60 minutes • $100
Body Memory Recall (BMR) is a form of therapeutic bodywork that integrates four mind-body therapy techniques: Myofascial Release, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Visceral Memory Release and Unwinding. Collectively, these techniques comprehensively treat the effects of body memory and maximize a person’s innate self-healing abilities to release it.
What is Body Memory?
Body memory refers to the energy of past experiences that is stored in the body. Your body converts the physical sensations, emotions and psychological impressions of your experiences into various forms of energy. When you feel overwhelmed or threatened by an experience, a protective mechanism is triggered that stores the energy in your body until a later date when you are able and willing to fully experience it. Body memory creates tension that adversely affects the function of every system in the body. It has been discovered that many of the chronic, recurrent symptoms you commonly experience in your body are caused by body memory that has accumulated for years. BMR supports the complete release of body memory from all systems of the body. The approach was developed in 1997 by Reverend Jonathan A. Tripodi, a pioneer in the field of body memory therapy.
BMR Technique Descriptions
Unwinding refers to the release of body memory through involuntary movement. A person can relax without releasing body memory which is why people remain still throughout a massage or other types of bodywork treatment. A release differs from relaxation in that it is dynamic and is orchestrated by the body’s own innate self-healing abilities. Unwinding is not something a therapist does to a person’s body. Rather, it is a natural internal event that occurs when the body’s protective response to a past experience or experiences is released. A therapist cannot make un- winding happen. He/She can only support it to occur. With gentle, sensitive touch, a BMR therapist communicates safety to the body which disarms outdated protective responses and allows the natural self-healing ability to unwind to occur. Unwinding and releasing or synonymous with movement. As the body unwinds, it may shake or tremble, get hot or cold and suppressed emotions can surface and release.
Myofascial Release is the component of BMR that treats connective tissue, also referred to as fascia. Fascia is a continuous, web-like tissue that surrounds and interconnects every structure in your body. Unlike a muscle that has a defined location in the body, fascia is three dimensional and is uninterrupted from head to toe. Research in biophysics has revealed how fascia when hydrated becomes a liquid crystaline substance capable of receiving, storing and transmitting our experiences in the form of bioelectricity. When body memory develops, it is structurally and energetically encoded within the fascia. Body memory causes muscles to tense and over time the surrounding fascia hardens and restricts. Since fascia surrounds every structure in the body, fascial restrictions create pressure on all structures in the body. Myofascial tension and restriction directly cause muscle and joint problems, including pain and mal-alignment. Myofascial release consists of gentle, sustained pressure and stretch of myofascial restriction for 3-5 minutes, sometimes longer, until a release is felt. As restrictions are released, movement is restored and so is the transmission of stored bioelectricity or body memory. Myofascial release techniques can be applied to all major areas of the body including the arms, legs, back and neck.
Cranial Sacral Therapy consists of light, sensitive touch to areas of the head, body and spine, which relaxes the nervous system. Cranial sacral techniques are also used to release connective tissue or fascial restrictions around the spinal cord, brain, sacrum and head.
Visceral Myofascial Release incorporates gentle, rhythmic massage with sustained pressure and stretch around organs to release muscle guarding, scarring and body memory. Visceral myofascial release restores full healthy breathing, proper digestion, elimination, reproduction and circulation.
Your BMR Session
Interview: Your BMR session begins with an interview, during which you share with the therapist your medical history, current health conditions and goals for treatment. The therapist may also inquire about traumatic, stressful or particularly stressful experiences, past or present, which are often the source of body memory. Examples include injuries, illness, pain, trauma, abuse, surgery and overwhelming change.
Posture Evaluation: The interview is followed by an evaluation of your posture. The therapist will look for evidence of the freeze response and myofascial tension which pulls the body out of its ideal alignment. He will also identify “epicenters”, or central areas of tension. Imagine if you scrunched the center of a flat sheet. You would notice the tension created in the center of the sheet would extend into all four corners. Epicenters of tension in the body have a similar effect. A BMR therapist identifies and treats epicenters of tension which tend to be the primary cause of stress, pain and dysfunction.
Treatment: The therapist utilizes the information gathered in the interview and the postural evaluation to begin hands on treatment. Once his/her hands contact your body, s/he relies on the highly trained senses in his/her hands to locate and treat body memory. BMR bodywork may be combined with therapeutic dialogue to encourage relaxation and deepen the self healing process.
Follow-up Treatment: After your BMR treatment, the therapist will note changes in your posture, ask you how you feel from the treatment and provide recommendations on how to proceed. The frequency of treatment depends on what you want to achieve, the condition of your body and how you respond to the initial treatments.
Self-Care & Home Exercises: Your therapist will provide you with self care recommendations including exercises that will help you maintain and further your progress. If needed, s/he may recommend that you include other health care professionals such as a personal trainer, counselor, acupuncturist, dietician or physician to comprehensively address your unique needs for healing.