Understanding the Pattern Triad
and the Body Pattern Assessment/Reading
Revised 12'09



Section Titles & Links
Brief Description   ||   What The Assessment is Like
Understanding the Pattern Triad & Assessment
The Pattern Triad Components Further Defined and Illustrated
Excerpts from "Body Memory and ... Learning Life Lessons"
Notes on Mind-Body Correlations - Source-References, Organization of *Body Memory,* and "WHAT I DO")
Cosmology of the Body-Mind & Related Tenants
Related Essays, Resources   ||   Author/Copyright/Disclosure Info
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       Note: The "body-mind" term refers to the complex of mental, emotional, and physical bodies. This page provides a description of my own paradigm on "body-memory," body-mind correlations, "body-reading," and related basis, uses, and purposes for such knowledge. There are no specific body-mind correlations given on this page except for one example in the section, "The Pattern Triad Components Further Defined and Illustrated."
        Navigation: Some might find this a rather exhaustive discussion. All the above noted sections are on this page, with hyperlinks and "To Top of Page" to easier get you where you want to go. NOTE: There are also many links that will take you to related topic matter on OTHER pages at this site. I suggest first very quickly briefing the whole page while taking note of the links, then read as much as you like before chancing a link. -bcp
Chart of Pattern Triad & Body-Mind-Spirit Triangle Interfaces, © Chris Pringer Apr'11
"Pattern Triad & Body-Mind-Spirit Triangle Interfaces" sig'd © Chris Pringer Apr'11,
 
Brief Description of the Pattern Triad and a "Reading:"
         Describes how I interact with a client to find out how his/her body has responded to past experience -- most of it long past -- as evidenced in the connective tissues of the body. The body "tells" via holding and movement patterns, as related to *coping mechanisms, *skills, *gifts, and the challenges that provide the vehicles and impetus for the mechanisms to be transformed into the gifts over time along one's Life Path. The "Notes on..." section goes into greater depth on the Triad with how I "read." The section "Understanding the Pattern Triad and Assessment" describes the cause-effect basis of the Triad and reading in an organized way. The client uses the mind-body assessment or "reading" as guide for recognizing, accessing, developing, and employing mental/ emotional/ physical resources -which phrase describes an effective "body-mind awareness"- towards more effective accomplishment of life goals and re-integration of mind-body systems, toward optimal whole systems organization and preventative health maintenance.
         I should also add that most work from me does not include such a reading as described here, and a session can vary greatly with different combinations of body and energy work, counseling, etc. Both brief and detailed descriptions of my work is available at my brochure (via above link).

         It may do the reader well, to be familiar with the concepts as discussed at The "Body-Mind Integration" (Essays) Page - The How's And Why's Of Psycho-Emotional Storage of the Body-Mind (in layman's physiology & psychology): When, how and why tension is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. Originally published by the author in Massage Magazine, July-Aug 1992. May-June 2011: Addendum essays, including "Muscle Q & A" - a Kind of overview of the core topics, and "Adrenaline vs Endorphins...Brain Activity, Muscles and Tendons ...Aging" were added with the goal of clarifying these topics as more easily understandable for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, as well as further completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved.
         The "Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart" is now (10/10/11) at the Organization Chart page. It compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, and provides a summary of them and their implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects.


What The Assessment is Like


          The Body Pattern Assessment/Reading is an exploration of one's life process. It is based on how one's body reflects *how one has learmed (as an infant and/or child, primarily) to feel and respond* to people and situations in life. On the other hand, the degree of bodily injury or health would seem (to me as yet) to have very little to do with "character" or spiritual progress. (To wit: Various saints were known to be physically challenged, temporarily or permanently.) I explain more -below- about
"Understanding the Pattern Triad & Assessment" and The Pattern Triad Components Further Defined and Illustrated.


Client-Practioner Teamwork with the process:

          I generally do most of the assessment at the same time I am doing massage/bodywork, as the client is lying on the massage table. The textures and shapes of the musculature (one area relative to another), the client's awareness in specific muscles/tissues, as well as of acute and/or chronic pain, of referred pain and manners of it's communication, are major sources of the information I "read." Given that input, I use mainly facts (based on studies in physiology & psychology) along with some degree of intuition (based on my and others' experience) of ways in which the "body-mind" systems communicate. I also get information visually (postural analysis), by asking questions, listening. To a varying degree I receive information empathically and/or via strong "impressions," but I will find verification of any data obtained this way before I will consider it reliable (see next paragraph).
          I will generally tell the client, in as much detail as requested at the time, where and how I read the messages that I interprete the body to be communicating. Sometimes I state a hunch in the mix of other notations, but I will say when I am doing this and why. It is generally to stimulate more feedback to insure I am on the right track and/or find out how to adjust my perception, as well as to determine the appropriate wording and delivery of the interpretation. (The correlations I use to make my determinations are somewhat based in my perspectives and approach in/to psychology, and discussed below in the section, "Notes on Mind-Body Correlations").
          I counsel in "listening" accurately to the physical and emotional body, and in taking charge of his/her health process more effectively. We explore how to craft individualized tools to facilitate increased awareness, choice range, and empowerment. This includes the basics of Self-Parenting, various self-healing methods, the assignment of "homework," including simple Yoga techniques (ie: "Tensing Yoga - Exercises for Self Healg, Preventative Maintenance, & Mind-Body Awareness").

          The challenge for the individual is to become conscious of the coping mechanisms and above dynamics as they apply to oneself, to appreciate his/her skills & gifts, to learn how to release emotional pain (over time), and recover memories , to monitor the "onion skin peeling away" process [naturopathic perspective], to further refine the gifts, and finally to find meaning and purpose to the whole developmental process. Facilitating this process is precisely the purpose of the assessment and body-mind integrative bodywork and counseling. You might enjoy a metaphorical presentation of the 'Body-Parenting' Approach to Mind-Body Integration "My Cells - My Children" & related prose for ...". At that page there is also an objective description of body-parenting - both of the general approach and of the technique as learned and practiced for preventative health maintenance.
          Once the client and I have chosen some areas of the body (and of personal growth process) to work with, I use the approaches and techniques as described via the links (primarily on the brochure page) to assist in setting and reaching goals. The degree of organization with which that is managed is very much up to the client - and this aspect needs to be discussed if the client is serious about progress. In a sense, the easy part is the freedom from acute pain and the recovery of full and pain-free physical function. And this usually occurs in the early stages of therapy. There may always be some degree of chronic pain, although this may only be felt when the musculature is approaching the state wherein hypertonicity again becomes unconscious, and the tissues are in danger of being damaged again.
          Here is where the preventative health maintenance benefits are truly realised. At this point the responsibly aware individual exercises choice to adjust his/her activity according to healthy long-term goals.
          You may want to record the reading. None of my work or writing is intended to replace or discourage the appropriate use of medical attention and/or treatment, but is intended as educationally informative for overall health enhancement and preventative maintenance.



"Integration":
"Integration" in the wholistic or therapeutic sense, implies that the information or skills (whether of the past, the good, the bad, remembered or forgotten) are re-organized and then learned from, in such a healthfully complete or "Integral" way (*Love-Wisdom* in application), that it is understood and used for the highest good. The process involves "Synergy" of many systems, and the word "Transformative" is often used to describe what often happens with the most destructive material - that which has been repressed or denied. (Pertains to my more in-depth work, if/as requested.)



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Understanding the Pattern Triad and Assessment


          As implied above, this perspective is based on how the body reflects *how one has learmed (as an infant and/or child, primarily) to feel and respond* to people and situations in life. The infant responds internally in a way to cope as best s/he can, creating a *coping mechanism* to do that, and that coping mechanism begets *skills,* and the skills begets *gifts*. I relate these to bodily manifested "holding patterns" in the muscles and other connective tissues [often referred technically as "adhesions"]. These also cause and/or relate directly to postural and movement patterns, as well as to decreased circulation of blood, lymph, nerve, and ki or chi energy in internal systems [what are often referred to as "blocks" in less conventional circles]. The coping mechanisms, skills, and gifts strongly affect the organization and function of the related cells, tissues, organs, and systems. Most pre-adult development is centered around the discovery and initial refinement of the skills and talents. Conscious development of [recognized] gifts is the next stage.

          Most all people have a certain amount of conscious and/or unconscious pain related to these aspects, depending on the nature of the origin and psycho-emotional importance of the related coping mechanism(s). The pain would have been incurred during the events which led to the creation of the coping mechanisms. More complex sets of coping mechanisms are referred to as "Inner Children"
[REF.]. Which term refers to the persona(s) of the emotional body, that have been created in order to finish, at a later time, certain interupted processes. Those processes are related to the basic emotional and/or physical needs that were only partially and/or temporarily fulfilled, by the coping mechanisms. The (usually unconscious) pain of the unmet needs provide motivation for personal evolvement, most expressively in the realm of the skills and gifts.



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The Pattern Triad Components
Further Defined and Illustrated


For each condition or issue or challenge we face, you could say there are also the following:

          Coping Mechanism (here abreviated as 'CM') - The CM is what we learned to do and/or be in our infancy and childhood to get our basic needs met. That is, this is learned when our parents were not there physically or emotionally, were confusing, dangerous or abusive, disrespectful of our actual needs, or otherwise irresponsible. The CM is creatively developed (consciously or not) to provide as much feeling of safety, love, and acceptance as necessary for survival. For example, loud talking helps get the needed attention of loud-talking parents. When the CM is formed very early, it becomes a habit pattern. This can be so even if we may not see it or see it as different from other's behavior, let alone as bothersome, self-sabotaging, or worse. We can forget (if ever really learned) that the situation that required the CS is not always going on or about to happen, etc. Then we don't see that other strategies -- that more appropriately get what we need -- are available as choices.

          Challenge - The Challenge is to make the best use of the Coping Mechanism. For example, most public speakers (including teachers) felt they were "not heard" as children in general, and strove to develop ways to make sure their communication was valued by others. Assisted by their need to be of service to others, their efforts toward more effective communication eventually overcame what otherwise may have been a handicap. It is said that such challenges are never really overcome, but become allies that continually keep us on our toes and reward us by their teachings.

          Gifts/Potentials - These are what happen during the "overcoming" of Challenges. The teachers are "heard" on a regular basis. Our individuality (to the extent we develop it), those "endearing" personality traits, the skills we have developed (in relation to the Coping Mechanisms), our unique perspectives and insights, the people we attract as friends, and our greatest achievements are all gifts. If you research how most any great accomplishment or invention came about, then you will see what I mean.

          Holding Pattern- This is how the muscles (and other body systems) move or position themselves due to the Coping Mechanism (CM) and/or to the kind of situation that provoked the CM. An example would be holding the shoulders up higher than necessary when we feel as if someone is looking over our shoulders disapprovingly. Like the CM's, these often become habit patterns that we become used to. Unlike the CM's, however, no one may ever notice these -- at least until the pain gets our attention. It's as if the muscles are our "inner-children" that are making-do ("surviving"), protecting some part of us with an armor of hardness. Eventually the hardness constricts the nutrient pathways and/or causes torn muscles or ligaments. Even then, some people may actually resist the relaxation that has become a priority. Cells work best when given proper food, rest, and touch.

          Tools and Self-Application- From here, we clarify the goals to re-establish, including affirmations (somewhat like Louise L Hay but different; more specific to the client as verified/agreed as be applicable) and *Positive Response Questions*, or *PRQ's* (see next paragraph). I have found it very effective to encourage the client's self-application of very specifically developed affirmations and PRQ's, that relate with the above, and that serve to galvanize chosen ideals and momentums. They generally state the best of who we are and/or of what we can do, have, or be. A whole science has developed around using these tools to create the most effective attitude and momentum for a given situation, for every day, or for Life.
         The PRQ is one specialized form of affirmation, that assigns the Body-Mind the task of finding desirable answers or solutions and manifesting this in an appropriate way or ways. A general but useful example: "I assign my Body-Mind the task of answering the question, 'How am I enjoying all that I experience today?'" See "The Use of Questions in Affirmation Therapy - Theory and Examples for Practical Application" by the author.



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Exerpts from "The Lower Chakras & Synthesis of Body & Soul"
"Body Memory and Soul-Interplay in Learning Life Lessons"



          A term coming of age is "Body-Memory," and relates to how, when, where, and why experience on any and every level of awareness is stored in the body, accessed and expressed - consciously and/or unconsciously. How this correlates functionally to one's anatomy, emotionality, mental routines, psycho-spiritual awareness, path, purpose, and integration, is not only fascinating, but actually describes an individual in a very practical way. ...

          To the degree that one is not able to process an experience, one will put that processing "on hold." We say that the related memory - the psycho-emotional information that the body-mind puts/stores on hold - is "repressed." And the body-mind will create an "armor" of tension in the musculature in the area of the body that one associates with that event. The message(s), issue(s), or belief(s) related to that event, as well as whatever emotions that one perceives (consciously or unconsciously) as related to it, are all based on ones subjective experience. And it is important to note that one's subjective experience is often heavily weighted with emotional material, especially in the formative years, and most especially so for suppressed events. Also that repressed memories *may* have something -- or absolutely nothing -- to do with an *objective* reality (as in one that is rationally explainable), let alone any "accurate" perception of the actual related experience.
          It is generally believed, by those who work with these dynamics, that the body does not store *all* memory, but only that which is perceived by the self as necessary for later completion of experience. [More technical explanation on how the body reacts/responds to this is covered in "Body-Mind Integration in the Personal Growth Process" - The Basic How's And Why's Of ("normal" and otherwise) Psycho-Emotional Storage (and Physiology) of the Body-Mind.]

        ...The body is shaped in terms of how the musculature has been held and moved in response to ones subjective experience. Hence the relationship of the body's posture and movement to one's sense of connectedness, coping strategies, challenges, and gifts, the mind, the body, and the emotions, and the path of one's self knowledge, self healing, and transformation.

          Few people in "modern society" survived childhood feeling safe to truly feel life from within their bodies. Result: we learn a mentally and emotionally armored, semi-defensive relationship with our bodies and our environment, yet strive to feel "the connection" with others. A key term related to this discussion is "body-mind split" or "mind-body split," referring to the degree of unconsciousness, denial, or suppression around the relationship to ones body, to the way in which one's muscles have responded to early childhood experience, or formed habitual tension-holding or related movement patterns, etc. It is through this dualistic predicament that we have/are the divine opportunity to reveal depth and meaning to all aspects of our lives and to all life, to re-enter-connect.
          In his book, *No Boundary* Ken Wilber elaborates on what we would now call the "Left/Right brain split" and the psycho-spiritual significance of history and the evolution of consciousness during those periods. This is very related to the "body-mind split" or "mind-body split", but not exactly the same, as illustrated in Wilber's chart, "Therapies and Levels of 'The Spectrum of Consciousness' " - included at the end of the essay, " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening - A story about Language, Relationship, and 'the Body-Mind Split'
An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context"
at the Chalice Integration page.



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NOTES on Mind-Body Correlations
Source-References, Organization of *Body Memory*, and "WHAT I DO"


          My perspective in psychology is based in a blend of Gestalt, somatic, and Buddhist psychology, and New Thought philosophy. These and other aspects related to my work are described briefly in the footer of this page, including a link to my brochure (with much more elaboration). You may also find the essays,
"A Gestalt Perspective" and "Seven Phases of Personal Growth" useful in this regard.
          As far as the different schools of mind-body therapies, most seem to differ from each other mostly by approach, and not too much by theory of cause and effect. Of great influence to me, however, are the kinesiological (re: John F. Thie of Touch For Health) relationships, and Oscar Ischaso's relationships as taught by Barry Green (The Holistic Body Therapy Textbook). Essential considerations related to body-location relationships (Yin/Yang, Polarity) and related psychology were gained from various teachers of macrobiotic theory and application (which incorporates meridian dynamics), as well as various teachers of the system of Polarity and Aryerveda (mind-body systems). I very much appreciate, yet not always agree with Ken Dyhtwald (Body-Mind), and Louise L Hay (You Can Heal Your Body). Most disagreements with the later can probably be attributed to questions of context related interpretation. My knowledge of cranial-sacral relationships and spinal fluid dynamics is much more informally based, considering this science-backed field of study and application is rich in both depth and breadth - thank you, Dr. Upledgers and Vredevoogd (Craniosacral Therapy).
          Related correlations are provided in Jack Lee Rosenberg's work with Margorie L. Rand and Diane Asay on "Integrative Body Psychotherapy" (Body, Self, and Soul - Sustaining Integration). Yet they focus more on the body-psychology approach. Also greatly influenial here, while focusing on physiology and correlates to a varying degree, were Reichian based Stanley Keleman, author of Emotional Anatomy. Alexander Lowen, author of Bio-Energetics and many other seminal works, and particularly Ron Kurtz (Body-Centered Psychotherapy).
          My (mostly informal) studies in naturopathic perspective and application have been somewhat influencial in my mind-body assessments, especially related to health cycles and goal assessment. Related References at this site include Principles Of Natural Healing -- excerpts from "The Science of Healthful Living:" and "The Transition Diet"
          As for *Body-Memory,* Worthy of quick reference at this point are James L. and Nora H. Oschmann, Mae-Wan Ho, Candice Pert, Paul Pearsell, and the Heartmath Institute. I will include a brief list in the Related Resources section below, while an extensive list of references is provided at the Fascia-Memory Theory and Research Project pages at this site.
          *Subtle Energy Systems* As for the other source background, the system I work with in my assessment of the body-mind (the complex of mental, emotional, and physical bodies) is largely assisted by my knowledge of the of energy centers of the body, "chakras" - their dynamics and attributes as correlated to physiology, emotionality, and psycho-dynamics. (Each energy center, is thereby part of our non-physical anatomy, according to teachings of advanced yogi's down through the centuries and related eastern metaphysical perspectives.) How I relate the emotional organization as relative to the lower chakras seems to be somewhat different from many systems. This is not quick to explain so I will refer to the essay, "The Lower Chakras & Synthesis of Body & Soul" and "Psycho-Emotional Organization And The Body-Mind." Teachers of greatest influence include "Mitra" (Robert Battersby; formal class as well as apprenticeship 1985-86), and authors Jack Schwarz (Human Energy Systems) and Anodea Judith (Wheels of Life). I admit to less study of materials by Carolyn Myss, Barbara Brennan, and Iona Teegarten. Yet what I have read by them lends influence and leads me to honor their great contributions to the field.

Organization of *Body Memory*:
          I see memory storage as relative to subjectively associated relationships, based on common archetypal responses to experience in a given culture. [This refers to relationships among what one perceives, whether objects, people, or concepts, etc, and how one perceives that as related (or not) to oneself, and how one's mind learns, organizes, and accesses all that]. Many systems of association are common to most all cultures, whereas some are more specific to each culture. I have experience with American born clients for the most part. On the other hand I would suspect the majority of the relationships I find to work with are fairly universal. I subscribe to the Jungian approach to [dream] interpretation -- which honors the individual's personal organization of associations and related definitions -- and, when applicable, I expand this style to my "reading" of the body-mind in general. Individuality - and organization of information storage & accessing systems: memory systems operate essentially the same for most people. However, I also recognize that there are individuals (especially those with bi-polar and other sensory or neurotransmitter communications based challenges) who do this more differently than others. Which note highlights the fact of the relationship between a person's internal and external communications, according to the perspective I employ. Likewise (and related), what the client believes as well as feels, and any differences between two, are important to consider for practical purposes where my work is concerned. Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the same phenomenon: fascia memory, somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy.



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"THE 'READING': HOW I DO IT":

          First I should say something about my own learning background: One thing that I have forgotten to add here until now, except verbally with some clients, that I always scored high in my schooling in biology and physiology, and tend to pay attention when anything related comes across my mental plate - just as it does for psychology related topics. I was gifted with a college-physiology instructor (Dr. J. Hurn) in my high school physiology class (Will Rogers, Tulsa, Ok, sr.yr 1969-70). He told us from the beginning we would be learning college material - that's what he knew, and that's what he was going to teach. I always scored the high on the exams - at the top with quite a large margin relative to most in the class - even considering his grading on the curve system (also unusual for high school at that time).
          I enjoyed creating charts in order to memorize the more complex feedback systems among the endocrine glands (no one told me that would work; I realized then that I learned graphically. [Yes, I stayed home a lot during high school, also during college when my study discipline was stolen by topics that fed the skills and capabilities listed here far more than did the courses that would've gained the degree I pursued then.]
          I took college physiology again because the New Mexico Academy of Massage and Advanced Healing Arts required both college physiology and chemistry prior to entry (taken at an actual college Wink). And there was fairly intense focus on physiology in that school (aside from anatomy), the the written portion of the final exam, essay based, requiring 4+ hours to complete for most students. I've also been gifted with a client (for over 10 years) whose vocation before retirement was as an anesthetist, and I've worked for almost as long with a client challenged with neuropathy.
          And then there was my own low back injury in (1987) - relating critically to vertebrae and disk compression, to ligaments and muscles that habitually over-protected, effecting various nerves, etc - which led me to develop the "Tensing Yoga" technique as intetrated with body-parenting and other elements of the approach I incorporate in my work. Interestingly, I've never actually "seen" aura's. However, over time, I've developed some capability for "scanning" - converting kinesthetic data to visual data - which I'm sure is not unusual for touch-based health care practioners.
          Again, I do my best to use common sense as well as intuition in the integration and application of these systems, asking for guidance in the process. I do my best to not let my empathic and psychic attunement (to the varying degree that may enter in) interfere with whatever information the person intends to convey to me verbally. I note the data from these sources separately (referring to conscious vs. unconscious communications). Which helps to continually refine my hypotheses and theories.

WHAT I ACTUALLY DO, as best I can put it in words:
          I Feel & compare: the "texture" of muscles and tendons, muscle origins, sources, and belly as related to amount of tension, tone and related aspects, degree of "Controlled Motor Response" (habitual movement/response) and related aspects, compensation & other relationships between among muscles as determined by nature of communication of sensory and other information (including pain) between/among the different bodies (mental, emotional, physical). Given what I pick up from the preceding (mostly with my hands, but using my knowledge of muscle & nerve physiology, etc), I consider the aggregate or composite of information in relationship to (an integrated knowledge base of) physiology, kinesiology, cranial-sacral relationships and spinal fluid dynamics, meridian dynamics, and various schools of body psychology (as noted above).
          The overall system for (my) assessment of the body-mind (the complex of mental, emotional, and physical bodies) is largely assisted by my knowledge of the of energy centers of the body, "chakras." That includes their dynamic aspects of cause & effect and attributes as correlated to emotionality, and psycho-dynamics, as well as to physiology (including as related to the locations of muscle origins, sources, and belly, sensory communications, referral and compensation dynamics, etc).
          And from there make determinations of what applies to the person and circumstances (past, current, and possible future scenarios; facts and theories; definite, likely, possible, potential, unlikely, etc.). And I think the rest is what I've generally put in my brochures and related essays.
          [I know that's quite a list, but that's how my brain/mind works, although it may vary from client and circumstance to client and circumstance, AND I probably left out some things. My brain/mind operates/accesses differently than when I'm with any given individual (body energy, emotions, personality, circumstance, etc), not to mention standing, moving, and using my hands with them - compared to sitting at a computer with memories or post-session quickly scribbled notes, etc. -- Noted 12/27/09]

 
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF THE ENERGY CENTERS

 
    Useful references include Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith or Human Energy Systems by Jack Schwarz. Meanwhile, the energy centers' correlary attributes can be summarized crudely and briefly:

 
        1) strength, security, basic support;
          2) passion, reproduction, creativity;
          3) individuation & definition, information, raw empathy as in "gut feeling," power in management/ manipulation of these aspects;
          4) love, service, empathy with others as extension of oneself, psycho-emotional integration;
          5) authority, management, delegation of power, communications, 'power of Spoken Word';
          6) conceptual, contextual, & ethics/ values-based discrimination, insight, recognition of truth, reality, & related veils, psychic awareness;
          7) pure knowledge, consciousness, integrated "connectedness" relating all reality/ies, All Beings, all energy centers as ONE, etc.

 
    Each energy center, is thereby part of our non-physical anatomy, according to teachings of advanced yogi's down through the centuries.
Chakra Path To Guidance Chart 4c2 333px by Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
Chart of Energy Centers or Chakras
originally "Chakra Path To Guidance Chart"



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A Cosmology of the Body-Mind-Spirit Self
and Related Tenants in heirarchy of cause and effect, considered as underlying the Work

     1)  the muscles move the bones (in spite of what a few old school chiropractors seem to imply sometimes), the fascia provides the 'relationship-interconnecting web-matrix', as well as the glide-flow surfaces for all muscles, as well as every organ in the body.
     2)  the feelings move the muscles, that is, the feelings and (unconscious) stored emotion-data (all of which comprising 'the emotional-body') determine the setting and changing of the state of muscle tension, which determine the "automatic"/ habitual holding and/or movement patterns in the muscles and fascia.
     3)  thoughts move the feelings, that is, they create/govern the feelings, both of which (thoughts and feelings) create beliefs -- which is to say that the mental perspective determines the feelings and emotions. Beliefs are thoughts made more permanent (consciously or unconsciously) by attached emotional charges.
     4)  the soul moves all the above-- more or less under auspicious of God/Higher Power (depending on one's view of cosmology and it's functional implications for some plan...) that determines "the setup" (parentage and birth situation, etc) which initiates the individual's perception of self, of others, of one's environment, and experience of relationships with human and divine personages on the Earth plane... humans being in physical bodies, in which... (return to 1) smile
      NOTE: Please read the above in context with the below notes, which hopefully assist and deepen one's understanding.

Another way of saying that:
      The BONES (the skeleton, posture and movement, alignment and mis-alignment) are moved or held by MUSCLES, muscles are moved or held by ATTITUDES and their related mental-emotional reaction patterns. These are governed overall by BELIEFS, which are THOUGHTS invested with EMOTION(S). Beliefs are the result of personal experience -- physically manifested and/or imagined and/or as taught. The intensity of the experience, imagination, and/or teaching determines the power of the belief, and therefore the degree of momentum invested in any related POSTURAL and/or MOVEMENT PATTERN manifested in the body. (These invested patterns are primary to what is sometimes referred to as "BODY-MEMORY".)

RELATED ASPECTS:

      Spirit - The interconnecting as well as dynamic current for the flow of driving forces (thought, emotion, and Spirit) that create change and transformation in mind and body.

      Mind - The Mental "Vehicle", is the interactive consciousness that manages our perceptions and responses and defines our choices. The brain is one tool of the mind.

      Emotion - The Emotional-Body is seat of desire as per
"Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing," as complements the physical and mental bodies.

      Belief - "the bridge between the mental and emotional bodies" - is here defined as a thought attached to one's consciousness with/by emotion (or the other way around, depending on which initiated the bond for a given belief). Related: "Beliefs, Desires, Needs, and ... Alignment"

      Body - The Physical "Vehicle" is a reality not that separate from the mind, but a functional extension of unconscious as well as of conscious thought, emotion, and belief.

      Elaboration on these concepts can be accessed via this link: "Victims, Compassion, & Responsibility -- Notes on The Emotional-Body, Denial of Pain, & 'Easy Answers' (Not)"

      Holographic Interconnectedness: Each part reflects the whole; what happens on one level of a system affects all other levels - "As Above, So Below". Given this, our inner subjective realities tell us everything we are here to learn in a given life. And since our minds and emotions express through our bodies, then to the degree we interprete the body's language (including the emotions expressed through them as well as through thought and word), we can then "read" our paths and purposes. But that is quite the tall order - and rarely is a person so adept, of course.

      From a spiritual perspective, although the body vibrates at a lower frequency than does the mind, it communicates the Soul's energy all the same. And it is always telling us, point-blank, what we don't otherwise perceive. We could say that the Higher Self let the personality off the hook for the time being, by postponing the process until the personality/ego is sufficiently developed to satisfactorily complete and learn from the experience. As for the processes that we complete, we can remember them, or the lessons derived from them, solely via the mental body. Thoughts only become attached to the personality -- as beliefs -- for the sake of providing a psychological structure to learn in and/or from. And structure is important in a personality's learning process. Emotional charge (i.e.: as related to an issue) is the binding agent for attaching a thought. Otherwise the thought (i.e.: a perception and related data) is left to flow more or less freely through the mental body, or can be re-organized as desired.




Notes on Therapies and Levels of "The Spectrum of Consciousness":
      In Wilber's Chart, the levels shown at the top of the chart are are the more shallow levels of consciousness, and those at the bottom are the deeper or more expanded levels of consciousness.
      As per Wilber: The diagonal line represents the "boundary", or split between that which is conscious, integrated, and accepted as part of "Self" (on the left side of the split) and that which is perceived as separate from Self - at that level shown above it. Each level includes all those levels shown above it; for example, the "Ego Level" includes (within the ego side) the "persona" and and "shadow," now integrated; yet the body is still perceived as separate.
      In this version of the chart, I put '+' marks to indicate where where the boundary begins to cease. -- cp]

      Related? Also to let you know where to find more recent resources from Ken Wilber and his more recently developed Integral Life Institute. There you go for many great discussions on video among some of the greatest minds on the leading edges of science and spirit and researching how to integrate the two, forum/blogs, art, etc.

©/Rev's 1-'94, 9-'94, 6-'95, 12-'96, 5-'99, 1-'00, 12'09 - Chris Pringer



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"Body-Mind Integrative Energy-Bodywork" Professional Brochure
Descriptions for Integration Therapy, Reiki, & Body Awareness Coaching (for the most cost effective health insurance on the planet smile) includes sections on approach, techniques, and methodologies employed, as well as training, fees, etc. Individual, program, and 3-6 week interval-based rates are available, as well as discounts for 1st session, referral, senior, and gift certificates.NOTE: While generally enjoyable, massage is not just "a luxury" I bring over 25 years experience to a number of massage/ bodywork therapies, including therapy for cyclists & other atheletes, minor & major injuries, all of which are listed & described in my brochure. From this page you can access special topics for integrating energy work, counseling, bodywork, "Body Pattern Readings," self-healing instruction. Related: Testimonials Page; "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section at the "Body-Mind Integration..." page; the Compact Tri-fold Version of Professional Brochure in Printable PDF (right-click, "save as" to download)

Body Memory & Body-Mind Related

        Regarding the direct relationship between
          a) the releasing of patterns of holding and movement that have been held in the musculature and other connective tissues in the body, and b) the re-interconnecting of inner resources on the physical, emotional, and mental levels of being,
    Two leaders in science as applied to healing are James L. Oschman, Ph.d. and Nora H. Oschman. They have published the book, *Readings on the Scientific Basis of Bodywork, Energetic, and Movement Therapies* - Excerpts and notes from that can be found here. They are the authors of "Somatic Recall, Part 1 - Soft tissue memory," which continues in "... Part 2 - Soft tissue holography,". A summarization of their findings may be enjoyed in their article, "How Healing Energy Works". Visit their (new) web site at http://www.energyresearch.bizland.com/. There are extensive scientific references for your in-depth curiosity via the above links. (And, by the way, this is very related to my own work and studies in fascia based body-memory; my Fascia-Memory page is listed in the author section below).     "Fibromyalgia - Theory with Examples" (Apr 2011) at the Fascia Memory Theory page - a cause and effect theory - about Fibromyalgia's possible "relationship to a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout the fine interstitial spaces among the cells of the muscle tissues, due to their being chronically held *contracted* and under-circulated, including trauma induced contractedness over a broad-area (including by being forcibly tickled in early childhood)..." (Maybe it's no accident that this came along shortly after the visualization chart at the page, "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" or "Bridging Prayer & Science", healing prayer techniques, visual prayer charts.)
    The "Body-Mind Integration" (Essays) Page
The HOW'S AND WHY'S Of Storage of Tension and Memory in the bodily tissues ("normal" and otherwise): When, how and why it is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. (Published In Massage Magazine, July-August 1992.)
    Newly Added/Rev'd (May'11-July'12) on this page: "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section) as well as addendum essays for clarifying these topics for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, as well as further completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved, including "Muscle Q & A" (a kind of overview of the mind-body aspect), "Adrenaline vs Endorphins...Brain Activity, Muscles and Tendons ...Aging" - Suggestions on building a healing relationship with ones cells (muscles or otherwise) about adrenal response, "Body Awareness and Communications as Related to Body-Memory and Integration", "Insight Please", "Cell Talk" as related to all the above (incl. trauma, long-term conditioning), "EQ, IQ, Emotional Integration, and a Synergetic Relationship", and Reviews for articles on Massage, Alternative Therapies, & Pain, incl. "Study: Massages really can make pain go away"; & Sept 2011 Consumer Report; quotes, commentary & charts.
Chart of Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context, Thumbnail Oct'11
"Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart"
(Oct 2011)

at the Organization Chart page. This chart compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, and provides a summary of them and their implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects, as well as links to their respective essays or sections. Addressing all these aspects and their relationships is what make this site unique.


    "Tensing Yoga" and other Self-Applications
          For Self-Healing, Body-Mind Awareness, & Preventative Maintenance (rev. 7/02, ..7'13).
Technique is explained for context and self-application. TY is about specific applications for chronic muscle pain, related injuries, without need to learn asanas (poses). However, TY may be used to get into positions quicker, easier, and without injury. All of which is critically related to healing or preventing injury. TY could be considered an optimized form of self-applied, neuro-muscular re-education, reinforced with a body-mind connectivity that insures a more comprehensive and long-term response (High Preventative Maintenance Gains). Page sections include those with emphesis on Tension Range, *Work/Rest Ratio*, Muscle Energy Efficiency, individual muscle focus, teamwork/ "edgework", and learn that as we interface with our cells in the way that TY leads us to do, we can directly, and naturally engage that capacity for neuroplasticity - for re-organization of the brain and other neural networks (including proprioceptors in muscles) especially when we include all elements of the approach, including focus, attitude, and rapport with the cells [as covered on the page]. Also on the page: "Low-Intensity Low-Back Exercises" Chart and "Before Rising..." instructions, a fun "Exercise for Illustrating Tension Range...", as well as a "Breathing Ratio Chart" - method & application. Subtopics including the extremely common myths about *Muscle Stretching*, a number of yoga ref-links for specific ailments/conditions as well as for selecting the right form of yoga for you, and about a "Muscle Madness" game!? "Origins of Tensing Yoga & Related Ref's from More *Traditional Yoga*" include my own self-healing story.


    QUESTION About Inversion / Traction:
          What would result from just the right combination of a) focus on the points noted at the "Tensing Yoga" page, & the resulting highly elevated body-awareness in b) applying just the right amount of traction for your muscles (considering that amount may change for any given hour of any given day) via an inversion device appropriate for your individual needs, in cases of chronic muscle spasm, injury & re-injury situations, including disk damage ? As for part b): "Using your inversion table - Suggestions for Getting Started" at Energy Center .Com includes LOTS of resources for more information about the devices themselves, for efficient as well as safe application, as well as great instruction for preventative maintenance, including related nutrition, etc.
   The Fascia-Memory Project

What would actually change our health-care system the most?

          How about a means of diagnosis that takes so many aspects of a person into account, that it creates a capacity for designing a truly healing program for most any patient? Nice dream you say. How could a diagnostic system be that accurate for so many conditions? What would enable our medical system to consider, so surely and comprehensively to so much greater depth and context, the many processes for the many different kinds of individuals, than we do now? Well, of course, such questions indicate a healthy skepticism. But let's dream just a bit more, but this time, from outside the box, as they say:

         What if there were a system of assessment that would bring together the great many disciplines of health-care - particularly including Eastern, Naturopathic, and even the many among the Western - and to a degree of collaboration that was far beyond what we've ever seen before? In case you don't know, such collaboration is currently not a reality to any meaningful extent, certainly for most health conditions. Particularly between those focusing on the body, and those focusing on the mind, not to mention the relative few focusing on the connection between the two. Bottom Line: When enough people become sufficiently motivated to know the degree to which individuals can heal themselves and each other through body-awareness-based preventative maintenance, then the research will be funded and implemented.

         The Fascia-Memory Project is about research and development into the relationships among connective tissue (fascia), objective/subjective experience, the neuro-physical interface between emotion, and the brain, and "body-Memory." About developing connective tissue scanning devices and diagnostics hardware for discerning and illustrating all that. Goals include the developing optimal means for applying that R&D in health care practice, as well as enhanced systems for individual development of body-awareness for preventative health maintenance. A long term project, of course, but intermediate goals and sub-projects could have considerable effective change. The range of application extends from the medical industry to personal home use, to public education, to social and correctional rehabilitation. Original Theory published June'96.

          The project's web site includes pages for Intro & Summary (with a detailed table of contents with links to the other pages - Description & Purpose, Goals & Objectives, Research & Development, Theory, References & Links [extensive], Project Overview Chart, Project Flow Chart ( "Pert" style output by 'MS Project' ), and links to accompanying documents at this site. For context and perspective on this far-reaching multi-faceted proposal, see (page 8) the Fascia-Memory Project Overview Chart.


Fascia Memory Project


Feedback Systems Interfaces (Proprio-Neuro, Motor Management Centers, Adrenal Emotion, Fascia-Muscular) in Psycho-Physiology of Fascia Memory ChartS by Chris Pringer 2'12,12'13- Thumb
"Proprio-Neuro, Motor Management Centers, Adrenal Emotion Fascia-Muscular Feedback Systems Interfaces in Psycho-Physiology of Fascia Memory" Chart at Fascia Memory Theory Page



F.M. Project Overview Chart




F.M. Project (Pert) Flow Chart


Regarding the degree of potential impact of soft tissue therapies:

         "Very few people understand that the Myopathic Spinal Lesion - inflammation in the spinal muscles, joints, and nerves, is the Chief Cause of visceral disease - disease of the internal organs of the head, neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis... Most diseases in most organs are inflammations. ... inflammations are caused chiefly by impaired blood and nerve supply, which predisposes to infection. ... The impaired blood supply is caused by muscle hyper-tension from strain, which either presses on blood vessels or irritates the nerves which control the blood vessels. The regular medical profession has no regard for this principle in the diagnosis or treatment of disease, yet, it is the most important factor."
        -- Dr. Claude Clarence Heckman, D.O. (Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon, Held positions of Director, Program of Intern Training, Madison Street Hospital, and President, King County Osteopathic Society, Seattle, WA)


ChBullet    "Integration" by Krysta Gibson,
about Common myths vs realities about psycho-spiritual integration; effective guidance about feelings and memories, 'living in the now', 'releasing' events and people, 'forgiving and forgetting' the past - for living the spiritual life fully and meaningfully. Originally published by Krista Gibson in "The New Times" of Seattle. Through the late 80's & most of the 90's, I always read Krysta's essays if I didn't have time to read anything else, and kept copies of various or her articles handy for my clients to take home with them. Still current...

    "Love Letter" self-applied journaling technique (Word doc format)
"Nice name, serious work": This letter format is useful for preparing and/or facilitating deeper communications and/or resolving conflict/issues within self or with another person (ie: parent, former mate, etc). This method can fill a special need for therapeutic dialog with someone who is currently not present, including those who have passed on. Because most of what any person can actually heal, or may be responsible to heal, is within ones own feeling body. It is also valuable for/during various strictly personal therapeutic processes, for simply journaling, including self-dialog between two or more parts of yourself that represent mixed feelings about something. Other benefits include introduction to and practice in additional valuable self-healing techniques: "Self-Parenting;" constructing practical, emotionally integrative affirmations; making decisions about your intention and direction for healing change; and verbalizing those decisions in order to etch them into ones being. The latter initiates the completion of (as yet unmet) essential need(s) of the inner-child, and may manifest changes in related physical symptoms (ie: much less pain). Titled, "How To Write A Love Letter", this is Available in Word doc format or (Unformatted) Text format. [You may also be able to right click on either of those links, select "save link as" (or equivalent), and save the file(s) to your hard drive for later use.]

   "My Cells - My Children"
And other metaphorical prose for the 'Body-Parenting' approach to Mind-Body Integration. Illustrates the dynamic relationships of Spirit, mind, body, and emotions, as well as the inner-child-parent-family, including the cells, organs, and body systems. New section on "Body-Parenting" in Mind-Body Integration and a powerful form of Preventative Health Maintenance (New 12/16/09). Based on the "Re-Parenting" approach to personal growth & self-healing, I consider it a powerful adjunct to Body-Mind Integration.

ChBullet    "A Gestalt Perspective," and "Seven Phases of Personal Growth" (2 Essays)
A perspective on an approach to and regard for life, one's past and present, as well as a basis for personal growth and/or therapy. I could've called it an integrated 'Gestaltist-Humanist-Buddhist-New Thought' perspective. (You could say these are my main sources, from among the various "schools" of psychology and correlating approaches to application of therapy.)

   Energy Psychology at Southeast Institute
Energy psychology focuses on the interrelationship of energy systems, emotion, behavior, psychopathology, and health. These systems include the electrical activity of the nervous system, acupuncture meridians, chakras, biofields, and morphogenetic fields. A good resource page for sample self-applications and related resources is at Feeling Free .Net. Another good reference is Dr. Fred P. Gallo's Energy Psych .Com site submitted, Thank you, by Bruce Tanner. I found the "Preface to Energy Psychology in Psychotherapy" page very informative.
          [ In my opinion, based on discussion with various practitioners of EFT, the "Emo-Free" ("TAP" & related) systems work very well (and relatively quickly) for many people. And for vets and PTSD, EFT can "put the fire out". But it may not result in more than brief relief in cases where the cause of the trouble is based in, or critically anchored to, deep-seated emotions that were traumatically suppressed in early childhood. Per reasons as indicated at pages by yours truly, and/per those references of my teachers in body-centered psychology. I'm referring here to considerations in the difference between Gestalt, New Thought, EFT, and Behavioral schools of psychology, the different approaches to what some of us call "the emotional body", the cause of emotional pain, what we might call "true" preventative maintenance, etc. EFT seems to be a cross between Behavioral and New Thought(?). Exceptions to that would be in the case where, and to the degree that, the associated trauma is simultaneously felt (enough to be validated), observed, and breathed-through, as it moves through the energy system (ie: via polarity/meridian/chakra system if/as applies to one's modality), and to/through the CSF, and thus out of the body, during and/or subsequent to the EFT/related session. Otherwise, how is any associated and stored emotional component, born out of unresolved confusion at an early age, going to get out of the system, for the purpose of creating symptoms, so as to signal the deeper cause, so as to resolve our problems - as we were designed to do? How? - by whatever route the self next finds to work. The trouble is, it might be more destructive, perhaps even better disguised, perhaps "only" internally, via organ disfunction. -Chris Pringer ]


    "The Use Of Questions (and Gestalt approach) In Effective Affirmation Therapy"
Theory & Examples for Practical Application. Theory section explains how this (PRQ) system compares to other affirmation techniques and therapies - how and why they work, advantages of PRQ's, etc. Includes Lots of Sample PRQ's (Positive Response Questions) for learning and affirming any desired knowledge, Simple How-To's in developing Pragmatic use of "the right question" -- from a test situation and/or from regular affirmations. Works well for the intangibles (Personal Growth oriented) which many would say has to come before you can truly enjoy the rest anyway.

   
        "Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing."
A Cosmology of what is here referred to as the 'Emotional-Body' - that which provides the motivation or 'drive' for any sustained focus, decision, stance or action. It is the degree of emotion that makes the difference between a held belief and a mere passing thought. Includes "Emotion, Fuel, & 'the Vehicle' - Fueling or Fooling Around?", "Reward, Punishment, Justice, & Change", "Emotion & Intention; Motivation & Detachment; Self & Others", and "Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?" (Rev'd Jul'13)

   "WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial" (Physical and other levels)
Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion. I begin with basic, more physical-level concepts, and extend into other dimensions from there. There may be more proper medical terms for most of the dynamics I describe, but my purpose is to try to explain a complex but common experience in an understandable fashion. includes short essays, "Intro & Notes on Pain, Pain Reduction, Pain Elimination, Pain Desensitization", "A List Of Factors In The Perception Of Pain", "More On Referral Of Pain", "Delayed Healing", "Why Deep Massage/Bodywork?", "Should A Massage Be Painful?" (therapy may locate, or bring awareness to, what is already there, but should not add to it), "Touch-Sensivity of Muscles...", "Stress & Energy Related Pains", "Notes On Pain From Gestalt Perspective", "Internal Separation And Healing", & [added Aug 2011:] Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment - and Healing the Pain.
  "ART & SCIENCE of Body, Mind, & Spirit Integration"  
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        Presenting early to more recent artwork on the "Chalice" or Grail theme (by yours truly), both hand-made & artistically rendered computer-generated works, & a little bio on how it began & developed. This art is born out of the 3D geometric vision/ visual "seen" in 1985, which experience was complete with correlations to deep (pre-Christian) symbology - which initiated the research into the correlations to the legendary meanings of the Holy Grail (and sources, and how and why that was later edited by "the Church"), as well as into various body-mind-spirit correlations, & healing alchemy & energy dynamics. All this related both the body & the grail elements to the mind's interface, in a way that makes sense of many otherwise-would-be paradoxes & mysteries, bridging arts & sciences, with implications related to whole health, including one's relationship with his/her cells. And when incorporating "sacred geometry" into the the rendered symbols (per pi-ratio) -also relevant to the DNA of all Life (proportion as essential to function), most interesting artforms seem to naturally appear.
      Essentially (Per mystical symbolism which precedes anything any religion has, or may yet, to do with it), the chalice is about the human embodiment of Spirit (or Who or whatever It is that created & connects all Life) into the three "lower bodies" (mental, emotional, & physical) which compose the "Body-Mind". Which is also a "vehicle" for the balancing & integrating of Humanity - individually & communally. Chalice "Productions" may thus refer to each person AS a chalice in development. There are essays on various geometry, proportion, function, symbolism, history, & possible implications, including " 'The Lords of Culture' & Listening - A story about Language, Relationship, & the Body-Mind Split - An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context" (7'10) accompanied by, "Therapies & Levels of 'The Spectrum of Consciousness' " a seminal chart by Ken Wilber; "Paradigm Shifts" (7'10); The "Pragmatic Balancing" section of this page relates the Holy Grail to the (psycho-social) evolution of Man, to the world's key religions as well as the Gnostics (by nature of that which unites all of them, although is not necessarily about them), & to *The Da Vinche Code*; includes a working summary of & psycho-social objectives & approaches for bringing about that evolution (as addressed at various pages at the site).

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