and Paula's Keys to Body
2003_06_15-18; last update:
K.i.s.s.- L o g 2008_10_31: See the insert of my summary of the private week-long workshop with Aya Goldhammer in March 2006
As I said in puzzle
piece 17 about
The word Sphincter Muscle "Gymnastics"
is justified in the beginning.
I'm going to quote "Paula"
from the English translation,
though the original Hebrew book was on the market already in "my" times, i.e. 20 years ago.
Since then multiple more "exercises" have been invented,
not only by Paula, but by her numerous pupils in Israel
and any serious practitioner will always invent his/her own.
One of them, Motti Reshef, who has also published a very beneficial manual (not edited as book)
gave me another big push in 1993,
when he and my pupil in "Right Use of Will" in 1987-8, Wardit Bar-Ilan [now, 2005, "Dvorah Bar-Ilan"]
came to Succah in the Desert to replace me for a week,
while the whole team went out into the desert with Nir Gur for a Survival Training.
That Survival Training is also mentioned in "Daniela Manne" Christa-Rachel'sLIST.htm
In the morning before we left,
all of us dreading the hardships we would encounter (and rightly so...),
Motti Reshef gave us some specific "Keys for Body" (Motti has another term, like "entrances to echoes"),
in addition to his advice to put a stone under the tongue to make the mouth produce saliva/
He instructed us to walk with hand(s) open,
the fingers stretched out as tensely as possible,
and - just as vital for our survival:
to contract the bladder ring muscle , when descending a hideous slope
while contracting the anus ring muscle when ascending a slope,
or when lifting our heavy backpacks on our shoulders.
Chapter 7 : Eye ... Exercises
Often, it is impossible or inadvisable to begin
exercising a weak sphincter (like the bladder) directly. ...(since)
all the sphincters work simultaneously, it is possible to strengthen
a weak sphincter by activating a stronger one. ... most people are able
to activate the sphincter muscles that control
..lie on your back with your knees drawn up to your
chest and your fingers interlaced, clasping your knees. Squeeze
your eyes shut .. as though reacting to some extremely
bright light. The area all around your eyes should scrunch up,
and the feeling around your mouth and nose may be affected as well.
Hold this position for as long as you can, then relax. When you feel
you can, contract your eyelids again. Repeat...
until the muscles "tell" you to stop. Do
not open your eyes during the exercise, even when you relax your eyelids.
song: Hands on Eyes,
CONTRACTING and RELAXING THE EYELIDS
This exercise is a very good point of departure for normalizing the entire body. The motion is delicate and continuous, like the eyelid movement that occurs during sleep.
... soothing effect ... at bedtime... easier to fall asleep. However, if you do it for ...30 minutes or more as part of a workout, it will arouse your whole system into action. .. increased energy and a feeling of well-being, like that after a good night's sleep. ..asthma, sinusitis, insomnia, urinary incontinence, prolapse, hyperactivity, backaches ... relief or even total healing...
... Close your eyelids
and do a very gently, rhythmic squeezing motion. As
with all the SM exercises, you should do it for as long as you can without
experiencing fatigue or discomfort. 15 minutes is a good starting point
VIGOROUS CLOSING and
affects the spine, ... helps to restore the body's overall equilibrium... benefits digestion, . .. squeeze your eyes shut strongly, as you do when reacting to pain. Hold this position for several seconds, then open your eyes very wide.. repeat... often difficult for old people, ...
[Titles of some more eye and ear exercises:]
A few excerpts -
From Preface p. xiii
In a healthy body, all of the ring muscles contract and relax simultaneously. If they do not work together, something goes wrong in the body....If we work at getting in touch with our bodies, we can strengthen and learn to control these muscles and, through this, improve our physical and mental health.
One : How the Ring Muscles Affect Your Health
In Hebrew I prefer to quote
"Life begins with the first opening and closing of the mouth - with the first cry.
Life ends with the last breath. The mouth opens - and does not close
Our eyes open and close - to see.
Our nostrils open and close - to breathe.
Our mouth opens and closes - to eat and drink.
Our muscles contract and relax - to move.
Our hands open and close - to grasp or let go.
Our heart contracts and relaxes - to circulate the blood.
The stomach and intestines contract and relax - to digest nutrients.
If we look around us, we see the same thing in plants and animals,
What are the Sphincters?
In fact, the ring muscles are ultimately responsible for putting all the other muscles and all the organs of the body to work..
Waking up: Clinging Fists & Eyes
Self-timer photos for MEEM in July 2002
While working at the computer
A break at the computer: Clinging Throat
Chapter 8 Mouth and Tongue Keys
Mouth and tongue keys ... strengthen the oral SM, and thereby the other SM. ... IF you wish to quit smoking, for example, working the oral SM is necessary to restore muscle tone so that you will no longer crave the feeling of a cigarette between your lips. Other disorders: flat feet, back pain, and prolapses of the internal organs. ... beneficial for increasing concentration and mental performance.
UPPER LIP TO NOSE
When you lift a heavy object or push something heavy, your mouth instinctively assumes the Upper Lip to Nose position, as it makes strenuous activity easier. You can take advantage of this effect when doing heavy or tiring work by placing a toothpick between your upper lip and your nose and holding it there for as long as the work is in progress. Using a toothpick helps to assure that the key is working continually, without interruption, for as long as necessary; otherwise, the muscles of your upper lip are likely to slacken again, ...
If done while reading, writing... it enhances your powers of concentration. It also has beneficial effect on the strength and agility of the fingers - playing the piano... good for digestion and certain types of headaches, where the effect can even be very speedy. ...
... when the chin pushes the lower lip against the upper, and the upper lip is pushed toward the nose by the lower lip, the depth of the spinal curve at the neck decreases. Through the back muscles, this in turn affects the spinal curve at the small of the back; the pelvis straightens and its contents slowly return to their normal position, and with the pelvis again in a normal position, the curve at the small of the back straightens. .. the bladder functions more vigorously, and urinatinb becomes easier.
... helpful for lower-back pain.
Upper lip to Nose ...reduces pulling at the small of the back and
the spine. ... also the walk changes and becomes lighter.
CHAPTER 10 : ASYMMETRY KEYS
A general asymmetry in the body
is very common, and can be the result of unbalanced functioning of
the front and
rear SM, especially overactivity of the rear SM and weakness
of the front SM. Because this results in the back muscles being overworked,
it is associated with problems such as lumbago and herniated disc,
which also can cause a loss of sensation around the genitals, loss
of bladder control, and sexual problems.
ASYMMETRY KEY 1
Many people who suffer from shoulder and arm pains have reported finding relief. The effect radiates all over the dominant half of the body, from head to toe. That side of the body straightens first, and the other straightens afterward
ASYMMETRY KEY 2
ALL FINGERS TO THUMB
EACH FINGER SEPARATELY TO THUMB
* Move your thumb to the little finger of the same hand with your palm facing upward. This causes the rear SM to work. The heels move toward one another.
* Move your thumb to the index finger of the same hand with the back of your hand facing upward. This moves the hands forward; they lift up, and from there go down to the sides of the body. This cyclic lifting and lowering repeats for as long as the hand position is held.
* Press the tips of your thumb and index finger together,
with your palm facing upward. This moves the hands to your sides
and up, then down again.
A properly functioning front Spincter:
* Spreads the fingers and raises the hands.
* Enables the eyes
* Makes it possible to move the scalp
The Lower Sphincters
Together, both lower Sphincter Muscles:
* Enable the spine to straighten.
* Activate the feet
* Allow the head to turn from side to side.
* Make it possible to open and close the eyelids.
* Make it possible to open and close the nostrils
* Make it possible to open and close the mouth
*Govern voice production [!!!]
A properly functioning rear
* Makes it possible
* Makes it possible
* Enables the fists to clench
* Makes it possible to move the scalp
last important connection:
All of the diaphragms should work in unison with the opening and closing movements of the SMs.
[With me they worked reversely, when I came to Paula in 1983...]
me with awe towards all those Body functions I never thought of.
The backgrounds above are the skin of my thumb and of my throat - enlarged....
Tomer, my grandson, took care of balancing my photos of the beauty on my veranda with my mundane toilet and sink and a folder with all the documentation of all payments (rent, municipality, water, electricity, phone, cables etc) on my carpet.
This integration symbolizes also
how I relate
to Body as to my partner
in each moment of my life.
FINGERS TO PALMS
... cause the body to become erect and make the feet arch. ...
HANDS ON EYES
(Paula calls this "a very important exercise",
and later "Body's Self-Help".
In my experience it's the main key to Body)
As with the other keys, this came to me of its own accord.
...place your hands in front of your eyes, without pressure and in a manner that is comfortable. Your eyes may be open or closed, and your hands should not actually touch your eyes. Your palms should be directly in front of your eyes. Your hands will probably change position on their own ...to find the position that is most suitable for you. .. think of pleasant things..
It is usually performed lying down ...
(but for older people a method of doing it while sitting is described)
your eyelids will begin to contract and relax and, with them all SMs.
If you keep your hands in front of your eyes for at least ten to fifteen minutes, your body should begin to function freely, with contracting and relaxing movements generally occurring in painful or problematic spots. These may be movements of limbs or organs in which painful processes began even many years earlier. Your body may begin with almost imperceptible movements or with very strong ones. You may feel cramps being released, and slack and painful muscles gradually relaxing and growing stronger. This is the body's self-help.
... light eyelid-contracting prior to "hands on eyes" will make it much easier to cover the eyes and be aware of what is going on with the muscles in the rest of your body.
AND RELAXING THE EYELIDS
... Close your eyes lightly and imagine them fallng freely and easily into your head - as though through empty space - and then coming back, freely and easily through that empty space, to where they belong. Like a yo-yo motion. In the beginning it will be more like a mental than a physical activity, but with practice, you will feel it physically.
EYELIDS GENTLY PRESSING EYES
EAR TO EAR
(More) MOUTH AND TONGUE KEYS
TONGUE FROM SIDE TO SIDE
TONGUE ALONG PALATE RIDGE
"Paula" means to free Body, so that
Body can fulfil Body's task.
a Godchannel file:
"Just below this center is the
"The practice here would be to
feel into the tingling
"The next step is to 'run' the
"The main difference between seeing
and feeling the energy is