Can exercise really resolve a trauma stored in your body? | fitness


IIf you want to understand bioenergetics, you must first put aside your judgmental inner voice. It is the theory that trauma is stored in the body that any suppressed emotion from earliest childhood alters your muscles and fascia (the fibrous tissue that covers the body, like a spider web); and that by applying pressure to muscles with certain exercises, you can release the holding patterns and dead zones in which they have gotten sick.

My inner cynic raised the following objections: pah, trauma is for war zones, I have never been traumatized; Devaraj Sandberg’s fixed text Bioenergetics feels very new and some of the answers Sandberg describes – uncontrollable shaking after an exercise – sound very unlikely.

But there were some nagging counterpoints. First, trauma doesn’t have to be war, it can be anything from a car accident (tick) to a moment of intense uncertainty when you were a baby. Second, even in conventional medicine, it is a widespread belief that your body stores an intense negative experience in its neurological and hormonal responses. Why shouldn’t muscles also have a memory, especially since the term “muscle memory” already exists? Third, I did a variety of experimental exercises in the aerobic space (piloxing, Zumba Strong). So why should I be skeptical about new operations?

The cornerstone of bioenergetic practice is the bow and arrow, which is good for anxiety but is worthwhile even if you are not anxious. To get into the arch, stand with Your feet parallel, 30 cm apart; Drop your head on your chest, or as close as you can, and roll like a rag doll until your tailbone is facing the sky and you get a stretch in the back of your thighs – don’t lock your knees; Hang your hands on or near the floor. Stay there as long as you are comfortable. Make a note of how long this takes, and then repeat this two more times.

For the arch, from a standing start, extend your arms, hands together, over your head, and lean back, pressing your chest and pelvis forward with your knees slightly bent. You can do both with expression – the gargoyle (eyes wide, mouth wide, sticking out your tongue and making a hissing sound) or laughing (a classic Santa Ho-Ho-Ho is recommended). That sounds wild, but it encourages you to let go. Your goal with both exercises is to put your muscles under controlled stress so that they let go of the holding patterns that they have saved from the past.

For a beginner, it is enough to start with 15 minutes of bow and bow every day. I did something weird with my back on the sixth day. It didn’t hurt, but every time I moved in a certain way, for a moment it felt like an elephant was standing on me. A week before I would have booked a Covid test. Instead, I decided to let go of the grief. Maybe there is something in there; Maybe fear is like a constant environmental alarm – you only notice it when it stops.

What I have learned

One tension-relieving exercise, the tantrum, consists of lying on the bed, banging your fists against the mattress, and wiggling your legs.