Pulsing | Continuous Rocking and Rhythmic Movements

Published: Jan 2, 2022 | Revised: Feb 23, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Pulsing | Continuous Rocking and Rhythmic Movements

Pulsing is a type of bodywork that involves applying continuous rhythmic movements to the body and body parts. It’s also called rocking, dynamics, or harmonics massage.

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In its modern form it was developed by Curtis Turchin in the 1970s. Curtis is an American bodywork practitioner, trained in Postural Integration and the Trager Approach.

The treatment which is also based on Reichian Body De-Armoring concepts, includes pressure, stretching, lifting, shaking, breathwork, rotating, and swinging of the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia with continuous “rocking” movements.

The idea behind the modality is to increase body awareness and sensitivity, and induce a deep state of physical relaxation and an emotional “letting go” of the client.

A core concept behind Pulsing is that humans like to rock themselves rhythmically to achieve relaxation. Think of how we rock and cradle a baby to sleep (or to make it stop crying), or how we swing rhythmically in a rocking chair or hammock to relax ourselves.

On a therapeutic level the work can serve as a vehicle for profound emotional and trauma release, in fact being a kind of Body Psychotherapy, or alternatively it can be a means to prepare the body for Deep Tissue Massage therapy.

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