Mind/Body medicine

Muscles with Memories!

If muscles hold memories, what is your body storing? What is that pain in your shoulder? That niggle in your hips?

As a first year student of PKP Kinesiology I was daunted to find that one of my first clients was a very experienced Chiropractor with back problems! I was so intimidated! Thankfully she was wonderful lady. Each week she came, with a smile and an open mind and patiently worked through each of the new pain release techniques that I was learning in class.

As the weeks went by I was relieved to see that the pain, which she had suffered since a nasty car accident more than a year previously, was decreasing, she was less stressed and she had more energy. But something was missing… And then, one Monday in class, we learned about Postural Stress Release!

The PSR technique embraces the concept that muscles can ‘store’ memories. It explores the idea that an intensely emotional experience (frightening, traumatic, painful etc) can become locked into our muscular system, potentially affecting our posture long after the event and perhaps creating pain, weakness, or even restricted movement.

Postural Stress Release was the turning point for my client – and a fascinating experience for us both. In the safety of my clinic room, we recreated the accident scenario. Chairs and couches were moved around to represent the cars involved. My client took up her place at the steering wheel and, in (very) slow motion, we gently took her through the postures that her body had held during those few frightening seconds. As we moved, we used muscle testing, and reflex points to help us explore and release the intense emotions that arose from that time. It was a powerful experience.

Thankfully for my client (who had endured a year of very draining discomfort) it appeared that involving the ‘muscle memories’ was the key to releasing this problem for good. When we finished, the pain was simply gone, and what is more her posture had very visibly realigned. An amazing experience for us both!

It was such a dramatic change that it gave me the confidence to take a leap of faith and fully embrace the idea that our emotions really can directly affect our physical wellbeing. It is fascinating to see that long after the event, intense emotion can be recalled by not just the mind, but also the body, and associated with posture, pain or weakness.

Some of my colleagues have used this PSR technique to work with women who experienced Birth Trauma. As well as with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I’m sure its applications are endless. But what it showed me, and what I will always remember, is that the body and mind contain so many very subtle and intricate connections and that sometimes, healing means getting creative!

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What is PKP Kinesiology? It’s a very holistic therapeutic process which allows us to explore health and wellbeing at a very subtle level. As you can see from the example above it takes into account the whole persons experience; the conscious response and the unconscious response, on both physical and emotional levels.

Our mind and body present a tangled web of unseen connections! PKP Kinesiology considers the body and mind inseparable and uses techniques that have a wonderful way of making these connections become visible so that we can rewire, reprogram and free ourselves of both problems and pains.

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