Understanding the Pattern Triad
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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
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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. -cp
"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, including self-help level emotional processing.
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 realized. 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.
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.
The Pattern Triad Components
Useful references include Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith or Human Energy Systems by Jack Schwarz. Meanwhile, the energy centers' corrolary 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.
Chart of Energy Centers or Chakras
originally "Chakra Path To Guidance Chart"
©/Rev's 1-'94, 9-'94, 6-'95, 12-'96, 5-'99, 1-'00, 12'09 - Chris Pringer
Related References & Resources
"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 ) 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 athletes, 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)
"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.
"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-sensitivity 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.
"Multi 3D Chalice 3 (w2A&)" sig'd © Chris Pringer Sept'10 - probably as close to what I saw in 1985 as anything I've put in art form so far (on visual level; add vortexes extending horizontally, less the colorations).
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