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Edgework & Somatic Regulation

posted Jan 29, 2020, 12:03 PM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness   [ updated Jan 29, 2020, 12:03 PM ]
A Special Half-Day Workshop by Strand-Crawford Sensei
Saturday, February 1
12:00 - 3:00p


In tracking my own somatic regulation on & off the mat, I've come to understand some of my own patterns that arise in response to conflict, and how it relates to trauma resolution. Resolving trauma happens on individual & collective levels all the time, and is part of what is going on in our systems regularly, even without direct acknowledgment of the process. If you think back to the last time you stubbed a toe, you'll probably notice a subtle shift in embodied awareness at the recalled feeling. And yet, it's likely that that injury was resolved without a great deal of internal story or conscious processing. Nevertheless, since healing, the body has new subtle wiring that comes into play to avoid the same injury in the same place again. When we look at the ways our patterns around what we perceive as conflict arise, they are likely to show a complex web of interrelated subtle wiring, mapping our embodied healing processes throughout our lives.

When we show up at the dojo, we of course encounter all of these patterns. And we follow the insightful training methods of Ki-Aikido as we witness those patterns untangling & rewiring, in alignment with our balanced center & freedom of movement.

What I've noticed is that I greatly benefit from the classes when, from time to time, all my "stuff" comes up and it is able to be met & regulated in the moment. Not something I'm trying to "get through" and then take home to unpack & process later. Knowing y'all through the years, it's likely that training includes a mix of both for everybody. What I've also noticed is when someone else is having a breakthrough in their own patterning, I learn something parallel that benefits my own healing.


So I'm offering a special class, specifically to look at the places where we meet our edges on the mat and to unpack the underlying patterns of trauma & resolution that are naturally occurring therein. I'd like to ask everyone to bring an awareness of where you commonly feel stuck/triggered/frustrated when training, and if applicable, to come with an art in mind that specifically calls up this reaction. I want to start with small-group and full-circle conversations in which to examine & establish the safety of the container. This can be edgy work, so I want to ensure we create a listening space in which our individual senses of safety are humming with ki flow. I want to witness & work with our edges together, as the nervous system's ability to self-regulate can be greatly supported by co-regulation among others.

While this is all very much included in Tohei Sensei's methodology, my hope in setting aside this class time is to slow things down, to allow extra space for working through the underlying processes in ways that may open insight into individual & group patterns as they find resolution through our training.

-Phlaurel