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 & 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.
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.
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.
EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL HEALING
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.