The internal martial art of Judo is, essentially, energy awareness within and externally to the body. It complements the external art by allowing the martial artist to sense the energy of his opponent. That empathic sense identifies areas of weakness and allows him to strike where he will make the most impact physically.
From a defensive standpoint, he can also use that awareness to mask his own energy, or qi, and approach his opponent undetected, like a ninja.
An experienced martial artist can use that same energy awareness to heal rather than hurt, gauging where a person’s qi is weak, so that he can work to balance that energy and create an atmosphere where the body can create its own optimal health. In traditional martial arts schools in Asia, the internal, healing, and martial arts were all taught together. Advanced martial arts were one of the last forms to be taught after internal and healing was mastered by the student. "One must first learn to heal their opponent before harming them."
A well-trained Judo master keeps his body loose and flowing while keeping perfect alignment and activating the specific muscles needed for movement. As skill and practice is developed he can read his own energy, his opponent’s, and anyone coming at him. This takes discipline, training, and time to achieve. The internal and healing arts of Judo is a skill Advanced Therapy Institute of Touch teaches, based on years of instruction from traditional Judo Masters and developed practice.
Over time, students learn to apply this skill with their clients when studying Integrative Meridian Therapy and Somatic Trauma Release. It is like a dance where students are deeply aware of internal qi, but know exactly how to impact the physical body to benefit the client most. The flow also allows for the energy and physicality to communicate together effortlessly and symbiotically for integrated releases. The practitioner understands this form of language which allows them to facilitate what is necessary for the client’s body and their own. Our bodies communicate very well if we will only listen. The internal art teaches you to listen to your qi, and to the qi of others. The healing arts teach you how to positively effect the body to allow it to heal itself.
You don’t have to be a martial artist to develop energy awareness. We all have the ability. Every human body puts out information about itself that other people can read. In western culture, especially, we’ve lost the ability to understand what our bodies are telling us. We sometimes don’t even know if we’re dehydrated, much less have an awareness of the energy of another person. With practice, though, we can learn to increase our empathic energy awareness.
Bodyworkers who study with Advanced Therapy Institute of Touch understand how to strengthen their own qi and practice cultivating awareness of their own energy and the energy of others. We can use that awareness to bring balance, much like the internal martial artist, and to intuit where a person is experiencing an imbalance resulting from or causing a serious illness. Once that imbalance is identified, Bodyworkers can work with the channels, points, areas, structure, and any system in the body through which your qi flows to strengthen weak qi, or lessen excess qi. Your body then uses its own natural healing abilities to make things right.
Kim M. Green, Founder