Why do symptoms such as pain, stiffness, and limited movement often remain long after our injuries have supposedly healed?
At first our system protects us by prohibiting movement through the injured areas, with swelling and contraction. However we still want to function, even if some parts cannot at the moment participate. So as we try to sit, stand, or walk — just function in our lives — our brain recruits other available muscles and joints to help. They take over this new workload while continuing with their old jobs, creating strain for which they are not equipped.
Unfortunately these compensations become habit, and remain out of awareness, at a continual high cost to the involved and surrounding tissues and nerves. HOWEVER we can learn to observe, sense, and rediscover those forgotten habitual ways we use our body. Because of neuroplasticity, our awareness extinguishes the old patterns. Our nervous system receives the updated information we need for lasting change. All parts of us are given a chance to once again participate in a more balanced workload. This results in a profound level of healing.
CFR is based on these human truths:
Our personal histories are accumulated learning about how to move in order to live – and learning about what not to move in order to be loved or at least survive. What is or is not permitted to move in our bodies structures and restricts our experience of life. Limitations are a result not only of physical injury, but are also the direct reflection of our learned rules, strategies and beliefs. Your life cannot be any easier than your movements. Reduce the unnecessary effort in your movements and you reduce the effort in your life.
Rules, Strategies and Beliefs
Adapting to earth and the people around us inevitably involves experiences of rebuke and fear, permission and encouragement, which all become wired into the same pathway of movement. By adulthood, distortions and limitations from accidents, injuries, and illnesses - plus the movement compensations left in the body even after the symptoms are gone, all add to the conflicting instructions that vie for dominance in the same movement command. For example, as well as physical pain and limitation in that range of movement, the single intention to reach out a hand, or turn a cheek, or move a hip, can light up a pathway that is home to many conflicting instructions."No! It is not OK!”, " But I want to! I should. I shouldn’t! I have to! I can’t!"
Levels of Consciousness
Physical injury and limitation always involve other levels of consciousness. For true healing to occur, the emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual aspects must be addressed as well as the more obvious physical aspect. Failure to deal with all four levels of consciousness can lead the remaining out-of-awareness compensations to cause hidden limitations and make us more vulnerable to future injuries.
Learning and Healing
Learning is the single most crucial pathway to healing. This is because learning involves bringing back into awareness something that was previously out of our awareness. This may be a new discovery or something which we were until recently unwilling to look at. Functional movement improves which in turn continues the healing.
How CFR Works
CFR uses movement initially to increase physical kinesthetic perception. Through table and floor work and processing the resulting discoveries, this work addresses not just physical limitations but also the emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual aspects that must be included for true healing. When muscular contractions, energetic blocks, and compensating patterns release, new choices in movement, belief and behavior become possible.
This provides new choices in conflicting demands. Functional movement improves which in turn continues the healing.
The reward is:
- Clarity of purpose – a totally meant ‘yes’ – a fully permitted ‘no’
- Physical and emotional healing
- Congruent, powerful, comfortable movement
Cortical Field Reeducation works through the motor-cortex to eliminate physical dysfunction and the emotional issues tied to it, freeing as well the habitual, self-limiting, protective behavior patterns associated with trauma. By releasing deep, long-standing muscular contraction – NOT LOCALLY – BUT AT A PLACE IN THE BRAIN WHERE IT IS ENCODED, we dramatically increase our ability to sense and feel. This work is about upgrading the clarity of the sensory information fed into our organic computer, which is our agent of change .
CFR AND PHYSICAL HEALING
Sources of Muscle Contractions
Daily Life Stressors: Our bodies respond to the pressures, demands and stresses of daily life by developing patterns of contraction in the muscles. With time we gradually lose awareness of those muscles that we habitually hold in contraction.
Injuries Past and Present
Our bodies also carry the accumulated long term effects of old injuries even if the injuries have apparently long since healed. This is because the compensations we put in to effect at the time of the injury creating the limited and inefficient ways of moving that were necessary and functional at the time become encoded in the tissues and the brain as “correct” and habitual. These once functional compensation patterns persist long after the actual injury has healed, and actually interfere with the return to efficient and pleasurable usage of our bodies for movement.
For example, when we use extra muscles that don’t belong in a movement such as walking, twisting, and lifting – those muscles work against that same very intended movement making it more difficult and tiring to perform. These old-news muscular contractions are so deep and unconscious that they continue even in our sleep. Thus, these areas never get to truly rest. They are always working. This results in constant low-level fatigue that comes to be accepted as normal.
Conclusion/The CFR Offer
When these chronic problem areas are released, your body will become a more comfortable home. You will experience a much more restful sleep at night, a much higher level of energy during the day, and a dramatic improvement in the ease, fluidity, power, and coordination of your everyday movements.
CFR AND EMOTIONAL/SPIRITUAL HEALING
Emotional traumas, on-going stress, as well as physical injury all evoke a protective response from the body. By changing these muscular holding patterns, the entire protective posture is altered, deeply affecting the body’s habitual defense system. Thus, new movement possibilities mean new self-image possibilities.
Toxic behavior is supported by habitual patterns of muscular contraction. Unacknowledged, unexpressed feelings are locked into these same muscular contractions.
Fear, anxieties, and other detrimental emotions all have a corresponding muscular habit. Any form of bodywork, physical therapy, psycho-therapeutic treatment, verbal information (no matter how brilliant), or any spiritual practice that fails to extinguish these muscular habits will fail to totally eliminate the emotional dysfunction.In order to truly free up nourishing choices of behavior that will promote personal power, growth and joy, therapy must completely extinguishing these muscular habits.
CFR AND UPGRADING THE ABILITY TO LEARN
Nervous Tissue , Animals and Humans (The Baby/Childhood Section)
One of the most precious substances on earth is nervous tissue – cells that through evolution have developed the ability to register information from a first experience and to “remember” it.
1. Animals are born ‘hard-wired” into a set of specific instinctual responses. They use this pattern-recognition for survival – to identify food, mates and danger.
2. At birth, human babies have the least wired-in instincts of any mammalian infant; while they are the most helpless at birth the absence of large amounts of wired-in instincts mean that our babies have an enormous capacity for both learning and error. Human nervous systems have developed a further capacity – to recognize their own patterns of behavior, to "feel” their effects, and to consciously choose to change those patterns that do not serve them.
It is not nature/heredity and nurture/environment that ultimately shape us. It is the strategies we’ve adopted to cope with these factors. These choices develop a fixed muscular basis that imprint in the body as habit.
We are the result of everything we have experienced since the womb. How a baby learns to reach out, to speak, to crawl and walk in such a short time is a near miraculous and incredibly complex, sequential process which is a remarkable illustration of how our brain developed to register and utilize information. Imagine for a moment trying to “show” an infant what muscles to contract to focus the eyes or reach out a hand. These developmental skills cannot be taught, they can only be learned by the baby herself with direct exploration and the right external stimuli.
THIS INFINITE CAPACITY FOR LEARNING IS OUR BIRTHRIGHT, AND ALONG WITH OUR ABILITY TO FEEL LOVE, OUR MOST PRECIOUS POSSESSION.
Unfortunately, in the childhood of “civilized” man, this natural spontaneous process is often subverted. Most formal education insists on a one-size-fits-all approach and ignores the ways in which we are wired to learn best. In addition, our private experience of learning is often colored by an adult sending emotionally-charged messages of “Do it well”, “Make me proud”, “I’m afraid you’ll be a failure”, or “Hurry up”. All these factors tend to pollute the ideal of un-interfered-with exploration at our own pace.
Negative emotional situations distort the child’s natural learning process. All emotions are a muscular occurrence. Tension, fear at home, ridicule or rejection at school will freeze the development of a skill, be it catching a ball or solving a math problem. For the rest of his life, he will not do that thing well or will always rush though doing it, thus making his inability permanent.
As civilized adults, we have more “facts” than ever before about our universe, yet we live lives that routinely override the messages from our body. This vital source of information is the basis of our brain’s ability to self-adjust and self-heal as well as pick up the more subtle vibrations of intuition. Yet, in our pressured society, because we cannot afford the time to rest after en injury (emotional we well as physical), we anesthetize ourselves against feeling the pain. Brain-secreted chemical, purchased medicines, drugs, alcohol, overeating, overworking, or any compulsive activity, constriction of the muscles of the chest, which armor the heart and depress the breathing, all help dull the feeling that “something-isn’t-right.” But in doing so, we drastically reduce out ability to feel across the board. Joy is dulled as well as grief or pain. And so are the incoming sensory impulses to the brain from all the outlying joints and muscles which would otherwise alert the motor-cortex to any dysfunctions that need adjustment or to injured areas that have healed and are ready to come back into function. Instead, old compensatory patterns put in temporarily, keep needlessly protecting against old injuries, leaving long since healed muscles to gradually atrophy from disuse.
Exercise, self-improvement techniques, and treatments from specialists will never truly bring these areas back in the ball game. A PATTERN PUT IN ON AN UNCONSCIOUS LEVEL CAN NEVER BE CHANGED AT A CONSCIOUS LEVEL. Only by clearing away the anesthesia so that the brain can start experiencing again the clear and constantly up-dated information that it received as a child can it order the kind of changes that an outside agent could not begin to do.
What is Learned Can be Unlearned
Cortical Field Reeducation works through the sensory motor-cortex to eliminate physical dysfunction and the emotional issues tied to it, freeing as well the habitual, self-limiting, protective behavior patterns associated with trauma. By releasing deep, long-standing muscular contraction – NOT LOCALLY – BUT AT A PLACE IN THE BRAIN WHERE IT IS ENCODED, we dramatically increase our ability to sense and feel. This work is about upgrading the clarity of the sensory information fed into our organic computer, which is our agent of change.
THIS WORK IS FOR:
• Those who have looked to the intellect as the answer, gradually relegating the body to the status of a vehicle to house the mind.
• Those who are dealing with old injuries or trauma never totally healed or a lifetime of stiffness from sedentary pursuits.
• Those who want to optimize their athletic and sports performance and reduce risk of future injury.
• Those who have focused on the spiritual without realizing that a healthy body, comfortable with itself, is a clearer channel for
meditation and intuition.
• Those who want to regain the ease and joy of learning and moving they had as a child.