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STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION BODYWORK
Surrounding and going through all our muscles, and underneath all our skin is a fibrous, putty-like tissue called fascia (fah-sha). Fascia is the soft connective tissue of the body that fills in spaces and holds things together. It has two significant features pertinent to Trauma Release Therapy. The fibers bunch-up if they're pushed together, and then they hold the muscles in a shortened form. And the fibers store the energies of traumatic events, even for years and decades after the actual events themselves, just the way magnetic tapes and CD's do.
So when we have severe emotional upset and/or one or more traumatic physical encounters, the fascial shape of our bodies contracts and holds in both the energies of the events and the restricted lengths of our muscles that then limits our abilities to continue to express ourselves in free and positive ways. Instead, the negative energies and "walled off" behavior that was formed under stress becomes a permanent physical part of us. And we continue to act in the exact same way that we, and others, were acting during the events that are still "part of us."
Structural Integration Bodywork manipulations restore the fuller physical shape and in the process, push on the fibers which causes them to release their negative energies. Some of that energy flows out of the body right in the session, some in dreams a little later, and some during triggered upsets in the next few days. Once it comes out, the energy is totally gone from the body and no longer exists.
We have erased the tape and reorganized the physical structure into a healthier psychological one as well as a healthier and more capable physical one. People become more open, more flexible and more balanced at the same time that they become more confident in general and more comfortable in releasing the negativities that still remain.
This is a cumulative process. We become increasingly better. So, in the process of removing the old restrictive forms and negative emotions, we are simultaneously becoming larger and more mature than our negative issues. This, in itself, is a big improvement over verbal, hypnotic and emotional release therapies alone because, with them, the person is trying to access material and process it out with the same less mature and less capable physical state of being.
REICHIAN BODY-ORIENTED PSYCHOLOGICAL METHODS
Wilhelm Reich MD was an Austrian psychiatrist who eventually came to the United States to practice and teach. Among his studies, he was a student of Sigmund Freud MD, called the Father of Psychoanalysis. And he found that the location of the subconscious mind that Freud talked about was in the body, as chronically tight muscles combined with held in emotional energies.
chronic tightness is the form our bodies grew into, when we were
restricted or hurt, and when we pulled in to protect ourselves. Besides
forming that protection, this pulling in also held back our emotional
expressions of assertiveness, anger, sorrow and even calling for help that
we wanted to say at the time, but were afraid we'd be punished for, or
hurt in some other ways, for doing so.
ran into specific instances and long term patterns where these parts of
our relationships were dysfunctional, that dysfunction got fixated and has
stayed with us. It acts like a second personality that surrounds and
supersedes our natural, healthy bio-energetic function.
basic method was to combine analysis and other verbal techniques with deep
breathing to activate the autonomic nervous system, and simultaneously
increase tension or stimulate the already tense muscles. This will break
apart the restricted muscular tension and release the held in emotional
energy from the past.
When we combine this method with Structural Integration Bodywork manipulations, it is much, much easier and faster to free the tense muscles that were holding in all these feelings, and to access and release the held in emotions and body-memories. In fact, some of the blocked energies come out immediately during the fascial manipulations and the psycho-somatic form of the person's body-mind is, as I said, moved more into it's proper, and optimally designed shape. In addition, the freer musculature enables the person to express these inner emotions much fuller and more completely.
Reichian work pulls out more internal energies than the Bodywork itself
can do, because it accesses what was held down deep inside, beneath the
structural muscles. And it can pump out the energies that were stuck in the
muscles, too. These old energies are contracting in nature, so even
when we do the Bodywork, there is a certain amount of additional
restriction that the Reichian release clears out.