Ajahn Pichest often talks about weight, it is one of his essential teachings. In a nutshell, you should not use any “pressure” as this will cause tension not only in your client’s body, as the tension causes them to unconsciously protect themselves, but also in our own body, which over time lead to becoming blocks in our own body, especially when we repeat our movements with every massage.
Instead we can learn how to control our own “weight“: let gravity do the work and give yourself space to become totally relaxed whilst sinking as deep as you can go into the client’s body.
So lets look at some of the adjustments that will give us control over own weight:
Firstly, we can look at distance: the further you are from your client’s body, the less you are supporting your own weight, and the more of your weight is being given to your client:
Secondly, think about height: the higher you are above your client, the more you weight you can transfer.
The final position has the weight of the whole body coming down through one knee. This is extreme weight and not suitable for most people. You might notice that I am holding off giving my full weight in this position as it was not suitable.
Be careful never to injure your client – their limitations are more important than our own need to practice technique! Ajahn Pichest often uses “technique” as a insult when he sees someone trying to perform a move without paying attention to what they should actually be doing.
“Technique! Bok bok!”