FLESH AND SKIN

We mostly live in our minds and manage emotions from our heads. When feelings come up, especially the unpleasant or uncomfortable ones, we try to overcome them by reasoning them out and avoiding feeling any of them.

But this doesn’t work, because thinking does not equal processing emotions. So all these unprocessed emotions pile up inside of us and result in stress, anxiety, lack of clarity or purpose, low self-worth and a general feeling that something is not quite ok. We become strangers to our own selves.

I created Flesh and Skin as a method for you to journey within and explore the hidden depths and heights of your true self, to unearth and process all the feelings piled up within through breath, sound and subconscious imagination. A process of embodied transformation to shed all the layers of unease that block you from being the real you.

BREATHWORK SESSIONS

EMBODIED TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM

IMMERSIVE SPACES

METAPHYSICS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

MARTA

Hello! My name is Marta and I am here to hold space for your transformation. To guide your through the maze that is the self, your emotions and the physical sensations that make up the quality of your lives!

I spent most of my life exploring what it means to be human, researching consciousness and embodiment both academically and exploring a number of practices from the east and west.

Flesh and Skin is the result of research together with my own healing path, that has allowed me to personally get to know what it means to be stuck in one’s own blocks and be able to get out them.

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  • Coming back home to hug those old stones and let them prick me, scratch me, bleed, and this time not run away

Walking back in time to go forward

To love again the way one loves when they are little, all-in, blind, capricious, needy, greedy

Greedy of affection, of attention, of everything that's good in the world

To laugh with my whole self, shaking, with happy tears and my heart bursting open

The tenderness of the sound of the sea is how my heart melts when I walk the streets I dreaded as a child and I now call home, once again, but this time standing tall

In full presence

Coming back home to face the monolith of childhood, of everything that is left behind but is not forgotten

Tending the past like the most beautiful garden

To untangle my roots and let them grow free, deeper, stronger into the core of what I hid, denied, couldn't confront and letting all of these feelings bloom on my skin like the most amazing spring flowers

Coming back home to become more of myself, that baby, that child, that teen-ager, that wanderer, once again, and finally grow into the magic of what is now, of everything I can be, of everything I am

✨An ode to the power of coming back home, to the places we escaped, geographically or emotionally, and how going back to these uncomfortable places always makes space for becoming our wildest most true selves.

Ph. Eletta Massimino

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  • "Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more;
wanderer, there is no road, you lay a path in walking”
(Antonio Machado)

In our new world of quarantines and curfews it is easy to feel swept away by massive insecurities, loosing meaning and values in a vortex of social confusion and continued suspension. What to do next? How to plan? How can I choose? Is this really Life?

This bombing of questions and insecurities pulls us right back into the maze of our heads, as we try to find the answers that are impossible to think up. So how to navigate this?

Returning home to our bodies, right now, in this moment. Making time to just be with yourself, with your questions and your doubts and allowing the feelings we attach to the words to trickle down on our skin, into our flesh. Breathing into them to allow them to unfold and be felt.

Dissolving sentences in the head into sensations in the body, staying aware of their textures, slowly produces the answers you were looking for in the form  of what feels right to be right now, in the present. The next step will just be another right now, and nothing more.

Step after step, breath after breath, we create a path in walking.

Photo: @viviennaomiphoto 
From and idea of @gaiamoves 

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  • HEALING AND HIGHER SELF

We often think that healing is all about digging though the ‘wrong’ within us, the pain we feel, the behaviour we have inherited, finding the root cause of this dis-ease nestled inside of us.
 
A major part of my own healing has been finding the highest form of myself that already existed within, right there, next to the hole. Learning to see her, hear her, feel her, giving her space to grow and to glow. Learning  to embody her.

This means that while my hands are covered in mud doing the dirty work of digging, I also found a source of strength and power within myself that could hold me during my journey in the jungle of shadows.

Bringing light into the shadow and shadow into light, that was the REAL ENTRANCE POINT TO HEALING for me. The place where I could embody my shadows as I also realised I could embody light at the same time.

Do you know how to connect with your highest self?

In my 1:1  session we do lots of that too! Get in touch to find out more 🔥

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  • Since the dawn of Corona this feeling of REBELLION has been brewing inside of me. This feeling that everything as it is just fits me THIGHT, and I want to break FREE. I want to make a reality that is spacious, that feels REAL, that allows me to embody my own story, my essence.
So I rebel.

Rebel against having your story told by other people’s broken morals, imparted by a decrepit patriarchal system.

Rebel against the preconceived ideas of what it means to be woman, what it means to be a man, when to have children, what it means to settle down, to have a proper job.

Rebel against the standard, rebel against shallow opinions, rebel against the idea of hyper productivity and the sense of failure that comes when you don’t accomplish what the system requests.

Rebel against a single unitary truth, against preconceived ideas of right and wrong, against what you were taught is normal, THE normal.

Rebel against the seeing the bigger picture and foregoing the details that tell you why and how.

Rebel against friendship without understanding, rebel against monogamy without honesty.

Rebel against distracting yourself from who you are, to try to be something else.
Rebel against soldiering on at all costs, rebel against avoiding life to be good, beautiful, successful, right.

Rebel by questioning everything, by questioning yourself and everything you learned.

Rebel by creating a sustainable system of right and wrong based on talking and understanding, politics based on community and support.

Rebel by not standardising yourself.

Rebel by acting the way that feels right, by acting according to your heart, by letting your mind be driven by it, by love.

Rebel by feeling, by embodying the truth of who you are, every single cell of it, just because that is life.

Rebel by being real.

Rebel, rebel, rebel! 

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  • All the stories
Written under my skin
Transpire
Under the warmth of my breath
Mist
Concealing
Revealing
New faces
Unknown
Strangers
Foreign places of mine
The memories embossed on my heart
Forgotten
Recollected
By the soft touch of my own hands
Absorbing
Every sensation
Boosting
Emotion
Electric
Rushing up and down my veins
Red black white purple black
sweat through my skin
In and out
in and out
In and out
Through every single pore
Weaving
The shapes of all the stories written under my skin
Over my skin
Embodied
Out in open space
For everyone to see
For me to finally be
Freely
All those innumerable faces of me

 

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  • As you may (or may not!) know, between holding space for clients, I’m also a working on my PhD on the metaphysical nature of consciousness.

What is consciousness? Where does it come from? Can it really arise from a combination of non-feeling atoms? Are physical ultimates like atoms really the fundamentals of nature? Or is there something more to it?

Looking into these questions is an exercise of pure logic that takes me to place far far far away, where the understanding of our world as we see it daily falls apart, opening space for investigating a wholly different conception of who we are. Of what we are made of.

Yet, in that place where logic is extended beyond its boarders, there is a part of my being human, my being sensory that fires up letting me know that the knowledge is not to be found out there, in words and complex reasoning, but by looking and feeling within.

Can these answers ever be found? Could they ever be put into words? Can they be translated into science?

I very much doubt it, but the act of diving into the mystery of consciousness, in the end, is what the mystery is all about. At least for me.

What do you think? Can science and philosophy really solve the mystery of consciousness?

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  • Entering the liminal space
Between
Here and a place higher
Of rarefied being
Teetering
At the threshold of the eternal
Infinite nowhere
Relinquishing control
The attitude of ego
To the Source
Of change
Of Life
Of soul
As polarities dissolves
Everything dances in the utter stillness
 Entering the world above
And the world below
They are meeting
Intertwining
Rooting into each other
Melding
Inside me
Through me

I’m Guided

Beyond

Into pure Being
Body Self Soul

Just here and now
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Session preparation is a sacred time for me, where I just sit for a while in an embodied state of heightened perception that allows me to experience a state of Being beyond the bounds of my everyday needs, desires and questions. It is an encounter with the divine, that we all always carry inside, and allow a greater form of Self to come through as unbounded by my ego and guide me to take my clients through the journey of embodied and expanded consciousness they need to have there and then, infusing trust in the process itself.

So much yummy beauty finding mystic doors through one’s own body!

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  • While preparing a session on shadow work this week, a feeling rushed over me. It was contained in a word. Dishonest.

I went back to this summer when I felt incredibly triggered by somebody’s dishonest behaviour, judging him negatively for it.

Working with shadow you learn that all human traits are inherently neither good nor bad, serving an efficient purposes in various situations.

When we are triggered by someone it is usually because they bring up our own shadow, an aspect that we denied to ourselves, although it may have served to protect us at some point.

In this sense other people are MIRRORS for us to see aspects that we have hidden.

So I had to ask myself: Am I dishonest? This was answered by a feelings rush, indicating I had stumbled upon a new layer of my own shadow.

When was I dishonest? Did I find myself in a situation where dishonesty was a necessary for me? Had I become ruthlessly honest to cover up my dishonesty? What is the story of this trait in my life?

Next time you feel triggered by someone, try asking yourself these question to begin getting familiar with your shadow side and notice how slowly, by understanding it, you will begin loosing tension around it. 

If you are curious about how to work with shadow in through embodied processes get in touch with me to talk more about it.

Photo done in collaboration with my sister @gaiamoves and photographer @viviennaomi

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  • Autumn usually breaks me.
As days shorten and and trees loose their leaves, I slowly fall into the hole of my darkness. A desire to disappear, fear, a constant fight.

Every year the death of autumn catches me by surprise, and this year I prepared for it.

So I saw the gloom of darkness approach and place itself on my shoulders. And it lightly started pushing me down, so I pushed it back, but then it pushed me harder so I pushed it back with more strength, yet the dark of autumn was eating it all up so I gathered all the power I had in me to push it away, because I was ready, because I was done with the dark, I was healed, I was good, but it consumed me, day after day after day. The more I pushed the more I sank.

Until one sleepless night I remembered.
I remembered that fighting the dark was never the way to get over it.
I remembered that fighting that dark was fighting myself.

So I let go and leaned into it.
I connected to my wounded self, that weight hanging on my shoulders, and I allowed her to let me feel her dark a little deeper than I had before and then I held her a little stronger than I had before.

And I became stronger, and the cloud became so much lighter.

photo: @viviennaomi

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  • 🌱BEING EMBODIED 
can be difficult because subconsciously we know that’s where we hold all our unprocessed anger, shame, pain, guilt, self-loathe, etc.
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So we rely on the mind and develop a million ways to silence the body: drinking, getting high, mindless sex, over/under eating,  Netflix binging, shopping or working out compulsively, working to exhaustion…
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Negating ourselves the chance to spend time in our bodies, exploring what we hold there, ultimately drives our behaviour, manifesting in our inability to cope with everyday life, feeling anxious, sad, overreacting, lashing out, falling into unhealthy habits, feeling low in worth, confused, etc.
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Once you connect to those hidden parts of your mind as it manifests in the body, you can find doors to expand your life to forms that were hardly imaginable before.
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I do online 1:1 (and small group sessions upon request) sessions to target this and to learn to integrate embodied living into the everyday. Send me a DM if you want to find out more.
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  • Learning to love myself not for the things I do or those I don’t do, nor for the things I accomplish during my day, how many clients I sign, how well received my philosophy writings are, how many phone calls I get form my friends, or how many men fall for me.

Learning to love myself not for how supportive I am with the ones I love, for the clothes I wear, for the shape my body is, the color of my eyes, or the mess of my hair, for how well I can hold a conversation with men gaslighting me, or the kindness I show to traumatised women.

Learning to love myself not for my mindful actions, or my uncontrolled reactions. Learning to love myself not for the things I think, nor for the things I say when I am happy, or those I say when I am full of rage, nor for the feelings I feel, or for the scars embossed on my skin.

Learning to love myself just because I AM. 
Whole and incomplete.
Radical self love.

Photo credit: @viviennaomi

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  • today just skin and silence

all the parts of me
softly holding each other
for what they have been
and what they will be

allowing all to melt
into one another
into this one

now

letting go

of the illusion 
of control

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  • INTUITION gets a bad reputation, often thought of as some sort of witchy sixth sense, some spiritual third eye, some unrealistic hippy invention. 
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But intuition is just the common name for a sense that is scientifically identified as INTEROCEPTION.
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The interoceptive sense makes us aware of what is happening inside of our bodies, allowing us to know what our organs are feeling. Literally how our body responds to situations. 
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We don’t usually spend much time noticing it, and we are not really taught how to use it, but if properly harnessed it has the power to provide a door to the inner/ subconscious world. Hence intuition, the feeling that we should or shouldn’t do something without really knowing why.
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This is super special because once we start listening to it, a sense of inherent clarity and self-knowledge follow.
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Embodied work and states of expanded consciousness like what we do in session, exploring you how the mind and the body from a single whole, is a great way to learn to listen and to harness our interoception and begin trusting our intuition. 
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  • Diving
Into the deep unknown
Happening inside
That one never seems to acknowledge
Until it comes up to bite
Rips the skin
Crumbles the heart
Clogs the throat
Unacknowledged until it breaks and overwhelms
Steals the power to act
Invalidates the ability to decide
Pours doubt on every thought that forms in the mind
Shifts life on automatic motion
Working on the forced awareness of nothing other than confusion
And the pressing need to just ignore, forget, escape
Diving
Into the depth of all that has been avoided
Right into the years of suppressed emotions that submerge the SELF
Diving
Into the deep unknown
Nested inside
To feel it on my skin and hold it in my hands
To feel every grain of the fear grow and the doubt choke and the sadness rip my heart open and bleed
My emotions bleed out
Finally Expressed
Finally Unleashed
Finally truly lived
Finally elating in ecstasy of RELEASE.

Photo credit: @viviennaomiphoto

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  • REASON OVER PASSIONS is a famous, very old philosophical maxim that went TOTALLY WRONG. 
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This is what my friend philosopher Damian (@d.aleksiev ) told me the other day. And I sooooo agree!
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It went wrong because it was never intended to mean that rationality should silence our passions, our emotions, or that the mind should reason away what we feel on our bodies.
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Instead the concept of reason over passions was supposed to mean that with reasons we can better understand what we feel and then act accordingly, allowing ourselves to feel the emotions that come up and make sense of them with our mind, listening to the meaning they bring to our lives.
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Embodied work like breathwork and active imagination is all about allowing emotions to bring a message to the mind, and experiencing life as a body+mind whole, rather than cognizing it as a mental-only process.
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In my online sessions we learn to harness the power of emotions and balance the interplay between the overpowering mind and the body. DM me to book a free call and find out more!

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  • Sometimes you lose the dimensions of your being,
where it starts and where it ends,
what shape it is,
its weight.
So you get outside and look for it.
You look for those dimensions of your being, for your shape, your weight,
everywhere,
in that reflection in a shop window,
or in a glass of wine,
or in the clothes you wear.
You look for it in the eyes of a lover,
in your role as a parent,
in your role as a child,
you look for it in your job.
You look for the dimension of your being everywhere out there and just can’t find them.
Shapeless.
Weightless.
You stay.
Stay inside.
Inside the air of you dimensionless being.
And only there you realise
it is so incredibly beautiful,
so incredibly freeing,
not to be defined by any of the things out there.

Photo credit @viviennaomiphoto

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  • Doing inner work like breathwork, going deep inside and releasing stress, unblocking trauma, embracing the fuck-ups and shifting into high self-worth does not mean never feeling down, angry, anxious, or crappy again.
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No, because you go inside and peel away a layer, to soon find another one that needs tending. And it goes on.
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But the process is magical because layer after layer you find more of yourself, that authentic you that got buried over the years, under layers of things to do, people to please, goals to achieve.
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Layer after layer you return home to your true self and you learn to harness the strength of your happy moments and of the painful ones. It’s the process of learning to know yourself more deeply, more intimately, through feeling everything that comes up. Feeling, being, unashamedly, you.
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What practices do you do that bring you deeper within, that lets you peel away layers, to become a more authentic version of you?

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  • "Emotion is the chief source of all becoming conscious. There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion” (Carl G. Jung).

Harnessing the emotions we feel, feeling them all, in their full power in their full depth, is the key to the shift from the darkness and the apathy that often stagnates our lives, into movement and into light. The shift into standing in our full potential.

Holding space for women and men to undergo this process in my sessions is the most magic thing I have ever done. Witnessing my clients let themselves go into the darkness of their own shadow and feel all the emotions that are stuck there, and then slowly shifting into a lighter state of being.

If you want to know more how to work with shadow in my Breathwork sessions drop me a DM.

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