The feeling of being moved

General Aim

To experience the joy of being touched

Learning goals

● To increase body awareness
● To become aware of our feelings through sharing

Short description/background/Introduction/Tips for the trainer

This is a paired up bodywork exercise. This is a high risk exercise, getting touched invokes emotions in participants. In order to use bodywork exercises, the trainer has to have solid experience in containing emotional situations, as well as self-experience in bodywork.
For this specific exercise also experience from a bodyworker side is needed to avoid any physical injuries of the participants.
The trainer shall always give the option of non-participating. In case needed, the trainer can also participate, in that case it is suggested to use an alarm in order to be aware of the change.
Somatic exercises, especially bodywork, change the perception of time.

Target

Adults

Suggested group

6-20

Materials

Polyfoam mattress for all (to lie, and to kneel upon)

Duration

30 min

Procedure/steps

1. Introduction and presentation of the exercise: the trainer first presents the exercise with the co-trainer, or with a volunteer, to show the precise movements of lifting and holding up the limbs.
2. One participant lies on the mattress and the other is giving the touch. The bodyworker is first providing a “first touch”: a solid, not too gentle, not too pushing touch to leave space for the other to get used to it.
3. The bodyworker is lifting up one of the arms, putting one palm under the elbow, and holding the hand with the other hand. He/she moves it around, shakes it, pulls a very little and pushes. Then, he/she puts it down. The bodyworker should feel the weight of the limb, and should help the lying peer to be able to release it. Then, the same work is done with the other arm.
4. The bodyworker is lifting the leg – puts a hand under the knee, and lifts up the leg from there, and then with the other hand lifts up the whole leg. Then, he/she puts it down. The bodyworker should feel the weight of the limb, and should help the lying peer to be able to release it. Then, the same work is done with the other leg.
5. Finally the bodyworker reaches the head. He/she puts both palms under the neck / head and lifts up very little and slowly. He/she moves it around, like a ball, very slowly, and just until there is resistance.
6. After 10 minutes, the pairs swap.
7. Second round (after change), again 10 minutes
8. Sharing in pairs

Evaluation/Final debriefing

In this exercise, the exchange and sharing takes place in pairs. Each pair is given about 5 minutes to dialogue and explain how they felt.