What are the 5 Concepts of Jahara Technique?
Expansion, Support, Effortlessness, Invisibility, Adaptability
The Jahara® Technique – Expansion
As opposed to stretching, which is always directed to a particular group of muscles, expansion embraces the whole body. Mainly directed to the skeleton, expansion takes place between the vertebrae, and in all joints of the body.
To achieve expansion in the participant’s body, the Jahara practitioner works with awareness of his own expansion, aligning his spine, taking care of his own stance at all times.
This attitude of extreme care prevents the mind from getting distracted, and focuses the emotions, creating a space where physical expansion opens the door to a different kind of expansion, inside the being who transcends your own borders and becomes one with the surroundings; in this case, with the water.
The Jahara® Technique – Support
Support is the balance between presence and sensitivity that enables the Jahara practitioner to amplify the range of movements in order for the body to enjoy the freedom to float in water.
This freedom never turns into a feeling of lack of protection that could generate fear. In actuality, what the Jahara practitioner supports is the participant’s head and some key parts of his body. The water itself also provides constant support.
With practice, one can acquire the skill of supporting as well as an attitude of listening and respect. In some cases the participant needs constant support, closer to the Jahara practitioner’s body in order for them to be able to relax. In other cases wide movements are needed, which gives participants a feeling of “flying”, and they can explore a new relationship between the body and three dimensional space.
For a number of people, feeling supported is such a forgotten and unconsciously longed for sensation that their deepest resistance, and their most secret fears give up and melt away. When the treatment ends and they stand up, the look in their eyes expresses infinite gratitude, for having retrieved that part of them that simply trusts.
The Jahara® Technique Effortlessness
The power of gentleness in the Jahara Technique is of great significance. The inner attitude of the Jahara practitioner is receptive, and water helps him to feel that there is no demand, or no pressure of any type.
A slow and deep breath, a balance that comes from the awareness of the water density and how to cooperate with it, are the elements which allow the Jahara practitioner to work with any body type, big or small; or psychological type, one who trusts the water or fears it.
Seeking perfect balance, with slow movements, the Jahara practitioner answers the participant’s possible stiffness or restriction of movement with gentleness, guiding them towards a feeling where any effort disappears.
4th Concept – The Jahara® Technique Invisibility
The experience of Jahara Technique is the contact with water, through the Jahara practitioner’s support. The latter turns into part of the water, and both his body and the floater which can be placed or removed from under one or both legs becomes “invisible”. The art of Jahara Technique is to find a center, from which movements flow so naturally that the participants can’t know for sure where their body is in space.
Perceiving only the Jahara practitioner’s support, expansion and presence radiates without demanding attention. The Jahara practitioner works over his own ego through invisibility, transforming his need to be important into his availability to be present.
The Jahara® Technique Adaptability
Every body, every session, is a new experience, as much of the participant’s intimate experience is in the combination of movements which unfold. With the sustenance of technical capacity and presence, creativity appears and explores.
It is a dialog between the person floating and the one supporting and guiding him, and like in any genuine dialog, possibilities are infinite.