Transformation through Movement
Welcome to Zen Hewn. I hope you find what you are seeking, be it here or elsewhere.
My work is therapeutic movement through embodiment.
My process is one of letting the body speak, to let it sing its song, dance its dance so that its nature is fully expressed.
I believe when the body is allowed to freely express itself, health and healing naturally arises.
All it takes is the willingness to listen and trusting it will show you the way.
Whichever tools we choose, whichever methods we use, our work will always be rooted in compassion to bring about joy within your body and reveal the rapture within.
The Gyrotonic method is an original, and unique movement method that enables simultaneous lengthening and strengthening of muscles, stimulates circulation, and enhances joint mobility, and coordination. Gyrotonic exercise sequences are composed of spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breathing patterms. WIth Gyrotonic exercises, each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility.
The body is designed to work as one harmonious system, to follow arcing and spiraling paths of motion, and to transition from one movement to the next smoothly, and efficiently. Gyrotonic method creator, Juliu Horvath , designed a specialized line of equipment around these natural movement patterns of the human body.
Because Gyrotonic equipment is highly adjustable, it can be customized to fit each persons unique physique, and ability, adapting for things such as height, arm and leg length and physical ability.
My bodywork practice is based in Swedish Massage heavily influcenced by Shiatsu. I work intuatively. Through listening and following the threads of the body, a seek the parts of the body which contain stuck energy. I use focused, deep pressure combined with shaking and stretching to release these points allowing you to find your full freedom of movment.
My preference is to combine bodywork with movement modalities. My goal is to support your dialog between your mind and you body. My role is to be a guide on your journey. Bodywork can be a deeply moving and effective intervention. By physically bringing to your attention to parts of your body which have been asleep, it often provides immediate relief.
In my experience, bodywork alone rarely creates long lasting change, especially for chronic conditions. It is passive tool. Lasting change requires your active participation in the work of integration into your day to day live. To this aim, I seek to find movement modalities which resonate with you to create a program of self work to support our body work.
The Franklin Method® uses Dynamic Neuro-cognitive Imagery™, anatomical embodiment and educational skills to create lasting positive change in your body and mind. The Franklin Method was founded by Eric Franklin in 1994 and is taught all over the world, including the Universities of Vienna, Cologne, Karlsruhe and the Juilliard School in New York.
The Franklin Method® is recognized by the health providers in Switzerland and is a regularly seen at Dance, Pilates, Yoga and Physiotherapy conferences. One of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century is the plasticity of the brain; that the lives we live shape the brain we develop. The Franklin Method® is at the forefront of practical neuro-plasticity; showing you how to use your brain to improve your body’s function. It teaches you how to harness the transforming power of the mind. It can be applied to improve all of your abilities. It all starts with the knowledge that we have the power to change.
The Franklin Method® teaches dynamic alignment and how to move your body with maximum efficiency to keep your body youthful and energized. Your whole body is part of a symphony of coordinated movement. In a sense, your posture is reinvented at every instant. In every moment, the ideal combination of limbs, joints, gravity, moving parts, connective tissue, and muscle must be found and directed by your brain and nervous system.
Social dancing is what initially lead me down this journey into the somatic arts. The pursuit of freedom of movement through technique lead me to study numerous styles of dance from Ballroom to Ballet, West African to West Coast Swin, before branching out into the somatic arts. These studies has lead me to not necessarily master any dance but has allowed me see the roots of moveent as applied to all dances. What I have to offer is the global overarching and unique prospective of Dance as part of the human experience.
Dancing is the physical expression of connection to the spirit. Social dancing is just the the physical social expression of that spirit. That connection serves as our wellspring for own authentic beautiful movement. As such, any lession in dance is ultimately a lesson in connection and the embodiment of that connection.
Each session has the option to contain a mix of bodywork, Gyrotonic, movement education. Regardless of what tools are employed, the fees are the same. Sessions start at an hour with longer sessions available upon request at the same hourly rates prorated to the quarter hour.
My primary mode of working is through one on one sessions. I find that this which allows me to tailor sessions to my client's specific needs and desires. Duos (groups of two) are an option. These are typically applied towards for dance couples, but may work well for two individuals with similar goals and objectives.
Contact me if you are interested in organizing a class or workshop.
I, Joseph Liu LMT #24254, am a Licenced Massage Therapist, Certified Gyrotonic Trainer and Dancer in Portland, Oregon. My desire is that everyone can experience the nourishing ecstasy of movement and dance. Our work together draws upon my breadth of training to create a somatic experience to bring you in touch with your body's inner processes. My hope is that through our work of connection, awareness, eduction of the body, we slowly unveil our body's nature and are able to fully express ourselves in our lives. Freely moving. Freely working. Freely dancing.
My passion for dance and movement started at a young age watching ballroom dance competitions on public television. Their elegance and grace and led me to pursue studies in numerous social dances including Swing, Blues, Tango, and Salsa. My search for freedom of movement and the roots of dance technique lead me to expand my studies to ballet, West African, yoga, Gyrotonic® method and Franklin Method®. Finding both Franklin Method® and Gyrotonic® method transformational in my social dancing, as well as therapeutic my life, I was inspired to pursue certification in both modalities. I continue to learn, explore and play with various somatic pracies, and can often be found in my studio Center Gyrotonic ias well dancing in bars and venues throughout Portland.