De-armouring is many things to many people. It is a form of natural therapy and it’s a stand-alone ‘experience.’ It can be used to address back pain, male and female sexual issues, release stuck thought patterns and emotional blocks, or even take one into a very pleasurable ‘energy orgasm.’ Or, it might be a very relaxing experience, feel uncomfortable, or feel like nothing at all.
No matter what, at a deeper level, something is always happening! For a rough outline of what de-armouring is and its history, see my previous blog. Here are 7 [more] things you should know about de-armouring.
- Different practitioners have different approaches
Unlike a modality like, say, chiropractics, there is no one ‘correct’ form, nor one international certified training body. It is a tradition that is passed down, as practitioners learn from more experienced teachers. There is a growing group of practitioners that come from a Native American tradition of de-armouring, which is different in approach and conception from others, even though the basic concept and the intended outcomes are the same. I learned a lot from a couple of teachers, but then I have also done myofascial massage, which brings another layer of energy and softness to my approach to de-armouring. I also work a lot with a person’s energetic body, and have clear perceptions of blocks and movement at that level.
Some practioners do genital work, others do not.
Some do it in retreats, but not in private sessions. Others neglect entirely all genital work. For cases of sexual dysfunction, genital de-armouring is a rich territory for healing. The body holds much emotion, and much muscular tension, down there, which might be released by a professional in the right context, but rarely on a first appointment. This is hardly new, and increasingly not too ‘out there’ what with sexological bodywork becoming increasingly mainstream, and some pelvic floor specialists offering internal adjustments (yes, vaginally).
- It is a very useful as a form of alternative therapy / natural therapy for a variety of ‘ailments’
I will write more below on the experience of doing de-armouring for emotional release or just pure pleasure. However, more than half of my clients are seeking it as an alternative natural therapy for the following conditions: male sexual dysfunctions, female inorgasmia, vaginismus and vulvodynia; prolapsed uterus/bladder; prostate problems; feeling a lack of self-love and body-love.
A common unifying theme is “wanting to feel more at peace and loving my body, and having it work well as a source of pleasure” – whether that pleasure is simply in being, or specifically in an intimate context.
- It’s particularly powerful for emotional stuckness
The body holds emotion. When certain points are activated, the receiving person might experience a rush of emotional energy that leaves the body in the form of: tears and upset; anger; very strong memory; bodily trembling; rushes of energy.
If in any area of your life you have been feeling stuck, are not seeing results, and particularly if this is coming with an intense emotion like fear, anger, sadness, and frustration, then de-armouring can be very useful in releasing and allowing for a greater flow in manifesting your goals and feeling joy.
It is an adjunct to talk therapy, not a replacement. For many, de-armouring is more effective than simply ‘talking about their problems,’ as it can go directly to the ‘cause’ itself and release it without the need for intense analysis.
- You can experience an ‘energy orgasm.’
Even on a first session, I have had clients experience pleasurable waves of energy washing over them, accompanied by feelings of well-being, or transcendence, deep insight, or just pure physical joy! This is not, I should note, a genital orgasm, but something felt all over the body and rather like pleasurable electrification (individual experiences vary)! With more and more sessions, the likelihood of this happening does increase.
This experience warrants a blog unto itself (which I will one day write). Essentially, from an energy perspective, a session involves encouraging the base energy (kundalini energy) upwards towards the crown. This in itself presents ripe conditions for ‘energy orgasm’. In addition, muscular release (particularly around the abdominal area) can free the flow of neurons, blood, and therefore oxygen, which can contribute to a feeling of being ‘high’. This ‘energy orgasm’ is not an experience limited to de-armouring, by any means. Those who practice myofascial massage might be familiar with the ‘unwinding’ experience which is analogous. Here’s another good explanation of that.
It’s worth noting that even if someone has experienced this kind of ‘energy orgasm’ before, it doesn’t follow that they will feel it every time during a de-armouring. Normally it does require a certain amount of muscular and/or emotional constriction to have been released, as well as other intangible factors like the person’s attunement to energy, their openness and willingness to experience the more, as well as some ‘luck’!
- You might feel ‘not much’ at all, and here’s why …
You may be processing experiences/feelings/sensations at a deep level and your conscious mind is not ready or willing to translate that into felt sensations yet. You may be subtly resisting for any number of reasons without even knowing it. You may simply be unpracticed at being in touch with your body and how it feels, stores, and experiences emotion, and like learning a new language, it just takes time to tune in and experience it. It’s almost like learning a different sense. It’s okay. There is still much value in the experience, and much you can do to develop your capacity to experience it!
- You need at least 3 sessions over a short period of time for maximum benefit. Residential retreats are better.
One session can shift some people. Usually, a few sessions is better. At a retreat, a few days of bodywork is quite powerful and can be longer-lasting in its beneficial effects.
- It does not stand alone as a ‘cure’!
Those who do it (myself included) should refer you out to other practioners if there is a perception of you needing more. I am not a chiropractor, but I might suggest it. I often suggest yoga, massage, structural work, as well as seeing a nutritionist. De-armouring is not a one stop shop, nor should anything be. It occupies a very powerful place in healing, but rarely does one modality work all by itself.
I like to think of it as a strong foundation for changing how the body, at a basic neurological level, processes/stores/and releases emotional holding. It’s a foundation for being better in touch with oneself, feeling freer, getting energy and blood flowing – and in so doing, is a very strong basis for sexual healing.
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