tea and coffee will be provided. 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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Single weekend
A single weekend costs £125.

Qualifying Track
To obtain the Pulsing certificate (professional qualification) you must complete any 4 weekends within 2 years - total cost £500.

Refresher weekend
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 2: Complete the online booking form.

Step 3: Once I have confirmed your place, make your payment. Your place is not guaranteed until payment has been received.

  • BACS: Sort code: 20 96 89 Account: 10432016 (reference Pulsing + your name)
  • Mobile (PayM): send to 07502 136692 (reference Pulsing + your name)
  • Paypal: Go to and follow the instructions.
  • Cheque: payable to Richard Lawton and send to me at 2A St Georges Rd., Mitcham CR4 1EB

Your place will be confirmed once payment is received.

Credit Card payments

I do not currently accept credit cards.

Cancellation Policy

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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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.

  • Deeply relaxing yet energising
  • Gently releases muscular tension and joint stiffness
  • Releases emotional stress and decreases anxiety
  • Encourages deeper, more relaxed breathing
  • Improves physical flexibility, balance and co-ordination
  • Enhances movement repertoire
  • Helps you rediscover your natural body rhythms
  • Promotes self-healing and homeostasis
  • Develops your inner sense of aliveness
  • Increases your sensitivity to your body
  • Improves self-awareness
  • May increase libido
  • Stimulates the release of unconscious material and imagery
  • Improves blood & lymph circulation and digestive transit
  • Promotes relaxed sleep and may ease insomnia
  • Meets the need for nurturing and support
  • Provides a sensuous experience within safe, respectful boundaries
  • An experience of embodied meditation and wonder
  • Attunes you to the flow of life and your inner wisdom

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  • Practitioners or students of any other form of hands-on bodywork who are interested in other approaches or want to add a new skill to what they offer.
  • Counsellors and psychotherapists with a desire to learn how to use touch to facilitate deep emotional work and support the working through of preverbal experience in a regression mode.
  • Students and practitioners of performing, movement, and martial arts who would like to introduce hands-on work into their practice.
  • Anyone drawn to holding and moving bodies who has not yet found a way to do that, whether in a spirit of play or as a mode of joyful work.
  • People interested in their personal development especially through making a deeper connection with their embodied self.
  • Searchers and researchers interested in the interface between the transpersonal and the prepersonal. Temporary ego loss and altered states of consciousness may be accessed via the trance that Pulsing can facilitate.
  • Movements applied by the practitioner utilise the client's own bodyweight. Therefore no particular strength or body build is necessary to practise Pulsing.
  • The weekends develop as a community of learning whose members make a deep, heartfelt and enlivening contact with each other. This means there is the option of continuing to exchange practice sessions between weekends, building the confidence to give a Pulsing to a friend or attract clients to your practice.
  • Previous course participants have included shiatsu practitioners, aromatherapists and reflexologists; deep tissue bodyworkers and practitioners of holistic and intuitive massage; doctors and physiotherapists; nurses, healers, and social workers; practitioners of Reiki, Bowen Technique and Polarity Therapy; counsellors, psychotherapists and performing arts practitioners; Tai Chi and Qigong teachers; dance movement therapists and people who practice 5 Rhythms and ecstatic dance - as well as people who have no interest in professional training, but are seeking a whole-person approach to personal development. Weekends are usually a mix of all types.
  • Both newcomers and old hands are welcome on the course.

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.

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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.

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.

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If you are planning to enter the qualifying track in order to become a Pulsing practitioner offering professional services to the public, please note:

  • You must satisfactorily complete any 4 weekend modules within the space of 2 years.
  • It is strongly recommended that you receive at least three sessions from an existing practitioner to gain a felt sense of Pulsing as a professional modality.
  • Regular peer exchanges in between workshop modules are essential (at least 10 overall is the recommendation).
  • If you wish to practice professionally it is recommended that you have a qualification in anatomy & physiology or hold an existing bodywork qualification.
  • If you wish to practice professionally in an explicitly psychotherapeutic mode, you should undertake suitable training in counselling or psychotherapy.

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Pulsing rhythmic bodywork workshop

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.