September 20, 2006

Today was the last day of Unwinding, and I got to work with one of the assistant instructors.

Since the class had an odd number of people, one of the instructors had to work with a student when we paired up. During one session, I was the odd man out (and no other comments on odd please). I ended up paired with Donna in an unwinding that started in a chair.

She started with me sitting and letting my brakes off. I started moving around and finally ended up on the floor with her following me every step of the way.

When we got to reverse, I had to follow her. I used a light touch (as I had been doing) and just let her take her own path, my touch simply letting her know that I was there. She swung around quite a bit, and I thought she was going to go to the floor, but she never did. I felt that she didn’t quite trust me to do so. 

When we were done, I asked her about it. She said that she simply didn’t feel the need to go off the chair. She told me that she felt totally confident in me to be there if she needed to. That was nice to hear. She then told me that I have a wonderful touch, and I did really well in following her. (Sometimes the student will try to force the person unwinding to move by pushing them.) I didn’t do that because the point was to let them go where they needed to go, and to wait through stopped moments (called still points) until they are ready to go again. 

She told me that my touch was perfect and that I was doing it absolutely correct. Cool.