Isometric Emotions 1/3: General introduction + how to introduce the technique


Isometric emotions are techniques that can be applied in various ways. We shall now look at two basic applications
that stem from one core concept: that of intervening on two main painful emotional movements. Which are they? One is the foetal position. The other is present in practically every
stress and anxiety reaction: it’s a shortening of the posterior chain muscles. So, on the one hand we have a forward-facing
closure (the foetal position), and on the other posterior tension and subsequent curvature
of neck, back and legs. The basic concepts that we will act on are: Leveraging isometric contractions. We will look for resistant surfaces, such
as the floor, so that when we push onto them the body cannot move much. For post-isometric release to be effective
we need to apply certain conditions. The first is the alternation of two phases:
one active one where we push hard while we breathe out; one passive one, where we breathe
in and release all the muscle tension. We can perform an isometric push like this
for example: The hand is blocked, the arm pushes while
I breathe out and then I release everything. The third feature is that exhalation- when
we exhale and push – should last eight seconds to be effective. The time-frame is longer when we pause and breathe in and can last 10-20 seconds. Like this it is important to understand these timings early on as it is possible to end up breathless after three seconds and thus remain in apnoea the rest of the time this technique is not useful and reduces overall effectiveness.

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