Trauma is part of the human condition. We all experience moments when our foundations are shattered, whether from a physical or emotional standpoint. Some can move past these moments in time and use them as leverage to thrive, while others are left frozen in time, having those energies erupt without provocation and paralyzing the Individual in a fear state.
Those who can’t move past the trauma are trapped in a dizzying vortex of pain and fear, with no end in sight to solutions for their suffering, but I am here to share that there is a solution. It comes down to understanding fascia and being able to release past patterns of breathing that initially became impacted when the traumatic event occurred.
Pain, fear and stress cause you to reactively hold the breath. This is a protective mechanism that the body has learned; a way of shielding our vulnerable selves from negativity. Unfortunately, this is also how we cause distortions to our reality.
If you witness an animal escape from near death, you see the animal shake off the energy. This is a release of the fear that entered the system. With this, there is a neutralizing effect, so the system goes back to balance. Most people however don’t release a trauma after it has entered their system, with the diaphragm keeping the memory and the experience locked into its breathing pattern. That initial reaction of holding the breath becomes locked in, and with time, the negative consequence of this muscle’s immobility accelerates.
Gravity grips to dense tissue. Therefore, keeping your breath strong to inflate all cells is key to healthy aging. A weak breath causes cells to lack oxygen, and like a balloon filled only partially with air, they don’t have the buoyancy to defy gravity. This has huge implications in understanding how trauma can affect how a body ages, as well as how you perceive life in general.
If the initial reaction of holding the breath isn’t released, then the body continues to breathe from that place of collapse. The body is built to survive so it finds a way to pull in air using the secondary muscles -- those of the upper chest. This is like breathing with a trolling motor of a boat, instead of the powerful inboard motor: you can still move, but at a very different pace.
Even more impactful is the fact that emotion gets trapped in the breathing pattern. The fear that was experienced in the traumatic event stays with you as the emotion gets locked in. This emotion is tied to the memory of the event, and each time it is pulled up to your conscious awareness, it grows in magnitude, causing you to feel like you are still trapped in that moment, which impacts the breath even more.
This can feel like a loop of doom as you can’t seem to move past that which may have occurred even decades before.
How torturous to live life in this manner, never moving past an event that occurred long ago, yet living the fear of that moment repeatedly. What would it be like to release that holding pattern, and even perceive a different story than the one that continues to come up when triggered? Can there be a way to forgive, find compassion for all that happened, and move forward in life so to be able to live again from a place of innocence and curiosity?
When the breath becomes paralyzed from trauma, there is no movement of that energy out of the body and the lack of oxygen causes the cells to deflate. This deflation causes the cells to migrate or fall away from their correct alignment, which causes the fascia to develop adhesions which grip to bone to create stability, with a force up to 2000 pounds/square inch.
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Releasing the holding pattern of the fascia and connecting to your full conscious breath is that way. The main thing is to be able to open the areas where the negative emotions are stored, as well as to exhale the energy out of the body. The key is to release the grips of the fascia that seal to bone, and it’s all about magnetics. When the breath becomes paralyzed from trauma, there is no movement of that energy out of the body and the lack of oxygen causes the cells to deflate. This deflation causes the cells to migrate or fall away from their correct alignment, which causes the fascia to develop adhesions which grip to bone to create stability, with a force up to 2000 pounds/square inch.
The solution is to put the space back into the body that time has taken away and to breathe out the old to make room for the new. The strengthening of the breath that comes from the practice pumps oxygen into newly opened spaces, releasing the magnetic hold allowing the cells to inflate with oxygen and migrate back to their rightful position. Then the strengthening of proper postural foundations supports the cells in proper alignment. This is an open and fluid system that can move trauma out as it comes in, rather than becoming stuck and then having the system being driven to accumulate more adhesions.
So, even if you struggle with emotional issues stemming from the past (and who doesn’t to some degree), Block Therapy is a direct path to bring a new perspective and freedom to your being. Take the first step and simply begin. You won’t know how good you can feel, until you do!
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