This is the older version (1995-98), with an addition of the "PROJECT INTRO" & PREP-Note paragraphs (much revised May'14), with the "Background & Key Research" section. The extensive bibliography has been updated (2009). The newer THEORY version (same theory, reworded slightly to be more brief) is on it's own page, among those pages comprising the Fascia Memory Project as described below. NOTE as needed that the better basic functional explanation -of how & why *Body-Memory* is relevant to our lives- is at the "Body-Mind Integration" (Essays) Page. Links to all these and more are included at right or just below.
[Mobile Format Initiated Nov'14]
|Section Topics & Links
Proposed Overall Goals and Related (Local) References
Prep-Notes Fascia and "Body-Memory", relationships and implications
"Body Memory (Storage) and Morphic Fields - "Background & Key Research
"An Image to Set the Scene"
Fields of Communication and "Wrinkles in the Saran Wrap"
Re: Body-Mind Relationships - with Chart (new June'12) illustrating Fascia Memory Theory
Related Considerations, Fibromyalgia Theory with Examples (4'11)
Related References (Extensive, updated 2009)
An Email Discussion
Author/Site Contact Info (separate page)
This link will take you to the Project Home Page with 11 pages: including TOC, project objectives/goals, Theory, references, & charts
Proposed Overall Goals
for Research & Development:
¤ To identify and define the relationship(s) between connective tissue (fascia), the objective/subjective experience, and "body-memory" -- which relationship(s) will be connected, and thus revealed through the research as a much more 'tangible' consideration in medical diagnostics;
¤ To identify and define related scanning devices and diagnostics hardware and software for discerning and illustrating these relationships;
¤ To identify and define all manner of changes (that these devices will read) in fascia (including around circulatory vessels, etc), including pathological changes occurring prior, during, and subsequent to the research;
¤ To identify and define the most suitable means for organizing and coordinating communications among the many highly interdependent sub-projects and, on a continuing basis as needed, determining each and all together their direction;
¤ To identify and define scientifically supported medical applications, including enhanced systems for developing body-awareness for preventative health maintenance application;
¤ To identify and define the integration of these systems for both small- and large-scale applications.
¤ Some corollary programs are suggested that would provide financial support as well as avenues for expanded research.
Fascia-Memory Project Overview Chart
Task Flow Chart [PERT-style view]
Fascia Memory Project set of web pages includes Overview & Pert Charts (see left)
Theory first published by this author (Fall '96) at BioPsy Cyberzine & Futurehealth
The "Body-Mind Integration" (Essays) Page
The How's & Why's Of Psycho-Emotional Storage In The Body-Mind and much more (title essay Published In Massage Magazine, July-August 1992)
"Tensing Yoga" For learning these dynamics, AS you treat your own chronic areas, in a relatively easy, enjoyable way. There's newly added focus (Fall'11) on Tension Range & *Work/Rest Ratio*, thence Muscle Energy Efficiency, on individual muscle focus & teamwork WITH muscles, thence "edgework", upon clarifying realities about proper stretching vs some common myths & resulting injuries. TY is not about yoga positions (asanas), although TY may improve that - quicker, easier, & without injury.
The Body-Mind Integration Home Page
Essays, Art, Professional Bio, Links, FTP
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FASCIAL-BASED EMOTIONAL MEMORY STORAGE SYSTEM HYPOTHESIS
An Image to Set the Scene:
Fields of Communication and "Wrinkles in the Saran Wrap"
Briefly back to "the basics" of Body-Mind Relationships [June'12]
Related QUESTIONS FOR SCIENTISTS: How 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? ... Effects on various properties related to various tension dynamics*, recovery from fatigue, neuroplasticity, characteristics of aging (both in cause and effect)? ...All as related to (effects upon) proprioceptor operation, and both cause and effect relations upon/by the Sensor Field Array(s). And then all that on the above essay's noted emotional tension storage & release, chronic holding & movement patterns, & any changes to that over time (or Inner-Child Relationships)? [Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the phenomenon of body memory: somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy, body-mind split, mind-body split]
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:
¤ "Bio-E State" or "Bio-Energetic State" is equivalent to the "Sensor Field Array Configuration" (SFAC)
¤ "Bio-Energetic State & Signature" is equivalent to the "SFA Configuration Signature" (SFAC Signature)
¤ "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.
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 may also help greatly in fully grasping all the key parts and dynamics involved (relative to the proprioreceptor - emotional body - body memory interface)
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..."
"Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart"
(Links to Full Size) at the Organization Chart page
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Related Considerations [Fall, 1995]
How about " Fascianomics " - term denoting the efficiency of the neuro-fascial interface to conduct symmetric bio-magnetic resonance in alignment with, and facilitation of, the maximum-potential of effortless whole systems function.
I believe there may be other ways that the brain-mind stores and accesses memory, but that this one works for the "emotionally charged" and/or suppressed experiences for which the person consciously and/or unconsciously feels there needs to be further processing. This further 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.
With this in mind would it be feasible to consider Fibromyalgia as an over-stimulated sensory field receptor system in the connective tissue matrix interface? This over-stimulation would be due to system being "on alert;", due to original unconscious decision to alert warning system, should recurrence/continuation of an original stimulation (usually from infancy or early in childhood) be suspected. Thus its characteristics relating it to (an) "Auto-Immune" disorder. [Apr'11:] How about a relationship to a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout the fine interstitial spaces among the cells of muscle tissues due to their being chronically held *contracted* and under-circulated, including trauma induced, or long-term-habituated, neuro-emotional contractedness over a broad-area (including by being forcibly tickled in early childhood)? And a broad scattering of fine pin-pricks of pain? See next section below for more about that.
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Note: The following [about Rupert Sheldrake, included in the original publication of the theory, Fall'96] is probably the 1st web-published allusion to a project for research with devices for finding actual relationships between fascia and body memory. Which proposal is now fully elaborated and organized at here -bcp, 11'08 ]
At one time Rupert Sheldrake stated that there needed to be some way to confirm the existence and role(s) of morphic fields. I am wondering if research in the directions indicated above might be a useful and relatively easy way to research morphic field theory. The fascial system is small enough and workable enough, that with some medical scanning equipment and bio-electric field measuring devices that are already developed, a good computer man to integrate the assessments, a good visionary and a few left brainers to keep things heading in the right directions... ... well, Sheldrake could have his micro-cosmic example of inter AND intra-active (via adjacent, multi-level contained, and/or overlapping) memory fields. And the emotional aspect of the memory wouldn't have to be established before this is proven, I think -- the neurosynaptic data (or neuro-emotional data), when compared in block groups over time and experience (eg: on/in a living biological organism's system) with such equipment as described above, would give a relatively quick idea of where to go with the study from there.
Later on, with cross checking of experiential data of the person's tested, the emotional content could begin to be established and correlated. It seems to me that with all the intuitives around to give hints as to where to direct the eyes of the research, the basis for the correlations could be relatively quickly revealed. Then the more left-brain (as compared to right and whole brain) derived avenues of research could be checked for verification.
I admit, I may have no [truly technical] idea of what I'm talking about [EG: enough of those which are "scientifically verified"], but on the other hand, I've been pretty close to right-on with this kind of thinking before, especially in intuiting out the more technical aspects (and relevant "topography") of applied bodywork [and verifying that with clients]. And I don't think that this research (as described above) would *create* a new working mechanism in the fascial energy fields [just to stretch a note on some of the theories extending from Rupert Sheldrake's and related theories on energy fields], considering the amount of thought and emotion that has already established relatively consistent relationships at those levels of biology.
[More on Morphic Field Theory in Related References section, Jan'12:]
--© Fall '95, Christopher Pringer
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Related Reference Sections
[for more please see the articles by the Oschmans]:
Theory & Research Body-Mind Memory
Other References cited by Oschman, J.L. include: 'Structure and properties of ground substances.' American Zoologist 24(1):199-215; 1984. 'The connective tissue and myofacial systems.' Privately published manuscript; 1981. 'How does the body maintain its shape': A series of 3 articles that appeared in Rolf Lines, the news magazine for Rolf Institute members, Boulder, CO, ending with Vol. 18(1):24-25; 1989, 1990. 'Sensing solitons in soft tissues.' Guild News (Guild for Structural Integration, Boulder, CO) 3(2):22-25. 1994.
Molecules and Emotion, by Candace B. Pert, Ph.D. Ground-breaking research discoveries. The following are (paraphrased from "Science of Self - Feelings and the Bodymind":
Candace Pert, a molecular biologist formerly at Georgetown University, determined that the limbic (emotional) portion of the brain contains upwards of 85 percent of the neuropeptide receptors her team studied. Pert and her colleagues noticed a high concentration of these receptors "in virtually all locations where information from any of the five senses…enters the nervous system." The entire body might then be said, in Pert’s view, to be like a single organ with full sensing capabilities: "a far-flung, unitary, psychosomatic network". (Pert, pp. 142-143) Depending on the precise external or internal stimulus taking place at any given moment, a particular ‘information substance’ will flow through our body and bind to specific receptor sites. When this binding takes place, we feel a given feeling, encode a given memory, or are prompted to emote a certain way. (Schoen, Allen. Kindred Spirits. New York: Broadway Books, 2001, pp. 44-45) Pert conjectures that our bodily organs 'store' emotional memories based on the specific receptors they possess and the nature of the chemical messages they receive. Memory, she posits, resides in virtually every part of our body. (Pert, ibid; also O’Connor, Richard. Undoing Perpetual Stress. New York: Berkley Books, 2005, p. 331).
Many ref-links related to Candace Pert, emotion, and a new psychosomatic medicine - are at the "Links" page for "Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion" website. Also included in this page are Daniel Goleman (*Emotional Intelligence*); Richard O’Connor (*Undoing Perpetual Stress*); Candace B. Pert (*Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel*); Antonio R. Damasio (*Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain*); Marina Piano (“Mind-Body Connection”); Ken Dychtwald (*Bodymind*); Candace B. Pert, Henry E. Dreher, and Michael R. Ruff ("The Psychosomatic Network: Foundations of Mind-Body Medicine").
Scientific Confirmation?: When scanning through web pages (Nov '00) I felt I had finally found the big one... it seemed to perfectly resonate with - and scientifically support to a great degree - what I have seen/felt and which led me to write the "theory" (on Theory page): "The Acupuncture System and The Liquid Crystalline Collagen Fibres of the Connective Tissues" by Mae-Wan Ho, director of Institute of Science in Society (ISIS at www.i-sis.org). Her assembly of research material, some of it her own, virtually creates the scientific support infrastructure for the Fascia Memory Theory. Her interests include conductivity, resonance or 'coherence', and healing via cellular alignment. Here's a series of excerpts from "The Acupuncture System and The Liquid Crystalline Collagen Fibres of the Connective Tissues":
Morphic Field Theory, A Biological Approach to Systems by David Brent deMoville. Beginning with Rupert Sheldrake, an examination of an approach to systems from the biological perspective. These are living systems which may be "organically based and encompass life and biology as we normally think of them or they may be mechanical, forcing us to think of the meaning of life in new contexts..." Text File; Includes a list of related articles with link addresses.
Presence of the Past: Introduction & Chapter One - On Morphogenic Field Theory by Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. "Challenging the fundamental assumptions of modern science, this ground-breaking radical hypothesis suggests that nature itself has memory. The question of morphogenesis - how things take their shape - remains one of the great mysteries of science. What makes a rabbit rabbit-shaped? How do newts regenerate limbs? Why are molecules shaped the way they are? Why do societies arrange themselves in certain predictable patterns? ..." Text File; Includes a list of related articles with link addresses.
Book, The Heart's Code, The New Findings About Cellular Memories and Their Role in the Mind/Body/Spirit Connection, by Paul Pearsall, Ph.D. Written by a psychologist about the experiences of recipients of transplanted hearts, incl. himself, it has already begun to forever change how science looks at the mind, the heart, and memory. Candace Pert, Ph.D., author of Molecules of Emotion, says "...This may be the most important and revolutionary ... the mind is not in the brain and memory can survive after death." On the back-cover are reviews of high acknowledgement also by Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of *Love, Medicine, & Miracles,* Gary E.R.Schwartz, Ph.D. and Linda G.S.Russek, Ph.D. (directors of the Human Energy Systems Laboratory, Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona), and Doc Lew Childre, CEO/Pesident, The Institue of HeartMath, author of *Freeze-Frame: Fast Action Stress Relief and Self-Empowerment.*
Research in Fascia (Physiology & Related Anatomy, Micro-Biology, Bio-Mechanics, Therapy, Research, Etc)
...RESULTS Sheet plastination provides a new approach to elucidate the architecture of the fibrous connective tissue at macroscopic and microscopic levels and can trace the configuration of dense and loose connective tissues because it retains all of the structures in their “living” position, while different types of tissues (fatty and fibrous connective tissue and muscular tissue) are still clearly distinguishable ...CONCLUSION Sheet plastination is a powerful research tool for the macro-microscopic configuration of the fibrous connective tissue.
First International Fascia Research Congress (www.fascia2007.com):
Excerpt from Science Magazine, Nov 23, 2007:
"The meeting ...would be the first dedicated to the soft part of the body's connective tissue system — an important but medically neglected organ. It would bring together top scientists from fields as diverse as cell biology and biophysics, but it would also include alternative medicine practitioners.
"...This conference was a first venture within the field of the human fasciae to bring together scientists and clinicians and it was not at all certain that getting these two diverse groups together would satisfy everyone or produce constructive collaboration. ...Yet, by the end of the second day, it was obvious there was a meeting of minds. So much so that a leading researcher in biomechanics, Peter Huijing, PhD, of Vrije Unvesiteit in Amsterdam has agreed to help organize the ... conference in Amsterdam in 2009..."
Abstracts are/were available via the Abstracts 2007 and Abstracts 2009 and Abstracts 2012. These include "Fascial mechanoreceptors and their potential role in deep tissue manipulation Excerpt" from: Schleip R 2003: "Fascial plasticity - a new neurobiological explanation." Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 7(1):11-19 and 7(2):104-116. [ Editor's note: I found this abstract to be the most related to innervation (per the theory page here). It mentions what are now known to be the largest group of (type III & IV) sensory nerve fibers, now commonly called interstitial muscle receptors. "A better name would be interstitial myofascial tissue receptors since they also exist abundantly in fascia... are hardly mentioned in most textbooks." -cp]
Research in Water and Fascia
"New Hypotheses on the Hydration of Collagen," James L. Oschman, Ph.D., Source: Fascia Congress 2012 ...RESULTS: Highly ordered collagenous structures yield X-ray diffraction and nuclear magnetic resonance images showing precise fits with chains of water molecules. Because of the high degree of order, the water molecules are also regarded as a body-wide liquid crystalline system primarily oriented along the body’s vertical axis (c). Protein and hydration layers form a dynamically coherent unit extending throughout the body. Further research shows that there are about 3-4 layers of water molecules surrounding each collagen molecule (d). CONCLUSION: Recent research has revealed profoundly important quantum effects and relationships in structures such as these: an ability to trap environmental electromagnetic fields; an ability of interfacial water layers to act as batteries (Pollack); and an ability to release quasi-free anti-oxidant electrons that control inflammation and power redox reactions. James L. Oschman, Ph.D., Nature’s Own Research Association, PO Box 1935, Dover, NH
Leon Chaitow's Series of Articles About Research in Water and Fascia
Current Research in Water and Fascia- Micro-tornadoes, hydrogenated diamonds & nanocrystals By Leon Chaitow, ND, DO. A resource reference-packed article that serves as an index and guide to this growing topic and it's array of expanding implications. "The speed with which research is uncovering the secrets of fascia is mind-boggling...!"
Cell-matrix adhesion sites appear to host a "mechanosensory switch" as they transmit forces from the ECM to the cytoskeleton, and vice versa, triggering internal signals following mechanical stimulation, such as occurs in manual therapy.
There appear to be forms of communication within the fascial matrix, for example caused by tugging in the mucopolysaccharides, created by twisting acupuncture needles.
Water can be viewed as a 'designer fluid' in living cells."
Pollack GH, et al. Water and the Cell (book). Springer, 2006. (at Amazon)
This book deals with the role of water in cell function. Though long recognized to be central to cell function, water's role has not received the attention lately that it deserves. This book brings the role of water front and central. It presents the most recent work of the leading authorities on the subject, culminating in a series of sometimes astonishing observations. Water is a subject of interest to virtually everyone. It is becoming increasingly important in health therapy, in the environment, in chemistry and physics, and certainly in cells. Thus, this groundbreaking volume will be of great interest to a broad audience, well beyond those in biology alone.
[Key Phrases] - Statistically Improbable Phrases (SIPs): (learn more) vicinal hydration, inner water compartment, hydration compartments, methacrylate monomer units, extrovert models, most hydrophobic face, normal liquid water, interconnecting chain segments, following hypotonic shock, pressure pixel, water structure changes, frog muscle cells, fixed sulfates, vicinal water, water moieties, globular component, hydrophobic tip, percolative transition, migrating protons, curve fit analysis, low density water, multilayer theory, unexposed cells, water structuring, inverse temperature transition
[Key Phrases] - Capitalized Phrases (CAPs): (learn more) New York, Phys Chem, Pacific Press, Protein Data Bank, Physiol Chem Phys, Academic Press, Mol Biol, Rieske Iron Protein, Structure File, Proc Natl Acad Sci, San Antonio, Cell Biol Int, Plant Physiol, Plenum Press, Biol Chem, Colloid Interface Sci, Jacques Benveniste, Amer Chem Soc, Cambridge University Press, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Adv Protein Chem, Drost Hansen, Proc Nail Acad Sci, World Scientific, Biochim Biophys Acta
Microtubules, Ordered States, & Consciousness
Shadows of the Mind by Roger Penrose (1994, Oxford University Press) - Renrose is a physicist/mathematician. He presents microtubules as the basic unit of the brain and the possible site where collective quantum effects occur, resulting in the experience of consciousness. (See chapter, "Quantum Theory and the Brain")
The quantum brain page (Microtubules, QResonance, etc),
Quantum Physics, Coherance, and Consciousness,
Microtubules Directory Page
Stuart Hameroff, author of *Toward a Science of Consciousness*:
Biological Coherence and Response to External Stimuli (1988, Springer Verlag), by Herbert Frohlick; Chapter, "Coherence in the Cytoskeleton: Implications for Biological Information processing," by contributor S. R. Hameroff. Hameroff is an anaesthesiologist at the University of Arizona, and mentions electret, Piezo and Piezoelectric effects. Other citations by Hameroff include: Molecular automata in microtubules: Basic computational logic of the living state? In: Artificial Life, SFI Studies in the sciences of complexity. Vol. VI. Edited by C. Langton, Addison-Weslley, Redwood City, CA, p.521-553;Hameroff, S., S. Rasmussen, and B. Mansson, 1988; Jibu M, Hagan S, Pribram K, Hameroff SR, Yasue K: Quantum optical coherence in cytoskeletal microtubules: implications for brain function. BioSystems, 32:195-209, 1994. and...
"Cytoplasmic Gel States and Ordered Water: Possible Roles in Biological Quantum Coherence," Stuart Hameroff; Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Advanced Water Sciences Symposium, Dallas, TX, 1996 (forthcoming) on the web at:
"Quantum Consciousness" Stuart Hameroff and Microtubules — Nature's Quantum Computers? and Dendritic spine showing microtubule interacting with membrane receptors
The 'Superradiance" property of "is an effect which can convert disordered energy of various kinds into coherent electromagnetic energy. This was apparently first described by R.H. Dicke in 1954, in an article in Physical Review (Volume 93, 1, page 99, January 1954)."
The "Self-induced transparency" property of Microtubules "is a self focusing optical phenomenon. Along with superradiance it might manifest in the context of ordered water in the hollow microtubule core, allowing coherent photons to propagate coherently..."
Charles Daily developed and taught "Holographic Memory Release Technique" (HMR).
Related articles include:
"Body Memory - The Missing Key to Self-Healing" by Fredric Lehrman: "... This area has become very interesting to many people in the fields of health and psychology, who feel that physical patterns, which were considered unchangeable, are in fact less fixed than we used to believe. ..."
"The Universe as a Hologram" - Does Objective Reality Exist, Or Is The Universe A Phantasm? Laying out the connections as considered in depth by University of London physicist David Bohm, Standford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram working independently in the field of brain research, brain scientist Karl Lashley, neurophysiologist researching acoustic phenomena, Argentinian-Italian researcher Hugo Zucarelli, among many others of impressive credentials.
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More References from Mae Won Ho [for excerpt included above and other pages at this site]
Other Key References on Cellular Memory, Engrams, and supportive Cell Biophysics Research (w/o Links here; more or less sorted):
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Microcosmos (1986, Simon & Schuster Pub.), by Lynn Margulis & Dorian Sagan. (chapters 8 & 9)
Capra, F., 1982. The turning point. Simon and Schuster, New York.
The Holographic Universe, by Michael Talbot, includes a very readable description of holographic memory theory (summarized in "Somatic Recall" Part II).
Garden of Microbial Delights (1993, Kendall Hunt Pub.), by Lynn Margulis & Dorian Sagan. Introduces "symbiosis" and mitochondria.
Wilder Penfield discovered that electrical stimulation for particular areas on the brain surface caused patients to re-experience "memories" from the past; "flashbacks". Concluded that all experiences recorded in brain. [Penfield, W., 1975. The mystery of the mind: A critical study of consciousness and the human brain. Princeton University Press, Princeton, J.J.] This later led to theory of "engrams", or memory traces stored as neural patterns of neural discharge in specific areas of the brain - so far never found, even by Karl Lashley, "distinguished Harvard psychologist who spent virtually his entire scientific career, 30 years, in an unsuccessful search for the engram." [Lashley, K., 1950. In search of the engram, in Physiological Mechanisms in Animal Behaviour, New York, Academic Press, pp.454-482.] Karl Pribram was student of Lashley.
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Knight, D.P., S.W. Hu, L.J. Gathercole, M. Rusaöuen-Innocent, M.W. Ho and R. Newton, Molecular orientation in an extruded collagenous composite, the marginal rib of the egg capsule of the dogfish Cyliorhinus canicula: a novel lyotropic liquid crystalline arrangement and how it is defined in the spinneret. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. London 351: 1205-1232, 1996.
Zhou, Y.M., R.H. Newton, J; Haffegee, J.Y. Brown, S. Ross, J.P. Bolton and M.W. Ho. Imaging liquid crystalline mesophases in vivo and in vitro: measuring molecular birefringence and order parameter of liquid crystals. Bios Journal, 1996.
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Giraud-Guille, M.M. Liquid crystallinity in condensed type I collagen solutions. A clue to the packing of collagen in extracellular matrices. Journal of Molecular Biology 224: 861-873, 1992.
Kreis, R., Boesch, C.: Liquid-crystal-like structure of human muscle demonstrated by in vivo observation of direct dipolar coupling in localized proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Journal of Magnetic Resonance B 104: 189-192, 1994.
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Ho, M.W. Towards a theory of the organism. Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science 32: 1997b.
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Ross, S., R. Newton, Y.M. Zhou, H. Jaffegee, M.W. Ho, J.P. Bolton and D. Knight. Quantitative image analysis of birefringent biological material. Journal of Microscopy 187: 62-67, 1997.
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Oschman, J.L.: A Biophysical Basis of Acupuncture, Private manuscript, 1993.
Emotional Anatomy (1985), by Stanley Keleman, for a brilliant overview and study of fascia and it's relationship to the formation and development of the human psyche, generously illustrated with insightful and useful graphics.
Tissue Memory & Chinese Research: "Strong Emotions Cause Chronic Illness, Advance Aging & Impede Healing by Warping the Human Energy Field" at CHINA HEALTHWAYS (http://www.chinahealthways.com/newsletters/magnet/emotion-warp.html). Related Ref: "Scientific Investigation into Chinese QI-Gong," Edited by Richard H Lee
"Neural Code Breakers -- What language do neurons use to communicate," SCIENCE NEWS, vol. 149, #25 (June 22, 1996) by Richard Lipkin. : In the same issue on the preceding page (391), is "Test-tube stickers for DNA-based computers," which also relates to how organisms process data. And then the article, "A Cellular Light Show" on (page 399) regard how the stimulation of a gene in a separate cell effects neigboring cells, and the monitoring process used by researchers described with "[with the described system] One can monitor dynamically, what goes on in normal cells.
The HeartMath Institute: "We have a tremendous body of research here at the Institute on the heart and its influence. The fact that electrical energy produced by the heart is 60 times stronger than that of the brain is not our research; that is known by anybody involved in the biophysics field. What we've been able to show is that yes, that's true, and that frequency is being received by every single cell in the body. And the frequency content of the heart's electrical energy emission changes relative to our perceptions, how we're taking in what we're taking in. So certain heart-based types of qualities like care, appreciation or love that have often just been associated metaphorically with the heart really do produce dramatic changes in the electrical energy output of the heart when people are perceiving/receiving from a place of care or appreciation. And in turn, our research shows that when that electrical energy changes, it goes to what's called 'coherent frequency patterns'. We're able to correlate that to changes in the immune system and changes in hormonal balance. And we also see changes in perception and intelligence. There's a lot more to what the heart is doing than people realize. It's not just a blood pump." Enjoy the IHM Research Papers, Abstracts, and Reports (at http://www.heartmath.org/RP.html)
"Body-Mind Integration in the Personal Growth Process" - The How's And Why's Of Psycho-Emotional Storage of the Body-Mind (in layman's physiology & psychology): When, how and why tension is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. Originally published by the author in Massage Magazine, July-Aug 1992. Newly Added/Rev'd (May'11-July'12) on this page: "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section) as well as addendum essays for clarifying these topics for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, as well as further completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved, including "Muscle Q & A" - a Kind of overview of the core topics, "Body Awareness and Communications, as Related to Body-Memory and Integration", "Insight Please", "EQ, IQ, Emotional Integration, and a Synergetic Relationship", and "Sticky Muscles" (adhesions due to..), Reviews for two articles "on Massage, Alternative Therapies, & Pain, with "Study: Massages really can make pain go away"; & Sept 2011 Consumer Report; quotes, commentary & charts.
"Tensing Yoga" and other Self-Applications - For Self-Healing, Body-Mind Awareness, & Preventative Maintenance (rev. 7/02, ..7'13).
Technique is explained for context and self-application. TY is about specific applications for chronic muscle pain, related injuries, without need to learn asanas (poses). However, 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 sections include those with emphesis on Tension Range, *Work/Rest Ratio*, Muscle Energy Efficiency, individual muscle focus, teamwork/ "edgework", and learn that as we interface with our cells in the way that TY leads us to do, we can directly, and naturally engage that capacity for neuroplasticity - for re-organization of the brain and other neural networks (including proprioceptors in muscles) especially when we include all elements of the approach, including focus, attitude, and rapport with the cells [as covered on the page]. Also on the page: "Low-Intensity Low-Back Exercises" Chart and "Before Rising..." instructions, a fun "Exercise for Illustrating Tension Range...", as well as a "Breathing Ratio Chart" - method & application. Subtopics including the extremely common myths about *Muscle Stretching*, a number of yoga ref-links for specific ailments/conditions as well as for selecting the right form of yoga for you, and about a "Muscle Madness" game!? "Origins of Tensing Yoga & Related Ref's from More *Traditional Yoga*" include my own self-healing story.
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.
"Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment" [Rev'd & New Sections, Dec'09] Mind-Body Relationships and *coping mechanisms, *challenges, and *gifts on one's Life Path. 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' ". I provide an explaination 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.]
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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.
3) thoughts move the feelings, that is, they create/govern the feelings, both of which (thoughts and feelings) 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.
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: Of Course, the above hierarchy of cause & effect is reversed from the larger cosmological perspective.
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An Email Discussion (Jan.'98) between Dr. Ralph Wilson, ND (RW) and myself (BCP):
BCP: My occupation, vocation, and main interest is the science regarding how and why connective tissue contracts and relaxes -- thereby determining most, if not every, form of energy flow around/into/through ALL bodily structures and systems, and thereby determining not only the state of communicability, but the very survival of each cell. This involves the most physical of dynamics as well as, in my perspective, the psycho-emotional, and psycho-spiritual, and/or how (the degree of balance with which) one consciously and/or unconsciously inter-connects all that. A primer in that regard may be found in the Essay, "Body-Mind Integration in the Personal Growth Process" [addendum essays added on that page May-Oct'11].
RW: The thought--craniosacral rhythm seems related to cosmic forces, at least the moon cycle. Ebb, flow...etc.
BCP: Yes, but the pathways (and their blocks, therefore the volume & rhythm) are strongly affected if not pretty much determined by the positioning, degree of vascular constriction, degree of flexibility in, and direction of, movement on/with surrounding tissues/organs, degree of other forms of energy flow/charge/frequency in proximity (and more ? ) of the fascia and other connective tissues. Just the moisture levels (to take one of its properties for example) in/on/around fascia can make a difference in the friction with muscle/organ/other tissues in/against it, and that (friction) is what scar tissue (in the worst case) and postural patterning in general is all about. Those And for this came Rolfing, and the various related therapies it parented, all whose basis is "connective tissue therapy." And those moisture levels affect the bio-electric current and peripheral current vibration around and through it --via energy fields as well as via neuronal activity. Here's where that essay/theory comes in strongly (the link is on the previous emailing).
RW: I scanned it quickly, where does homeopathy fit in? I am more intrigued by this.
BCP: In determining the flow, state of communicability ? Well, I guess, in some cases Homeopathy will interface directly with these dynamics, depending on the particular remedy, I would surmise (?) This reminds me of two quotes:
It's the last phrase by Ida Rolf that provides the kicker here. The CT is not only the physical net in/of and around all the other stuff, it is also the most continuous and most tangibly interconnective of any system save possibly for the blood or bio-electric current itself, and even those are potentially as affected by the CT as the CT is by them ! And then there is that memory storage medium capacity -- theoretically at the least -- that enters into other ballparks in which there are many other complementary therapies/modalities.
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