Being in the Flow
Full-body & deep tissue massage
Alchemy of Touch
(Texts of this page quoted from my teachers website: www.alchemyoftouch.com/our-method/ )
Alchemy of Touch is a dynamic & poetic form of transformational bodywork developed by Tapesh Paradiso and accentuated by the embodied wisdom of Anouk Devi. It is designed to elevate massage, bodywork and healing to a new level by harmonizing both musculoskeletal and energetic techniques from many different Eastern and Western modalities including
This profound fusion facilitates the release of tension by focusing on the Myo-Fascia in order to unwind physical imbalances and open subtle energetic channels – restoring the body and mind to a state of harmony and deep relaxation.
The human body is composed of liquid. 80% of your body is liquid. It is in constant motion, as if all the organs and the spine are floating in a waterbed. The technique of “Fluid Touch” is a dynamic process of changing speed and pressure, and playing with tightening and letting go. Squeeze, release, wavelike movements and various other techniques stimulate and circulate the fluidity of the body. Everything flows and water is the primary conductor, which allows energy to vibrate and expand everywhere which feels really really good!Fluid Touch naturally relaxes, rejuvenates, restores and refreshes.
Moreover, the breath becomes naturally wider and more free, which increases the flow of oxygen in each cell, helping the regeneration and promoting an overall sense of wellbeing and healing. Fluid Touch was developed independently by Tapesh Paradiso and is totally unique to Alchemy of Touch.
Most people assume that it’s our muscles and bones that hold our body upright, when in reality this is accomplished by the fascia. Imagine the fascial system as the ropes of a tent. The center poles of the tent are our bones, the canvas of the tent is our muscles and the tension of the ropes (our fascial system) is what gives the tent its structure. The fascia is a three dimensional web of tough connective tissue that permeates every corner of our body, from head to toe. This tissue surrounds and infuses every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ, all the way down to the cellular level. Myofascia simply refers to the fascial system and how it relates to skeletal muscle, ‘myo’ meaning muscle and ‘fascial’ connective tissue.
Fascial restrictions are extremely common, and can develop due to trauma, poor posture, inflammatory responses, surgery or stress on the body. These restrictions can limit range of motion significantly, bringing our bodies out of normal alignment and causing pain in various ways. These areas of restriction exert a crushing pressure of up to two thousand pounds per square inch. Basically they can create a great disturbance in our body’s natural harmony! Think of myofascia like a spider web. If one part of the web is broken or damaged, the web doesn’t fall down. Instead, strain and tension has to be distributed across the web differently to account for the weakened section. In other words, other parts of the web pick up the slack of the weakened section, which causes pain and restriction.