Yesterday I spent a time with a very tall lead mare who carries a great burden of responsibility for all the horses in her Barn. She found it extremely difficult to relax into the bodywork. She would begin to relax, there would be a sound, even just a rustle, and her head would go up and she would hurry over to the stable door to check what was happening. I identified with her; as a busy mum I often found it difficult to allow myself time off. I was wondering how best to help her and I had the thought that I should feel along her sternum. Almost immediately she began to breathe deeply and within a short time she was relaxing, head low and eyes half closed. From then on the session was easy.
I remembered what my fellow Masterson practitioner Leigh Jackson had said about the sternum being close to the heart, and about how caring and responsibility are so connected. As I stood there with the mare, both of us began to find a moment in time of 'just being', without any burden of care. It was very precious. It's moments like these that make the Masterson Method so much more than a 'massage'.....