September 2017, on the beach of Sant’Antonio in Corsica at 7.15 a.m. I start the 6 hours and 20 minutes or 15.5 kilometers swim towards the beach of Rena Bianca in Sardinia. After my first longer experience in the open water (The Water Element (October 2017)), the desire to swim and to feel embraced in the powerful water element for several hours remained very present. After the swimming camp in Ireland in May 2018 (HITtheWALL swimming camp) I was thinking to cross the Mediterranean Sea again, but unfortunately, other projects had priority and I couldn’t get there anymore.
Back in Zurich I took up the subject again with my therapists and myself. And, as I always tell my clients to take care of themselves, I have continued in my everyday life with the corresponding joys and difficulties: the loneliness of swimming for hours or hearing the question: “Are you crazy, why do you swim from Rapperswil to Zurich… and nobody pays you for it, right?” or the beauty of swimming at dawn and see water as an immense peace full vastness of life… I have been looking for new ways to regenerate my energy, to feel when my sugar reserves were exhausted and to continue swimming, trusting that my body would do the right alchemy and would find a new source of energy in fat to continue swimming. In order to give me the courage and to overcome difficult moments, I have repeated my goal several times: to feel embraced in the power of water! And I kept the pleasant moments with me.
During training and swimming, I often thought I wanted to stop because I was overwhelmed by the information that came out of my mind, those “voices” of the head that took me over and restricted me from giving trust to the rest of the body. I have already experienced that when I have the feeling that the whole body is working together in one stream, I felt invigorated and strong. Nevertheless, I felt like something that prevented or made it more difficult for me to make the first stroke… so I ask myself: “Who speaks now? What do I need to start the training and bring it to an end?” and I recalled the many sensations of pleasure and suddenly the voices of the head had no more power over my training.
I let my breath flow naturally, I was with open senses, I perceived the movement of my heart, and I felt the embrace of the water, my head was light and I let myself be swayed by this inner swing, one stroke after the other. When swimming every move counts, just as in daily life every step counts.
The steps consist also on resting, regenerating moments, speed, attention and slowness. These stages of the process are in constant motion and have their own precise rhythm and direction…
As with Shiatsu treatment, when I work on the meridians and my clients are immersed in the sensations of the body, with the intention of trusting their own inner intelligence, which activates the life energy and self-healing powers. The client has the opportunity to consciously feel his body.
Being aware of emotions or sensations systematically strengthen or soften certain parts of the body is part of the reactivation of the life energy. During the Shiatsu treatment, I do my 50% with the work on the body and the meridians and the other 50% are implemented by the client in everyday life. Good Shiatsu to all.
(1) Kusan Sunim, The way of Korean Zen, Weatherhill, 1985