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The memory of past events remains imprinted until addressed and changed. One way to know this is to recall an event from the past and notice your breath, body temperature, spaciousness, movement. If you chose a happy memory and a sad one and alternate between them, the contrast of the two memories will make it easier for you to notice the differences in the pace and depth of breath, body temperature and distribution of heat throughout the body (uniformly warm or hot head, cold hands and feet), spaciousness (constricted or loose), vibrant or dull (tingling, warm and flowing, or numb, cold and solid).
The body contracts in response to stress, and opens right up as soon as it relaxes. When stress exposure is prolonged, or the stress is traumatic, the body might fail to return to an optimal state. Sometimes the war is over, but the body doesn’t know it.
During our session you are guided to follow the memories of past events following your own’s body memory and wisdom. Physical sensations often pair with emotional feelings, and mental images, from snapshots to movies, which point towards the source of the symptom.
With body awareness, a movement or sound may follow which brings completion to the processing of emotion and feeling. Sometimes an insight emerges which brings relief.
Sometimes the client learns and cultivates a new relationship skill that help prevent the history from repeating itself.
There are situations in which a client decides a new course of life action, and this deciding brings noticeable relief in the body.
A nagging pain that hasn’t subsided in spite of trying everything. A lingering cough from an old infection, long after the medication prescribed has been taken. A headache that keeps returning over and over again. A cold, gripping sensation around your belly, that keeps you up at night. A restless leg that jitters and annoys.
Patterns of chronic aches, congestion, stiffness, or involuntary movement are often failed attempts of the body to create a specific positive change. What was once acute, an immediate message of your body to do something that supports your well-being has become, in time, a way of being.