What is MU?
MU – the all-embracing truth
“MU” is called “emptiness” in Zen Buddhism. Nevertheless, where there is emptiness, there must also be abundance. Mu is in truth a space beyond fullness and emptiness. It describes the “all-embracing truth” as Carl Jaspers once called it. MU Massage works with alertness, awareness and intuitive feeling.
The art of conscious exposure – some background thoughts
Complex mechanisms in the body
The human body is probably the most complex mechanism in this existence; it is simply fantastic.
It sometimes happens that we lose the overview and therefore are not in contact with our living and feeling aspects in our body. We lose our sensitivity by not being fully present in our senses.
Within these complex mechanisms of the body, everything we perceive is experienced through the senses. This means that everything we see, hear, smell, taste and feel is registered by the nervous system and absorbed by the brain.
An overload of input at the sensory level, can lead to a conflict of emotions, where things get on our nerves literarily. There is no experience that is not represented and reflected in our brain.
Sensitivity is consciousness
A certain awareness training is important to maintain a healthy flow of our vital energy in our body.
Going to a fitness studio to build muscles is counter-productive because it affects sensitivity. Shaping the body is one thing – but building a muscle tank is basically just increasing the stress in us. A ‘physical armour’ is a therapeutic term. It describes a defensive character that restricts the ability to clearly name and describe things.
Getting pressure off your chest creates liberation. There are some metaphors that have found expression in our language: the load on the shoulders, the fear in the neck ….. and show how they affect our body.
Physical pain is a clear message from the body. It calls for attention and treatment. Pain is an expression of stress that is kept in physical tension within the muscles.
Physical stress is scientifically proven to be associated with heart disease, cancer and burnout symptoms, to name a few. Much of the tension is the result of withheld emotions that are not expressed in daily life.
Disease means ‘Dis-Ease’
Pain in the body is a clear signal of disease. The English word ‘disease’, dis-ease describes the physical situation in disease well: it lacks ease and that leads to suffering. If something is not in balance with the physical, it usually means that the mental part is not healthy. The mental and the physical interact with each other.
Belief sets lead to tension
Behaviour is influenced by beliefs that we are mostly unaware of. These beliefs, which are primarily the result of past childhood impressions, often collide with our present experiences.
This is how we spend our lives with beliefs from the past that control us and are mainly connected with negative emotions. We have suppressed these emotions. They now find their expression in physical tension. The tensions in the body sometimes cause us to repeat behaviours that we would like to avoid.
All this seems like it’s a never-ending story.
Captured in the past
or alive in the present?
The more we are trapped in the mind – e.g. by worrying about the future or projecting our experiences onto the present – the more we move away from reality as it is.
The more we are busy avoiding unpleasant feelings, the more we are departing from the sensitivity and clarity of the moment.
Life experiences itself through the senses. The senses must remain alive, otherwise the feeling for joie de vivre is distorted. If there is a ‘dis-ease’ in the mind, this means that we do not pay enough attention to the body.
The body is the medium that transports the soul, whose spirit illuminates all life. In some spiritual disciplines the body is considered a temple.
The body loves movement
When hiking, golfing, jogging or cycling, we use natural movement to ground ourselves and stimulate the vital flow of energy. The lungs absorb fresh oxygen and the heart also benefits.
Regular, short stopping and feeling how the body is doing is a good way to stay in touch with the vitality of the senses. You don’t need more than a short moment to look inside and ask yourself how you are right now.
The preservation of quality of life is a matter of the heart.
It is essential for a rich life to maintain a healthy flow of life and to integrate emotions. Emotions are continuously present in the flow of life.
We all need exercise to stimulate the flow of our vital forces. To walk, to feel your feet on the ground, to get your head clear. The samurai already knew that.
When dancing, for example, you keep your spine supple. Yoga does the same. Sometimes I recommend Qi Gong, acupuncture, rebalancing and active meditation for the elasticity of body and emotions.
All in all, in this world, with all its challenges, we should sharpen our resources to make the most of life.
MU massage leads you into a wholeness experience
Through a MU massage you get a holistic experience. This is a state of independence, completeness, limitlessness in which you feel ecstatic and powerful.
Every person has had this experience before. It may have been while dancing, walking in the woods, sitting on the veranda in a warm summer night, or being experienced while loving.
For most people, this sense of being connected to the whole of existence is an experience that they last felt in their childhood or youth. The memory of it fills the heart with longing. The wholeness wants to be experienced again and again.
Conscious touch through a MU massage leads the physical and mental elements back to their unity. It uses science about the body and also the psychology of the Buddhas.
This form of holistic body work is non-invasive, non-confrontational and yet very transformative.
Massages in the spirit of MU
Each session is unique.
It is based on the moment
and the need of the recipient.