Mary Hardiman
Professional Massage Therapy

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"Understanding the Process of Fascial Unwinding" - Budiman, Minasny, PhD

Brief Summary of Points :

This article investigations the two main processes of “unwinding” the body—stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system (involuntary), and the analysis of Ideomotor action. (ideo – idea or metal thought, motor – muscular action aka Mind-body connection)

Unwinding the body aims to release musculoskeletal pain and to allow greater range of motion. In some cases, emotional release can also occur or be induced during the unwinding process.

Scientific evidence supports the effects of touch and positioning as potential “triggers” for a memory, but the memory is still “stored” within the central nervous system.(39,40) )

State-dependent memory is defined as - coming from the observation that memory in one state of consciousness cannot be recalled until the person returns to the same state) Or in other words, the phenomenon where people remember more information if their physical or mental state is the same at time of encoding/initiation of experience and time of recall.

“Unwinding occurs because tissues hold memories of trauma and the unwinding process allows the body to adjust to a new position of ease. The motions often signal the letting go of frozen stress responses and unresolved trauma.” – Sill

Self-regulation dynamic system theory and the role of the therapist in the “undwinding” process.

“The therapist works as a facilitator—inducing the parasympathetic system; paying attention to the state of the autonomic nervous system; creating unusual sensations with subtle stimulation, including immediate feedback; and involving active macro-movement participation. The indirect stimulation of the autonomic nervous system (that is, the parasympathetic nervous system), which results in global muscle relaxation and a more peaceful state of mind, represents the heart of the changes that are so vital to many manual therapies."