The first reflexive and protective response, when you experience physical or emotional trauma, is either 'flight' / flexion reflex, front of body, or 'fight' / extension reflex, back of body. Often one experiences of combination of both responses. One begins to develop psychological gestures related to or identified with those response immediately following the trauma. As you recover, areas of your body may 'numb' out or become a prop for a weakened counter-part, leading us into a dysfunctional movement pattern. Your body begins responding and adjusting, to multiple neurochemical reactions, long before your mind processes you are no longer in 'danger'.
Your kinesthetic sense is really, 'the sixth sense'. it works for us all the time. Our perceived sense of our movement possibilities, from our bodies outward, and the personal 'kinesphere' that constructs our limits within the boundaries of what is attainable when we extend our limbs from a balanced or fixed stance. How we initiate movement after a traumatic event, will always be compromised. It has been referred to as a 'debauched kinesthesia' (F.M.Alexander) or, 'sensory motor amnesia' (Thomas Hanna). Kinesthetic dysfunction happens as kinesthetic awareness decreases, making room for the trauma response.
Dysfunctional Movement Patterns (DMP) may begin any time through our lives. Traumatic events complicate bodily functionality in two ways: 1: new DMP arise in response to fight or flight reflex; 2: habitual, older DMP's resists the new patterns and compensation assists creating compounded Dysfunctional Movement Patterns. When movement is dysfunctional, our kinesthetic sense is out of balance. Concentrating on "straightening up" is not the same and being Aware of "straightening up". Awareness leads to widening your scope of consciousness while balancing functionality. For most, we need assistance in awakening kinesthetic dysfuntion. A facilitator or teacher can guide you to better somatic awareness, thus rebuilding the kinesthetic component of the traumatic event.
When approaching the nervous system from a bodywork perspective, the quality of touch and movement practices should attend the mechanorecptors, assisting to reset muscle tonus, connective tissue, and the fluid movement. Establishing a dialogue with the mechnoreceptors, often begins with lighter, vibratory styles of treatment. These receptors facilitate relief at the surface level. Often the pressure is same as a U.S. nickel, (5 grams). If you need 'deeper' work, we look to that after the light response. Too often, we associate bodywork with one style, deep massage. Deep pressure insures an endorphin rush, and immediate relief, but it doesn't always treat the underlying issues, and sometimes further injures the problem area.