J A H A R A
die sanfte Kraft des Wassers

Jahara® - Technik und Lebensphilosophie

Von Valerie Gaillard

"Eine Wolke am Himmel sein, der Himmel selbst, Raum sein,
ein Fluß mit ruhigen Wassern, der unterstützt, geleitet, meandert, fließt..
Abwesenheit von Schwerkraft,
wir tanzen einen Tanz der befreit, verbindet, heilt und integriert....."

Die Jahara® Wassertherapie beruht auf sehr einfachen Schlüsselkonzepten, die die Grundlage für ihre technische Exzellenz und erstaunliche Ergebnisse bilden. Sie wurde von Mario Jahara®, einem bekannten Zen Shiatsu Lehrer aus Brasilien entwickelt. Der Praktizierende unterstützt den Körper des Empfangenden in körperwarmem Wasser. Durch kleine Schritte führt er Bewegungen aus, die den Körper des Klienten ausdehnen, entspannen und balancieren. Die Beine des Empfangenden ruhen auf einer zylindrischen Auftriebshilfe (Nudel), wodurch das Becken absinken kann um damit den unteren Rücken zu entspannen. Schutz und Zug der Halswirbelsäule sind konstant und richten die ganze Wirbelsäule aus. Mit den Ohren unter Wasser und geschlossenen Augen kann der Empfangende in eine andere Welt eintauchen, frei von Schwerkraft, ohne Grenzen zwischen Körper und Wasser das dies unterstützt. Indem sich fragmentierte Wahrnehmung auflöst, kann eine Wahrnehmung des Körpers als ganzes möglich werden - eine erweiterte Selbstwahrnehmung.

Die Konzepte der Jahara® Technik bieten uns eine klärende Perspektive auf den Geist dieser Therapie:

EXPANSION - AUSDEHNUNG

As opposed to stretching, which is always directed to a particular group of muscles, expansion embraces the whole body. Mainly directed to the skeleton, expansion takes place between the vertebrae, and in all joints of the body. To reach expansion in the client's body, the practitioner works with awareness of his own expansion, aligning his spine, taking care of his own stance at all times. This attitude of extreme care prevents the mind from getting distracted, and focuses the emotions, creating a space where physical expansion opens the door to a different kind of expansion, inside the being who transcends her own borders and becomes one with the surroundings; in this case, with the water.

SUPPORT - UNTERSTÜTZUNG

Support is the balance between presence and sensitivity that enables the practitioner to amplify the range of movements in order for the body to enjoy the freedom to float in water. She feels so cared for that this freedom never turns into a feeling of lack of protection that could generate fear. In actuality, what the practitioner supports is the receiver's head and some key parts of her body. Because the medium we are moving through is liquid, it's at the same time that the water itself that provides constant support. One acquires the art of supporting with practice as well as an attitude of listening and respect. In some cases the receiver needs constant support, closer to the practitioner's body in order for them to be able to relax. In other cases wide movements are needed, which gives her a feeling of "flying", and she can explore a new relationship between the body and three dimensional space.

For a number of people, feeling supported is such a forgotten and unconsciously longed for sensation that their deepest resistances, and their most secret fears give up and melt away. When the treatment ends and they stand up, the look in their eyes express infinite gratitude, for having retrieved that part of them that simply trusts.

EFFORTLESSNESS - ANSTRENGUNGSLOSIGKEIT

In Jahara technique we talk about the power of gentleness. The inner attitude of the practitioner is receptive, and water helps him to feel that there is no demand, or no pressure of any type. A slow and deep breath, a balance that comes from the awareness of the water density and how to cooperate with it, are the elements which allow the practitioner to work with any body type, big or small; or psychological type, one who trusts the water or fears it. Seeking perfect balance, with slow movements, the practitioner answers the client's possible stiffness or restriction of movement with gentleness, guiding her towards a feeling where any effort disappears.

INVISIBILITY - UNSICHTBARKEIT

The experience of Jahara is the contact with water, through the practitioner's support. The latter turns into part of the water, and both his body and the floater which can be placed or removed from under one or both legs becomes "invisible". The art of Jahara is to find a center, from which movements flow so naturally that the receiver can't know for sure where the giver's body is in space. Perceiving only the giver's support, expansion and presence radiates without demanding attention. The practitioner works over his own ego through invisibility, transforming his need to be important into his availability to be present.

ADAPTABILITY - ANPASSUNG

Every body, every session is a new experience, as much in the receiver's intimate experience, as in the combination of movements which unfold. With the sustenance of technical capacity and presence, creativity appears and explores. It is a dialogue between the person floating and the one supporting and guiding her, and like in any genuine dialogue, possibilities are infinite.

Valerie Gaillard

leitet die Shiatsunuad Schule in Argentinien und ist Zen Shiatsu und Thai Massage Lehrerin.

Veröffentlicht in der argentinischen Zeitschrift "Medicinas Alternativas"; Juli 2003.