Exploring Hara and the Transformative Field of Ma: Japanese Approaches to Rolfing®
Hiroyoshi Tahata has been working to integrate the Japanese concepts of Hara and Ma with Rolfing for twenty-five years. The approach he has developed is transformative and broadens a practitioner’s field of perception and informed touch.
In general, the Hara point is understood to be located three finger-widths below the navel. In Zen meditation, attention is often placed on the Hara, and in acupuncture Hara is said to be the ‘source of life’. Hiro believes that Hara is our gravitational centre, located at the centre of the inlet of the true pelvis.
Ma refers to the Japanese sense of space, interval or pause between objects. In the west we may refer to this as the field. Integrating these two aspects into your somatic practice deepens not only the connection to oneself but to the surrounding field and the context of an individual’s life. The conditioned field of Ma can facilitate decompression of the body.
Developing balance, orientation, and coordination require constant interaction with the external environment whether you are working in a therapeutic session or within your daily life.
• Certified Rolfer®
• SI Practitioner (IASI approved)
- CE-Credits: 1 Movement and 2 Elective Credits towards the Advanced Rolfing® Training
(Prices, dates, course locations and teachers are subject to change.)
This workshop will explore:
· How the spatial relationship between practitioner and client facilitates safety within a therapeutic process
· How we, as practitioners, ‘condition’ the field from our very first encounter with clients
· The somatic impact of the pandemic:
• how social distancing may have affected our ability to sense field relationships
• how the practitioner’s intentional positioning can reset a pattern of shallow breathing and create security
• how to release eye tension related to excessive screen use
· How we can work with Hara sensation in remote sessions