|Trauma is often misinterpreted , misunderstood, and not well identified. Myofascial Release Treatments address the restrictions which occur in our body as a result of trauma. Simply being "overwhelmed" can be a form of trauma.
Whether we recognize it or not, the body "stores trauma" on a physiological level, and MFR can release these "soft" or "hard" traumatic events from your fascial tissues.
Soft and Hard Trauma
An example of soft trauma may be growing up in an alcoholic household and having to adjust yourself to live in that environment, or being of such a sensitive nature that you are always feeling those around you and setting up a hypervigilence of protection around yourself.
In other words you are always in 9ll mode and you are not even aware of it. Soft trauma is not limited to this list, it can be very subtle and unconscious.
Hard trauma has its basis in major physical accidents, surgeries, birth trauma, war (PTSD), and emergency room scenerios, though it's certainly not limited to this list.
In the understanding trauma, we can look to the animal kingdom. When an animal is threatened the adrenolin kicks up in his body: he either fights, flees, or freezes.
In the fighting and fleeing, the animal is using the energy that has been provided to keep him safe; in the freezing scenerio the animal freezes or “plays dead” until the threat is no longer present. Once the threatening moment passes, the animal starts to thaw and its body begins to instinctually shake out the frozen energy that was "put on pause." The thawing process frees up the animal from the restrictions created in its fascial system (connective tissue) due to the threat. After the thawing response has been completed, the animal returns to its normal day.
The human is an animal as well, and we have the same instinctual mechanisms in place. They work the same way, only we have been socialized out of allowing the body to completely process the threat. We therefore hold many “Frozen Moments” locked in the fascial system, just waiting for their moment of release.
However, we continue to pivot and set up systems of compensation around these physical, mental, and emotional restrictions and this becomes our “norm.”
We go the the doctor to tell him or her about the pain and nothing shows up on the tests due to the fact that x-rays, MRIs, and other testing regimes are not yet sophisticated enough to show fascial restriction.
To understand more about how past traumatic events or conditions in your life may be showing up in your body and affecting your daily activities, please call to set up an appointment.
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences by Peter Levine, PhD
The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process: Transcend Your Toughest Times by David Berceli