WHAT IS BODYWORK?
"Bodywork" is a broad term that includes a bunch of approaches to healing that are all based in working with the body. Sometimes this includes touch, sometimes there is very little touch. Massage is the most commonly known of these. You will find more detailed descriptions below of what each practitioner will be offering.
WHAT IS COLLECTIVE BODYWORK?
At this event there will be several practitioners giving bodywork to different people in the same large room at the same time. Each practitioner and person receiving will have their own area with a massage table or a mat on the floor, but there are no barriers of any sort between these areas. This means that everyone in the room has the possibility of seeing and hearing each other, although while giving and receiving bodywork people generally focus on their own experience. All of the work will be done fully clothed. The room is quiet with dim lights.
These sessions are different from receiving a usual individual session with a practitioner. It is intentionally a shared community space. This is important. Few of us have been raised with the experience of processing grief or joy, pain or struggle along with groups of people. Many of the rituals that our communities, particularly communities of color and indigenous communities, created to do this kind of collective work have been violently and strategically disrupted, destroyed or made illegal. Healing alongside others who are healing is different from what we do on our own. At its base, what we find with collective healing is that a certain kind of energy builds in this shared space - meaning that sometimes people feel the impact of the work they are receiving more powerfully or more deeply or just differently. New insights might emerge that wouldn't be as visible if we are on our own. Sometimes we are also more vulnerable in this kind of a space. Collective bodywork gives us the opportunity to support each other and learn from each other without words and without intent, merely by sharing this room together.
If you have never received bodywork before, this can also be a way to try out a short session in a space where other people are around.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR BODYWORK?
Sessions will be 50 minutes in length and will start every hour on the hour. This is a fundraiser for PMC and the suggested donation is $25-50 per session. We are scheduling sessions ahead of time - PMCCollectiveBodywork@gmail.com
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR BODYWORK?
Please arrive five minutes early and wear comfortable clothing. As you enter PMC for your appointment, please remember that other people will be receiving bodywork. This means enter quietly and respectfully. There will be a volunteer at the front to take your payment and introduce you to the person you will be working with. PMC accepts check, cash, or card. Make checks payable to Alejandra Tobar Alartriz.
HOW ACCESSIBLE IS THE PHYSICAL SPACE?
There are two low and broad steps that have a hand railing between the main room and the bathroom and a very small step-up at the entrance to the space. The bathroom is not accessible by ADA standards. PMC is working towards a longer term process to make the space more accessible in a variety of ways. Please contact Fen with any specific questions about the space.
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