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7. & increasing energy from the core to empower people and get their
neuro-muscular-energetic expression working better out into the shell and
to other people.
This adds to the wholistic system of
Structural Integration Bodywork & Reichian
Therapy Methods developed by Jack Painter PhD
P.I. combines Structural Integration Bodywork with Reichian Therapy
Methods and Gestalt and some energy acupressure.
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This is a rather non-traumatic system for
releasing embedded old negative energies in a methodical and
focused, conscious way.
fear, guilt and frustration all come up, even confusion and feelings
of pain, but they are all smaller than the person doing the work and
they can be felt but come out in non traumatic ways.
I get fast and
thorough results for people even on the phone, and in areas they had
already had emotional releasing bodywork of various kinds, and done
actually gets the old stuff from deep inside as well as on the
surface, and the removal of each past episode and of each level of
the long term pattern is permanent.
Postural Integration is a wholistic form of Structural Integration
Bodywork that adds techniques from BodyMind psychological therapies, energy
work and movement education. It was developed in the early
1980's by Jack Painter, PhD, and is practiced on a number of
From another point of
view, this is a more effective way to achieve
Reichian Therapy goals because it uses the Structural Integration
system to re-lengthen the fascia.
What I've done is add a
few things that I think make it work better.
Here's what I do in the
personal growth and trauma release area.
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Emotional and Trauma Release
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I can focus on the
Netherton Therapy releasing method. This method in itself is
very effective, but I use my Structural Stretching techniques
with Reichian and other energy methods to make it more thorough.
And this really works well. I also offer
my Bodymind Clients the Stretching and hands-on how-to DVD's at
discount cost so they can do their own head and they or others can
do deep bodywork on them in their local area.
With the self help on the phone and with the
DVD's they all get more of the old negative energy out of people's muscles,
organs and energy field, so the person's conscious mind can "process
it out verbally."
also improves people's abilities to handle energy in a calmer,
clearer way. It even relaxes them and improves their well
The combination method is
very effective and produces big changes. It's also rather
non-traumatic to do, and people stay conscious and alert
This technique removes
recent events. And it also removes overwhelming trauma and
blockages from past
events, like childhood abuse, rejection and discipline, loss of a
loved one, rape or muggings, shootings on the street, trauma of
military action and even ongoing problems in relationships.
Even when people
are obviously overwhelmed, it takes only a few hours to remove
large amounts of upset and tension. In one long session we can
clear from a few inches down into the person's body out to a few
feet in the energy field.
This Netherton Therapy
combined with Reichian
Therapy approach can
access even very early events, back to infancy and pre-natal, that
are connected to current events, and clear the energies from both.
In just a few
hours, even many new people can release significant amounts and feel
a lot calmer and clearer. Those who've already done
Structural Integration Bodywork and Netherton techniques, can do a lot in 20-30 minutes.
CONTENTS OF THE MAIN ARTICLE
Part 1: Structural Integration - Bodymind Improvements
Part 2: Postural Integration - A Broader, Integrated
Part 3: PI Plus - Adding Methods to Increase
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by Lou Gross
School Certified Master Postural Integrator - since 1983
Expert in Body-Mind Release
Therapies; Netherton, Reichian, Bioenergetic, Structural & Energetic.
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Part 1 -
Basics of Rolf's (r) Bodymind Improvements
The Human Potential benefits of
Structural Integration itself.
Specifically: Integration, Alignment, and Release
Note: All references to Dr. Ida P. Rolf PhD in this section have
from my readings and personal experience with the Structural Integration
Method I learned in my Postural Integration training. They are meant
to give informative background only, as an educational report with my own
interpretations. It simply serves as a lead-in to the Postural
Integration & Netherton sections that follow. I want to make it
clear that I do not do the
"brand" of Bodywork that specifically uses her name, "Rolfing
Ida P. Rolf was a PhD physiologist, but she had also been very interested
in the Human Potential movement for many years. She herself did
yoga. Just read through her big Rolfing book and
you'll see she explains what we're doing with the Body-work in terms of how
it creates personal growth, in fact, how it creates "evolution" for the
whole human species.
Rolf started out trying to improve
people's specific physical conditions further than standard physical
therapy and other established methods, including Chiropractic and
Acupuncture. She even found Yoga to be lacking, in creating the
needed length in the muscles.
She found manipulating
the soft connective tissue, the fascia, could do this lengthening.
Working with bodies in this way led her to three important physical
discoveries regarding the concepts of wholistic personal growth.
One discovery has to do with
integration of the body parts. When the fascia of the muscles in
many areas of the body gets lengthened, lo and behold, the whole body
starts working in a much better way; the parts work together better as a
system. Our nerves are wired up that way. When the
treatment "processing" has reformed the structure's actual shape, this feature operates.
And we feel better, operate better and even look better.
I've discussed this feature in
great detail in the alignment and tensegrity chapters of my How to Make
Your Body Work Better Book. I think all massage therapists
should read it because it can help them do a better job.
If we also take "Integrated
Movement" training, we can make use of this feature even more. For
one thing, we can stay relaxed better, yet get more power in our movements
with less energy. And it increases our awareness, immediately, at
the same time.
The second discovery has
to do with aligning the body with gravity. When we lengthen
everything enough, the different parts of the body get arranged right on
top of each other, so their weight is balanced with the force of gravity.
We don't have to keep re-tightening day in and day out just to hold
ourselves up. This saves a lot of energy, and helps people stay more
open, relaxed and flexible.
Rolf, a physiologist, even
talked about how that helped the organs function better. She said
that humans are designed to stand vertically in this aligned manner.
So it's a logical extension that if the organs, including the brain, are
put in their proper relationship to gravity, their fluids and cells will
Keep this in mind when you read
below about Traditional Chinese Medicine; how the organ systems of the
body include psychological and emotional aspects as well as physical ones.
We could also propose that when the
organs are positioned in space so they relate to gravity the way evolution
wants, then the cells of the organs won't have the stress of gravity
pulling on them at angles they weren't designed to experience. We
could make an analogy with stress fractures of bones. Tight muscular
forces at improper angles can crack bones.
When the organs are aligned
properly, the energy force of gravity may indeed help them function better
in a similar way that it makes the structure of muscles and bones function
Dr. Rolf designed the
Structural Integration Bodywork System to make people healthier. It has
aligning the body with gravity, and integrating the parts into a whole, as major goals. Its steps are even
organized to do this.
As she changed
people's bodies, Dr. Rolf also discovered that the body and mind were the
same thing, so that psychological function was actually psycho-somatic
the arms and sides have to do with reaching out. And the legs have
to do with getting us around and giving us a stance in the world.
Tense legs limit our mobility and make our standing unstable. Tight
sides keep our inner feelings and expressiveness from getting "out there."
As each body section was re-lengthened and its muscle-bone system was
better organized, she found that part of the person worked a lot better
psychologically as well as physically.
There is also a
relationship between the inner muscle system, called the intrinsics, and
the outer muscle system, known as the extrinsics. Our external
muscles have the function of "doing" in the world, either for getting
around and accomplishing things, or for protecting ourselves from blows
coming from other people or from falls and accidents. The inner
muscle system is more where we "are," of who we are inside.
Rolf was very big
on psycho-somatic function, and her Structural Integration set of steps
first works on the extrinsics, then on the intrinsics, and then we connect
them together so we function in an integrated way, in depth, as well as
from one part of the body-mind to another.
conceive and activate a movement. This sends signals through the
motor nerves that first create movement in the intrinsic muscles, and that
then activates the larger extrinsic muscles, and we move.
Rolf discovered that we could significantly improve our psychological
function and interpersonal expression, just in the course of making our
physical structures work better with the body manipulation system.
But Rolf was as
surprised as many of the rest of us are when we first see that this
treatment also removes old emotional energy out of the body's muscles.
Actually, it's said that she wasn't as interested in this emotional
release as she was in the long term affects of clearing the body and
integrating and aligning it. She believed this long term result
was the more important improvement in people's lives. Yet I read she
encouraged people to work with a psychological therapist during the
process if they wished.
Psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich MD knew
about this emotional energy storage in the body decades before Rolf made
her discovery. Reich didn't manipulate fascia so he didn't know
that fascia stores a lot of this energy and is the major factor in keeping
our bodies stuck in the old restricted forms. But he did discover
that non-fascia related emotional energy also caused tightness, a lot of
it. And he found out how to use the long term structural tensions
and misalignments to access, and release, a lot of the old, traumatic
Years after Rolf found out about
it, and a couple decades after Reich had started teaching his methods in
America, Jack Painter, PhD combined the two systems.
Part 2 -
What is Postural Integration?
A "System," of the Bodywork,
Reichian Therapy techniques,
Chinese Medicine Theory & acupressure, and
I'll start by repeating a
few of the introductory sentences above and add details.
Simply stated, this is a wholistic form of Structural Integration
includes Reichian body oriented psychological improvements, including
emotional release and trauma release techniques, and has the ability to
improve energy flow throughout the body.
(colloquially called PI) was developed in
the early 1980's by Jack Painter, PhD. The headquarter school is The
International Center for Release and Integration in Mill Valley, CA, just
north of San Francisco.
There are PI practitioners, and some trainers, in North and South America, Europe, Australia
and other areas. A number of psychotherapists have taken, and use,
this training. I was trained by two for my basic course in Los
Angeles, and I took the advanced training from Jack Painter in Mill
Valley, in 1983.
Reich was an Austrian
psychiatrist who studied with Freud and Jung and had a great interest in
how emotions and psychology related to body functions. He did a
lot in the field of the autonomic nervous system.
Reich confirmed that Freud's
understanding of how early life events set up lifelong patterns was true,
but the patterns are not in the unconscious mind of the brain.
Rather, they are in the muscles and organs themselves.
He found that all our
ongoing patterns are caused by emotional energy of specific past traumatic
events. This physical "substance" got trapped in the physical
muscle and organ tissue. The problems are not in something called
"cell memory." They are pollutions from foreign material. We have
chronically tight muscles with the emotional charge stuck inside.
And the tightness stops the healthy flow of our current energy.
Remove this energy and
straighten out the muscles, and a lot of both the psychological, and
physical, problems go away. That's how we know our understanding is
accurate. The treatment works, consistently.
If you're already familiar
with what Structural Integration does, you'll recognize how it helps us
achieve some of the Reichian goals and even how it helps Reichian therapy
sessions themselves. If so, just skip down to the Chinese
Medicine part. If not, let me explain how this works.
Practitioners and clients of
Structural Integration have experienced that chronically tight
musculature is due in large part to chronically bunched-up fascia, the
putty part of the muscles, that surrounds and holds together the muscle
fiber and nerve part.
The bunched-up fascia (fah shah)
keeps the muscles from re-lengthening back to their proper full lengths.
In other articles on this website, I've explained how this happens in the
purely physical realm, and how that manifests as tightness, pain and
decreased athletic performance.
In the psycho-somatic
and emotional realms, re-lengthening the fascia also gets rid of a
lot of the tight shape. So we're not so psychologically restricted
anymore. We now have the ability to express ourselves much better
because our neuro-muscular and energetic capabilities have been improved.
Everyday people as well as actors and actresses notice they can
express themselves emotionally, more fully and more articulately.
Pushing on the
fascia also squeezes old negative emotional charge out of the collagen
fibers of the fascia, like squeezing tubes of toothpaste. These
thousands of tiny protein fibers are what create the fascia's shape.
And the fascia is what gives us our shape. Fascia forms wrappings
around and through all the muscles, it's in between the organs, and it's a
big sack of fascia around the whole body. Fascia, we say, is the
"organ of structure."
fibers get pushed closer and closer together and that causes our held-in
tightness and misalignment. And, when we're tensed up, hit, squeezed
or otherwise physically pressed on, they also absorb emotional energies
from surrounding people, as well as from us inside. They're
little sponge-like biological recording tapes.
As we spread
them out from one another, we're re-lengthening that bunching up and we're
also cleaning out the energies that got stored in them.
From a body
oriented psychology view, Structural Integration is
a whole-body approach. Each area treated cleans us up and
re-lengthens us at the same time. The treatment removes both the physical
tightness from the past traumatic experiences and the emotional charge of
everybody involved in the incidents as well. Then, as I'll explain
further below, when we remove
tightness in one set of muscles, it also loosens the tension that area was
having on other muscles as well. They can then release their tension
and stored emotions better.
purely bodywork improvement seems to erase the residues of events, for
adults, going back even to mid childhood. In children, it clears out
even earlier energies because they are closer to the surface. In
adults, they're usually further down inside. The oldest person I saw
a noticeable psychological release in was 87, the youngest 5.
up" the muscle structure, too. Muscles aren't as compressed or
pulled in anymore. Nor as tightly glued to each other. So the
energies deeper inside, like in the organs and along the spine, can be
cleared out with the Reichian techniques much easier.
energies and tensions can be accessed with Yoga, if it's strong
enough. My Structural Stretching technique of lengthening fascia and
aligning the structure while stretching makes the positions, or asanas,
release more energy. But they also create some of the long term
realignment and integration that Rolf aimed for. So I use it in my
trauma and emotional release phone sessions as well as the in-person Bodywork sessions.
loosening each individual area, this kind of bodywork gives us another
benefit, the interconnected one. In the Structural Integration method of Connective
Tissue Manipulation, we find that re-lengthening one area of the body
releases tension and stored emotional energy in other areas.
When we do
connective tissue spreading on the chest, for instance, we're releasing
energies out of the chest fascia. But when we also do a lot in the
arms, we open up deep areas of the chest. And that releases
emotional charge that was being held way in there. When we lengthen
the thighs, it also loosens tension and emotional energy out of the chest.
(By the way,
it seems to just go out. In my sessions when there's just Structural
people get happily clearer in the local area and nothing "heavy" comes out
until we release some deeper, more traumatic events later on.)
Also, remember that integrating and improving the alignment affects the
body's energy system as well as its neuro-muscular movements. The
body becomes a more effective emotional releasing mechanism. In
fact, as people get more cleared, it's both easier to handle the next
energies coming out and easier to access it and process it out.
Bodywork" stretching technique helps both locally and inter-connectedly.
It's like the hands-on Bodywork. Doing these stretches makes it easier and
faster for people to release more early events when we do the
Netherton-Reichian Therapy release session soon afterward.)
Reich's understanding is
that our psychology and physical condition are inter-related with our
energy flows. An energy flow can be decreased, blocked or imbalanced
by a purely physical event, and by a physical event caused during a
psychological event. And once the energy flow is restricted or
distorted, the psychological and physical condition shows disease.
If you're familiar with
Traditional Chinese Medicine, you'll recognize that Reich's understanding is similar to what these folks
discovered centuries ago. They describe a specific set of
relationships, how psychology and emotions are inter-related with the
physical condition. Each one affects the other. Each internal
organ in western terms is part of a system that includes a sensory organ,
an energy flow, a structural kind of tissue and an emotional and psychological feature of
When we combine Reich's
detailed body oriented psychology understanding with the Chinese Medicine
knowledge, we get a more complete picture. And with selected
acupressure, and even herbs or food, we can adjust those energy flows so
that psychology and physiology both improve.
I know of one psychotherapist who purposely creates emotional release
Jack Painter's approach is more to use different acupressure
points to help rebalance the system. He'll decrease excess in one
area and channel that energy into the area that's deficient. This
may also release stored emotional energy.
This rebalancing is what acupuncturists do
routinely, mostly to address physical conditions.
Jack is doing it from the point of view to balance psychology and emotions.
As I said, the Chinese saw both as different ways to look at the same
thing inside ourselves; our energy state of being.
what the Chinese didn't do, and what Medical Doctor Wilhelm Reich also
didn't do, is re-lengthen the fascia and greatly improve the integration
of the body's structural parts with each other.
That means they also don't align
the structure with gravity. And they miss out on the fact that
lengthening and decompressing the fascia changes its condition
noticeably. It increases blood and lymphatic circulation, it
significantly increases the energy flows through it, and it actually
changes the frequency and consistency of its own tissue for the better.
An important psycho-somatic benefit
of getting what we call Structural Integration Processing is that it
integrates our own energies and physical function with our external
environment; with gravity, with the electromagnetic field of the earth
and even with the energies coming from other people.
So Postural Integration, as
done by Jack Painter, includes both the Structural integration System and
a Reichian Therapy system. Then it also uses Chinese Medicine "body
oriented psychology" and energy flow understanding with acupressure.
(In my PI plus, I also
use tonic herbs and foods for the same reason. I add my
understanding of how both Chinese and western herbs and living foods affect the organ systems and
the muscle-fascia tissue. Because of my limited knowledge, I
don't do as much energy rebalancing with acupressure points as Jack does,
but I do apply some acupressure flow work and use energy with the Chakras
and energy field. Altogether, I apply a little wholistic Chinese Medicine.)
Postural Integration also includes Gestalt
mind-into-body self awareness psychology techniques, and some Alexander
Movement somatic education.
important to get the mind into the body. First, we want to
consciously know what's in there; what's going on. Second, doing
just this can calm people down and help them get some resolution on the
issue. And third, it enables us to better release material and then
keep ourselves functioning in a more aware way as well.
Integration emphasizes an approach to personal development that recognizes
the inter-relationship, or unity of mind, body and energy. It
works to increase our mind's awareness of our body and energies. And its
methods actually increase the "integration" of them. This is something
Rolfing founder Ida P. Rolf, PhD had a strong interest in. Postural
to what Structural Integration does for us in this area.
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