Freeing the Bodies
To release patterns of tension and trauma from the fascia and the nervous system, MOVE differently, do things that fire the nerves in wholly novel patterns. Do things that challenge the limits of your muscles, of your resiliency, of your thought, of your feeling.
Cultivate a sense that allows you to orient to that zone of development, beyond the edges of your comfort, but where you still have the capacity to respond with presence.
Physical strength training is an exceptional practice for building this capacity. But here's the thing: we're looking for a new kind of challenge. It's less about lifting heavy things than it is about developing a new way of paying attention as you explore different ways of moving and meeting edges and challenging your muscles, nerves, heart... Lifting heavier weights (without better attention) is just more blunt force, and it's not going to dissolve armoring, it's going to build more layers of it.
What's needed is subtlety.
To effectively introduce potentials for release of trauma from our systems, we must train imaginatively, not by rote.
It's the quality of attention that matters. What you do to train doesn't matter, as long as it involves your bodymind fully and explores novel experiences, and keeps breaching the boundaries of the known.
I like lifting heavy things (well... heavy is relative ☺️) so for me that's one of the ways I cultivate subtlety of sense. It's just that the actual routine (which isn't really a routine) changes every time. I work off of my existing "vocabulary" of postures and exercises and movement practices, but I don't plan. I discover.
Something new is always emerging, some quality of experience, an awareness of a sentience in the cells, gently directing.
Any challenge that introduces you to new subtleties in your movement through space and time awakens SENSE. Appropriate challenge fires nerves in new patterns that shake loose the rigid trauma patterning that armors the human nervous system via the fascia.
Through rigid identity structure we freeze our fascia over time into patterns that dramatically limit movement and life potentials. (This is much of what we call aging, this progressive freezing of our assets. Locking them in to wholly unnecessary patterns of limitation.) We ask the fascia to perform an endless holding pattern to keep us from having to feel the deeper insecurity in the human imprint.
But no matter how deep those grooves, how long-established those patterns of fascial tension, the original fluid crystalline nature of fascia remains.
Fascia is literally plasma by nature.
A liquid crystalline responsive connective tissue matrix.
It is sculpted by our primary energetic tones, and has the capacity to continue being responsive moment by moment to whatever symphony of tones we are exploring.
The below is from an article by Maureena Bivins, PhD, LAc
It's relevant, so I am sharing it here:
Mae-Wan Ho and David P. Knight identify the following properties inherent to liquid crystals and suggest that these also apply to the body’s connective tissue matrix:
• liquid crystal molecules have an orientational order
• liquid crystals are malleable, flexible, and responsive
• individual crystals can flow or have the properties of a solid
• liquid crystal molecules respond when exposed to changes in hydration, pressure, shear forces, and temperature
• exposure to electric and magnetic fields can cause changes in orientation