Author: Sandra Dupuis

Méditation guidée - la vie en nous

Meditation: the aliveness within

I had the plan to continue exploring eyes and vision with you this month but another subject suddenly appeared more relevant: exploring the aliveness within us

With spring and Easter (the celebration of life), the time of the year is particularly conducive to observing this aliveness outside of us so why not inside?

Becoming aware of this aliveness within us means reconnecting to a force present within each of us in any circumstances. It is relatively easy to feel disconnected from it. Stress, screen time, anxiety are some of the reasons of this feeling of disconnection.

We might feel disconnected for a while, yes but this aliveness is always there, as long as we are alive. We simply don’t feel for a while.

The astounding beauty of spring reminds reconnects us to this aliveness. You might then wonder why we would need to explore aliveness within us?

Well…have you ever felt more joyful, calmer, in a good mood or less anxious when the sun starts to shine, the bird to sing and the flowers to bloom?

Could exploring the aliveness within us bring a little bit more joyful, a little bit calmer, a little good humored, a little bit less anxious whatever the outside circumstances? And maybe much more than that?

That will be for you to explore with this month’s practice 🙂


P.S Next month’s practice will build on this one. If you enjoy it, practice it often, ideally every morning, till the next video

Muscles sous-occipitaux

Let’s continue to explore our tensions!

Last month I was sharing how keeping chronic tension and contraction in our bodies could deplete our energy. We started to explore the jaw, one of the key zones where tensions can accumulate.

Let’s continue our exploration with another key zone: the suboccipitals.

Behind the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) of the jaw lie 8 small deep muscles which connect our skull (more precisely with the occipital bone thus their name suboccipitals) and the spine with the first two cervicals, the atlas and the axis. In total, they are 4 pairs of muscles: rectus capitis posterior minor, rectus capitis posterior major, obliquus capitis superior, obliquus capitis inferior.

These muscles are really special: their primary role is not locomotor. Very rich in sensorial receptors, they inform our brain of the position of our head in space and participate in the balance and posture of the entire body. This deep muscular cervical system is directly linked to the spinal cord (though the dura mater) and functions in synergy with the eyes and the inner ear.

This important crossroad is often a storage center for a great deal of the head and neck tension that so many people feel. Furthermore, many studies show a link between tension in the upper cervical spine and headache, neck or jaw tensions. For example, a study from Hu (1995) has shown that, by improving the tonus of the recti capiti posterior minor the blood blow in the dura mater is normalized and hence the tonus in the jaw and neck is also normalized (normalizing the tonus means that the muscle is not too tense nor too relaxed).

The overstimulation of our eyes is a primary source of tension for the suboccipitals. The increasing use of screens is of course part of the story… but not only. I will come back to this in a future newsletter! If the eyes can contract the suboccipital zone, they can also relax it 🙂

Let’s explore this in this month’s practice!




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Difficulties to start 2021?

Hello everybody ! Happy New Year!

The start of 2021 has made me ask myself how to deal with low levels of energy.

A certain slowness, inertia and sluggishness have indeed characterized the beginning of the year.

Every period has its own dynamics. There might also be a lot from 2020 that still needs digestion; however the year has been experienced.

When the energy starts to be missing, challenges are manifold:

We are more likely to revert to old habits and tendencies (body, mind, emotions,..)
Even if we know what we could/should do, it may be really hard to put it in practice (this is often true but even more when energy levels are low)
The addition of the two first points may create a negative feedback loop leading to a not-so-positive spiral
Does this sound familiar? If your answer is YES, you may be asking yourself how to deal with this situation?

First, sit down. Become aware of your feet and pelvis. Feel your breathing.

Second, remember: even if experiencing more difficult moments is a normal part of life, it does not make it less difficult. Be gentle with yourself, tolerant, generous. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt.

The benefit of the doubt?

Yes, I invite you to doubt the idea that you are regressing, the guilt, the idea that the main problem is YOU.

When well-known challenges reappear, it might actually be the opportunity to experiment them differently. Any small change in how you live and respond to these challenges counts. For this, it is useful to regain some energy!

Resistance, contraction and repulsion are usual responses to challenges. In the body, it is often expressed through tensions and contractions in key zones, like the jaw. The body is consuming crazy amounts of energy to keep these tensions and contractions going, to keep the resistance going (without us being aware of it most of the time!).

What is important to remember is that, by reducing significant energy consumption, you are gaining energy back. This month’s practice will help you experiment it 🙂

Does it help you? Let me know.
Your feedbacks are precious to me.



Welcome to my universe!

EMBODYWORK was born 5 years ago during a wintery night, in a small chalet, next to the fireplace. Its logo and website were created in just one night.

Years have gone by and my work and universe have deepened. Last year, it became clear that a new logo and website were needed in order to express this change.

This time, one night was not enough.

For more than a year, this logo and website have been developed, questioned and built, together with professionals in order to reveal my own identity. A big thank you to René Zurcher, Samuel Monnard and Sabrina Righetti who have made this possible.

A big thank you, also, to all my current and former patients for their trust.

A warm welcome to my universe,


Fini la procrastination

Working with resistance rather than against it

This week, I want to talk about resistance. This force that refuses, rejects and opposes.

We could make a parallel between this resistance and electrical resistance: the property of a conductor, which opposes the flow of an electric current resulting in the generation of heat in the conducting material. This resistance can go from 0 (supraconductors) to +∞ (perfect insulators). It can move through us without impact or it can overwhelm and drain us. When it is higher than 0, resistance starts making us loose energy.

We can resist what is happening and we can also resist our own resistance.

Resistance fatally brings suffering. Buddhists call it dukkha. It can be found both in our mind and in our body. To address it, we can enter by the body door or the mind door.
For the last two month, my yoga practice had been specifically concerned with reducing this resistance in my body. I will share more about that in future newsletters.

And a miracle happened:

I had decided to take time to write texts for my next website. Writing is probably one of the activities that produces the most resistance in me. By resistance, I mean that I resist it, I feel like procreating and this generally creates a lot of tensions. It is almost as if I was becoming a donkey (lol!). As I had deadlines to respect, procrastination was not an option. And the miracle happened: I found a way to work with the resistance rather than against. I was able to start working with a certain pleasure rather than by forcing myself. How much energy saved! How much satisfaction earned! How much suffering avoided!

In this week’s video, I’ll share about this experience.

And you, what do you resist and how do you react?

Take care,

P.S: From 2021, videos will be both in French and in English. The 2020 videos are only available in French.


For ten months, I’d been suffering from neck and shoulder problems as well as epicondylitis, and my various visits to the osteopath and physiotherapist had not brought about any lasting solution. As the sessions progressed, the way I stood improved and the tensions caused by the bad postural habits I had developed were significantly reduced.


I had a lot of back pain and I was looking for a solution to improve my daily life. I felt the effects quickly along with a noticeable transformation. Today, it’s been almost 7 months since I finished the sessions. My daily life has improved a great deal.


Becoming more and more stooped, I was seeking help to improve my posture in a natural way. A very enriching experience working on movement and posture with a very competent and empathetic practitioner and a personalised approach. The results go beyond my expectations. I’m very satisfied.


Sandra treats me as an equal in the therapy, it’s both troubling and moving. It’s a collaboration, we work together (not like with an osteopath). I feel real compassion from Sandra. She heals a wound and helps me reconcile myself with an issue. I realise just how much the therapy isn’t only about posture, and that’s surely the most important thing.


I highly recommend Sandra who does an excellent job, working with finesse. She is truly present, there with you. I appreciated her ability to put into words what she observed and her clear way of explaining her observations. This allowed me to become more aware and change some of my habits and postures. Thank you, Sandra. I wish you the very best for the future.


The advantage of the therapy is that it’s natural. You feel at ease with your body, you listen to it and modify what does not work using a gentle method.


What I found in Sandra was someone who listened wholeheartedly to how I was feeling psychologically and physically. She showed great integrity and wonderful support.


I was able to understand where the back pain came from and find a lasting cure. I’m very satisfied with the treatment I received. It helped me feel good again.


I had lumbago problems (back pain) and the results were very positive following the treatment. The pains have disappeared and it seems to me that consciously or subconsciously I have changed certain behaviours. Excellent contact with the therapist who clearly identified my problems and needs, which is very important to me.


It was always a pleasure, after each session I felt relaxed and light. There were many problems that needed resolving and which required other care than Rolfing. All I can say is that it is one of the therapies I followed that helped me a lot physically and psychologically. The objective is to treat on a long-term basis. To bring about change, not just repair like other therapies. The therapist is the key asset. A good listener, friendly and very professional.

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