The Holographic Imprint of Injuries and Insults
It is believed that the brain receives a holographic imprint of a trauma event and that the simultaneous recording of that event is stored in the body’s tissue. When there is a stimulus that replicates any part of the original trauma event, the brain, functioning as a processor, activates the response mechanism.
If you were to adopt an animal that has been abused and touch the area(s) of abuse, that animal reacts, it is not the animal’s brain but the tissue memory. PTSD needs to be addressed on a whole body basis and not just by changing the impulses of the brain chemically. That would not be a cure, simply a compensation for an existing condition.
PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.
― Susan Pease Banitt
Studying and working with indigenous healers, shamans, yogis and Qi Gong masters watching and listening to them, purely and without agenda or ego, interact with their “client” formed the healing foundations of my practice. Pre-framing, future pacing, and using transformational dialogue to access the client’s concept of healing potential while therapeutically working with the body is also foundational to my understanding of whole body wellness.
When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless and intelligence cannot be applied.
While I agree that the understanding of how the process of change occurs on a molecular level is fascinating — tagged as DNA change (Dr. Bruce Lipton); neuro-transmitters (Dr. Candace Pert); holographic imprints (Rupert Sheldrake), and then further dissected — in my opinion analytical knowledge does not lead to doing more effective therapy. Theory and analysis don’t work but practice and actions do!
I have given many talks about the recording and storage of trauma in the body including Bellevue Hospital in New York to their Psychology Department. Both my interest and philosophical constructs when working with a client are to free the individual of limitations moving toward function and homeostasis. And, by limitations, I mean the tightness, non-flexibility, pain, nerve impingement, cross-linked tissues, etc. associated with the physical and psycho-emotional effects of trauma. It is my opinion and experience that by opening up the body the natural consequence is a liberation of PTSD. This whole process is NON-ANALYTICAL.
Now, whether a client is an external or internal processor makes no difference because either way the client is going through the same releases because catharsis, with many clients, happens without their conscious awareness. Something as simple as witnessing a client covering their eyes; experiencing nausea; turning hot/cold (depending on the emotion being released (cold=fear while hot=anger); breath shallow or accelerating will demonstrate clearly the nature of the catharsis.
Every trauma has an emotional counterpart and until the trauma pattern is released will continue to be reactive when externally or internally stimulated. I don’t re-enforce existing challenges but seek to unfold/uncover potential.
By remaining stuck in the power of our wounds, we block our own transformation.
There is both art and science to my work which brings you into immediate contact with the fundamental principles of the use of Chi (Qi). It is my somatic experience that drawing on Chi energy, with every touch and movement, results in the dissipation of dysfunction and the integration of body parts that have been alienated or segmented because of trauma. The intent is to resolve to resolve. When you analyze, digitize, intellectualize or label you keep a dysfunction alive!