Feeling a Life Transition

August 5, 2021

Throughout the years I have written stories that are adapted from many experiences working in a body and mind way.

This story is about being in the journey at the beginnings of a LIFE TRANSITION. This feels like getting on a river or a road trip with unknowns ahead but a belief in having many wonderful moments. This is because our beings can be curious and want novelty. But we also operate out of a balancing dose of caution acting as a slowing down or braking effect.

I want a feeling of grace, space, good ways of moving, and the best senses of my muscle system. But instead I often enough have the feelings of an old pattern of trepidation at unknowable changes. This trepidation so easily combines with a more negative overall state than more positive overall state of awareness. I like to set up patterns for myself that help me get on the positive side of the curve. Like being on the pot-of-gold half of the rainbow than at the other side of the slope.

Moving helps me especially if I feel a sense of grace, lightness, balance, and flow. Also I like being in motion with my horse as she also finds these feelings.

Now, I’m back to the barn to orchestrate some playtime for myself and my mare friend, Minka. Then the day balances out with connections to my family and friends.

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Change pain by getting a refined sense of position and movement in your body.

Injury from physical or emotional damage can leave lingering effects of altered control in your muscle systems. There are likely areas that are over active and areas that are under active. Slight position changes can have a significant effect on your ability to increase your comfort but you can’t make little changes in a locked down system.

The common advice to just pull your shoulders back or pull your head back doesn’t work if the too tight muscles never lengthen.

There are endless streams of exercises that you might choose or be instructed to do to alter or improve pain, but this series is different. The focus here is not on certain exercises, or doing them right.

This series is about developing a detailed sense of the parts of your body and learning how to locate position sense and locate movement sense. These fundamental senses are often reduced by injury, habit, exposure to trauma, or never developed well in childhood in the first place.

Additionally, we tend to think of our muscles mechanically like big rubber bands or pulleys shortening lengthwise to move our bones. We have lost the idea that muscles can work in little bits, like a patch of well directed tension. We think of our bones as being one whole unit for movement when really, a bone will have regions of movement along its length.

You might be someone with low back pain. When you try to move your low back it feels stiff. When you get moving it loosens up but it doesn’t stay that way. Possibly some of the moving parts are doing all the work and the stuck parts remain stuck. In order to restore activity to the whole area, you need to develop a bit of a detective sense about what’s working, language for talking about this, and imagery that helps.

You have a built-in capacity for this but it often gets lost. There are many ways we can imagine our moving parts. This is a way to do it in imagery that is playful, useful, and linked to progressively greater embodiment and self healing.

I will be laying out some images, shapes, and language for the series. I will endeavor to give some basic ideas and then build more advanced ways to play with the ideas. But first, start getting the basics.

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How to use these image concepts to change pain

June 11, 2020

In this series I am providing you with images that you can mentally start to connect and pair with your internal sense of your body as a 3 dimensional, moveable grouping of parts. These images can be thought of as shapes. For example, the image for the collar bones is a hot dog. When you […]

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Getting to know the top of your CORE

March 29, 2020

We’re going to get to know the top of your CORE which is a critical piece of you. This is important for comfort in the head and neck. It’s a critical piece for comfort in the shoulders and arms. And it’s a critical piece for addressing emotional holding patterns. Also, it’s a critical piece for […]

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Find 5 parts at top of your CORE

April 3, 2020

Ok, here we go. For now, there are 5 parts to notice. 1.) The top of the wedding cake is the top of your CORE. The top of the wedding cake is, of course, on top of the stack of cakes that represents the whole of the torso. 2.) At the center, on the front […]

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Top of your CORE front parts

April 2, 2020

The top of your core is represented by the top cake of a wedding cake. The top of the breastbone is represented in a piece of cantaloupe rind. The anatomical name for this bone is the manubrium. To each side of the cantaloupe are the collar bones represented in hot dogs.

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Locating Your Chest as part of your CORE.

April 16, 2020

Let’s say your goal is something perhaps expressed as decreased crankiness and increased calming abilities. We are going to use an awareness approach directed at movement control. We are opening up the interface between conscious and unconscious activity in our very basic brain and body structures. Of course, there are many different kinds of mindfulness […]

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Discharge changes traumatic muscle action but not postural patterns.

March 29, 2020

In Trauma Therapy processing, recovery eventually includes trauma releasing actions in muscle. Yet, despite lengthy trauma therapy, there is often still discomfort or pain associated with dysfunctional muscle tension. This is often coupled with physical damage, and or emotional damage. So, one could assume that the muscle pain and tension is related to some aspect […]

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Great neuroscience on the rhythm of breathing!

March 17, 2020

I came across this article and I thought it was really cool. Just when you might have thought breathing was a settled habit, this is about how the cells join their signals to create each breath in a unique way. If you take my ideas about how to loosen up the chest, the lower neck, […]

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General Orientation Directions for the body as a whole shape with differently recognized parts.

December 27, 2019

Use this as a warm up exercise if you want to start at an easy level. Many years ago I was working with a client with a severe pain problem in his leg. The problem included a remarkably complete dissociation-disconnection-loss of his leg below his knee and above the ankle. So, even though he had […]

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