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FASCIA-MEMORY PROJECT
Integrated Preventative Health Maintenance Systems Research & Development
“Fascia Memory Theory” or
“Fascia-based Emotional Memory Storage (FEMS) System Theory”

A Theory of Multi-System Bio-Energetic Communications

About Reading “Sensor Field Arrays” and “Wrinkles in the Saran Wrap”
( Full version at http://www.chalicebridge.com/FasciaMemTheory.html
Original June `96 version at http://www.futurehealth.org/bpv1n3.htm )

Introduction


         In the proposed overall goals for the fascia memory project *(above left), the KEY phrases related to the theory are "...the relationship(s) between connective tissue (fascia), the objective/subjective experience, and 'body-memory'...", and "...all manner of changes ...in fascia..."
         That is, the theory is about the question(s) of a) what relationship(s) there are among these elements, b) what changes there may be among these elements and the relationships among them as related to somatic memory storage - including what kind(s) of memory and how and why and where (more specifically), and c) the reasoning behind how and why such might be understood to exist. The purpose of this page is to effectively communicate that, and, ideally, to do that sufficiently to achieve the scientific review, analysis, and research that is best suited to accomplish the proposed goals of the project.

         "Fascia-Memory" and a Basic Premise at the foundation of this project: There exists much documentation (a great deal of it being referenced on this page) indicating there is a primary cause and effect relationship between emotional trauma (or milder but repeated emotionally charged stress), the suppression of any memory of that, and retained tension in the physical body. That includes documentation that fascia retains a physical record of stresses, strains, and injuries to muscle fibers.

         Further, it is theorized here that there is a significant relationship between this tension and the (subsequent) injuries that are most likely to occur for any given person. More specifically, this is very useful since this relationship pertains to location and type of injury; even the timing (most apparently as per phases of development and maturation of the physical body). Even if that were true only for very significant types and amounts of tension, it would be very important. The references provided below cover a good deal of the very wide range of considerations that, if you will, compose the infrastructure of the fascia memory theory.


          While I believe there may be multiple ways that the brain-mind stores and accesses memory, the *Connective Tissue Sensor Field Arrays* (CT-SFA) or "Wrinkles in the Saran Wrap" system (introduced and elaborated below in text and chart) would seem to work well for the "emotionally charged" and/or suppressed experiences. That would include mechanisms for incompletely processed portions of experiences, for which the person consciously and/or unconsciously feels a needs for further processing. This protective suppression - and/or coping mechanism and related conditioning processes - then sets up a tension which is held in those particular muscles that the person's body-mind most associates with the nature of that tension at that time and circumstance.


         
This process or mechanism occurs most commonly during, and as a critical psychologically formative part of, the years of infancy. Such muscle-holding or movement patterns are readily and consistently identifiable (as correlating to specific personality learning traits/styles) by a great many practitioners who work with connective tissue, muscles, skeletal alignment, etc. The completion of experience-processing then takes place if/when a more appropriate time and circumstance presents itself, and as the priorities and readiness allow for that particular and/or related psycho-emotional development.

          Such *psycho-emotionally integrative* completion processes are the substance of most bodywork therapies - from Rolfing and Postural Integration to Hakomi, Feldenkrais, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, etc.


         
But how, physiologically or neuro-energetically speaking, does an experience cause an emotional charge to get stored "into" connective tissue?

An Image to Set the Scene:

         
1) Imagine a section of mountainous terrain that has plateaus, valleys, flatlands and rivers in and through it. Imagine that each one of these, as well as the mountains themselves, have lines of conductive material outlining them as well as in diagonal lines formed between each corner section that would be created by the shapes of them.

         
2) See a one-dimensional map underlying the whole terrain, like a flat surface that all the above sits on, and draw lines from each of the above noted points down to this flat surface.

         
3) Now do the same for four sides and a top. [Actually, its not that simple, but here we will pretend that all the sections are square] You have created a 3-dimensional matrix filled in with "blocks" or sections - each having a top, bottom, and four sides - and each of these blocks are outlined with lines of conductive material.

         
4) Imagine that Electricity flows through each of these conductive lines and that this action forms a field of secondary energy around the line - or circuit. Each square block therefore has 12 circuits bordering it [in this simplified example]. Now consider that, depending on whether the line is originally a mountain perimeter, a
river main, a valley diagonal, or a reference line to a border surface, the line conducts a different frequency of energy, therefore the surrounding electro-magnetic field (EMF) is also individual to that circuit, and that this individual nature is further varied by the volume of current flowing through it. The overall energy field in each block that is subsequently created by the combination of these 12 electro-magnetic fields is highly individual compared to that of any other block, and could be understood therefore to have a particular identity or "signature."

         
5) Now imagine that there is a system for detection and interpretation of each blocks' energy field, not to mention that of whole matrices, combinations of matrices in the same local, of matrices within and/or connected to whole systems, and so on.

         
6) Now for some fun -- Lets imagine that the whole above matrix, with all the blocks in it, is made of a clear, flexible material, one that you can see through, and that when it's stretched or squeezed it tends to retain the impression of that re-shaping somewhat.

         
7) Pretend that you compress it - from the sides - and re-shape it so it looks a bit squashed. Notice that the blocks inside are also a little re-shaped. And guess what happens to the circuit lines and the energy fields around/in those blocks -- well, I'm not a physicist or even a mathematician, so I wouldn't try to make a sophisticated speculation, but we can guess that the energy field would change.
          =>     Very likely, the frequency of the various circuits' EMF fields would then change and the effect of the blocks' overall field upon that of neighboring blocks would also change. And it might be hard to imagine that one block could even be compressed without distorting the dimensions of neighboring fields, so we could figure that many simultaneous changes are taking place in that whole region of matrices.

Fields of Communication

           OK, now lets take a section of the human musculature, create a few terms that better refer to the human anatomy, and elaborate. Please forgive any unnecessary redundancy in describing the dynamics and energetic relationships:

Reading "Sensor Field Arrays" and "Wrinkles in the Saran Wrap"

According to this theory:

          The fascia is richly supplied with sensors (ie: the sensory nerves, proprioreceptors, and other nervous system components) such that "Sensor Field Arrays" (SFA) are created by multiple layers of fascia and in varying numbers of planes in any given area of soft tissue. That is to say, an energy field is created by any given grouping of sensors (a Sensor Field Array), simply due to the electro-magnetic vibration created by each of its components, that when gathered together form a collective electro-magnetic field.

          As this field is 3 dimensional, the electro-dynamics there are similar (if many times smaller) to those we would measure around electric transmission equipment and fields of wires, except that here the wires and transformers may be laying in many different planes and directions and radiating their electric fields in varying strengths and even varying frequencies. Hence, each Sensor Field Array has a basic original Sensor Field Configuration that serves as its signature. This signature is read by the components of that field (via a kind of bio-electric triangulation and radar-like pattern reading), and this reading is recorded as an original and unique set of data. (It should be noted that sensor fields may physically and/or energetically overlap, contain or be contained by, other sensor fields.)

          In this way the Sensor Field Arrays are used in conjunction with the Motor Cortex of the brain to create a "memory" of emotion related events (ERE) as registered in the body fascia. The sensor field signature [or SFA Configuration (SFAC)] is used to compare to ERE of subsequent experience. This comparison creates another set of data that serves as "memory" that compares the results of one experience to another. It does this via the "pleating" (the well known "saran wrap" signature formed in fascia) and which is created by ERE. This is because the pleating distorts the sensor field energy configuration ...


FOR EXAMPLE:     [See CHART BELOW as needed ]

          In time phase one we have a certain arrangement of pleating in the fascia in a given Sensor Field Array. The energy configuration of this field is "read" by the sensors and designated as the "original" signature SFA Configuration of that field. This signature data is stored as a set of dimensional coordinates, energy vectors, and frequencies. In Phase two, an event causes a displacement of the atomic or molecular structure, changing the dimensions, energy vectors, and frequencies in that field. This change is compared and this comparison is recorded as an internal holographic image -- an "internal memory" -- that is referenced and correlated with the data registered by external sensory organs (of smell, sight, touch, hearing, and taste).

          The brain interprets this data and serves to coordinate the flow of information and manage the responses of related functions and maintain operations. If, for some reason, the person responds to the experience with a interruption of the breathing process, resulting in an interruption in the flow of this information (due to an ERE), it affects the oxygen supplied to the energy field in question. The musculature of that field is momentarily paralyzed and a pleat is formed in the fascia of that field. Now there is a permanent new signature in that field, as well as a new SF Configuration that is a result both of the pleating as well as of any new dimensions. If on the other hand the subsequent experience (in phase two) is continuous to the next experience, we say the experience in phase two is complete and there is no permanent physical marking or *storage* of that experience with a pleat, and the Fascial SF Configuration is simply given over to the next one.


          On an unconscious mental dimension, for each Sensory Field and/or set of any combination of them, morphic fields are created for storage of patterned reactions and responses of soft tissue, based in part on the physical pleating, and based in part on learning of (postural and movement) behavior. Habit patterns, that fix posture and movement within only certain ranges, relates directly to the pleating and the resultant restrictions in the soft tissue.

          The brain over time learns to interpret the data registered -- this is what is generally referred to as learning. But learning to interpret the internally sensed holographic image data involves the so-called empathic and psychic capabilities, which we all have and use, but usually without our being conscious of it, let alone in an organized and consistent fashion. The proprioreceptors and their maintenance of appropriate muscle tone and postural balance is actually a major part of this system, at least on the physical level. But the other parts of this system provide relationship between our mental perceptions, the feelings around them, and the manner and nature with which experience affects the physical body in the short term and in the long term.


          Moisture content along the fascial surfaces would then determine the strength of electrical potential or "charge" in that field. This translates to kinesthetic-sensory and emotional sensitivity for that field. A Pleat forms emotional-related charges for as long as the experience is kept as a conscious memory. There would be a direct corollary between the memory being suppressed, and the field's moisture content decreasing and thus it's oxygen level (and/or its "normal" use of oxygen) decreasing. Ideally, moisture content is high such that the bio-electric currents pass through and feelings do not get "stuck" -- stored as suppressed emotion. Another way of saying this is that fascial bio-electro/magnetic resonance reflects memory (experience) with the manner in which solution is distributed on its surface; coherent wave patterns reflect symmetricity and alignment of atomic relationships.


          There are references to a "Model for Bioelectric Responsiveness of Fascia" in some of the myo-fascial release trainings, but if we truly want to know the degree of bio-electric interconnectivity, and the potential for engaging our capacities for neuroplasticity, in my opinion, we will look much deeper into the fascia and it's interfaces with other connective tissues, per the theory above and the research into the devices as proposed in the "Fascia Memory Project".

RELATED:
          At the
original web page for the Fascia Memory Theory there are "Related Considerations", including about the application of this theory to research on Fibromyalgia as "a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout 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.) And a broad scattering of fine pin-pricks of pain." [Apr'11] Keywords referring to, or related to, the same phenomenon: body memory, emotional trauma, somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy.
Proprioceptor field array D2a rendering by Chris Pringer, Jan 2010 & 2011


Proprioceptor field array D3a rendering by Chris Pringer, Jan 2010 & 2011


Proprioceptor field array D2c2 &Cellp5[dslv1] rendering by Chris Pringer, Jan 2010 & 2011


Proprioceptor field array D1c1 rendering by Chris Pringer, Jan 2010 & 2011


Proprioceptor field array D3c3 rendering by Chris Pringer, Jan 2010 & 2011

Artistic Renderings of "proprioceptor field arrays" in muscle cells - Chris Pringer Jan 2010 & 2011

    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 cortex, 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 Cortex.

    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 cortex area of the brain (per this theory).

    PLEASE NOTE: with regard to certain of the terms used, relative to those in the Fascia Memory Theory:

ChaliceBullet20-21 "Bio-E State" or "Bio-Energetic State" is equivalent to the "Sensor Field Array Configuration" (SFAC)

ChaliceBullet20-21 "Bio-Energetic State & Signature" is equivalent to the "SFA Configuration Signature" (SFAC Signature)

ChaliceBullet20-21 "Formulas" are made up of "keysets" (combinations of "Keys") in such a way to facilitate each "Sensor Field Array Configuration" (SFAC). SFAC's, representing changes in the fascia, thence (per the theory) have specifically correlating reference data stored in the Motor Cortex (or directly related area) of the brain.


Please see below for expanded view and explanation of the Proprioreceptor Systems
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 Cortex, Connective Tissue Cells, as well as the Adrenal System, Inner-Child, & Related Aspects"     [(2/19/12, 6/14/12)]

As needed, opening another browser tab and reading the "Body-Mind Integration..." essay
(relative to the proprioreceptor - emotional body - body memory interface) may also help greatly
in fully grasping all the key parts and dynamics involved.


A flow chart briefly illustrating the psycho-physiology of the Fascia Memory Theory
Multiple Interfacing Proprioreceptor Systems
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.

Micro-second scenarios are scripted for each sub-system in accomplishing tasks. Names of "GPS" sub-systems (highlighted below) are made up for the analogy, and a little personality has been projected in to play out the back-n'-forth conversation to represent feedback loop signals between 2 proprioreceptors. Into those has been rendered different temperaments: from executive managerial to emotional reactive.

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..."

Legend4BdyMndProprioN'GPS'AnlgyCht -Chris Pringer 2013

Note: Diagrams here are for showing functional relationships; muscle cells or fibers are actually very long and thin, with proprioreceptors in or around layers of fascia, not inside the muscle cell bodies themselves.
"Muscle Group System GPS 2" (Local to Global): Local Tension/Position to Global Posture Calibration, coordinating different muscle groups in different parts of the body with very different specialized functions (ie: between arms and legs): "Teams 3322 checking in.." "Check" "Teams 4411 transitioning..." "Check. Ready coordination procedure 77A...

"Muscle Group System GPS 2B" (Local to Global): same as GPS 2 sets except for the coordination is between mirrored muscle groups and tandem movements (ie: between individual muscles of left and right arms, or between those of left and right erector spinae muscles of the back).

"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..."
TopRt4BdyMndProprioN'GPS'AnlgyCht -Chris Pringer 2013

MtrCortxProprioFdBkLp4BdyMndProprioN'GPS'AnlgyCht -Chris Pringer 2013

Adrenal / Inner Child / "GPS" Interface
This system functions like "GPS 3", except for its major role in fascia memory dynamics, as a bridge between "GPS 2,3" and the Sensor Field Arrays. It is an intermediary between the working "original", the survived past, and the current (disfunctional but coping) states of neuro-muscular function.

"Muscle Cell GPS 3Aux": Local Fascia Memory Storage Modification: (of Re-calibration/coordination per patterning and related situational parameters, per un-processed situation memory-related input, including over-bearing tendency to project past onto the present, etc. Also hyper-receptive to adrenal stimulus: "Special Forces Alert: Warning, Warning, It's happening again! Go to pattern '3' [coping mechanism "level 3"] - Go here and hold at least 'x' amount of tension, no matter what GPS 2 says." "But nothing's going on." "Maybe not if we do pattern '3'." "We're going to gunk things up for awhile, again." "Trust me, its safer this way, Warning, Warning..." "Ok, Ok, we're there."

AdrenalICSet4BdyMndProprioN'GPS'AnlgyCht -Chris Pringer 2013
CellSets4BdyMndProprioN'GPS'AnlgyCht -Chris Pringer 2013

* "Special Forces Alert" (for this analogy) refers to an adrenal-accentuated response related to a set of muscle tension range and movement patterns, having been established early in life as part of a coping mechanism. This being different from patterned responses which are less, or not at all, "adrenalized," and whose patterns are more related to depression, lets say. All as apart from those cells not patterned at all (not being associated with an 'Inner Child', unproccessed memories, or keyed with fascia memory).
   

Reminder: basics for proprioreceptor and body-memory dynamics are covered at the main "Body-Mind Integration..." essay,
and with particular applications at the "Pattern Triad" and "Tensing Yoga" pages.




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