Insight, meditation, mindfulness and relaxation exercises merely reduce pressure and tension temporarily. They do not re-wire neuromuscular pathways or re-educate the organism at any fundamental level.
The rational brain basically cannot talk the emotional brain out of its own reality. The rational, analysing part of the brain, centred on the dorsolateral pre-frontal cortex, has no direct connections with the emotional brain, where most imprints of chronic stress/trauma reside, but the medial pre-frontal cortex, the centre of self-awareness, does. Merely being aware that in a given situation you get too tense, doesn’t mean you understand how to transform embedded reaction patterns.
By learning to consciously perceive inner and outer muscular reaction patterns and their somatic-emotional-mental correlation, you are helped to engage in a self-dialogue which leads to a differentiated, layered perception of yourself and your present life situation, with options of widening of the space to act.
Conflicts become experienced as a challenge that you feel equipped to face through an expanded range of choices and strategies.
The goal is reduced stress and an attitude to life less limited by the imprints of your past. A synthesis of Alexander Technique, Formative Psychology and Pesso-Boyden System Psychomotor has been found to liberate reflexes and feelings of aliveness. Imaginative exercises are used to help stabilise the new patterns.
Along with lessening symptoms, there grows a capacity for self containment (in place of reactivity), a quality of clear thought, reduced tension and warm self contact.
The step-by-step nature of the work allows confidence in yourself and in the process to grow organically.