If you rewound the tape of your life what would it be like? It would undoubtedly be a rich mixture of emotional and physical twists. The good news is you survived those twists but perhaps they have left some unfinished business. How does one resolve both physical and emotional elements of the past? Psychology, or “talk therapy,” is a common example of attempting to resolve past issues in a therapeutic setting. This is a great avenue for the voice and mind, but it is done mostly on the conscious level. What about the body? What about the unconscious layers? And, what about the spirit?
Myofascial Release (MFR) is an avenue for the unconscious mind, body, and spirit to move beyond the intellectual consciousness and word-based therapy. MFR therapists believe there is much more happening in the body at the time of trauma beyond conscious awareness, including that instinctual fight, flight, or freeze response that helps us get through it. John Barnes, founder of MFR, states, “When many of us are injured, we go into a state of disassociation at the moment of trauma to survive. Our body/mind experiences an instinctive ‘freeze response’ and this positional, physiological memory becomes indelibly imprinted into our mind/body awareness.” (PT OT Speech Today, Vol. 6, No. 14)
MFR encourages a person’s “re-association” to the many physical and emotional layers held within the fascia. The new inner awareness dissipates the disassociation and triggers the release of fascial tension and restrictions. The releases can be subtle or profound. In the more profound releases a person begins to move involuntarily. This spontaneous movement is called “unwinding.”
Unwinding is a self-correcting phenomenon inherent in each of us. The body is essentially rewinding the tape by replaying the “unfinished business” of past events. If a person is able to trust the process and turn off the thinking mind, the body will move into a position of past trauma. MFR practitioners are trained to follow and support the person’s movements, to allow the process to play out while keeping the person safe.
Are you ready to let go of the unfinished business? Join us in our 3-night Unwinding Workshop (2 hours/night, 6 hours total) where you will be able to nourish your spirit and soar! Workshop will be on the following Mondays: April 24th, May 1st, and May 8th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Call the clinic at 262.746.9090 for more information.
Keren Lee, LMT is a talented therapist that wrote our Be Kind. Unwind article while she worked at NBT.