After his third treatment visit, the young man suffering with anxiety and depression from the May 3 post reported that his neck hurt because “he slept wrong.” In reality he was beginning to peel his oral onion, the many layers of fascial strain in his mouth and neck.
Throughout the session, I listened to his fascial web connecting his sternocleidomastoid muscles, scalenes, hyoid, mandible, and tongue, all critical for proper breathing, speaking, and swallowing.
As these layers were releasing, he felt gradual improvement. When the fascia in his upper right quadrant strained hard into the right side of his tongue, his head was literally lying on his right shoulder. When that strain released, he could take a much deeper breath.
He continued to return to that bizarre position in therapy, seemingly a place of comfort. From past clinical experience I believe that he was stuck in utero there for an extended period of time. His body remembers that fascial strain in the space-time continuum, and I am helping him to gradually release it now.
He would have been a challenging newborn in therapy, but how much better his life would have been with the work at birth. I feel sad for the millions of similar patients, suffering with life-altering fetal fascial strains and who will never experience this therapy. I trust that God is in control.
In the Gillespie Approach we are always looking for the root cause of the problem and not trying to manage it with drugs, technology, and surgery. Health care practitioners currently do not generally connect adult or childhood conditions with causative birth trauma. That thinking needs to change.
Every infant’s fascial web holds the memory of her/his in utero, labor, and delivery physical and emotional traumas. Since s(he) knows innately how to heal herself/himself, the provider just needs to listen to the body and facilitate the corrective process.