London Massage Guide caught up with Richard Lawton, one of the few Pulsing Masters in the world, for an exclusive interview about some less well-known types of bodywork.
What is Pulsing – is it something new? And what exactly is it?
It’s actually been around since the late 1970s, and deserves to much better known – it’s far too good to be a secret. It’s a rhythmic, rocking bodywork that is sometimes called ‘the Tai Chi of massage.’ For most of the session the practitioner will be rocking your body using a soft, regular rhythm; the speed may vary at times according to whether there is a need to be more nurturing or more energising. This rhythmic lulling encourages profound relaxation and release of emotional stress.
What are the benefits of Pulsing?
On a physical level it eases muscular tension, improves flexibility and promotes deeper and more relaxed breathing, while the rocking, fluid movement reconnects us to our natural body rhythms - so often thrown out of tune by stress and anxiety – and helps restore the body’s self-healing capacities. But there’s so much more to it.
More? What else does it help?
Pulsing may also involve emotional expression, where clients engage with playfulness, laughter, anger or tears; sink into the supportive, nurturing rhythm; or enter a meditative state. Whatever form of Pulsing is experienced, people feel nurtured, deeply relaxed and more alive, and regular sessions invariably result in an increased sense of well-being and greatly improved levels of energy. It’s a blissful and liberating form of bodywork.
I’m also interested in Postural Integration. Can you tell me about that?
Postural Integration is a systematic method that involve deep tissue manipulation in all areas of the body. It is not a passive treatment like massage: as I work the muscles, searching for areas of deep tension, I will be encouraging you to breathe, speak, make connections, move, feel. The result is a controlled softening of chronic tension and embodied emotions (body armour) that allows mind and body to change and adjust together in an organic process, bringing them increasingly into harmony and helping you discover a new way of being at one with yourself.
You also offer Luk Pra Kob - do you run a Thai restaurant on the side?
Ha! You want jasmine rice with that massage? No, Luk Pra Kob is a traditional Thai massage using herbal compresses. Bundles of aromatic herbs are steamed until hot and then applied to the body. Not only does the warmth feel lovely on aching muscles and stiff joints, but aromatic oils seep into the skin, a fabulous mix of ginger, lemongrass, kaffir lime and many more. In Thai medicine, these oils are considered beneficial to many conditions: easing sore or tense muscles and stiff joints; improving circulation, digestion and breathing; as well as benefiting skin tone and providing an emotional uplift. It’s both relaxing and invigorating - a real treat.
Thanks to Richard for the interview.