What Is Cellular Memory and How De We Create It?
Science has quite recently proven the existence of cellular memory. Injuries, surgeries, adversity, and stress from living in an industrialized world create cellular memories. They can greatly affect how we function because although time heals the physical injury, movement limitations and emotions associated with the memory remain. For instance, a client that was in therapy for years because of sexual abuse did not feel fully recovered until the cellular memories were resolved. The beauty of cellular memory is that once resolved you are left with just a memory and no associated emotional triggers or physical limitations.
Resolving Cellular Memories
Resolving cellular memories through the body is all that most of us need. I have helped many clients resolve cellular memories associated with car accidents, physical and emotional abuse, chronic back pain, myriad injuries, and more. It sounds simplistic to say cellular memories can be resolved by changing how you move, but it is congruent with the way your brain works. What makes it challenging for most of us is that we must revise our entire belief system around the mind-body connection. Because of the way we treat the body like a machine that is ‘controlled’ by the mind most of us are unaware of how to resolve cellular memories. We must switch the process around to allow what we feel as we move to inform the mind of what needs to change. Sound easy? Try the following:
- Lift your arm up as if you are reaching for something. What stops the arm from reaching higher? Do you feel stiff, sore, or tight in the arm itself? Is the neck or shoulder contracted?
- Let the arm go for a moment and this time when you reach go slowly and notice which muscles you feel. Further contract a muscle you feel by moving the arm in a way that engages the muscle even more. Where else in your body are you using muscles? Can you feel the belly muscles tightening? What about your other arm, or your buttocks, ribs, or legs? Does contracting muscles further make it easier or harder to reach? Do you hold your breath? Do you lift your arm similar to the person in the picture? Can you think of a way to lift the arm that might be easier?
- Try lifting the arm in other ways and notice what feels easier and what does not.
- Reach up your normal way. Notice what stops the movement, and how your neck, shoulders, chest, jaw, and the arm itself feel. Put a weight in your hand, reach up and notice how long it takes to feel fatigue.
- Reach the arm up and turn the elbow toward your center. Notice if that relieves the tightness of the muscles in your neck, upper back, and the top of your shoulder. Reach higher and notice what else becomes involved. Put a weight in your hand, reach up and hold it for a bit. Do you fatigue as quickly when you hold the elbow turned toward your center versus your normal way of reaching up?
- By turning the elbow inward, you are less able to lock it and more likely to bear skeletal weight. Reach higher and feel how your ribs get further apart as the torso lengthens on one side. Turning the elbow in and reaching further must engage other parts of the skeleton. Once one independent part hits its limit other parts of the skeleton must engage to further your range of motion.
To resolve cellular memories in the body means we must:
- Connect with how it feels to move
- Respond to what you feel the way your brain expects you to respond
- Understand how your structure is optimally organized for movement
- Integrate five essential elements into all movements
Children naturally learn the way their brain functions, but by the time we are adults we have disconnected from our natural learning in varying degrees. A new book called Getting Smarter – It’s Not What You Think is a practical guide that shows you how to reconnect your mind with your body the way you evolved to function.
Becoming Just Like New Again
Science confirms that we have cellular memories stored in our body and that damaged cells can be made ‘like new’ again. Every individual can restore optimal movement patterns by overcoming limitations associated with trauma and injury and get the added benefit of creating better cells. As the way you move improves you will feel younger as the ease in your movements transition to be as good or better than before.