FAQS ABOUT MAORI HEALING
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WHAT IS MAORI HEALING?
There are MANY facets to the work in question. There is the physical bodywork which is the better known of the healing art s , known as Romiromi and Mirimiri.
Then there is Rongoaa, Taa Miri, Koo Miri, Paa Miri, Rau Miri to name a few more .
ROMIROMI & MIRIMIRI;
This is the hands body work.
It is an ancestral healing art, and both healing arts are woven together in all ways we work, one is not done without the other.
Ro = the internals (organs, blood, bone, tissue, membranes, cells, nails, hair etc)
Mi = to agitate
Mi = to agitate
Ri = to stimulate
We look for;
– tension in the body
– how this is affecting the overall well-being of the person
– the emotional, spiritual, environmental, physical, mental states
Included in a session may be the use of various tools (sticks, stones, leaves, water, takutaku – chants)
It is deep tissue bodywork. There may be massage involved, but most of it will be pressure placed on specific spots, which will highlight and indicate other areas in the body that need to release or clear tension and or stress. It is perceived to be the releasing or opening of Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Mental blocks long held in the body. While this may be so, much of it has to do with aligning the structure of the physical, thus allowing the individuals body to create health and well being within and for itself.
Part of ones session, may include prayers and or chants Takutaku / Karakia / Whakamoemiti. As well natural tools like sticks, stones, leaves and branches may be used.
WHY DOES IT HURT?
IS THE WORK PAINFUL? AND WHY?
It can be.
PAIN – is a register.
It talks about things happening internally, particularly when challenged through a deeper than normal touch. There are many reasons why someone is experiencing pain, from a deep pressure, to toxicity held in the body, old injuries, FEAR, not knowing how to release tension, to relax or to breathe, lack of understanding why the body is holding, unresolved issues, stagnancy in one’s life / creativity / way of being.
Personally, I will go to a client’s perceived depth, hold that pressure with them so they recognise they are still in control then add another 10%.
It is in this 10% that the magic happens for most individuals, and they can and do let go.
At all times during a session, the person ‘ s safety is paramount for me, so asking questions of them about the pressure, how they’re doing etc is a must.
There can be many reasons for this. Much of it will be from the depth of the pressure used, toxicity, old breaks (bones), aches and pains still held in the body, not enough water, plaque (this is a big one), previous and present use of drugs and or alcohol, tension in the muscles, over and under developed muscles, stress (different from tension) to name a few.
While the session is not about causing anyone injury, there are some who find the depth too much. In most cases we will find another way to bring release to the issue (more than one way to skin a cat).
We do work deep. We will do our best to support you in your session, knowing that on the ‘other side’ of your bodywork you will have more freedom of movement, feel lighter and generally just feel better.
IS THERE A LOT OF PAIN DURING THE SESSION?
There is some pain, due to the depth of the work. When this happens while we don’t always back of f or release, we do support you as we move you through this.
What I have learnt over time, is the more toxic (emotionally, physically, mentally) the body, the more pain one experiences.
ARE THERE SPECIFIC AREAS THAT ARE MORE PAINFUL THAN OTHERS?
Each individual holds pain and memory of events in various places of the bod y.
For one it may be the calves, for another it will be the shoulder, the back, the neck, the hips, the spinal column.
When we recognise the area that someone is ‘releasing’ from, then we know what is required in the bodywork we do.
Examples are; the calves are about our personal relationships with ourselves, who we deem our God to be, our parents and siblings.
The inner thighs to the groin deal with one’s previous relationships, whether it be sexual, familial, business or other.
The belly is the seat of all emotion, so clearing this ‘site’ is a must. It also helps to clear stagnancy.
And so on.
Yes. The calves on 95% of people are very sensitive. Deep pressure can have people writhing. The calves are about our personal relationships and particularly the one we have with our parents.
The inner thighs, up to the groin hold much pain for men and women. Most of this area is highly sensitive and much of it to do with previous relationships (usually sexual) and not cleaning them up before moving on to the next relationship with a clean and clear slate.
The belly is the seat of all emotion. The internal organs are massaged to remove plaque, create more blood flow and to check on the womb area for women and girls.
The shoulders. This is where we find most knots in the body, so we work deep to break them up.
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY HEALERS AT THE SAME TIME?
It is traditional for us to work as a whanau, a family group.
The energy builds as a whanau, the room vibrates when we’re all together, things are kept simple, there is a lot of activity happening around one (most times), we could be singing, talking, laughing, yet we are totally focussed on YOU.
Other reasons are we’re watching each other and ensuring all is well with each individual be it the worker or the client.
If someone is needed (another healer) they will come automatically, because they’ve read the energy.
We ensure spiritual protection of self and others.
We are very family oriented or tribal. Working in a group allows us to oversee each other’s work, allows us to be there for the client as well as the healer, ensure we are all ‘safe’ in our work practices.
It is our experience, that when one sets of f the releasing, the others in the room will follow automatically.
WHY CAN I NOT HAVE A PRIVATE SESSION?
Because this is a ‘traditional’ session, this is how we were taught and we adhere to those practises.
Having a group brings about many dynamics. Most Americans and Europeans struggle with the idea of a group session, until they are on the massage bed. When they are fully engaged in their own session, the benefits of others around to lend love and support is special.
DO I HAVE TO UNDRESS?
Most sessions are done with you fully clothed, unless there are specific muscles we want to get at.
Then we will ask you to disrobe, usually one’s shirt or blouse, and making sure you are covered.
If we do ask you to take items of clothing off, it is done with consideration for you and we will have towels or sheets available, for both men and women.
HOW LONG IS A SESSION?
A healing session is not dependent on time, please do not confuse the 2.
You come for the healing first and foremost, so you are paying for the healing NOT the time.