Fascia, the primary connective tissue in our bodies, is “thixotrophic”. This is the chemical property of certain natural substances (such as some clays in the soil, paints, some condiments) such that, when we add activity to them (such as pressure, heat, movement), they become qualitative softer and more fluid.
A reader of The Deep Massage Book and graduate of our school, Kaia Petin, writes, “We live in a kind of ‘thixotrophic’ world – where the more attention we give to something, the more fluid it becomes – leading to the manifestation of change, right? As above, so below…
The word “thixotrophic” itself has stuck with me since I first learned it actually – such a cool concept. In your book you described any substance with thixotrophic properties, when stirred, shaken, squeezed, or moved in any way as becoming “more fluid.” And you said that “the energy of the therapist’s touch… also plays a role in increasing fluidity.”
Drawing on my reading of the Toltec teachings, the Abraham Hicks premises, and loosely several other sources – it struck me as kind of a fractal equivalency. Energy applied to structure in the context of bodywork creates this tendency towards increased fluidity of the fascial tissue, and that with greater fluidity comes movement and change.
Energy (in the form of attention) applied to anything else in just about any context – activates a sort of fluidity of material manifestation and change that arises from vibration.”
Thank you, Kaia. For readers and students to build on one’s ideas, take them further, and make them even more useful and powerful – is a dream come true.
May it be so that “the more attention we give to something the more fluid it becomes – leading to the manifestation of change.”