I love Aïkido ! Back in October 2017, I attended a traineeship called "Leadership Embodiement" with Wendy Palmer (6th Dan). For 4 days we have been training to welcome the successes and to reject with any demands. I have learnt how to focus on myself and how to find my pattern in case of stress.
The last day, each member of the group tells about his life experience or about an anecdote. I was moved by the story of Karen Lee Downes: more than 30 years ago, she launched with her sister the commercialization of essential oils in the Australian market. They had opened a showroom to teach women how to use these oils.
Karen stands up in the middle of our circle.
"Put some oil in a bowl, add it a few drops of flower essences that you like, then do as it follows : dip, dip (I dip my fingers in the oil), rub, rub (I rub the oil between my hands), and pull that on. You have to start by massaging your foot, then go towards your thigh. Change side. Then, you have to scrub your back while insisting on the kidneys, the belly, the chest and finish with the arms. You have to do it undressed/naked in front of a mirror, of course.
In November 2017, I created a Whatsapp group. Our challenge is to do the "dip dip" every day and then send a message to the group to notify that "dip dip is done". Those who are the most inspired can also add an "self-praise autolouange" a method of Marie Milis to their "dip dip done".
At the beginning, we wanted this challenge to last only 21 days. But at the end of these 21 days, we felt so good that we've been doing the "dip dip" until today.
As for me, my daily "dip dip" routine enables me to give my body special and conscious senses of touch and look.