find easeful being
Three main dysfunctional patterns in the body, or posture. (These have been exaggerated in the above pictures for the sake of illustration.)
The first is Red Light reflex, head forward, shoulders hunched and rounded, chest collapsed and tail tucked under. This reflex is associated with protection and withdrawal. It is common in teenagers and was certainly my pattern in my school going years.
The second is Green Light reflex, shoulders back, chest lifted, lower back overly arched and tail bone lifted. This green light reflex is associated with always being on alert, ready for action. This is common in soldiers, military types who are trained to be on alert and look large in the face of adversity.
The last one is Trauma reflex. This usually involves one hip hiked up higher than the other, one shoulder hiked, and a slight rotation in the body. This is usually associated with trauma to the body through an accident or an operation, or simply a habit of moving developed from one-sided sport, or one-sided baby carrying etc.
We all have tenets of these dysfunctional holding patterns in our bodies. (In my experience I have all three to some degree.) Eventually the imbalance in our bodies can lead to pain, (eg chronic low back pain, sciatica, hip pain, knee pain etc), an inability to function or to move freely in an integrated and easeful way, breathing issues, digestive problems and a host of other conditions. Somatic Movement directly addresses these postural imbalances, it awakens and activates muscles that have been chronically tight, releasing them, allowing the body to regain balance and ease. As Hanna understood, this unconscious tension and holding in our muscles is directly related to our mind.
When we find ease in the body, integration in how we move, easeful breathing, we access easeful being in our minds, we are freed from unconscious fears and traumas that have been held in our tissues, we find a new way of being, in the present, somatically aware, at ease.