or Tension in the bodily tissues: the Psycho-Physiology Of
by Chris Pringer, 1991; Published July-August '92 issue Massage Magazine
Addendum essays and charts have been added with the goal of clarifying these & related topics as more easily understandable for *common sense* preventative maintenance application since May 2011. ie: "Muscle Q & A" provides a good idea of how & why these topics can make a permanent difference in your health & injury maintenance, & how you age.
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"Adrenaline & Athletes, Aging, & Chronic Muscle Pain" (9'18)
Adrenaline vs Endorphins and What's That Got To Do With Sports, Brain Activity, Muscles and Tendons, and Healthfully Extended Aging - Naturally (May'12), incl.
Charts of System Interfaces in Psycho-Physiology of Fascia Memory (Feb'12,Dec'13)
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History, Science, and Recognizing Neuroplasticity, by Dr. David Kitz Krämer
and "Notes & Refs on Neuroplasticity / Cellular Re-Organization (July 2012)
"Insight Please" - Relating 5 Element Chinese Theory to [All the Above] (April 2011)
EQ, IQ, Emotional Integration, and a Synergetic Relationship (Oct 2011)
"Notes on Practical Application Of Gestalt Techniques in Emotional Release" and "Considerations and Strategies in the Management of the Emotional Body" (2012, 2017)
"The science behind the body-mind relationships"
"Integration": "Integration" in the wholistic or therapeutic sense, implies that the information or skills (whether of the past, the good, the bad, remembered or forgotten) are re-organized and then learned from, in such a healthfully complete or "Integral" way (*Love-Wisdom* in application), that it is understood and used for the highest good. This transforms the most destructive material - that which has been repressed or denied. (Pertains to my more in-depth work, if/as requested.)
Does the matter mind? I mean, does the mind matter? That is, what's the matter with the "mind over matter" attitude, and what's the matter if matter (the body) doesn't mind? Okay, I'll put the questions a little less pun-like and paradoxical. How often does it seem that our body is just something for our mind to use to achieve certain ends? And from the way the body minds at times, do we too often lack confidence that it's really going to cooperate with our plans? Or, even though we may try to "listen to our body," does it still surprise us when the massage therapist finds knots, "rubber bands," and sticky layers of achiness in areas we thought minded us the most?
b) How the body develops "holding patterns" and stores experiences.
c) How we release stored experiences and holding patterns, both temporarily and permanently.
d) How we can most effectively use these body-mind connections in personal growth process.
e) What all this has to do with actualization of our ideals; achievement of life goals; attainment of the highest levels of awareness. (Last two paragraphs.)
There is a whole other realm of communications within ourselves, between the various aspects of ourselves that would behoove us to pay attention to. Why? Because to increase the effectiveness of these "inner-communications" will greatly accelerate our achievement of any goal we set. In the long run - considering the process of psycho-spiritual integration [or emotional integration process] - this development is essential. For some, it comes naturally without self-analysis and so on. For others, especially those who enjoy mental exercise, it is actually more requisite of applied self-knowledge. This will become more apparent in the following paragraphs. (The balance for the more thinking-oriented types is found in body-awareness enhancement and related development.)
I'll begin by clarifying a few often used terms as well as the basics of the applicable physiology, and then let this flow into the inner workings of the body-mind relationship. As regards the term body-mind, the brain is here considered only a major part of the Mind. As such, the mind includes all systems for communicating (including on the feeling level) between the brain and the body. It also includes all systems for communicating with others/the environment as well as any "sixth sense" apparatus as applicable. As regards the physiology of muscle tension, "contractedness" or "excess tension" refers to that amount which is in excess of a muscle fiber's need for proper muscle tone and normal functioning.
My muscle tissue becomes contracted when it (and my body-mind) is "holding on" to the memory of an event or long-term conditioning. How so? The most potent example of this is how the body reacts in trauma: my breath gets held, and there is a sort of suspended animation or shock effect that I go into relative to the world continuing on around me. It's as if my reaction is "This can not be real, so I'll protect myself by not being here (present in my body, especially where it hurts so much)." My body physiology responds to this command ever so perfectly, suspending pain, and perhaps even the memory of the event. My muscles contract around the sensory apparatus and neurotransmitter chemicals, or nerve signals. This includes the signals of the proprioceptor apparatus which is responsible for telling me (my brain) about muscle tonus, excess tension, and imbalance in muscle positioning and coordination.
It's as if a siege has been laid on the muscle fiber's community and its communications. The muscles (or some of their fibers) of that area stay locked into a pattern that holds on to that past event - into a "holding pattern." To it, the future (all subsequent experience) is effectively associated with that event, and with the mental/emotional data related to the event. In order to move into the present, the muscle area will experience the pain as the shock effect wears off, sometimes gradually, sometimes not. As we "move through the pain" we are given blatant opportunity to review the experience, feel the feelings, to make decisions about how it occurred, about how to avoid such events in the future, etc. This is called "completing" or "integrating" the experience.
We may wait many years to integrate the experience in our body-mind however. And some experiences may never be completed in a lifetime. The questions arise: "When is it important to do so, why, and how does it happen?" Before I answer when and why, I want to cover the how's of body-mind communications dynamics. The why's will probably become apparent as we go along. But we've jumped ahead of ourselves a bit in this discussion, so I'll go back to discussing the amazing way in which memory is stored in the body's cells, in muscle fibers.
The nervous system, upon command of the mind, reacts to its initial impressions of the experience and locks up the area(s) associated (by the mind) with the event. It does this to varying degrees, and it may also do this very gradually as conditioning is experienced over a period of days or even years. The emotional component plays an essential role in this process, especially in holding patterns initiated in early childhood. During this period of our growth, our mental apparatus is not sufficiently developed to resolve complex situations or provide understanding of parents' and others' interactions. At this time we may take everything much more intensely personal, including many things that may not have been so intended at all by others. Hence, we may, for example, associate being left alone with the idea that there is something wrong with us. This can actually be stored in the musculature in the form of grief, anger, powerlessness, fear or other feelings that were not okay to feel and/or express in or childhood. (More on this example later.) And that is precisely why the storage happens. A judgment was felt on that feeling or expression as coming from an authority (parent or role model) to us. So the emotion "gets stuck with judgment," to put it in short.
It gets stuck, in fact, in the past. It can get stuck to the extent that we can react to present experience as if we felt that the (past's) painful experience is about to happen. This unconscious preoccupation of muscle areas protecting against past fears will cause, among other effects, aging due to lack of circulation. You might say that our "present awareness is not circulating" in that area.
To summarize the foregoing body-mind experience:
1. The mind interprets stimulus, and if it perceives it as overwhelming due to previous experience/conditioning that says in effect, "pain is forthcoming,"
You may be interested to know there is a great deal of information in an ever growing number of addendum essays below (and via other pages) for clarifying many related topics for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, as well as further completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved. The next essay provides a "Q & A" intro.
An important component in the above processes, that probably should be referenced here, is the The Adrenal Fight or Flight Response in relationship to trauma and long-term conditioning, related muscle tissue holding patterns (habitually being held tense or partially tense), and to "body-memory". Also as related to the resulting limited response-ability of muscles or tendons, and thence their injury and reinjury (especially over 35yo), please see below chart-assisted essays, "Adrenaline & Athletes, Aging, & Chronic Muscle Pain" (continues from the intro "Q & A") and "Adrenaline vs Endorphins, and What's That Got To Do With Sports, Brain Activity, Muscles and Tendons, and Healthfully Extended Aging - Naturally."
The latter includes the full size chart of the (Thumbnail below) "System Interfaces in the Psycho-Physiology of the Fascia Memory Theory" - A flow chart very briefly illustrating the interfaces of the "Proprio-Neuro Fascia-Muscular, Motor Management Centers, Connective Tissue Cells, as well as the Adrenal System, Inner Child, & Related Aspects".
For more on those relationships and how they may be addressed, The *tension-range* and *work/rest ratio* of muscles are each referred to in greater context in the "Q & A" section further below, and covered more in depth at the "Tensing Yoga" page. Much further below (in the reference section) is "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (as my own therapy work employs them) with excerpts on memory -including body-memory- from (referenced) neuroscience perspectives by well-known leaders in those and related fields. After all that physiology briefing, the less technical (?) *communications* aspects begin to be addressed, and we go further from there as well.
And regarding the bridging of various levels of our beingthere are various essays, including, "EQ, IQ, Emotional Integration, and a Synergetic Relationship." For additional considerations in releasing emotions, some readers might find useful the points in the below section "Notes on Practical Application Of Gestalt Techniques in Emotional Release." [Sept'12] .
And a little further below is (info & link to) the "Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart", next to some quotes that summarize some of the more important implications of body-mind awareness-based preventative maintenance.
All the above are easily accessed via the TOC at the top of the page.
NOTES of Thanks to Rod Fowers & Massage Magazine
I had a fair amount of help from Rod Fowers in assembling/ arranging the information for effective presentation (much more than for the other essays at this site, most of which at that time were in their barest bones of formation at best). I very much appreciate his generous support, and I'm sure readers do as well.
Thanks to Massage Magazine for publishing, to various massage schools for including the essay in their teaching materials.
Even now, I'm not sure that all the above information (aside from the artwork, that is ) has been scientifically verified to the satisfaction of the more strict western medical professionals. The body-mind presents itself, communicating to us in the most glaring fashion, and those of us trained to observe and work with it - and especially to to the degree we work with the whole of it - are blessed to be the witnesses of God/Goddess's genius and handiwork. "Glaring"!?: That is, while so many verities of mankind's religious or cultural restrictions - for so many centuries - have had the rest of us look away in fear of sin and damnation. Note: that scientific verification is gradually coming along, accelerating greatly in the last ten years. More on that further below. [ noted 12/27/18 ]
The personal quotes (below right) put a more positive pro-active spin on that condition, looking to the day when enough people become sufficiently motivated to know the degree to which individuals can heal themselves and each other. And do that through body-awareness-based preventative maintenance, as would then the research (also called for below) be funded and implemented. Much more on the many aspects of all that in or via the following essays, charts, resources, and links.
Above, 1st Page of the Article in July-Aug 1992 issue #38 of Massage Magazine. Below are Artistic Renderings of "proprioceptor field arrays" in muscle cells - Chris Pringer Jan 2010 & 2011
Chakra DNA Multi APiChalice Over PrayerBack 8'10-1, sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 2010, with '8th Chakra' rendering for the chakra vortex, which is from *The Chakras* by C.W. Leadbeater, Quest Books, Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton Ill. 1972 edition.
"'Celling Light'", © Chris Pringer Aug 2009 (or "Cell Vortex Torq & Blu Star DOctagon A2 wStrDOct APi Chalice wSSD2Bk-A2, close section Crop") is actually the deep (zoomed in) background of the Chali-Cell image (just below), with the "Chalicells" over the "Flower of Life".
"ChaliCell Torq&Blu Vortex FOL Octagon Atomic Pi Chalice", Chris Pringer Aug 2009
"Chali-Cells": Even in the matrix of our cells, the sacred-geometry proportions actually facilitate ionic polarities (positive/ negative [or yin/ yang]) for bio-magnetic interactions and energy exchanges at atomic/ molecular levels - in this "cell matrix chalice." And these "chali-cells," at that atomic level, operate like tiny but ever-powerful nuclear generators, yet with all of a living cell's frequencies/ colors (Rainbow), given all the energy, including all the loving understanding that's been channelled into this "chalice dynamic."
Center cut of the Chali-cell image below
"ChaliCell Vortex Torq&Blu Star DOctagon A2~ APi Chalice~ A1", sig'd Chris Pringer Aug 2009
"Chalice Vortices Of Light over ChaliCells, Symmetried", sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009
Cover & TOC of July-Aug 1992 issue #38 of Massage Magazine (my own copy) [Each Link to their full size images]
BODY-MIND AWARENESS, at the core of preventive health awareness, is one of the most simple, efficacious, & cost-effective forms of HEALTH INSURANCE there can be. Hence, massage is far from just "a luxury item," and bodywork therapies can be indispensable for the healing of certain conditions.
MUSCLES RELATE TO ATTACHMENTS - to what we use to take our stance, to hold our place, to perceive and respond to our environment, and to extend who we are and/or want to be. Or used to be (in too many cases, perhaps). That speaks not only to the body's condition and function, but to how it communicates awareness of where one is along one's path (of becoming who one truly is).
THE BODY IS . . . among other amazing things, a unique communications system -- intimately linked with one's TOTALITY. Establishing rapport with one's body can be a PATH to self realization.
(2014 & 2012 PDF's of each available via internet)
1) "Body memory and kinesthetic body feedback. The impact of light vs. strong movement qualities on affect and cognition" by Sabine Koch, Thomas Fuchs, & Michela Summa, University of Heidelberg. Memory Studies 2014, Vol. 7(3) 272-284; DOI: 10.1177/ 1750698014530618
Abstract: What influence does body memory' from two different movement qualities have on affect and cognition? This article relates the phenomenological theory' of body memory, movement observation theory from dance, and psychological conceptual and empirical work on body feedback1. Body feedback means afferent feedback from the body's peripheral movements to the higher cortical functions, such as the systematic effects of the adoption of certain gestures or postures on the memory' for life events (e.g., Riskind, 1984). Meaning of movements is stored in the body in relation to our learning history - ontogenetic as well as phylogenetic. For such incidences of body memory, phenomenology' has recently put forth a theoretical framework (Fuchs, 2012). On the basis of this framework, we hypothesize that specific movement qualities will have a differential impact on affect and cognition. In accordance with our hypotheses, results suggest that strong movements are related to more fighting affect and more negative memory recall, whereas light movements are more closely related to a non-movement control condition, to more indulgent affect and more positive memory recall. Results are discussed with respect to the phenomenological framework.
Keywords: body memory; phenomenology, movement quality, Laban Movement Analysis, (kinesthetic / dynamic) body feedback.
2) A previous (2012) reference by same authors: "Body memory - An integration" (CHAPTER 26, from "Body Memory, Metaphor and Movement") [from introduction:] This is a contribution Edited by Sabine C. Koch, Thomas Fuchs, Michela Summa and Cornelia Müller, © 2012, John Benjamins Publishing Company; *Heidelberg University / **Viadrina University, Frankfurt/Oder
In this final chapter, we summarize the state of the art concerning the research on body memory in phenomenology, in the cognitive sciences, and in embodied therapies. Thereby, we show the impact of the studies collected in this volume for the development of the research in these three fields. Firstly, we consider the contributions from the cognitive sciences and from embodied therapies from a phenomenological standpoint. Secondly, we show how the present volume contributes to the current debate on memory in the cognitive sciences. Thirdly, we discuss the relevance of body memory with selected populations from the perspective of embodied therapies. And finally, we conclude with the most important points of this book.
Keywords: body memory, phenomenology, cognitive sciences, embodied therapies, transdisciplinary approach
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What is an appropriate range of muscle tension - between fully working and fully resting? What's that got to do with muscle efficiency, energy levels, and coordination? Are your muscles toned and in shape or are most of them simply "hard" due to improper circulation, lacking proper elimination, and overly congested with cell waste? Why does a muscle twitch? When is muscle tension chronic, when is it more acute or immediate? - How to tell? What's the physiological difference? What's age got to do with it (why some older folks' muscles are in trouble, and why some others' are in better shape than kids who think they are "toned")? How can you utilize answers to these questions to greatly minimize the pain you feel as you age, particularly from previous injuries to your muscles and bones? (without pain meds) ie: What can you do at 28 years old (or less) that will effect how you age past 35-40 years old - *by a multiplicative difference* - compared to if/when you begin that after that age? What has your liver got to do with it? Your lymphatic and immune systems?
How do we therapeutically isolate specific muscles, dis-engage muscle holding & movement patterns, "tweak" their proprioceptor systems (local and postural), and improve overall balance, as well as insure proper cellular circulation/ elimination? What's muscle tension got to do with how long a chiropractic adjustment holds? How, why, and when may proper tensioning of a 'muscle system" lead to alignment of a skeletal or vertebral structure, AND when may it not - and why? What is "Controlled Motor Response", "Work/Rest ratio", and "efficiency of movement", and what's that got to do with muscle habits & movement patterns, chronic tension, and "Body Memory"? Which technique, approach, or amount of pressure - for whom - will best facilitate release of such patterns? What will certain/various therapies do for the muscles, for their circulation, elimination, other aspects of health - that exercise will not - why and how (speaking of relatively healthy muscles, not to mention chronically tense ones)? What will make a temporary difference, and what will make a permanent difference, and why? How does steroids effect all the above, not to mention awareness of these indicators?
What does breathing and focus have to do with any of this? What may your yoga teacher not be telling you - (perhaps until you go for private lessons, or at least follow-up on their recommended reading?) - and so, what questions might you want to ask? What "yogi's" can do and why? (part of the answer is elaborated in "Autobiography of a Yogi", but for most folks reading this, how about the actual psycho-physiology of it? Why and how would you engage in "cell-talk" (developing a working relationship) during the muscle (re)training process, for any other *chronic* condition? What does attitude, approach, consistency, and sincerity have to do with how your cells respond? And what could that (along with muscle tension dynamics and body-memory) possibly have to do with "Neuroplasticity" [which refers to cellular re-organization, particularly to the nervous and related/interfacing systems, as a result of experience] ? Would not those interfacing systems include proprioreceptors, and therefore relate to any holding and movement patterns, and therefore relate to the experiences that initiated those patterns ? Would the attitudes and approach of a yogi towards life have anything to do with his/her seemingly magical or miraculous interface with his/her systems, organs, and cells? Is it just "mind *over* matter" or is it the compassionate presence as part of the skills in concentrated focus & breathing, connection to Higher Self, etc? What has all this to do with achievement of goals, even life goals and actualization of ideals? How can we ("modern folk") most efficiently learn from their thousands of years of knowledge, and begin to build and gainfully employ a useful amount of such skills - without living a life of seclusion or "eccentricity"?
What do they mean by "living in your body", and why would anyone not, or why would anyone "leave their body" during certain situations, and when and why may that not be the most appropriate, let alone most safe response, and how would someone (who knows what I'm talking about) gain an appropriate degree of control over such a response? What is an "Inner Child", how is it formed, what's that got to do with cells and their function, with muscle habit/movement patterns, with the "cell-talk" and relations with cells, with effective body-mind awareness based preventative maintenance methodology, and with yogic awareness? If I a) step off a curb and pull a tendon in my foot, and then b) learn how a certain kind of tension was stored there, and then c) am able to not only heal that tendon, but to more or less permanently decrease my tendency to store tension there - so as to make it much less susceptible to injury, based on learning about a certain bunch of chronic thoughts and feelings associated with it (since our body responds to old stuff we have stored but never dealt with), THEN... is that a) more philosophical or b) more common sense?
What could all this (also) have to do with the Fascia Memory Research Project? [described in Related Ref's section] And do you think I may have included all these questions here so as to hint of a summary of things, things important to understanding what this realm of work could be all about someday ?
How many doctors know the answers to how many of these questions - of the 1st two paragraphs alone? There are those relatively few osteopaths & chiropractors who have an unusual degree of training in those realms, and who might be able to answer some of them effectively. And some are talented in instructing as well as in advanced bodywork techniques. Although an encouraging number of them have massage therapists in their offices, not many of these physicians focus in these directions specifically, or know any more about the texture of muscle than physical therapists. Whose care can be essential, but mainly give you exercises to do. Since a very few are trained in various forms of touch/massage based therapy, and might even take the time and energy to really feel what they feel. Depending on who they work for, etc.
Please NOTE: an entry for the "Dr. Elliot Krane at TED Talk: "Is Pain A Symptom Or A Disease?" in the section below, "Adrenaline & Athletes, Aging, & Chronic Muscle Pain". Dr. Krane is Chief of Pain Management at the Packard Children's Hospital & professor of anesthesiology at the Stanford University Medical Center. He gives A fascinating talk about many aspects, wonderful case reviews, concept discussions, and including all about doctors NOT being trained about Chronic Pain - partly because not enough is known about it - and then about the (new) NIH budget for research on pain. Which unknowns are an easy validation of what I say about doctors, but it's also much more than that, and all of which is elaborated at (and via links provided).
Physicians who utilize massage therapists realize that muscles move the bones, and not the other way around (eg: muscle tension determines the success of their treatments). Other kinds of doctors (regarding muscles and related injuries here) may be essential for telling you if a bone is broken, or if other systems are damaged, how much internal bruising there might be... and they are very proficient at helping you to not feel the pain by prescribing pain medication. But extremely few others would even have a clue about the above questions, although I am told they are beginning to get instruction about massage and bodywork modalities, and learning how to know when to prescribe them and how much. I'm willing to bet however that extremely few have been getting any encouragement from their professors to consider the other questions (past the first paragraph), even relate to them, unless the class is about psychiatry.
My point is, physicians may be essential for much of what they are trained for, but if your health and questions are related to such topics as questioned about here, and if you want useful answers, you would likely do very well to go to those who have studied the topics.
Some of these questions are already answered in various essays on this page, many at the "Tensing Yoga" page complete with exercises for illustrating (see block in sidebar - wait, don't go there just yet! ), some at the "My Cells, My Children" page, some at the "Understanding the Pattern Triad" page, some at the index page [all of these pages are described and linked in the Related References section]. Most all of these questions can be more effectively answered by show & tell or experience. That is, these are ALSO the kinds of things I may cover in DEPTH with clients, to the extent they are interested, based on how and why they ask, etc. One more question and a hint: Did you get any ideas that a number of the above questions (but not all) might be leading questions, relative to many of the questions that follow them?
More Direct Hints Regarding Muscle-Related Injuries: What you really need besides exercises (those from the physical therapist and/or other instruction) is the resolving of tension and holding patterns and old scar tissue that led to the injury. It also requires the working out of otherwise locked-in scar tissue. All by someone who knows how to actually work with the muscles. That is, someone who effectively manipulates the fibers & tendons of your muscles, and assists in releasing that tension, vs pushing you to building strength around that tension, patterns, and scar tissue -- which would otherwise set someone up for another and worse injury due to the over-tensioned muscles leading to additional tears in the scar tissue. EG: those elements that were not dealt with in the first place. It requires work by someone who is sufficiently, if not thoroughly, trained and experienced in doing all that, as part of an integrated preventative maintenance approach. One that most doctors do not (and generally wouldn't know how to) prescribe, and one that PTs or yoga instructors do not have the sufficient knowledge about, let alone the hands-on nature to apply (including per the noted TED Talk reference).
It took me most of my years of experience to recognize that, and that even your average massage therapists are not much more useful, having been trained (as I was) to over-estimate the capabilities of our esteemed doctors - perhaps for the legal protection and job security of we fledglings, who knew not how to negotiate the complexities of power, ego, and ignorance lurking still in too many places in the health care industry.
One Summary of Answers: Muscle health is about much more than stretching, strength-building, and increased protein intake. And done wrongly, any one of those, often all of them, will get an athlete only so far before something breaks (sooner for a non-athlete), and s/he ends up using all their pain management skills -and pride- to keep from hobbling around after 40 years old. I cover the stretching question at the Tensing Yoga page. Strength-building needs be accomplished with conscious awareness of the dynamics related to tension range and work/rest ratio in order to prevent over-tensioned muscles, including preventing the exacerbation of existing chronic muscle tension which would otherwise lead to muscle fibers not flexing sufficiently with "surprise changes," thus tearing fibers (especially if congealed with scar tissue from previous injuries, compounding the tear increasingly each time)- particularly after age 35 or 40.
As one ages, more factors enter in, including when (per temperature of workout environment, how long after sleeping, etc), how, and how much one stretches what, relative to previous injuries that one may have forgotten. Or -more likely actually- to those we may have ignored. (IE: we often forget the injuries of youth that stop hurting and/or we ignore after a day or two.) This is when or where the other aspects mentioned above and below enter in. Including the currently normally taught system(?) of stretching. This is more technically elaborated in the section just below, "Adrenaline & Athletes, Aging, & Chronic Muscle Pain." [Also See sidebar "Tensing Yoga" at right, but you might check the next few paragraphs at least before you go to that page.]
Extra protein requires the extra capability to digest and process it, lest the joints pay the price due to overloading uric acid in the blood stream, and the kidneys become exhausted or worse, which can lead to other complications.
Also, Please Note: adrenaline (from exercise) masks pain for only so long, and rarely for any amount of time after 35 or 40 years old. EG: Endorphin generation requires a different approach. There are many other aspects one might consider, many of which are covered at this site.
More About how "the body responds to old stuff we have stored but never dealt with... common sense": The body does respond to emotion, and the implications are many: Keeping in mind that so many of us have been trained to ignore/suppress so much of certain kinds of emotions; EG: the body can respond to emotion without our being aware. Which emotions, if dealt with properly, may bring great benefit. Which implies that our cells know much that our *conscious* minds do not, and that teaming up with our body (learning to listen and "communicate with our cells") provides resources we otherwise would not realize, let alone, access, let alone employ.
Hence the terms, "body memory", "body-mind integration" and "process", as well as the "Hakomi" system of "somatic psychology" or "gestalt bodywork", etc. [Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the same phenomenon: emotional trauma, emotional integration process, neuro-emotional technique, tissue memory, muscle memory, cellular emotional memory, somatic memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy.]
If I were to sum up VERY BRIEFLY, a few cardinal points about muscles [also further elaborated here, other essays on this page and other pages at this site as noted] :
a) feelings and (unconscious) stored emotion-data (all of which comprising 'the emotional-body') determine the setting and changing of the state of muscle tension, which determine the "automatic"/ habitual holding and/or movement patterns in the muscles and fascia. EG: If your muscles are working (tense) when they are not actually working (doing something you want them to do), then it is the emotional body that is directing the holding of that extra tension. All this is because...
b) Thoughts move the feelings, that is, they create/govern the feelings, both of which (thoughts and feelings) have the power to create beliefs -- which is to say that the mental perspective determines the feelings and emotions. Beliefs are thoughts made more permanent (consciously or unconsciously) by attached emotional charges. EG: If the mind perceives a need to fear and armor up, the muscles respond (aided or totally controlled by the adrenal response). But until the (adrenal oriented) "all clear" signal is given or fully received, the emotion is held in the muscles until released, and until then a belief is formed, usually unconsciously, about similarly perceived experiences.
Just below is a summary explanation (practical application of the above) for older ex-athletes (or equivalent) who are dealing with the pains of re-injury due to injuries from their earlier days increasingly as they age, especially those who are still trying to get that adrenaline running to cover the resulting pains. In the section below that we go into considerable depth on the relationships among many elements, including adrenaline, and the emotional body, muscle holding patterns, proprioceptors, endorphins and activities that generate them, and much more.
More answers come further down the page is the less technical, more psychology-based section, "Body Awareness and Communications, as Related to Body-Memory and Integration." It continues on certain elements per it's title, began in the first essay on the page, "Body-Mind Integration in the Personal Growth Process."
Psoas Muscles by unknown artist
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A few low-back focusing movements for use with "Tensing Yoga", face-up sets. The larger graphic (with more sets) is at the "Low-Intensity Low-Back Exercises" page
Easy Injury Prevention:
Exercise Before Rising: A little focus with "tensing yoga" exercises in the morning BEFORE getting out of bed for just three to five minutes of that "quality time focus" with those muscles that "talk to you" the most, will keep you from "surprising" them later in the day. Adding more minutes for other muscle sets as time allows adds overall benefits. Because, in short, "cold muscles" are the main cause of connective tissue injuries (including low back pain) for people over 35 or 40. Including that infamous "back out of whack from picking up a pencil", or simply by what we considered "good reactions" at 25 years old. Especially the next two days after an unusual amount of work.
Remember: doing them VERY slowly, tensing and relaxing with focused breathing, "exploring the path along the way", has it's own special benefits, not to mention extra safety potential.
A fairly good exercise set may all be performed as laying face-up. The hips can be rotated in most any direction, including by alternately a) arching the lumbar and b) pressing it flat against the floor or bed. Extending the legs, one at a time, as if away from the torso, while keeping them on the surface, easily works the quadratus lumborum muscles on either side of the lumbar spine. For the psoas muscles, keep heels together and rotated as fully outward as you can, while pressing inward & upward on heel of opposite foot. Repeat as alternating the active leg Raising the knees to put the feet flat on the surface, one can "run" in place, or simply press each foot into the surface, alternating feet. From the same position one can place one leg over the other, and slowly stretch the crossing leg further over the crossed leg. One can then add to this waist-twisting movement by extending both arms in the opposite direction, while also turning the head in that same direction. Back to laying face up, one can raise both legs to "Bicycle" them to build the core muscles as well as leg muscles. Here you can add speed for aerobic benefit, especially if you are able do this with your body propped up vertically (with your hands at your waste, elbows on the floor or bed).
Adrenaline & Athletes, Aging, & Chronic Muscle Pain
There is also the increased danger of unhealthy amounts of cortisol in the system when adrenaline is overused, and which begins to more noticeably take it's tole during periods of less activity, and especially in the older less active athlete, but ever-so-much-more in the older non-active athlete. Unless s/he has begun the transition from to more endorphin production and less adrenaline production. More on that below.
In therapy, the question becomes how ready or to what degree the athlete is prepared to change his/her approach, one that has likely been reinforced by both professional training (whether from a video or a team coach) and his/her body's habits - the holding and movement patterns due to the internal tug-of-wars as part of that "protective" setup.
Because, with the systems I teach, a transition will need to occur - in how the athlete or trainee exercises or works out, and very likely in how s/he thinks and feels about that. Otherwise the resting, as well as working, tension between antagonist and protagonist muscles will likely continue to build, quickening the time before something breaks (again).
Please note, much of the above is NEW information (including that regarding *stretching*), is not yet even acknowledged, let alone taught, by coaches, instructors, or even too many physical therapists, let alone doctors who mainly leave this up to the latter (per the below TED Talk references). Considering the above, we could even say that, EG: The currently normally taught systems of muscle/ connective tissue maintenance, including that of stretching has -I will even say, *inadvertently* for the most part, but substantially- contributed to the increased use of pain medications and all the recently confirmed results of that (per the below "Boomer Notes" references).
And there is the element of body-awareness, the learning of which requires the mind to "slow down" what most highly active people consider "normal" attention, focus, and perception, and to increase the activity of other parts of the brain. This will not only bring balance and a fuller range of mental-emotional experience, but the capacity to "see" or feel injury situations in time to prevent them from happening, as well as increasingly provide the more healthy of the body's natural pain-relievers - endorphins.
Just how much or how critically does adrenaline / endorphin balance effect tension-habituated muscles? The below article covers this well. But know that endorphins, as the body's natural and healthy means of pain control, can be consciously generated, as described further below. Not to mention via the "Tensing Yoga" exercises, although TY is mainly designed to rehabilitate injured musculature (as well as prevent the need for having to), but which also employs focused awareness, as described in the sidebar of the above article and elaborated in-depth at it's own page.
1 This muscle-response is in fact a component of PTSD, although the degree of trauma, for most people, is not of the level we usually associate with PTSD, and so the effects have been moderated and/or compartmentalized into coping mechanisms that usually appear as "normal" behaviour sufficiently common enough to be tolerated, at least for a time, depending on the circumstance.
Dr. Elliot Crane: "Is Pain A Symptom Or A Disease?" on NPR's TED Radio Hour, "Getting Better":
Dr. Krane is Chief of Pain Management at the Packard Children's Hospital & professor of anesthesiology at the Stanford University Medical Center. "Doctors are often puzzled when pain lives on after the underlying cause goes away. Medical professor Elliot Krane explains why it can make sense to think of chronic pain as a disease."
Which premise, however, should become significantly revised (to say the least), given sufficient research into the "Fascia Memory Theory" (or equivalent). As it is made very clear here that there are other proprio/ neurosensory-limbic dynamics that more than account for the kinds of chronic pain that Dr Krane refers to - per this theory which is becoming increasingly validated by research.
Above: Chart, to illustrate the early dynamics of adrenaline & cortisol. Whereas also important are the *LATER* dynamics, particularly for older athletes with too much chronic pain, who continue to reinjure themselves, increasingly as they age, as they still try to get that adrenaline running well or often enough to cover the pain. Those dynamics (including some useful means of easing or preventing that pain) are described in the articles above and below. To begin with the practical basics, please check out the above, "Adrenaline & Athletes, Aging, & Chronic Muscle Pain". What is NOT shown here (as regards the adrenal element of chronic pain), is described (technically) in-depth, and to some degree illustrated in and via the below article, "Adrenaline vs Endorphins ...Brain Activity, Sports ...Healthfully Extended Aging...". This Dr. F. Netter illustration was revised for this adaptation by Chris Pringer, 9'18
Related but not covered in the adrenal dynamics chart/notes here is about SCAR TISSUE- which IS covered in some depth at the Tensing Yoga page. That is followed up with the Fascia Memory page article "The Role of Scar Tissue AND it's Transition Process...", primarily about the nature of the on-going process of scar tissue, emphasising it's transitioning of strength and flexibility to the tissue it was created to protect and support, AND how that relates to, actually becoming an extension of, the Fascia Memory Theory.
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Just how much or how critically does adrenaline/ Endorphin balance effect tension-habituated muscles --speaking of times of muscle or tendon injury-- when they are re-stimulated to further decrease their already limited *tension range* and *work/rest ratio*, as they incorporate (or re-incorporate since the initial event) surrounding and compensating muscle structures into adding protection ? By "protection" I mean being pulled into the overall response pattern, which is, *felt* (although usually unconsciously) as adding protection, even though this "armoring" (re-armoring or additional armoring since the initial event) may continue for weeks, months, and years. Which obviously restricts circulation of nutrients and healing energies. And increasingly so each time since the original event, depending on the age and health of the tissues each time.
Long term health of brain function, particularly the amount of cross-medial (left AND right) brain activity, I'm going to theorize, is also effected by how we balance our employment of adrenaline and endorphins. (Theorizing with a fair amount of educated certainty.) I know, "where's the toggle switch and which do we choose when?"
How easy it is - to find and use that "switch" - depends on a number of factors. Those determine which hormone (or which combination of them) is used how much. Much of that is based on how we enter into an activity on a daily basis. And much of that is also about certain kinds of habit patterns that we may have initiated early in our lives, and which may require some re-education, and likely some concerted effort. Depending on how much emotional charge is around the early origination, some therapy may be needed to change those patterns.
That adrenal component [adrenal hormones & neurotransmitters, pathways & effects] is more infamous than famous when comes to how, when, why tension patterns are stored in the body (core aspects of "body memory"). Tension patterns stored in the body effect how injury-prone we are. I should here mention those who are addicted to adrenaline via sports, particularly when they eventually slow down their activity after their 30's or 40's. By which time -for these folks especially- the muscles and tendons have been strained repeatedly, then scarred over for years. As youth they moved right through all that in a day or two and kept it up because... well, because they could, right? Their bodies were re-initiated into that instinctual fight or flight response, although converted into a more "domesticated" role for it. However, unbeknownst to the adrenalised mind, the endorphins have all but given totally over to the adrenaline for pain relief (whether physical or neuro-emotional) and general feel good moments. And that's not considering those with a life on pain medications - BEFORE appropriate care allowed them to give that up, freeing their mind and body to use the energy that the pain and meds had been tying up.
Enter requirement to pick up that pencil early in the am BEFORE exercises, bending down quickly like you were going after that ground ball at 16 yo: Enter enlightenment to painful reality that something hasn't been paid attention to like it "should" have been.
1) Endorphins are important & adrenaline addiction is still an addiction - which has consequences, as we all know (We do know, right?), And endorphins are the natural reward for focusing in ways that are generally opposite of but also critically balancing to, that left-brain and/or competition-based activity. Endorphins are naturally produced by smiling, laughing, dancing, yoga, sex, day dreaming, intuitive artwork or contemplation, meditation, etc.
2) There is designed into the body a relationship between the muscles and tendons, the proprioceptors, the motor management centers, the adrenal glands (and other components of the endocrine system), and the emotional body and how we respond to experience, as well as the mind and our beliefs about [well, about many things, but that's covered in other essays at this site]. Which relationship is also physiologically structured, per the core essay for this page and the chart below.
Another set of questions arise about the effects of adrenal [hormones & neurotransmitters, pathways & effects], upon the formation of and changes to COLLAGEN, as well as the balance of same with Endorphins. Much research into collagen in recent years has led to discoveries with regard to their being developed, in the factories of our cells, many different kinds of collagen, and that our bodies (not separate from our minds, remember) can produce types that (very briefly and crudely stated) perform poorly as well as types that perform well. So far as I know, there has been no relationships discovered (or looked into) with regard to hormonal influence upon how collagen develops or transforms, other than the hormones we commonly associate with gender comparative strength or softness.
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The chart at right
is an attempt to effectively depict the essential fascia memory theory dynamics, plus a few more, including relationships between the muscles and tendons, the proprioceptors, the motor mgt centers, the adrenal glands (and other components of the endocrine system), the emotional body, and how we respond to experience. Most notably, it goes into more detail with regard to (as part of and in keeping with) the theory for how particular configurations are stored and updated, with codes or "Keys", "KeySets" (sets of keys), and the "formulas" that they reference in the Motor Mgt Centers.
Hence, a certain amount of memory, or essential parts of memory -that has been stored due to an emotional component- is stored in the body, and it's resources for "reference" (usually unconscious) or retrieval (as it becomes more/fully conscious) is stored in the Motor Mgt Centers of the brain (per this theory).
PLEASE NOTE: with regard to certain of the terms used, relative to those in the Fascia Memory Theory:
¤ "Bio-E State" or "Bio-Energetic State" is equivalent to the "Sensor Field Array Configuration" (SAC)
¤ "Bio-Energetic State & Signature" is equivalent to the "SA Configuration Signature" (SAC Signature)
¤ "Formulas" are made up of "keysets" (combinations of "Keys") in such a way to facilitate each "Sensor Field Array Configuration" (SAC). SFAC's, representing changes in the fascia, thence (per the theory) have specifically correlating reference data stored in the Motor Mgt Centers of the brain.
¤ "Motor Management Centers" refers to the motor cortex, somatic sensory cortex, cerebellum, and areas of the limbic system that manage emotions associated with fascia memory storage and related adrenal response mechanisms. Clarifying notes and elaboration on Somatic Sensory Related Contexts precedes the chart (that this one mirrors) at the Fascia Memory Theory page
A flow chart very briefly illustrating the interfaces of the "Proprio-Neuro Fascia-Muscular, Motor Mgt Centers, Connective Tissue Cells, as well as the Adrenal System, Inner Child, & Related Aspects" [(2/19/12, 6/14/12, 8/26/17)]
are briefly discussed in an above section. Clarifying notes regarding the Motor Management Centers as specifically related and elaboration on Somatic Sensory Related Contexts are in a section preceding the chart (that this one mirrors) at the Fascia Memory Theory page.
Regarding the "Inner Child": pertaining to the "Re-Parenting" approach, born directly of Transactional Analysis and the Humanist, Gestalt approach of John Bradshaw's work. Such that an "Inner Child" is a personification of the emotional body elements related to a given set of bodily-stored memory(s). But which is/are also "compiled" in such a way that we can therapeutically interface effectively with that, through a variety of well established modalities of techniques. [REF]
in "GPS" Systems Analogy
Includes Postural Balance System
Its like a global "GPS" System (in its comparatively rudimentary positional locating & recalibration capability). The Adrenal-Fascial Interface is included through one of the sub-systems.
Postural Balance / "GPS 1", (Global): Highest level of Proprioreceptor Interface: "Thank you for your continuous reporting, 1L's. Thank you sensory systems. Executing calibration procedure 8822 per 77A..."
"Muscle Cell GPS 3": Local Tension Calibration/Position-Coordination System - among fibers/cells in the same muscle or muscle group: "are we where we're supposed to be for the current...?" "No, we need to adjust this way this much for now, tension level 'Easy 4a'." "Ok, got it." "Ok, cool sailin', catch you on the next..."
Notes / Reminders
BASICS for proprioreceptor, emotional body, body memory interface: As needed, reading the title essay, "Body-Mind Integration...", at the top of this page may also help greatly in fully grasping all the key parts and dynamics involved. Particular therapy applications and related considerations are at the "Pattern Triad" and "Tensing Yoga" pages.
As related to the Fascia Memory Theory, the complete scenario is laid out Here (on another page - with another copy of the charts).
These charts barely, if at all, touch upon the effects of Adrenaline & other hormones, as well as the balance of adrenaline (pathways & effects) with Endorphins, upon a) the various types, structures, and functions of COLLAGEN; or upon b) various properties related to recovery from fatigue, or upon c) characteristics of aging (both in cause and effect).
"Connective tissue is a composite material, consisting of strong insoluble collagen fibers embedded in a gel-like ground substance. The fibers are arranged in highly ordered, crystalline arrays. Like many other crystals, connective tissue is piezoelectric, i.e. it generates electric fields when compressed or stretched. Hence any movement of any part of the body, muscle, bone, skin, blood vessel, etc., generates characteristic electrical fields that spread through the surrounding tissues. Since collagen is a semiconductor, the connective tissue is an integrated electronic network that allows all parts of the organism to communicate with each other."
Site Source for this note (Oschmans On Their Book).
Thanks to Infolad1 for the Video link he posted for "Electric Universe - The Human Story - James Oschman"
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excerpted from "Cells & Healing Changes... Body-Parenting & Healing Cell-Talk"
at the "Notes on Prayer and Healing..." Page ['94, rev. 4'11]
"The cells KNOW what to do, and the cells DO what they know". This acknowledgement and affirmation is a personal key reminder of my own understanding of healing, growth, and change in the body-mind. I base this understanding, in large part, on the following:
When I "see" the cells in my visualizations, I see little busy-body, ever-loving, ever-connected geniuses at work. I (as a "realist") may feel their CURRENT restraints, but I (as a visionary or envisioner) regard these as temporary, and acknowledge the completeness of their interconnected efficiency. Time itself IS temporary - considering the findings and implications of modern physics, as well as the fact that these are more and more frequently in direct agreement with "metaphysical" concepts of ancient yogic wisdom. And yet, we can not skip steps in understanding as relates concepts to capabilities, let alone to responsibilities. Which brings us back to one set of ground level principles...
Cells and "Body-Parenting": The prose at right gives an idea of one means of working with one's body, based in the "Body-Parenting" approach to healing. Which is grounded in the "Re-Parenting" approach of emotional awareness-based personal growth & self-healing. In layman's terms: Re-Parenting primarily uses a kind of dialog between core components of one's psyche. The key component being the Inner Child, a personification of various emotional body elements, compiled into such a form or format so that we can interface effectively with them. Which elements can otherwise be elusive, unreadable, and therefore unpredictable, to the mental parts of us in trying to deal with them. And those elements do exert powerful influence on our being, So (on to the interfacing...
Like kids, cells do best if we keep them fed, clean, and feeling loved. And as we learn to give them healthy messages (ie: "I love you, I'm doing my best to learn how to give you what you need. I'm sorry for ignoring you. I'm now hearing you, learning teamwork with you, toward learning what works for you, and thereby for our long-term wellbeing.") And especially to just listen to them. Promise only what you can and will give, especially regarding how much "quality time" you can spend with them. As our own emotional body personified, they know when we don't mean it. Like kids, they will tell us what changes need attending to - if we listen. And *body-awareness* is how we listen. And that takes time to learn, especially for males. (At this point, you might gain a good understanding by reading that prose at right, and perhaps again after you finish reading this paragraph.) Injuries occur primarily due to overly tensed muscle cells, to unable to flex with events and circumstances in our environment. Cells are not bad, or wrong in any way for being overly tense due to having their circulation crimped by compressed cell structures.
Like kids here as well, they are habitually responding to our own unconscious inner messages. The excess tension is what deprives them of good connection to the sources of nourishment, and causes them to be unable to sufficiently rid themselves of waste products from all their hard work. They are not wrong for becoming diseased or dis-functioning as a result, let alone for trying to maintain systemic equilibrium by whatever means are left to them. Their habitual responses are often due to a stress response or "adrenal response," which has been shown to be a learned response, and not necessarily innate. These initially occur in childhood, perhaps in one traumatic event, or lesser but repeated events, or some combination of those. And too often, it is (also) due to our having interpreted messages from our parents or guardians to mean we were less worthy of, or less capable for, good health. Hence... this prose drops a few seeds for assisting in understanding the *healing* relationship (as well as other kinds) between ones self and ones cells.
Elaboration on Body-Parenting and many related aspects via the "My Cells - My Children" page - Thank you.
"My Cells - My Children" prose on "cellular emotional memory" by Chris Pringer 8'88, over ChaliCellular Vortex 12'09
Originally "Muscles & Free Association" (Fall '86), Rev'd '91, '94, '97, 2011
Muscles are designed to work and flow individually and/or together in a variety of associations with each other; not to stick together by chronic associative tension -- unless there was an overriding command to stick together due to a perceived need to create a splint or some other kind of "armoring" (see Body-Mind Integration at top of page). With the later, instead of flow-motion we get adhered muscle sheaths ("fascial adhesions") that are more easily injured, leading to compound adhesions -- thus sticky muscles!
Therefore, sticky muscles come from sticky-(e)motions! That creates (a feeling of) sticky-bones! We all have at least a little of this condition in one body area or another. So what can we do? Briefly stated, we can unglue sticky motions (or "cellular emotional memory") by lubricating rusty thoughts, un-clumping clogged beliefs, and clearing out emotional storage. That is, we can initiate some form of body-mind integrative therapy which will include a program for individualized personal growth process.
And if we think about it, we can understand that, like cells, human beings and the individual living components that make them up -- work together best by being *unique* - truly unique (by being their true selves - and yet by cooperating in integrated Harmony.
This allows complementary movement/action, a means of working through, learning from conflict, and without creating uniformity. Here the *motivation* (or motivator) is not competition per say. Certainly not of the comparative, make-someone-less-than-someone-else variety, which induces separation through jealousy, antagonism, feelings of relative incompetence, and reluctant and/or denied imitation, adoration, nationalization, etc. Because as a result of that kind of competition we actually create more uniformity!
Whereas what we want is long-term efficiency through a cooperating diversity of special capabilities with time-tested strength in stamina, flexibility, & resiliency. Which is what the "Tensing Yoga" system (geared to incorporate body-parenting) is all about.
It's true. It is allegorical. AND There IS a relationship between muscle habit patterns and emotional habit patterns.
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Collagen In Tendons by Activemotionphysio.ca
|As put more technically by John Barnes, PT, L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B.:
At the cellular level, the most important components of fascia are the collagen and the ground substance. Collagen is the main component, representing 40% of the body’s fascia. Fascia holds water in like a sponge and if put under duress, it can dehydrate and become hard, gel-like and sticky. As a side point, remember that 70% of the body is water and 70% of the muscle (which is broken down into fascial sheaths) is also water. The ground substance which surrounds the collagen fibers is made up of GAGs (glycoaminoglycans) and about 70% water. These two components help to maintain something called the critical fiber distance between the collagen fibers, thus serving as a kind of lubricant.
When dehydration of the fascia occurs because of physical and emotional distress, water is pushed out of the tissue. Basically, dehydration turns this lubricant – like solution to more of a gel-like glue. Hence the critical fiber distance is reduced and the collagen fibers don’t glide as smoothly. This increased fascial compression also places excessive compression of the capillaries. Poor cardiovascular flow occurs and healing is greatly reduced. The result is, then, that extra fascia (of a shortened and thickened nature) will be laid down, all resulting in faulty movement, decreased cellular communication and poor posture. The final outcome is pain.
John F. Barnes is also the author of the article "The Myofascial Release Perspective—Piezoelectric Transformation", as well as books, "Myofascial Release: the Search for Excellence" (Rehabilitation Services, Inc., 1990), and "Healing Ancient Wounds: the Renegade’s Wisdom" (Myofascial Release Treatment Centers & Seminars, 2000)
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Body Awareness and Communications,
as Related to Body-Memory and Integration
In this short essay, I'm going to take up cells and related communications, then go into body memory, integrating some key points from essays on this and other pages. [Reference to an article lending scientific basis to such use of metaphor is included in the above section "Cell Talk".]
As noted in "Cell Talk", cells are habitually responding to our own unconscious inner messages.
What messages? I'm referring to those that we've been giving them since our formative years - about how to respond to the conditions. Under harsh conditions in early life, they adapt and find a way to cope -- if at all possible, if you tell them they have to -via thoughts, and feelings. If they don't get "the all clear" (especially if they've never "heard" it before), then they maintain the "armoring."
Held long enough, thoughts and feelings become decisions and attitudes about life. Cells can actually maintain those -via adaptive roles- and for a whole lifetime, if they don't get a corrective message. I.E.: IF we, as infants, often needed to tense up -or "armor up"- various muscles for emotional or physical protection (ie: when adults around us acted insensitively or worse), THEN we most likely continued through adulthood to hold various muscles in an overly tense state - "ready" to respond to more of same, perhaps expecting life to be that way. The nervous system is designed to get our attention when we are doing something unhealthy. It's not the cells' fault if that system has been muffled by our own choice.
Muscle cells need to know/experience what relaxation is, as well as what intense work is, in order to have an appropriately full range of tonicity/contractedness, and to find the right tone for a given condition. Cell systems adjust, based on our messages to them. Perhaps especially those messages that are aligned with long-term health, since our bodily systems seem designed for adaptation and endurance. NOTE: It is said that Our own voices and thoughts carry the most weight with our own cell systems. And that *verbalizing* a belief or decision, especially doing so *with feeling,* is much more powerful that just thinking it. Sometimes we will receive insight about a corrective action we must take; i.e.: by newly feeling the need to adjust our posture or some kind of bodily movement, or even due to reviving memories (that were previously suppressed).
Transition from Basic Preventative Maintenance to Healing at the source of the Pain:
With body awareness, learning to listen and respond to our cell systems, we enhance our senses naturally. We give the cells the corrective messages about tonicity, circulation, function, provide opportunity for our self-healing mechanisms to be maintained, and turned back on as necessary. "Body-Parenting" approach teaches and encourages awareness of these connections and developing methods of interfacing with them for personal growth and self-healing. To the degree the body-memory aspect is properly/therapeutically engaged, the "charge" lessens or deactivates, although may still provide the warning signals for when we forget our preventative maintenance learning. But/And this is a much more advanced level of work.
The term "Body-Memory" and relates to how, when, where, and why experience on any and every level of awareness is stored in the body, accessed and expressed - consciously and/or unconsciously. How this correlates functionally to one's anatomy, emotionality, mental routines, psycho-spiritual awareness, path, purpose, and integration, is not only fascinating, but actually describes an individual in a very practical way. The physiology of that is covered in the main BMI essay above, and in a pro-active way at the Fascia Memory Project, the later being about developing the most effective system for diagnostics as well as preventative maintenance application(!)
The body-memory component provides the basis for what we call the "Inner Child/ren" of the emotional body, storing our personal/spiritual growth homework for us until/when/as we engage that process. Most all people have a certain amount of conscious and/or unconscious pain related to this "storage". The pain would have been incurred during the events which led to the creation of the coping mechanisms. Which were created for dealing with situations that unconsciously remind us of those events, for of keeping the pain component suppressed. I'm going to say that in a different way now: It's generally the more complex sets of coping mechanisms that are referred to as "Inner Children." Which term refers to the persona(s) of the emotional body, that have been created by the body-mind, not only in order to protect the psyche from painful memories, but in order to finish, at a later time, certain interrupted processes. Those processes are related to the basic emotional and/or physical needs that were only partially and/or temporarily fulfilled, by the coping mechanisms. Our capacities for neuroplasticity provide for the memory storage coping mechanism process to be initiated (a form of "negative neuroplasticity"; see related Essay/Footnotes further below), but also provide for our memory retrieval and/or integration as needed for healing.
The (usually unconscious) pain of the unmet needs, re-stimulated in life's circumstances, may provide motivation for doing "one's homework". Which results in personal evolvement and is rewarded by further development of the skills and gifts - which are related (as if magically?) to those same coping mechanisms. [Elaboration in "Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment".]
Note for clarification as needed: It is generally believed, by those who work with these dynamics, that the body does not store *all* memory, but only that which is perceived by the self as necessary for later completion of experience, depending on the nature of the origin and psycho-emotional importance of the related coping mechanism(s).
A primary purpose of the body is to tell us, point-blank and in its own language, what we often have not otherwise perceived. Learning to listen to this "Body-Mind" is then the most highly efficient path for preventative health maintenance. It is also, IMO, a primary means for reclaiming one's original essence and soul-infused Presence and "grounding" that via awareness-based internal work, as well as via meaningful external action/interaction on the earth plane. This is elaborated in "Soul Synthesis, Part II" section at the Chalice Art Integration page. This leads up to and covers "Body-Memory" from a spiritual growth perspective.
Related essay "Pain, Relative to 'True Courage vs Toughness'"... Crying is only the most outward form of communicating that -- WITHOUT intent to manipulate, and yes, there is the question of whether, when & how to express that... [attitudes that have] 'worked' for the one-up/one-down style leaders, as societies have created the worth factors based on comparison and jealousy, beliefs about who is worth more love from God or 'the authority ...relates to distribution of resources... [the basis of the game] is usually unconscious ...shame factors as the power behind that punch, that ...and competition... re-defines courage ...'Civilization' has complicated the issue deep into the tissues..." [added 11'14 at the page, WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial -- Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion"
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"3D & Multi-Chalice Vortex-Bridge with Flower & Tree Of Life on Black", sig'd, © Chris Pringer 2009
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Effector cell response in Mechanotransduction (from bjsm.bmj.com)
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For Candace Pert and Cellular<=>Emotional References, please see Related References Section of the Fascia Memory Theory page
Cell to cell communication: "mechanotransduction":
The following summary of excerpts describe some of the mechanics of the *cell-cell communications* process (from "Mechanotherapy: how physical therapists’ prescription of exercise promotes tissue repair"; Br J Sports Med 2009; edited and re-formatted by Chris Pringer):
"...The purpose of this short article is to answer a frequently asked question “How precisely does exercise promote tissue healing?” ...But what happens at the tissue level to promote repair and remodeling of tendon, muscle, articular cartilage and bone?
The one-word answer is “mechanotransduction”: we provide a short illustrated introduction to this remarkable, ubiquitous, non-neural, physiological process. We also re-introduce the term “mechanotherapy” to distinguish therapeutics (exercise prescription specifically to treat injuries) from the homeostatic role of mechanotransduction. Strictly speaking, mechanotransduction maintains normal musculoskeletal structures in the absence of injury. After first outlining the process of mechanotransduction, we provide well-known clinical therapeutic examples of mechanotherapy–turning movement into tissue healing. ...A useful formal definition of mechanotransduction might be “the processes whereby cells convert physiological mechanical stimuli into biochemical responses”.
Mechanotransduction is generally broken down into three steps: (1) mechanocoupling, (2) cell–cell communication and (3) the effector response. To simplify this for patients, these same elements can be thought of as (1) the mechanical trigger or catalyst, (2) the communication throughout a tissue to distribute the loading message and (3) the response at the cellular level to effect the response—that is, the tissue “factory” that produces and assembles the necessary materials in the correct alignment. The communication at each stage occurs via cell signalling—an information network of messenger proteins, ion channels and lipids. ...These forces elicit a deformation of the cell that can trigger a wide array of responses depending on the type, magnitude and duration of loading. The key to mechanocoupling, as the name suggests, is the direct or indirect physical perturbation of the cell, which is transformed into a variety of chemical signals both within and among cells.
...The critical point is that stimulus in one location leads to a distant cell registering a new signal even though the distant cell does not receive a mechanical stimulus. ...Mechanical loading stimulates protein synthesis at the cellular level: ...the cell membrane, the integrin proteins that bridge the intracellular and extra-cellular regions, and the cytoskeleton, which functions to maintain cell integrity and distribute mechanical load ...With movement (shearing is illustrated), the integrin proteins activate at least two distinct pathways. (D) One involves the cytoskeleton that is in direct physical communication with the nucleus (ie, tugging the cytoskeleton sends a physical signal to the cell nucleus). Another pathway is triggered by integrins activating a series of biochemical signalling agents which are illustrated schematically. After a series of intermediate steps those biochemical signals also influence gene expression in the nucleus.
...In sum, the mechanical stimulus on the outside of the cell promotes intracellular processes leading to matrix remodelling. ..." [note that "influence gene expression" and "matrix remodelling" refer to a level and/or type of neuroplasticity. More on that in writings further below. -cp]
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1. "Chronic Pain: Research and Clinical Applications"
somatic research By Diana Thompson
Excerpts from the Article [formatting mine]:
"Common types of pain include nociceptive pain (dull, achy, poorly localized pain, where sensory receptors or neurons found extensively throughout soft tissue... and neuropathic pain (burning, tingling, stabbing, pins and needles, which is a central nervous system disorder)...";
"...The relationship [between pain & depression] is intimate: pain is depressing and depression causes and intensifies pain. People with chronic pain have three times the average risk of developing mood or anxiety disorders and depressed patients have three times the average risk of developing chronic pain."
"Clinical trials support the theory that chronic pain is best treated as a complex condition deserving of a multidisciplinary approach, rather than as a symptom with a specific remedy.11 In order to be effective as a massage therapist, one must embrace the chronic pain experience from the individual client's perspective and address its many facets. ..."
"Chronic pain also contributes to other pathologies. As discussed above, long-term effects of pain harm nerves and trigger psychiatric disorders (anxiety, mood). ..."
"a general list of pain-related symptoms supported by research... [including] Cognitive impairment--episodes of forgetfulness, diminished attention span, verbal deficiency."
"Most physicians are eager to learn what we [massage therapists] know and do, especially since our clients lavishly praise us, but typically do not have the words to describe our techniques, only the results they feel. Additionally, we spend more time with clients than physicians do, and thereby learn more details of our client's condition and how it affects the client's quality of life. This information can contribute to the overall success of care and should be shared. ..."
2. "Study: Massages really can make pain go away"
Reference, Quotes, & Commentary
Quotes from the Article:
"A new study reinforced what physical therapist have long suspected: Massage, when coupled with traditional medical treatment, provides significant relief from chronic back pain. The 400-person study was conducted by Seattle's Group Health Research Institute."
"The findings suggest that massage therapy provided greater relief of back pain when compared to conventional approaches alone. Massage recipients spent fewer days in bed, were more active and took fewer medications. Research suggests massage stimulates injured tissue and calms the central nervous system."
"The study also found that after six months massage recipients still reported pain relief. After one year, reported benefits were no longer significant."
"The one surprising finding was that both massage types were found to be equally effective. Pressure-point massage, which targets injured ligaments and muscle, is often more expensive and requires additional training, while relaxation massage, the most common form of massage, focuses on promoting a feeling of relaxation throughout the body. Its research has shown that massage is as effective in relieving chronic back pain as other treatments such as yoga, exercise and medication."
My Comments on the two points of the last paragraph:
Please note that at least 2 factors are in effect here:
1) if the survey on this point was finer tabulated, you'd find essentially that different people respond better to different approaches, different sensitivities, and even to different personalities. It also makes a therapeutic difference as to one's subjective experience about who touches you and how (especially if you're a women).
2) Different approaches and techniques effect/relate to different causes of back pain and/or to different extents. IE: Chronic/Acute, Ligament strain, muscle strain/which muscles, degree of sciatic pain and buttock muscles involved, if chronic hip rotation, degree of involvement of mid and/or upper torso muscles, relation to recent or past whiplash injury, ETC.
How and Why? I should first note that the study, although valuable, was very limited, in that did not include many approaches or techniques, and I will here focus on the difference that can be made, for example, by the inclusion of joint movement techniques such as Trager:
a) Trager technique, for example, can facilitate/initiate relaxation (eg: preparatory to other work with other techniques), when few other approaches will begin to open the muscles up - depending of course, on various factors, some relating to particular muscles, some to the person being worked with, etc. But then, I could say that for a few other techniques, including cranio-sacral work, Polari-Ki/Reiki, or guided imagery, or all or techniques other than the above, depending on the situation. Therefore...
b) an experienced massage therapist has many "tools in the toolkit", and knows/feels when each one (or a blend of various) has it's best effect/advantage.
c) There are different kinds of yoga, not to mention different foci on the part of instructors. Some focus on getting into and holding the position. Some (the rare ones, apparently) focus (also) on the breathing and awareness about what you feel in the various ranges of the stretch or contraction. Some focus on specific muscles particular to your own chronic pain, such as with "Tensing Yoga", by yours truly.
A number of other variables are mentioned in other essays on this page, especially in the "Muscle Q's" section (this page), the Body-Mind Integration, and the article on adrenaline vs endorphins.
Article Related to the above: "Does back pain go away on it’s own?" by Lawrence H. Wyatt, DC, DACBR, Professor, Division of Clinical Science, Texas Chiropractic College, Writer Nataliya Schetchikova, PhD, Editor: "The results showed that when it is ignored, back pain does not go away on its own. ..." (at the site for Re•Vita Health Center & Wellness Spa, Arlington Heights, IL 60005)
3. Alternative Therapies
"More than 45,000 readers tell us what helped"
This note was also included: "A total of 30,332 survey respondents gave us their perceptions of the helpfulness of treatments for their most bothersome conditions over the past two years. The respondents were Consumer Reports subscribers, and our findings might not be representative of the general population. Respondents based their opinions on personal experience, so the results can't be compared with scientific clinical trials. And our results do not take into account the power of the placebo effect, the tendency of people to find even simulated or sham interventions helpful."
And states that, "Even widely used dietary supplements ranked far below over-the-counter medications in many cases. But hands-on treatments such as chiropractic and deep-tissue massage, as well as the mind-body practice of yoga dominated the lists of helpful alternative treatments for discomfort from conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis. ...One in four respondents undergoing chiropractic treatment for any condition said their chiropractor was more interested and insightful than their medical doctors. More than 30 percent of respondents who had acupuncture felt the same way."
I've put here the survey results that related to massage and related therapies. Which charts I have reformatted to keep the staff at Consumer Reports at bay, while I tell you that the article is very much worth reading, and that Consumer Reports .Org has apparently been maintaining regular sections, not only on Health, but even on Natural Health. Other conditions surveyed for this report were Allergy, Anxiety, Cold & flu, Depression, Digestive problems, Insomnia, and Irritable bowel syndrome. Thank you, Consumer Reports!
Consumer Reports Alternative Therapies
Survey Results (Published Sept 2011)
Doctors know your organs and systems.
Psychologists know your mind.
Well-trained body-workers & massage therapists
know HOW & Why your muscles do what they do -
hold & move your body the way it works best,
so that it all works together! -Chris Pringer
(Photo by Unknown)
Lymphatic System Charts (by S. Kubic, from flyer by Lerner Lymphedema Services (800-232-5542), re-rendered by Chris Pringer
I like to tell people that a lot of sinus congestion can be reduced simply by massaging the upper chest and on either side of the sternum,
that (of these two) "the lower drainage system needs to be cleared before the upper will drain well. Vibration technique works well over sensitive areas.
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by Dr. David Kitz Krämer of Antibodies-Online Inc.
This guest article was published at ChaliceBridge.Com, July 11, 2012
Related: Notes on Neuroplasticity (further below)
Since the late 19th century neuroplasticity is known to be an important process in development, learning and memory. It was taken for granted that the nervous system and especially the brain were practically immutable after early childhood. Only in the 1960’s scientists who performed studies with the most different approaches, e.g. Paul Bach-y-Rita’s study of sensory substitution with blind people, arrived at the conclusion that even in adulthood the nervous system is able to reorganize itself on a range of levels, i.e. from cellular level to level of cortical regions. These findings were especially important and encouraging for the development of new therapies of patients with brain damages, chronic pain or phantom limbs.
In this way, science changed the public’s view of the world again. The neuroscientist Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran, also named “The Marco Polo of neuroscience” by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, found that the sensation of phantom limbs may occur as a result of the process of cortical remapping after a limb has been amputated. With astonishingly simple experimental set-ups Ramachandran investigated the process of reorganization in the somatosensory cortex located in the postcentral gyrus: Touching individual regions of the face induced the sensation of being touched on individual regions on a missing limb in amputees. This study and further experiments brought exciting new insights in the field of neurology. And it is also a former experimental device invented by Ramachandran, which could now improve life for many phantom limb and even stroke patients: the mirror box.
The mirror box consists of a box divided in two parts by a mirror in the centre. The patient places the good limb into one part of the box and is then instructed to perform symmetrical movements and to observe the reflected image of the good limb in the mirror. For the patient this image induces the conception of a phantom limb that can be moved. This therapy retrains the brain and reduces the frequently felt paralysis of the missing limb. Patients become able to move their phantom limbs in their imagination in order to remove them from positions, in which pain may be felt.
This finding is brilliant for itself, but it becomes even more important due to the fact that some patients are able to learn how to move paralyzed limbs with this technique. Restoring motor function of the body would give stroke patients back a considerable amount of quality of life. But it is still unclear, which patients benefit from this therapy because the protocols of published studies are not standardized. This could be substantial support for the theory that intact areas of the brain might be able to take over tasks of damaged regions in the process of reorganization. But in which way could this reorganization take place?
Scientists mainly predict two possible ways: The first hypothesis is that axonal and synaptic sprouting of intact neurons that connect either damaged or undamaged neurons. The second hypothesis states that silent synapses, which normally send only sub-threshold signals, are activated In order to compensate for damaged regions. If one of the hypotheses is true or if there is an unknown mechanism is subject to future research. The investigation of synaptic proteins such as of AMPA-type glutamate receptors could provide valuable scientific findings. Let’s remember Bach-y-Rita who said “We see with our brains, not with our eyes.”
| Neuroplasticity: most completely but summarily, refers to cellular re-organization, particularly to the nervous and related/interfacing systems (and not just the brain), as a result of experience. -cp
"The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being" by Daniel J. Siegel, MD. reviewed by Cheryl Chessick, M.D., Upaya eNews, August 10th 2009, excerpts: "Internal attunement and attention to intention create an internal emotional closeness or "becoming our own best friend" and also allow us to attune to others’ intentions (p. 172). "One example of intrapersonal attunement would be the practice of breath awareness" (p. 174), which is used very commonly in many mindfulness practices. "Repeated activation of such attuned states results in neuroplastic changes with the structural outcome of neural integration" (p. 189). If attunement produces integration in the brain, then interpersonal attunement in loving kindness directed toward others can occur. Ultimately, coherence, flexibility, affective regulation, and resiliency develop."
Excerpts from "Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology," by Daniel J. Siegel, MD. pg. 6.4: "Given that integration is at the heart of health, kindness and compassion, developing a regular skill-building program for people across the life span makes a lot of integrative sense. Neuroplasticity is the way the brain changes in response to experience, learning to focus attention in a way that promotes mindful awareness can change the structure of the brain. Studies have repeatedly revealed that the parts of the brain most implicated in these studies vary but generally include integrative regions that link cortex, limbic area, brainstem, body proper, and social inputs from other brains. These integrative areas influence executive functions, including emotional regulation and the focus of attention, as well as emotional and social intelligence, such as the capacity for empathy and self-understanding. These regions include the anterior and posterior cingulate, the orbitofrontal cortex, and both the medial and ventral aspects of the prefrontal region, including the insula* and the limbic hippocampus.
p.3-5: "The mind can change the activity and the structure of the brain. By harnessing the power of awareness to intentionally focus energy and information in a new way, neural firing can be altered... we can cultivate differentiation and then link these differentiated regions to one another. ...The process of using attention to change the activity of the brain - and therefore ultimately its very architecture - is a part of the larger process by which experience changes neural structure. This process is called neuroplasticity."
Fascial plasticity – a new neurobiological explanation; Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Part 1, Volume 7, Issue 1, January 2003, Pages 11-19, and Part 2, Volume 7, Issue 2, April 2003, Pages 104-116 by Robert Schleip. This is about fascia (connective tissue) as densely innervated by mechanoreceptors and effected by "self-regulatory dynamics": "...Fascia and the autonomic nervous system appear to be intimately connected. A change in attitude in myofascial practitioners from a mechanical perspective" is suggested. And "...of special interest in relation to fibromyalgia ...An attitudinal shift is suggested, from a mechanical body concept towards a cybernetic model, in which the practitioner's intervention are seen as stimulation [toward an inclusion of the self-regulatory dynamics of the nervous system ] within the client's organism."
The limbic system of the brain has been found essential for the mind-body integrative function. Before 1997 or so, there was rarely any research findings venturing to say this area was more than about raw emotion and usually as related to survival instincts, never mentioning the word empathy, let alone actual integration of intellect with emotion. But given all the experience with MRI's and various other brain-scanning equipment while observing behavior, lots of correlations have been established, particularly since 2003. brain components. Since then Dr. Daniel J. Siegel has gone the extra mile in prolifically translating all this into pramatically useful training manuals for students and practitioners, and for a most impressive variety of applications in mental health, especially pediatric psychology, as well as in self-healing and conscious awareness. Dr Daniel J. Siegel's extensive works can be checked out via DrDanSiegel.Com, Mindsight Institute, and MindGains .Org.
Most images are composed of anatomical figures from the Digital Anatomist Project of the University of Washington,
assembled & artistically rendered over background, "Chalice Garden & CrossChalice" by Chris Pringer, July-Aug 2016.
Dietary Nutrition, Neuro-Endocrine Infrastructure & Neuroplasticity at the Body-Mind Nutrition page. Relationship of nutrition and psycho-emotional environment during infancy and childhood upon key aspects of development of 'A Stable Platform for Perception', the 'Psycho-emotional Infrastructure', facilitating cellular re-organization (in the brain), and cellular and/or functional/systemic re-organization of the neuro-endocrine system, and thereby upon the preventative maintenance capability and the aging process.
Neuroplasticity apparently requires a certain amount of "motivation" to kick start it. And perhaps it requires a little faith in our self-healing capacities, to light up -the DNA of- areas and processes that have been dormant, to create "work-arounds", to organically retrofit, if you will. And to maintain that motivation even through the cycles of our sometimes painful learning process. After All, it is said that cells renew themselves; that, in effect, that we have "a totally new body every seven years". It's true: while some cells take more or less time, the cycles eventually overlap. And, in my view, they pass on the beliefs or attitudes they have been programmed with - prior to and/or during those cycles. So we want our patience and hard-kept self-motivation to have done it's work when that "cycle high" comes around. And, in some circumstances, it may NOT make the difference we want on the physical level. But knowing what we do know about the above noted potentials (provided you believe what I'm saying here), why not project the best onto our cells' circumstances? In other words: There is much more to faith, persistence, and positive messages to our cells than we may have thought - it's far more than just placebo effect.
And if we say this capacity applies to the cellular re-organization of those cells in ALL of the neural networks - including in the connective tissues, bodily organs, and systems (considering the interfaces in the tension storage/release process: proprio-neuro/ connective tissue/ motor management centers and adrenal/ emotional body/ Inner Child persona aspects), may we could broaden the term and call it "psycho-somatic" or "mind-body" neuroplasticity.
Body-mind awareness-based preventative maintenance (including "Tensing Yoga" and "Body-Parenting") are methods of interfacing with our cells & self-healing mechanisms for personal growth and self-healing, EG: for most directly, naturally, and positively engaging our capacities for Neuroplasticity. Whereas neuroplasticity "refers to the changes that occur in the organization of the brain as a result of experience", here we re-establish the means for healthy experience via conscious re-organization of the brain & systems for neuro-muscular interface.
[Paraphrased from MY PAIN, MY BRAIN By Melanie Thernstrom, New York Times Magazine May 14, 2006 Pages 50-55:] The brain is soft-wired (plastic) more than hard-wired. When we learn something new, new neural connections form. Some scientists say that old, unused ones wither away. Actively engaging a certain brain region actually alters it, hence the term "activity-dependent neuroplasticity."
"Negative neuroplasticity" has to do with diseases of the central nervous system with inappropriate levels of activation in particular brain regions, so that they operate less effectively or disfunctionally. (IE: epilepsy involves hyperactivity of cells; stroke, Parkinson's and other diseases involve the atrophy of nerve cells.) Some brain regions atrophy (or shrink), while other regions become hyperactive. "Firing & Wiring": In chronic pain, additional nerve cells may be recruited for transmitting pain and create more pain pathways in the nervous system, while effecting or disabling nerve cells that normally inhibit or slow the signaling. A. Vania Apkarian at Northwestern University found that while the brain of a healthy person shrinks 2.5 percent a year, in a person with chronic back pain, it shrinks an additional 1.3 percent annually in the areas that involve rational thinking.
"Firing & Wiring" the neurons The importance of this process relationship is illustrated and born out in discussion in "What the Bleep Do We Know", "Down the Rabbit Hole" . Most any psychologist or naturopath (or most any M.D.) will tell you that the most difficult thing for any human to do is break a habit, whether physical, emotional, or mental. Or as the 'Bleep' folks put it (per psychologist Donald Hebb's conclusion), "Nerve cells that fire together wire together, but Nerve cells that don't fire together -- or loose their long-term relationship by our interrupting that and observing the effect, then we break the automatic response mechanisms it takes, and then are free to be there for us as we are fully present with each experience" [close paraphrase, -cp]. Some might say that both 'Bleep' and HeartMath.Org began with what I'll call "The Tao of Physics Clan" of Fritjof Capra (of the 70's-80's era of published studies & thought) as well as "the Bleep Clan" of Fred Alan Wolfe, the academically most esteemed members of which integrated the knowledge for What the Bleep. Through these efforts, IMHO, they offer ground breaking implications for mankind.
Many techniques are being researched by various yoga & bio-feedback practitioners, bodywork therapists, chiropractic & osteopathic physicians, as well by scientists in labs, for teaching people how to "remind" their cells of their DNA's design, their inherent capacities for self-healing.
Vulnerability genes or plasticity genes? Belsky J., Jonassaint C., Pleuss M., Stanton M., Brummett B., Williams R.; Molecular Psychiatry. 2009;14:746–754.
Chart, "Nature-Nurture A-Z Chart Over Chakra Tree Anatomy Chalice Garden (LtBkGr) "
© by Christopher Pringer Jan'13
Questions Related to
Touch, Proprioceptors, & Neuroplasticity
What does attitude, approach, consistency, and sincerity have to do with how your cells respond?
And what could that (along with muscle tension dynamics and body-memory) possibly have to do with "Neuroplasticity" [which refers to cellular re-organization, particularly to the nervous and related/interfacing systems, as a result of experience] ?
Would not those interfacing systems include proprioreceptors, and therefore relate to any holding and movement patterns, and therefore relate to the experiences that initiated those patterns ?
What is "Controlled Motor Response", and what's that got to do with muscle habits & movement patterns, chronic tension, and "Body Memory" ?
What is an "Inner Child", how is it formed, what's that got to do with cells and their function, with muscle habit/movement patterns, with the "cell-talk" and relations with cells, with effective body-mind awareness based preventative maintenance methodology, and with yogic awareness?
What could all this (also) have to do with the "System Interfaces in the Psycho-Physiology of the Fascia Memory Theory" - A flow chart very briefly illustrating the interfaces of the "Proprio-Neuro Fascia-Muscular, Motor Management Centers[*], Adrenal Systems, Connective Tissue Cells, as well as the Inner Child & Related Aspects"?
Or with the Fascia Memory Research Project?
("Answers" discussed in various sections of this page, the "Tensing Yoga", "Fascia Memory", and "Body-Mind Nutrition" pages) *Motor Management Centers* (and not just "Motor Cortex")
"Motor Management Centers" is the term I have chosen to refer to the Motor Cortex, Somatic Sensory Cortex, and Cerebellum (for proprioreception). As an addition to the Fascia Memory theory, this term also refers to areas of the Limbic system that manage emotional integration as associated with muscle fascia memory storage and related adrenal response mechanisms. This term replaces the previous use of the terms "Motor Cortex" and "Motor Control Centers" where their use at this site was overly limiting, thus incorrect. [~cp, 8/7/16]
| "Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain" with Elaine Fox on Public Radio (Seattle's KUOW with Ross Reynolds, 7/23/12): Interview about optimism and neuroplasticity. Research showed that the brain can be trained to be more optimistic and depression resistant. There were genetic differences with regard to serotonin uptake, but between those with a genetic advantage and those not, at least as much difference was accounted for by how they handled challenging experience in their developing years. So BOTH experience & genetics determines capacity. But we can, (in any case?) retrain the brain, utilize the capacity for neuroplasticity, to become strong in optimism. This optimism not just about positive or negative focus or happy thoughts, but about persistence and determination with challenges. There are lots techniques for this training. She mentioned "Counting Your Blessings" as one technique- this retrains "Memory Bias". That is, so one can remember events more positively, more of the "good" things about or from the event, and fewer, or with less effect from, the negative aspects. Elaine Fox is a psychologist and neuroscientist who has researched widely on the science of emotions.
Elaine Fox is currently Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and Director of the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, where she leads a program of research combining cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, and genetics.
Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain
The Serotonin Transporter Gene Alters Sensitivity to Attention Bias Modification: Evidence for a Plasticity Gene, a Sponsored Document from Biological Psychiatry at NIH.gov
Elaine Fox's work has been discussed in Nature, Science, New Scientist, The Economist, and the New York Times.
Elaine Fox on Vimeo
Elaine Fox's research ref'd in "Feeling Too Much", part 1, part 2
in Psychology Today: How emotion shapes extraordinary sensitivity. Published on February 24, 2012 by Michael Jawer (also of the "Boundary Spectrum" and related on line survey)
| Reframing & the "Thank You" practice: Elaine Fox didn't use the term "reframe" in the above mentioned interview - but this is similar to what she referred to. That is, developing a view -- (whether from the past, existing, or prospective) about a person, place, object, or an event or circumstance -- in a prescribed way, so as to effect one's future perspective and response to a future such experience. "Reframing" is utilized in "New Thought" church principles, affirmation-based approaches, and hypnotherapy. It's also a part of many of the techniques referred to in writings at this website, where it is also blended with a Gestalt approach - to prevent denial of internal/emotion-based challenges, to insure one is equipped for taking the whole of the circumstance into consideration. My "favorite simplest" of the New Thought teachings is the practice of saying "Thank you"- for as many things every day as you can- and meaning it. Which can be a very difficult thing to actually mean sometimes, but the practice can develop some amazing skills in perception.
"Your Plastic Brain" KUOW Weekday with Steve Scher May 4, 2009: "We've all heard about body building, but how about brain building? Over the last four decades scientists have learned the adult human brain is malleable and capable of growth and regeneration. Join us as we discuss brain plasticity and the movement to reinvent and reinforce the aging brain. Up for some Neurobics or Synapse calisthenics?"
"Psychosomatic Plasticity: An 'emergent Property' Of Personality Research? by Michael Jawer; with focus on "neurobiological framework", emotion and memory, boundaries and variations in sensitivity, psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), related. "Psychosomatic plasticity" is defined as an extreme capacity to turn suggestions ...into bodily realities." Includes an extensive list of useful references. (pdf; can use *right-click* "save as...")
"The Sergeant Lost Within" By Daniel Bergner New York Times Magazine May 25, 2008 Pages 40-45; about 24-year-old Shurvon Phillip, one of "about 900 soldiers [who] have come home with serious traumatic brain injury. ...for reasons that remain unclear, like so much that involves the brain’s hundred billion cells and hundred trillion intercellular connections, the best chance to spur neuroplasticity comes within three or four months of the initial damage. With Shurvon, [Dr.] Zollman was instead reduced to 'priming the connections' along the pathways that had survived. To evoke this she conjured another metaphor. 'Let’s say you’ve got a railroad station in a small town in the Old West. The switchman is dozing. Trains rarely come, and when one finally does he might be sound asleep. Everything gets slowed down. But if his station is busy he’s more primed to do his job.' Keeping the connections active -- and in this way maintaining a ready supply of neurotransmitters to deliver messages -- could make the remaining pathways work more effectively and give Shurvon some measure of movement. Priming connections, like generating neuroplasticity, can seem less a matter of ingenious science than of basic and relentless physical therapy. ..."
Stroke of insight: Jill Bolte Taylor on TED.com. I noticed that, in the transcript for this video, the word, "neuroplasticity" is not even mentioned. However, Jill's incredible (but true) story is about as good an example towards self-motivation of conscious development of persistence and determination and engaging one's self-healing capacities as you'll ever find.
Activating Neurotransmitters in the ‘Present Moment’ for long term change in Psychotherapy a class by Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems (CIMBS), Beatriz Winstanley MEdPsych; Albert Sheldon MD; The International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association. This course will focus on learning how to do precise therapeutic interventions to activate different neurotransmitters to override the unconscious constraints that lead to anxiety and depression. Learn how to make neuroplasticity “happen” in psychotherapy. (from an advertising in "The Workshop Calendar", Seattle, 2012)
"Second Chance at Your Dream: Your Body’s energy Resources for Optimal Aging, Creativity and Health" by Dr. Dorothea Hover-Kramer, Olympic Peninsula (WA) psychotherapist. About personal self-care utilizing the breakthrough resources of energy psychology "...facilitating movement toward a hopeful sense of self-worth. Myths about aging need to be debunked as science demonstrates new avenues for understanding oneself and creating a fulfilling life. For example, epigenetic research clearly shows how gene expression lies within the control of the conscious mind and is continuously influenced by the choices we make. Furthermore, neuroscience shows evidence for the plasticity of the brain cells which respond to intention and emotional reactions. As the apertures of consciousness expand with the creative thinking put forth in Second Chance at Your Dream, neurons can grow and regenerate." Dr. Dorothea Hover-Kramer, Ed.D., RN, CNS, D.CEP has been a psychotherapist in private practice for over 30 years and combines her career as a psychologist with her background in psychiatric nursing. She co-founded the International Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) and is the author of five other books about energy therapies including the Healing Touch texts.
"Self-Directed Neuroplasticity: A 21st-Century View of Meditation" by Rick Hanson – excerpted and edited from the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ teleseminar series “Exploring the Noetic Sciences.” IONS Director of Research Cassandra Vieten talks with neuropsychologist and meditation teacher Rick Hanson, author with neurologist Richard Mendius, MD, of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. [Links & quote from an email from IONS:] which has already become our most popular article since Noetic Now launched last August! – we learned of a new pilot study suggesting that meditating for just 30 minutes a day for eight weeks effected physical changes in the gray matter of the brain associated with memory, stress, and empathy. The subject of the study was Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program (see "Generation Wired…and Wise?" for a report on the 2011 Wisdom 2.0 conference that Jon co-facilitated). ...Living Deeply teleseminar that helps us focus on the Big Question for August, "Do our thoughts have the power to heal?" ...Although crosswords can help the brain's fluency, to retain its plasticity we need to challenge ourselves with new learning all the time. Dalai Lama has shown an interest in neuroscience and research, including work done by Prof. Richard Davidson, PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with references to "great websites for brain quizzes and well-researched products." Related Hansen quote: "The insula tracks both the interior state of the body and the feelings of other people, which is fundamental to empathy. So, people who routinely tune into their own bodies – through some kind of mindfulness practice – make their insula thicker, which helps them become more self-aware and empathic."
Businesses are actually starting up based on technology that [seems] well founded in this research. Various of their sites offer a fair amount of study references (quite impressive and in pdf format), including "Brain State Technologies". Psychiatrists are now advertising their teaching other psychotherapists how to "make neuroplasticity happen" via the "integration of multiple brain systems" in psychotherapy, "activating neurotransmitters in the ‘Present Moment’ for long term change ...to override the unconscious constraints that lead to anxiety and depression."
For researching "Neuroplasticity", depending on how technical/scientific you like your results, you might try sites like PubMed, MedLine, Behavioral Neuroscience, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, Science Magazine (less technical reading); [Related Keywords to include with "neuroplasticity":] collagen and..., estrogen and..., neurobio aging, synaptic plasticity, learning induced..., neural development and..., polymorphism and serotonin and...
Just in case you thought neuroplasiticity was a new phenomenon:
Habituation produces frequency-specific plasticity of receptive fields in the auditory cortex. Behavioral Neuroscience v105 p416(15). Corbetta, M., Miezin, F.M., Dobmeyer, S., Shullman, G.L., and Peterson, S.E. (1990, June 22).
Starting from Scratch, Ellen Pall, New York Times Magazine, September 24, 1995. "The plasticity of the brain in adulthood is very well exemplified in the case of Ginny Ruffner, an artist who suffered severe brain damage after a car accident. Neuroscientists explain the phenomenal recovery of Ruffner's brain and artistic ability. The case also sheds light on our understanding of memory and emotions.
"Building a Better Brain", Daniel Golden, Life, July 1994. "The remarkable plasticity of the adult brain is exemplified by a group of elderly nuns living in a convent in Minnesota. Of the 150 retired nuns, 25 are older than 90. The incidence of Alzheimer's disease among the nuns is lower than that of the general population. Their secret is exposing the mind to constant challenges with worthwhile cognitive tasks.
"PiVortex Sphere On ChaliCell Garden Tapestry A3" - one of a set of images from the "Multi3D Chalice" & "Chali-Cell" themes over backgrounds that combines two older themes, including the original Chalice drawing (pen & ink, colored pencils, scanned). Component/ Theme name of the above image: "Chalice OS-711-A5 CellRing1 OvrSymChalice1 onHemiSyncVSym2 (TapestryStDGr3-VBGTp5) A3", sig'd © Chris Pringer 2011,12. The large view of a very close cousin to this image is at my gallery at Artist Websites @ Fine Art America
"Chali-Cells": Even in the matrix of our cells, the sacred-geometry proportions actually facilitate (ionic) polarities [positive/ negative or yin/ yang] for bio-magnetic interactions and energy exchanges at atomic/ molecular levels - in this "cell matrix chalice." And these "chali-cells," at that atomic level, operate like tiny but ever-powerful nuclear generators, yet with all of a living cell's frequencies/ colors (Rainbow), given all the energy, including all the loving understanding that's been channelled into this "chalice dynamic."
On the Multi-3D Chalice theme... slightly misted background but with "ChaliCells" - symbolizing the Chalice dynamic at the cellular level, as well as at the molecular, the systemic, and all other bodily levels. Whereas other images are more relevant to the mental and/or the emotional, the etheric, etc. Integration is essentially about the gestalt interrelatedness, or interrelatingness. Long name: "3D Chalice VortexTapestry(3), ChaliCells, DoubleStar A1 [on Black, Framed]", sig'd © Chris Pringer 2010,12
"ChaliceVortex &Tapestry5b DblStar APiSphere, Orb&Cellestry, FlowerOfLife5, Intertwined Hearts", sig'd © Chris Pringer 2009,12
"ChaliceVortex Cell&Tapestry5d DblStar APiSphere, Orb&Cellestry, FlowerOfLife5d, Intertwined Hearts", sig'd © Chris Pringer 2009,12
"ChaliceVortex Tapestry5 Orb&FlowerOfLife5b, Intertwined Hearts", sig'd © Chris Pringer 2009
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Question from JW at a facebook forum, "Insight Please" [April 2011]
A discussion that may assist in bridging this essay with some other writings at this site
A Cosmology of the Body-Mind-Spirit Self
1) The muscles move the bones (in spite of what a few old school chiropractors seem to imply sometimes), the fascia provides the 'relationship-interconnecting web-matrix', as well as the glide-flow surfaces for all muscles, as well as every organ in the body.
2) The feelings move the muscles, that is, the feelings and (unconscious) stored emotion-data (all of which comprising 'the emotional-body') determine the setting and changing of the state of muscle tension, which determine the "automatic"/ habitual holding and/or movement patterns in the muscles and fascia.
EG: If your muscles are working (tense) when they are not actually working (doing something you want them to do), then it is the emotional body that is directing the holding of that extra tension.
3) The thoughts move the feelings, that is, they create/govern the feelings, both of which (thoughts and feelings) have the power to create beliefs -- which is to say that the mental perspective determines the feelings and emotions. Beliefs are thoughts made more permanent (consciously or unconsciously) by attached emotional charges.
EG: If the mind perceives a need to fear and armor up, the muscles respond (aided or totally controlled by the adrenal response). But until the (adrenal oriented) "all clear" signal is given or fully received, the emotion is held in the muscles until released, and until then a belief is formed, usually unconsciously, about similarly perceived experiences.
4) the soul moves all the above-- more or less under auspicious of God/Higher Power (depending on one's view of cosmology and it's functional implications for some plan...) that determines "the setup" (parentage and birth situation, etc) which initiates the individual's perception of self, of others, of one's environment, and experience of relationships with human and divine personages on the Earth plane... humans being in physical bodies, in which... (return to 1)
NOTE: Please read the above in context with the below (at right) notes, which hopefully may assist and deepen its understanding. The notes below on "EQ, IQ, and Emotional Integration..." may appreciably expand this understanding as well.
Another way of saying that - as related strictly to the "three lower bodies":
The BONES (the skeleton, posture and movement, alignment and mis-alignment) are moved or held by MUSCLES, Hence: ATTITUDES and their related mental-emotional reaction patterns move or hold the muscles (thence limbs, eyes, mouth, etc).
This is governed overall by BELIEFS (thoughts invested with emotion(s). Beliefs are the result of personal experience -- physically manifested and/or imagined and/or as taught. The intensity of the experience, imagination, and/or teaching determines the power of the belief, and therefore the degree of MOMENTUM invested in any PATTERN of related postural and/or movement manifested in the body. (These invested patterns are primary to what is sometimes referred to as "BODY-MEMORY".)
Another way of saying that - as related strictly to the "three lower bodies":
The BONES (the skeleton, posture and movement, alignment and mis-alignment) are moved or held by MUSCLES, Hence: ATTITUDES and their related mental-emotional reaction patterns move or hold the muscles (thence limbs, eyes, mouth, etc).
This is governed overall by BELIEFS (thoughts invested with emotion(s). Beliefs are the result of personal experience -- physically manifested and/or imagined and/or as taught. The intensity of the experience, imagination, and/or teaching determines the power of the belief, and therefore the degree of MOMENTUM invested in any PATTERN of related postural and/or movement manifested in the body. (These invested patterns are primary to what is sometimes referred to as "BODY-MEMORY".)
Spirit - The interconnecting as well as dynamic current for the flow of driving forces (thought, emotion, and Spirit) that create change and transformation in mind and body.
Mind - The Mental "Vehicle", is the interactive consciousness that manages our perceptions and responses and defines our choices. The brain is one tool of the mind.
Emotion - The Emotional-Body is seat of desire as per "Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing," as complements the physical and mental bodies. [For best context, keep reading here, go there later.]
Belief - "the bridge between the mental and emotional bodies" - is here defined as a thought attached to one's consciousness with/by emotion (or the other way around, depending on which initiated the bond for a given belief). Related: [The other material on this page]
Body - The Physical "Vehicle" is a reality not that separate from the mind, but a functional extension of unconscious as well as of conscious thought, emotion, and belief.
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Emotional intelligence - often referred to as "EQ" in complementary reference to "IQ" - can expand other capacities related to "IQ".
What's that got to do with Re-integration of our "stuff" -- uncovering, constructively expressing, and dealing with the repressed challenges, born of difficult if not also traumatic events experienced usually early in life? As that is, I believe, the core of gestalt psychology as well as body-centered psychotherapy...
As we exercise, develop, expand, and feed those cells related to the completed, reintegrated areas of the brain -and body, as applies-, those cells previously shut off from the others by their association with those previously suppressed memories and feelings, then they begin waking up and contributing to the brain's productivity, via recovery or replacement of channels of access. Cells in neighboring areas of the brain are effected by the added micro-currents by resonation, and so their contributions are enhanced as well. One's intelligence grows like a garden - to the degree it is allowed/ encouraged to receive nourishment. Enhancement of emotional intelligence thus contributes to intellect and even to analytical capacity: synergy - they all work best when they all work together, as I like to say.
Another way to look at it: Metaphorically speaking: if certain compartments of your toolkit (whether for whole tools, or just for some of their attachments), had snakes springing out and biting you whenever you opened them, then you probably became less motivated to open the tool kit over time. That's how emotional baggage effects how much or even whether you use certain/various capacities in your brain. Denial is a mechanism for coping with pain, including emotional pain, of course.
Metaphorically countering, you should be happy to know that there are means to go into the toolkit, tame the snakes, and thus recover those avoided compartments. Same goes for any areas of data storage that have been avoided. EG: Per the studies in Neuroplasticity, The brain is like a tool kit, as well as a memory access device and memory storage device. With your Heart/Mind in charge of the tool kit, that is, at least from the metaphysical perspective. In any case, maybe our tool kits are far more alike than we believe - maybe it's the details of accessing the tools that differ the most from individual to individual.
Emotional Intelligence does not necessarily imply Emotional Integration: To apply that distinction in a short summary of the above: The self-management of pain, buttons, issues and related communications, IS one way of describing EQ. However, A good actor can portray perfect EQ, and we can call that behavioral practice, and that -all by itself- might work well in the workplace in the judgement of many. In the long run though, for those with submerged highly charged challenges, that will work only as good as window dressing and may even better disguise a walking time bomb.
Whereas emotional integration towards conscious -and LONG-TERM constructive self-management of emotional material- pertains not to the behavioral practice of EQ (such as taught in EQ seminars for businesses), but to actual therapeutic emotional healing and the expressed results of that via therapy, self-applied personal growth work, meditation, etc. Such bottom-up integral development of EQ can thereby expand other capacities related to "IQ", and thereby increase IQ.
Perhaps far more important than the relationship to IQ are the results of reducing stress on internal organs as well as tension in connective tissue & muscles: internal equilibrium, less tendency to disease and injury, more energy and focus for life enhancement, optimal productivity, and long-term health - the heart of preventative health maintenance.
Key terms related to this discussion: "body-mind split" or "mind-body split."
"3DChalice &VortexDblStar w/2AtomicPiChalice OnSynthesisCenter2 w/MultiChalice2 on3TapestryOvCv" © Chris Pringer Sept 2011
At my Art Gallery (at Artist Websites of Fine Art America)
the above piece and many others of my artwork can be viewed at full resolution, and is available in framed or canvas prints, greeting cards, & more. Thank you!
"Chalice Dynamics & Vortices Of Light on DkBk A1" -sig'd, © Chris Pringer 2009
Actually, there is a positive relationship between "doing one's personal homework" and not only physical health, but aging. A more complete dot-connect would be emotional integration » body-mind integration » capillary circulation » cellular efficiency, and » longevity of organ efficiency and health.
It is more than logically conceivable that EQ (emotional intelligence) can also be enhanced through body-mind integration -- simply by enhanced provision of psycho-emotional resources, including healthful effects on the endorphin production, adrenal glands, and thence the efficiency of other hormone systems. And most any woman will tell you the improvements that extend from the latter-noted - just that alone!
There are other pathways not mentioned here (but are noted, alluded to, and/or referenced at other essays (see below). Add to that the mental (and perhaps spiritual) clarity that results from the facilitation of any combination of such pathways, and one ALSO use that clarity for further such enhancement - the upward spiral effect. If that sounds like a TED talk, then perhaps I'm getting somewhere!
| Elaborating the Hows & Whys:
Dietary Nutrition, Neuro-Endocrine Infrastructure, Neuroplasticity, & Aging
"The Immune System, Aging, and an Attitudinal Approach that May Improve It"
"EQ, IQ, Emotional Integration, and a Synergetic Relationship"
"Notes & Refs on Neuroplasticity / Cellular Re-Organization"
"Get Super" Visual Affirmation For Cellular Re-Organization
One cannot release what one has not forgiven and one cannot forgive what one has not allowed oneself to feel. * This concept is skillfully elaborated on by John Gray in "What You Can Feel, You Can Heal." While this release can be done on one's own, it is rarely if ever premeditated depending on the scale of the catharsis. Much can be accomplished short of this (catharsis) with journaling and other self-help methods in processing "negative-judged feelings" and contradicting beliefs. We usually come to a point where those who are trained/experienced in facilitating release of deeply stored emotion and providing a loving, empathetic, but objective atmosphere, can assist us through otherwise very sluggish situations.
The following is a very brief description of common relationship dynamics between the mental body and emotional body. Please refer to the chapter on the emotional body for clarification. The mental body and the emotional body speak different languages. They can communicate, but for mental-dominant people, this is not often a reliable skill. The "civilized" mind is generally encouraged to be mental-dominant from birth, as we are too often conditioned not to trust our own feeling-senses when, as an infant, our parents seem to be in disagreement with them.
Re-bridging the thought-emotion gap involves dramatic changes in how the mind regards emotional experience, particularly in terms of judgment and control. When the mind, which loves to analyse, jumps into a therapeutic emotional experience, a "discharge", it tends to prevent the discharge from continuing to completion. Once the mind can take a position of observation and allowingness, and surrender to the discharge, it begins to learn that it can do an even better job of analyzing, the situation - afterwards. And it learns to value the contribution and role of the emotional body.
There is a difference between releasing the emotional charge and getting caught up in "recycling" the emotion. In the latter, the belief is usually strengthened, the emotion is "entertained" as right and justified, as opposed to "understandable, all things considered." The whole complex then is given more power. This begins to change once the individual begins to become aware of the deeper aspects of the whole scenario as s/he is entertaining the complex. This may be very difficult to understand prior to experiencing it. It may be appropriate at this time to make a note to see "Seven Phases of Personal Growth."
To the degree of effectiveness that we have done "the Four R's" (Review, Release, Re-evaluate, Re-direct [per "Feedback And Recycle Loop" Chart at the "Goal Chart" page, partially based on main "Body-Mind Integration" essay]) with a given complex, we come to respond to situations (related to that complex) in a wholly new way. Before, when our "buttons were pushed," we reacted automatically in ways we later regretted and maybe even were amazed at. Now we begin to observe how we react/respond and experience more choice in how we respond in the situation. This can produce quite a rush of wonderful feelings -- empowerment and joy, completion (of an initiation hard fought), confidence in your capacities to deal effectively with challenge, while feeling love and loved at the same time. [Ref: "Body Mind Integration in the Personal Growth Process"]
It needs to be emphasized here, and in general, that the term "therapy" is meant here as any exercise that is self-employed or assisted by friends or professionals towards self-improvement, growth, personality change, etc. There would be no stigma attached to this process if not for the addictive need of the average "civilized person" of society to appear "normal" (whatever that means) before others. We need to allow ourselves to see this for what it is -- fear of disapproval, rejection, loss of love and security -- resulting in our giving away our power to be all that we can be. Then, as individuals and as a society, we will allow ourselves to face our insecurities, forgive our judgments, release our guilt, and begin to move out of the rut of helplessness that underlies our feelings of powerlessness. But I do see and feel that we are doing just that.
Certain types of meditation, Vipassana for example, facilitate self-knowledge and detachment from the various aspects of one's mind and emotions and body, uncovering hidden elements and giving clarity as to purpose, directions, and resources. This kind of detachment refers to a distancing from the pushes and pulls of emotions, so as to obtain an objective yet responsible state of awareness. This state is not the same as denial of feelings or being out of touch with emotional aspects of life on the earth plane. One of the best resources for this is A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine. [Continued at the page from which this section was excerpted (albeit not specifically related to emotional release), "Practical Application Of Gestalt And Metaphysical Techniques"]
Considerations and Strategies
About Dialog in general: This applies to most everyone, especially if raised in any "civilized" society. More directly, this is about employing constructive means of releasing emotions, especially including anger, while simultaneously honoring such feelings as may exist, some having been stored since childhood, appreciating ones surviving difficult times, maturing the inner parent to work healthfully with all that, with the "Inner Child". Regarding verbal techniques: Yelling very loudly into a pillow is very quick and easy. And, with the pillow held tightly across the front of the face (folded double if needed), it will sound very loud to you, but it's unlikely that anyone besides those in the same room would even hear, or know you didn't just cough or sneeze! Then, as needed to make sure you give proper regard to those old beliefs (about anger or expressing it or complaining, etc) you say to yourself something like, "Very good work, thank you, I needed that." Believe it or not, this (particularly the verbal process) begins to address the adrenal/ Hcl secretion/ digestion component, as the adrenals (the gland most 'core' to emotional expression or lack thereof) are responsible for producing hydrochloric acid, necessary for basic breakdown of food in the stomach. If you begin with the written method (ie: "The Loveletter" journaling technique), once you hewn down the statements that work for you, verbalizing them can be quite an effective addition to the process.
C) Replace the coping mechanism by providing True/Real/Actual/Effective means of/for protection, and/or come to fully recognize that you already do or can do that. The true source of your protection is ones empowered and increasingly emotionally mature self. We are all a work in progress. Our knowing that, along with our truly caring for ourselves and others, can keep us both humble and striving for imrovement in our relations with others - via improved relations with ourselves. Self-empowerment is essential for establishing & maintaining such healthy relations, as well as for maintaining momentum in the direction we want to go. For one set of reminders for empowerment see "Questions for Empowerment," Positive Response Questions (PRQ's).
D) * Envisioning the Goal (ie: "Treasure Mapping") - creating a visual/graphic for your fridgerator door and other places. Create one that helps you to see your face on the body you're aiming to have. Put it where you can look/gaze at it frequently, thus helping to re-program your mind, and thence your cells. The affirmations just below add support and context to this method as well. AND here is where the "'Getting Super': Sample Personalized Visualization Prayer Chart" may apply very well for you. [New Apr 2011], at "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, & Prayer" - Blending science and prayer, application of science in, of, and for prayer, healing prayer techniques, visual prayer charts.
On the *Cleansing* side of this part of the transformative process is *HABIT-BREAKING*. Consider "What the Bleep Do We Know - Down the Rabbit Hole" IMHO, this production offers ground breaking implications... Because the most difficult thing for any human to do is break a habit. And that is exactly the potential of what I call the "Bleep Tool Kit": the capability to break habits on every level, whether physical, emotional, or mental
In cases of Fibromyalgia: Just in case the coping mechanism was to "cover" the chronic pain of Fibromyalgia (to balm the cells and dilute the stored toxins in the interstitial spaces with extra fluid), you might want to check out "Fibromyalgia - Theory with Examples" [NEW, Apr 28-30, 2011] at the Fascia Memory Theory page - a cause and effect theory - about Fibromyalgia's possible "relationship to a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout the fine interstitial spaces among the cells of the muscle tissues, due to their being chronically held *contracted* and under-circulated, including trauma induced contractedness over a broad-area (including from being forcibly tickled in early childhood)..."
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The science behind the body-mind relationships and related therapeutic approaches...
about Common myths vs realities about psycho-spiritual integration; effective guidance about feelings and memories, 'living in the now', 'releasing' events and people, 'forgiving and forgetting' the past - for living the spiritual life fully and meaningfully. Originally published by Krista Gibson in "The New Times" of Seattle. Through the late 80's & most of the 90's, I always read Krysta's essays if I didn't have time to read anything else, and kept copies of various or her articles handy for my clients to take home with them. Still current...
"Tensing Yoga" and other Self-Applications
For Self-Healing, Body-Mind Awareness, & Preventative Maintenance (revised 7/02, 9/02, Fall 2011). Technique is explained for context and self-application. Emphasis in TY is Tension Range and *Work/Rest Ratio*, *Muscle Energy Efficiency*, individual muscle focus, teamwork/ "edgework". TY is not about getting into positions, although TY may be used to get into positions quicker, easier, and without injury. All of which is critically related to healing or preventing injury. TY could be considered an optimized form of self-applied, neuro-muscular re-education, reinforced with a body-mind connectivity that insures a more comprehensive and long-term response (High Preventative Maintenance Gains). Page includes a fun "Exercise for Illustrating Tension Range..." as well as a "Breathing Ratio Chart" (method & application). Page includes many subtopics, including the extremely common myths about *Muscle Stretching* as well as link to an illustrated sheet of "Low-Intensity Low-Back Exercises". And how about a "Muscle Madness" game!? Back on the floor there's a number of yoga ref-links for specific ailments/conditions as well as for selecting the right form of yoga for you.
QUESTION About Inversion / Traction:
What would result from just the right combination of a) focus on the points noted at the "Tensing Yoga" page, & the resulting highly elevated body-awareness in b) applying just the right amount of traction for your muscles (considering that amount may change for any given hour of any given day) via an inversion device appropriate for your individual needs, in cases of chronic muscle spasm, injury & re-injury situations, including disk damage ? As for part b): "Using your inversion table - Suggestions for Getting Started" at Energy Center .Com includes LOTS of resources for more information about the devices themselves, for efficient as well as safe application, as well as great instruction for preventative maintenance, including related nutrition, etc.
"My Cells - My Children" & other metaphorical prose
Illustrates the dynamic relationships of Spirit, mind, body, and emotions, as well as the inner-child-parent-family, including the cells, organs, and body systems. Section on "Body-Parenting" in Mind-Body Integration and a powerful form of Preventative Health Maintenance, with reference to an article lending scientific basis to such use of metaphor. Based on the "Re-Parenting" approach to personal growth & self-healing, I consider it a powerful adjunct to Body-Mind Integration. The page also includes a little artwork in surreal symbolism, "The Chaliverse."
Chalice Art Slideshow at ChaliceBridge.Com Artwork © by the author - overall, an eclectic/symbolic mix of multiple layers of brights and subtles, sacred geometry rounded with a balance of grounding touch
My artwork at Fine Art America,
where it can be viewed at full resolution, and is available in framed prints, canvas prints, greeting cards, and more. (Since Aug 2012)
"Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment"
About Mind-Body Relationships, (from) coping mechanisms, (to) skills, (to) gifts through challenges on one's Life Path. See "Triad/Triangle Interfaces Chart" in above section. This page is about how the body has habitually responded to experience is evidenced by the body's holding and movement patterns. Includes "Notes on Mind-Body Correlations - Source-References, Organization of *Body Memory,* and 'WHAT I DO' " [New 12/27/09]. I provide an explanation for a system of assessments and mind-body correlations -- learned and integrated from/for my work with others as well as for my own life process. Other sections include excerpts from "Body Memory and ... Learning Life Lessons." About aspects to be discovered, emotionally cleared, and then employed as mental/emotional assets and guidance towards determining and accomplishing life goals. Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the same phenomenon: somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy.
"Love Letter" self-applied journaling technique (Word doc format)
"Nice name, serious work": This letter format is useful for preparing and/or facilitating deeper communications and/or resolving conflict/issues within self or with another person (ie: parent, former mate, etc). This method can fill a special need for therapeutic dialog with someone who is currently not present, including those who have passed on. Because most of what any person can actually heal, or may be responsible to heal, is within ones own feeling body. It is also valuable for/during various strictly personal therapeutic processes, for simply journaling, including self-dialog between two or more parts of yourself that represent mixed feelings about something. Other benefits include introduction to and practice in additional valuable self-healing techniques: "Self-Parenting;" constructing practical, emotionally integrative affirmations; making decisions about your intention and direction for healing change; and verbalizing those decisions in order to etch them into ones being. The latter initiates the completion of (as yet unmet) essential need(s) of the Inner Child, and may manifest changes in related physical symptoms (ie: much less pain). Titled, "How To Write A Love Letter", this is Available in Word doc format or (Unformatted) Text format. [You may also be able to right click on either of those links, select "save link as" (or equivalent), and save the file(s) to your hard drive for later use.]
"Approaches & Methodologies for Body-Mind Integration"
Suggestions & Resources for Considering Receiving the work as well as for Vocational Considerations. This page might also assist in understanding some basic body-mind concepts.
Considerations in relating a transition in diet & nutrition to personal and spiritual growth, and the benefits of such transition. In addition to the title essay, includes sections, "More on this 'Natural Aging Process'" about possibly/ likely new potentials in aging without near so much disability and pain in the later stages; and two new essays (Jan'13): "Dietary Nutrition, Neuro-Endocrine Infrastructure, Neuroplasticity, and Aging" on relationship of nutrition and psycho-emotional environment during infancy and childhood upon key aspects of development of 'A Stable Platform for Perception', the 'Psycho-emotional Infrastructure', it's maturation through adulthood, as well as upon the aging process; and "Blessing Nutrition" about how prayer and invocation work at the atomic & molecular levels (facilitating processes by re-aligning their structural & therefore magnetic/ionic arrangement) to facilitate the optimal nutrition of the food, as well as optimal digestion, assimilation, and integration of the nutrients and vital force provided by the food. Includes some sample invocations for context and application.
Related more directly to the physical are the pages, "The Transition Diet" and "PRINCIPLES of NATURAL HEALING --excerpts from "The Science of Healthful Living".
Energy Psychology at Southeast Institute
Energy psychology focuses on the interrelationship of energy systems, emotion, behavior, psychopathology, and health. These systems include the electrical activity of the nervous system, acupuncture meridians, chakras, biofields, and morphogenetic fields. A good resource page for sample self-applications and related resources is at Feeling Free .Net. Another good reference is Dr. Fred P. Gallo's Energy Psych .Com site submitted, Thank you, by Bruce Tanner. I found the "Preface to Energy Psychology in Psychotherapy" page very informative.
[ In my opinion, based on discussion with various practitioners, EMDR (incl. EFT the "Emo-Free", "TAP" & related Energy Psychology systems) works very well (and relatively quickly) for many people. And for vets and PTSD, EFT can "put the fire out". But it may not result in more than brief relief in cases where the cause of the trouble is based in, or critically anchored to, deep-seated emotions that were traumatically suppressed in early childhood. Per reasons as indicated at pages by yours truly, and/per those references of my teachers in body-centered psychology. I'm referring here to considerations in the difference between Gestalt, New Thought, EFT, and Behavioral schools of psychology, the different approaches to what some of us call "the emotional body", the cause of emotional pain, what we might call "true" preventative maintenance, etc. EFT seems to be a cross between Behavioral and New Thought(?). Exceptions to that opinion would be in the case where, and to the degree that, the associated trauma is simultaneously felt (enough to be validated), observed, and breathed-through, as it moves through the energy system (ie: via polarity/meridian/chakra system if/as applies to one's modality), and to/through the CSF, and thus out of the body, during and/or subsequent to the EFT/related session. Otherwise, how is any associated and stored emotional component, born out of unresolved confusion at an early age, going to get out of the system, for the purpose of creating symptoms, so as to signal the deeper cause, so as to resolve our problems - as we were designed to do? How? - by whatever route the self next finds to work. The trouble is, it might be more destructive, perhaps even better disguised, perhaps "only" internally, via organ dysfunction. -Chris Pringer ]
"Fibromyalgia - Theory with Examples" [NEW, Apr 28-30, 2011] at the Fascia Memory Theory page - a cause and effect theory - about Fibromyalgia's possible "relationship to a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout the fine interstitial spaces among the cells of the muscle tissues, due to their being chronically held *contracted* and under-circulated, including trauma induced contractedness over a broad-area (including by being forcibly tickled in early childhood)..." (Maybe it's no accident that this came along shortly after the visualization chart at the page, "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" or "Bridging Prayer & Science", healing prayer techniques.
"The Use Of Questions (and Gestalt approach) In Effective Affirmation Therapy"
Theory & Examples for Practical Application. Theory section explains how this (PRQ) system compares to other affirmation techniques and therapies - how and why they work, advantages of PRQ's, etc. Includes Lots of Sample PRQ's (Positive Response Questions) for learning and affirming any desired knowledge, Simple How-To's in developing Pragmatic use of "the right question" -- from a test situation and/or from regular affirmations. Works well for the intangibles (Personal Growth oriented) which many would say has to come before you can truly enjoy the rest anyway.
"WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial" (Physical and other levels) --
Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion. The title question could have been, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" or "Why deny pain?" or "Why one should complain about pain?" There are no easy answers to these, if only because every individual has his/her own story and experience. I begin with basic, more physical-level concepts, and extend into other dimensions from there. There may be more proper medical terms for most of the dynamics I describe, but my purpose is to try to give ideas to help explain, a complex but common experience in a more understandable fashion -- perhaps even to give a little hope, motivation toward resources and some degree of relief. An exploration of concepts in empathy, caring, punishment and 'The Martyr Triad,' is included as well as essays: "Intro & Notes on Pain, Pain Reduction, Pain Elimination, Pain Desensitization", "A List Of Factors In The Perception Of Pain", "More On Referral Of Pain", "Delayed Healing", "Stress & Energy Related Pains", "Notes On Pain From Gestalt Perspective," "Internal Separation And Healing," "Anger - Some Modes & Complexities," "Pain Management & Body Parenting," "Pain, Relative to 'True Courage vs Toughness'," "A Message from the Masters" (a select collection of ancient wisdom in colloquial voice for balancing the adrenalised brain with the spiritual heart), "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment - and Healing the Pain," "A Metaphysician's Perspective On Pain, Emotion, & Change," "Why Deep Massage/Bodywork?", "Should A Massage Be Painful?," and "Touch-sensitivity of Muscles - and Cell Congestion."
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