Sole to Spine: Biomechanics to Biorhythms with Madeline Black is fast approaching! We are a little over two weeks away from this exciting new take on Madeline's classic workshop, and we so hope you'll be able to join us for this learning experience. Madeline found herself inspired by the writings of Matthew Appleton, a Craniosacral Therapist living in England. He published "Listening to the Living Process" in 2000 (edited by Michael J. Shea, PhD). As a precursor to the workshop we thought sharing his perspective on the body's rhythms would be a great taste of what is to come! "Further investigation revealed that underlying the more obvious body rhythms such as respiration, intestinal peristalsis and the beating of the heart, lay a more subtle pulsation. This pulsation was expressed by certain structures and processes as the core of our being, which functioned coherently in such a way as to warrant being defined as a system in their own right.
Biologically, the Primary Respiratory System consists of the structured living water that makes up 70% of the adult body and nearly 98% when we were an embryo. The Primary Respiratory System seems to work basically as an ordering and self-correcting principle within the body, underlying the integrity of all the other systems of the body. Restrictions, either within the Primary Respiratory System itself or elsewhere in the body, disturb the motion of its fluid drive and tidal movements, diminishing our sense of well being and eventually leading to ill health.
[A colleague] saw the Primary Respiratory System as containing our fundamental life force, which he called the potency of ‘Breath of Life’. The fluctuation of the fluids within and around the brain and spinal cord, takes up the potency of the Breath of Life, distributing it throughout the rest of the body as a type of respiratory movement. As such, the Primary Respiratory System represents a bridge between conventional anatomy and physiology and its seemingly intelligent design. We are not normally aware of the motion of Primary Respiration, as it is subtle, but during treatment, clients sometimes become aware of it for the first time as they become more and more relaxed and still."
Additionally, check out this video and think about this breath and buoyancy in the ankle joint. As Charles Ridley says in "Stillness," "A buoyant bone that freely moves in any direction is neutral."