Being a homoeopath has helped me look at lifein many ways. How the mind affects the body forms the essence of Homoeopathy. Then this beautiful science of Creative Movement Therapy (CMT) happened and I had a new tool to work with on the body-mind complex.
Individuality is another important aspect that Homoeopathy has taught me. There is no one medicine that works for all. We must go to the root cause. Same with creative movement. One movement will not benefit all. Each one of us is unique. The facilitator has to be observant and must change the activity subtly for the best result.
A group activity can bring out different issues. Each participant experiences it differently. As participants verbalize their experiences, the facilitator has to be a keen listener.
Homoeopathy believes that the root cause of disease lies deep within us. When we keep pushing back an issue that troubles us at the level of the mind, finally, to get our attention, it expresses itself at the level of the body.
CMT helps us to feel our bodies as we move mindfully. It takes us from the macro level to the micro level—to every muscle, tissue and cell. We become aware that one side of our body moves or feels differently from the other side, as we try to make symmetric movements.
When we fall short of words to express any emotion or a bodily discomfort, creative movements come to our rescue. It helps to be aware of certain body parts, muscles, structures, tissues and cells that we have forgotten. For example, close your eyes and try to feel the presence of the third and fourth toes of either foot.
Some shyness and inhibitions are attached to our body and its movements. Notice how our body posture changes with our emotions and thoughts. And how it can become a part of us if we do not consciously correct it. When we feel burdened emotionally, our shoulders stoop and the chest caves in. If we fail to shake off that burden that stoop becomes a permanent part of our posture.
Every therapy may have its limitations, but the human body and mind are beyond these limitations. Recently, I conducted a creative movement session with a group of women in the 25-50 age group. These women had all undergone some form of treatment for breast cancer. This had led to swollen arms (lymphedema) and decreased range of movement.
I was waiting for my turn when the physiotherapist had his session with the women. He was obviously competent. He demonstrated what they had to do and, in a rather serious tone, explained why they had to do those.
When it was time for my session, I stood up to talk to talk to the women. I saw all of them looking at me with pain and anguish. I started playing a soothing piece of music and asked them to simply close their eyes and move to the music. whether they were standing or sitting. I asked them to feel theirbodies and thoughts as they moved.
I could see the tension and the anxiety melt away. Gradually, they were all moving more freely and peacefully. I changed the pace of the music and incorporated the same physiotherapy exercises in the creative movements. The room was suffused with energy. At the end of the session, during the process of verbalization, they told me how music had made a big difference. Their mindful movements had also helped to increase the range of movement of the affected arms. They could achieve this in just one hour.
This shows how much our mind makes a monkey of us.It makes us believe that we can or cannot do a certain thing. However, once we accept at the emotional level that we can, the body also accepts and performs.
My knowledge as a doctor has always helped me understand the body and its processes better. And this knowledge has wonderfully complemented my role of a movement therapist.As a doctor and as a facilitator I am growing with each session.