Grounding in the Hara

Here we are at the summer solstice, expansive energy of Fire Element surrounds us.

To stay grounded in a time of expansive energy, one needs to maintain natural balance by being centered in the hara.

I feel this is especially important for shiatsu practitioners. From the hara we can give strong, skillful, and appropriate shiatsu. How is this done?

One way I have found is to prepare myself before beginning my sessions: scan my body, allow my mind-chatter to dissipate, sink into hara, and expand out 360° around me.

Now I am ready to begin. I can move from my hara easily, and connect with ki skillfully.

At this season, when energy transforms from rising to expanded phase, center in your hara, and expand out.