My shoulder/chest is still so loose, and there’s no pain or stiffness anymore…it’s crazy! I just can’t get over how much intense change came from a hug. I’m so grateful that I encountered you and your work – it felt like the most kismet ending to my year.”

Jessica M

What is a hugjustment?

This two-minute tune-up is horizontal surrender.

A portmanteau of hug and adjustment, a hugjustment is a realignment of the chest and spine that looks like a hug and feels like a vertical massage. A hugjustment is an evolved hug, with the giver enlisting their forearms in tractioning the receiver’s body weight and sequentially decompressing the spine.

A hugjustment provides the experience of being safe and physically nourished while feeling held by another as body tension is released, all while supported in complete body autonomy without feeling smothered. Hugjustments are a synergy of a hug, massage, and back adjustment/re-alignment that liberates slow moving or stagnant energy in the body.

Body benefits of hugjustments include instigating movement of blood, bone, and breath.

I enjoy when people endorse my healing hugs to their familiars, so if you are in my physical presence, you are encouraged to relish and recommend this renewable relational resource.

I teach courses on Healing Hugs & Hugjustments .

Pet names

others have described Hugjustements as :

bear hugs


chiropractic hugs (due to the fact that backs often crack)

having earth mama vibes

well rooted

super strong

Sample reactions :

“that removed 7 layers of karma”

“I feel taller”

“You’re erasing high school and middle school”

“I feel reborn”

“That got the energy moving again”

“I am a new person”

and innumerable thank you, I needed that…how did you know?’

just received a lovely story from j.h. that i wish to share :

“I was standing next to you on two different occasions and witnessed you give a person a hug at each place.  Both of those people turned to me (as I
recall this was after you had gone) and said, “Wow!  That was one of
the best hugs I’ve ever received.”  Prior to that I had never heard
anyone say that about any hug they had received, and it happened
twice. “

How to give a Hugjustment

When questioned as to how to give a Hugjustment I stress empathy, intuition, strength, and practice as major catalysts to this transfer of positive energy and wellbeing. Honoring and holding the trust of the receiver is paramount.

I teach courses on Healing Hugs & Hugjustments .

Instructions / Philosophy

In this somatic technique, gravity acts as ally to giver. GOD ( = giver on demand) begins in a slight squat pressed close against receiver ( = RIB = receiver in body) with arms encircling RIB at lowest point on RIB spine, proceeding in a series of slow, small hugs to lift from RIB tailbone towards GOD heart. Listening to SomaSenZ / Voice of Body of RIB is crucial to feel how deep RIB wants (or is able) to go, as barreling over boundaries may result in injury due to rebound (boundary springing back after compressed close) or flood (overflow due to penetrated boundary).

Often a hug-justment is accompanied by a release in pressure of spine and a palpable, sonic sounding as space is created between vertebrae. However, an addiction to crack is discouraged, as not all backs will crack and attachment to outcome is wack. The hugjustment may be compared to a spinelich ( = spine + Heimlich) maneuver colloquially known as a ‘reverse Heimlich’.

Caution : the Hugjustment technique often results in complete surrender of RIB. Drool happens.

RIB focus is reserved for breathing into forgotten fascial spaces of rib/s/pine and re-integrating harmony into movement patterns post-parting.

The physical paradox of the hugjustment rests in simultaneous opening + rooting both up/downward/allaroundwards all-at-once. A hugjustment is the most common gateway into interest in { somatic magic } / bodywork { everywhere }

Advanced Considerations

Following this spoken and somatic script provides a series of steps to enable the hugjuster (giver on demand = GOD) to gain maximum leverage when working with receiving body (RIB = Receiver In Body). Adherence helps GOD to take care of GODbod and minimizes costrain ( = cost + strain) of performing a hugjustment. Attuning to Self & other through SomaSenZ is critical to take care of collective corpus.

Experiential Outline

  1. GOD to RIB “Put down your burdens”
    1. Let go of everything
      1. bags, expectations, responsibilities for paying attention to external situations outside of internal experience
    2. Free extremities
      1. have limbs free, loosen edges
    3. Bare heart
      1. remove sharpness
        1. sharps = necklaces, harnesses, thorny emotional protection
      2. shed/peel
        1. clothing layers in front of chest, remove restrictight ( = restrictive + tight ) items, especially items likely to be busted open from increased range of motion / Hulk style flexing
        2. Unzip / button jacket(s)
      3. RIB : Relax
        1. open chest with peaceful deep breath
        2. shake out nervousness-tension
          1. bounce on balls of feet
          2. swing floppy arms counter-rotating anti/clockwise
        3. loosen voice, jaw, tongue with sounding
          1. get guttural
          2. summon saliva
        4. GOD + RIB : Consciously enter into contact
          1. Attune to the energetic field of other
          2. First-contact
            1. slow slide in flow
              1. polarity guide : opposite of intended sensation is jittery jumpy
              2. if RIB comfortable (ask), seek skin to skin, or closest layer to skin (eg. sliding inside jacket).
            2. feel other feeling you
          3. GOD to RIB : “let weight go”
            1. pour weight as water to earth within container (skin bag)
            2. drop jelly loose
            3. melt
            4. exhale (as ribcage is compressed gently and steadily by GOD)
          4. be held + supported
            1. by earth through body of other

guidelines for givers :

Go slow. If physical or energetic barrier encountered, stop, carefully back off. GOD may consider asking to work with surrounding area, keeping in mind no benefit in barreling beyond a boundary.

Should RIB be tall ask RIB to kneel and/or source stairs-ledge.