Part 1: Impact Injuries
Part 2: Movement as habit
Part 3: Emotional and Mental patterns
Part 4: Diet
Part 5: Toxicity
Part 6: Lifestyle
I view the body-mind system as a multi-layered whole, that is designed to balance itself. While any dis-ease may potentially be addressed from any layer, in practice it may take some experimenting to find which layer or combination of layers is required to set the body-mind on the track to health and wellness.
Be open minded, do some research, learn to feel what you are heart or gut-attracted to (don’t rely just on your head), give a modality decent chance to work,
The best leverage for inducing the body to re-balance itself may be found on any layer which creates a good follow on through the system.
Take heart that the human body-mind system is incredible in its ability to rebalance itself, and that there is a combination of modalities, knowledge and helpful people out there that can help you in your health and life journey.
The following are brief reports from actual clients, that are good examples of the interconnectedness of all things. Names are changed for privacy
chief complaint: emotional: anxiety, low self esteem, that “all started 7 years ago”
Dan had no memory of accident or life stresses that coincided with the onset of his issue. On his intake form however he answered the “where do you feel it” question by colouring in only the head of the body diagram.
His head and neck were indeed very tight. As they released, (using ConTact C.A.R.E) he suddenly remembered he had fallen in a ditch and given himself a concussion…about the time his “emotional” symptoms had started.
Conclusion: One session has produced a great change for Dan, so it would seem that the physical impact was the key to his emotional issues.
medical diagnosis: originally Crohns Disease, but not quite fitting the picture
Rachel, age 14, was on various drugs for pain and digestive issues.
I found her neck, diaphragm and the ribs over her kidneys/adrenals were all jammed, which in my model is a great way to make the body feel it is constantly threatened, and unable to fully engage the para-sympathetic or “calm down” system.
The timing of a couple of falls off a horse coincided with the start of her “Crohns” symptoms.
three sessions of ConTact C.A.R.E have each produced a huge improvement, with reduced medication and symptoms. Rachel and her family continue to liase with both the doctors and me, as well as working with diet, as she steadily improves over time.
chief complaint: sore lower back
While Ruby would get some relief from her sore back with bodywork and acupuncture, it was only temporary.
She had a first breakthrough when she stopped eating wheat, which was inflammatory and irritating the digestive system nerves and referring to her spine.
Her second breakthrough was when she completed her tertiary studies, and relieved herself of the associated stresses of being a student. For Ruby those stresses were partly about the volume of her work load, and partly about having to study some subjects that and were contradictory or irrelevant to her life experience and values.
chief complaint: Frozen shoulder
A successful business owner and busy mum, Michelle had recently had even more demands for energy and attention put on her by a sibling. Despite her best efforts to help it was never enough. While the shoulder was injured it was a justification that was accepted as a need for space. And treatments were time out for her, as was a trip out of town for couple of weeks to see a famous shoulder specialist.
Conclusion: There should be no judgment on Michelle who was a competent caring woman. Her shoulder kept some overwhelming demands literally at arms length, protected her heart, and gave her valuable time out for growth, reflection, and even a little adventure. Why would it get better until she had developed other ways of creating that in her life? This has been a journey of the heart for Michelle. As she learns to manage some of the challenges in her life from a place of heart-based compassion and wisdom, rather than head-based “shoulds”, her shoulder is improving.
chief complaint: anxiety
Adam had suffered anxiety for a few years. Counselling had helped but he felt he had plateaued in his progress. Part of his history involved some abuse where he was partly strangled. He specifically said during his first session that he saw no value in more talk.
Using body-work, (specifically Zero Balancing for most of the time) he regained a sense of calm. The first session the emotional response to approaching his neck was too intense, so we left it. The next session it was possible but very emotional. Over 5 sessions the neck and throat area lost its over-reactivity, and he reported the sense of anxiety progressively leaving his body – for him it felt like there was a level dropping out of his chest down his legs, until it left completely.
Conclusion: This is a case where the non-verbal part of an issue hadn’t responded to cognitive/verbal processes, but let go very well with gentle and safe touch.
Craig Love is an NLP Coach and a certified practitioner of 3 body therapies: ConTact C.A.R.E, Ortho-Bionomy, Zero Balancing, and is part way through adding the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education to his toolbox. He works in and around Auckland, New Zealand with animals as well as people, helping with issues as diverse as whiplash and back pain to phobias and anxiety, and with “labels” from Fibromyalgia to Crones Disease.