Shaking Medicine reintroduces the oldest medicine on earth--the ecstatic shaking of the human body. Most people’s worst fear is losing control--of their circumstances, of their emotions, and especially of their bodies. Yet in order to achieve the transcendent state necessary to experience deep healing, we must surrender control.
If you think, there are not many physical exercises, which you can do alone, anytime, anywhere, and with no dependence on how fit you are, you are right. But therapeutic shaking is the one rare commodity. This exercise will help you ease any emotional and physical tension and move any energetic blocks you may developed through long periods of inactivity or due to the psychological distress.
Stagnant energy and blocked passages bring numerous health and mood related issues, like stiff sore muscles and joints, fluid retention, digestive problems (bloating, indigestion) and feelings of irritability, anger, frustration, impatience, intolerance and righteousness. Shaking carefully and safely warms up your muscles, organs and joints, and gives your cells a buzz, at the same time helping to detoxify your body.
Well, if you have carefully read the title, you have had a right answer already. That is therapeutic shaking. It has a descent space in old and new therapeutic practices, like Qi Gong, Osho Dynamic Meditation, and TRE (trauma releasing exercises), developed by David Berceli as an alternative method of PTSD (Posttraumatic stress disorder) treatment.
Why is shaking so great?
Let’s review the several potential benefits of the therapeutic shaking:
1. Shaking is one of the natural ways your brilliant body rids itself of stress.
Stress literally gets stuck in the body. Stress hormones, muscular tension and tight shallow breathing stay stuck in the body after even a mildly stressful event. The damaging effects of stress stay stuck in your body unless you have way to clean them out. Shaking is one of the most effective and powerful stress cleaners. Animals from rabbits to polar bears know this and shake dozens of times a day to clear away the effects of trauma and stress. Children know this and naturally shake and wiggle away their tension until they are taught to sit still.
Your body also knows the healing power of shaking, but like most modern adults you may have learned to turn off this brilliant healing mechanism. Now, you can learn to turn it back on.
2. Shaking releases emotional tension.
3. Shaking is great exercise!
Shaking can be aerobic, strengthening and improve balance. It loosens joints, increases flexibility, burns calories and raises metabolism.
4. Shaking releases you from the bondage of being too adult-like.
Shake off your adult-ness and let yourself reclaim the free, spontaneous, childlike pleasure of feeling alive in your body.
5. Shaking lets you feel ridiculous and silly!
And that’s a good thing! Taking yourself too seriously is dangerous.
6. Shaking releases pain.
Pain is often caused by tension and tension always increases pain.
7. Shaking helps you to relax.
Relaxation is difficult when your body is tense. Relaxation is easier and deeper when you have given the body a chance to shake off tension. Ease and healing then happen more naturally.
8. Shaking clears away energy blocks.
A healthy body-mind is one in which the energy, chi or prana, is a free-flowing river. In the same way debris often gets stuck in a stream, we get stuck areas in our bodies, and our energy river cannot flow. Shaking process releases the debris and allows the energy river to flow freely so you can move, think and live more fully.
9. Shaking is fun!
Qi Gong Exercises
1. Hands Shaking
Extend one arm in front of you. Now shake your hand back and forth. Let the shake move to your elbow and all the way up to your shoulder. Continue with your other arm. Can you feel your energy buzzing?
You can use this simple but effective exercise when you prepare for energy works, like Reiki or Chiah, to “charge” your palms with healing power. But you can also use if for healing to stay focused when you are working on computer long hours. Take vibration brakes every couple of hours, shaking your hands and, arms, and shoulders just for 30 seconds to clear the passages, get more energy, and be more efficient with what you do.
2. Full Body Shaking
Stand with your feet firmly on the earth. From your feet start to shake gently up and down (not moving up and down on your toes, shake your whole body up and down). Breathe easily and freely. You can either leave your arms gently hanging at your sides or shake them around too.
Remember to be gentle. If anything hurts, shake that part slower and even more gently until the movement doesn’t hurt. Use your favorite tunes to create appealing music background for your exercise, if the location and your time permits.
Shake your whole body for a minute or up to 5 minutes – whatever feels right to you. When you feel you’ve done enough, slow down and then come to a gentle stop.
3. Full Body Shaking with Visualization
Imagine the cells of your body opening and releasing old, used up energy to be washed into the ground. Visualize this cellular cleansing while intending a downward energy flow. As you shake, old, stagnant, or toxic Qi will sink into the ground, like rainwater washing dust off a tree. Let the space between your cells expand. Sense your energy field begin to brighten and strengthen in intensity.
Osho Kundalini Shaking and Dancing Meditation
Shaking the body is considered a first stage of this 4-stages 1-hour long meditation, when each stage is 15 minutes. Be loose and let your whole body shake, feeling the energies moving up from your feet. Let go everywhere and become the shaking. Your eyes may be open or closed. All four stages are accompanied with appropriate music.
The other three stages are:
* Stage two: Free form dance. Let your body move in any way it wishes. Dance.
* Stage three: Stillness. Now, either sitting or standing, be still. Relax deeply within yourself. Be aware of your breathing and witness any thoughts or emotions, with no judgment. Don’t cling or reject; simply accept what is. Allow the silence of meditation to descend on you.
* Stage four: Stillness while you lie on the floor. Without opening your eyes, lie down. Just lie there in stillness for another fifteen minutes.
Osho AUM (Awareness, Understanding Meditation)
The AUM (Awareness, Understanding Meditation) is a social meditation that lasts two and a half hours. E 'composed of 12 stages of 15 min. about each, all designed to create a state of emptiness of mind "no mind" and opening of the heart. Each participant is encouraged to re-contact, thanks to the others present, rejected emotions and hidden in each.
The AUM Meditation is a very powerful and energizing, able to change our behavior and our unconscious way of performing daily life. This technique allows much more of a mental relaxation or a pleasant sensation body: if done with intensity and awareness brings you to a deep inner silence.
Shaking is offered as stage 4 (out of 12) of this AUM marathon.
Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)
TRE is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. Created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, TRE safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance.
TRE is based on the fundamental idea, backed by recent research, that stress, tension and trauma is both psychological and physical. TRE’s reflexive muscle vibrations generally feel pleasant and soothing. After doing TRE, many people report feelings of peace and well-being.
Bradford Keeney is an internationally known scholar, therapist, and shaman who has led expeditions throughout the world to study cultural healing practices. He had particular interest in therapeutic shaking, exploring it in different religions, cultures, and social groups. He considers the ecstatic movement of the human body as one of the most ancient techniques used by shamans and others to bring about therapeutic benefits to members of the community.
Here are his practical recommendations to those who is going to practice shaking exercises:
1. Focus on good feelings, preferably love, compassion, and kindness, and stay connected to them. It doesn't matter what words or phrases, if any, come to mind.
2. Turn on some spirited rhythmic music and start wiggling and moving.
3. It doesn't matter whether your eyes are open, half-closed, or closed. Allow them to be in whatever position feels natural.
4. Activate your muscles, wiggling and moving them from head to toe.
5. Gradually increase the rate of breath until you are breathing rapidly.
6. Assume an active attitude toward becoming excitable; encourage yourself to tremble, shake, and quake.
7. Continue for as long as you wish.
8. At the end of the exercise, let your body do what it wants — lie down, sit, walk, or whatever feels right.
9. Do this when you desire, even once a day, but at least once a week."
James S. Gordon, MD of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine recommends dancing and shaking at the beginning of each day.
1.Find some music with a fast tempo for the shaking, and simply use feel good music for the dancing. Plan for about 7-10 minutes of shaking and another 7-10 minutes for the dancing.
2.Plant your feet solidly on the ground. Let your arms hang loosely at your sides, and make sure that your knees are bent. Let your body become loose as you begin to shake or bounce your entire body up and down, keeping your feet planted. Drop your jaw, let your head rest easily on your neck. Let your body make whatever sound it wants to make. Remember to keep your knees soft, your body soft, and BREATHE. Continue for 7-10 minutes.
3.Stop the shaking music and just hold the energy for a moment. Pause and really feel the energy in your body.
4.Turn on any dance music and let yourself move freely in whatever way feels right. Continue for 7-10 minutes.
Warnings and Precautions
Women during the first three months of pregnancy and during the menstrual cycle should avoid doing shaking exercises.
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