Having been a rock climber and boulderer for more than 5 years now, I have come to the understanding that yoga and more specifically yoga therapy can bring a number of significant advantages to those who incorporate it into their routine and training.
Indeed the regular rock climber doesn’t stretch nor really understands the potential benefits that a limb body can bring to his or her climbing level.
I have always been excited at the idea of teaching the climbing community and helping them understand their bodies better, and for many reasons:
one is to avoid injuries, which is the number one enemy of any climber and which will, just like in yoga, set you back in your practice. Another one being to get people to move their bodies differently and allow them as a result to climb higher “grades” or previously inaccessible climbing walls. And last but not least, to teach them tools, poses, therapy exercises to balance their bodies and energies out and get them to understand their bodies in a way they didn’t previously.
One of the biggest teachings of ryoho, zen shiatsu and chinese medicine for me was: the energy governs the physical body. If I can successfully introduce that idea to the climbing community and get them to see and feel themselves from that different angle, it would be a great success.
I always found climbing and yoga a great combination. Yoga being there to build awareness and combine mind and body, as well as relax the spine, nervous system and physical body. But one of the movements absent from yoga is the “pulling” strength that is so omnipresent and crucial in climbing.
However climbing tends to be quite harsh on the body, joints, and tendons, as well as build strength and therefore imbalances only in certain areas of our bodies. All the top climbers in the world have a strong yoga practice to complement their training. Some have regular acupuncture treatments to prevent injury and keep their energy balanced and strong.
I’m really looking forward to see the impact of yoga therapy on climbers and I hope to have a wide range of students to test my abilities and keep everyone challenged and safe at the same time.
For the psychologist practice:
I have been treating several psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers specialised in traumas in the past 3 years. This allowed these people who work with very troubled clients, and therefore take on a lot of that energy, to release those tensions/energies and build up their energy back.
It more importantly enabled those professionals to see that shiatsu is a very gentle and safe way to have human contact. A way that sadly most people in this world have never experienced, ever!
The chance of being touched in a non-sexual, nurturing, non-judgmental, and gentle way is for most people extremely powerful and important.
When some of those therapists realised that, and also realised that some patients oftentimes experienced some physical pains (lower back, neck, headaches, etc.), they started recommending a shiatsu treatment from me who they knew and trusted.
It has been nothing but amazing to see the life-changing transformations that shiatsu can bring to people with significant traumas, and it makes me very grateful and eager to learn more on how to help and support my patients (existing and future)