We have been fortunate enough to have played the part of catalyst in many miraculous healings. We frequently enjoy pointing out that the miracles are not the amazing part but rather that people were even able to manifest their dysfunctions in the first place. Exquisite functioning in mind, body, and emotions is in fact the way we are designed to work. This is our birthright.
Our Patterns of Physical Transformation model is significantly different from other cybernetically organized systems of communication, and the antithesis, in some fundamental ways, from most bodywork approaches.
In relation to Neuro-Linguistic Programming, an integrated system is presupposed. Changing the mental images also produces changes in the things that you say to your self (auditory) and in your feelings and their physical correlates (kinesthetic). Similarly changing the auditory details has ramifications that change the visual and kinesthetic aspects. However, most NLP-ers have little idea how to precisely change the kinesthetics in order to affect the rest of the human being. In fact, more of the brain is involved in regulating the physiology than anything else - overwhelmingly more than the amounts of neurology devoted to visual or auditory processing. If you think about it, fundamentally all sensory inputs are kinesthetic processes, since the sensory receptors are all located in and maintained by kinesthetic physiological processes. From this standpoint kinesthetics are the most elaborate and potentially most powerful part of us for creating change. Many people unfortunately presupposed that the body is largely disconnected from the internal world of mental images and sounds. They say things like “it’s just bodywork”
One of the truisms of NLP is that a communication is best responded to in the channel in which it was sent. This usually leads to predicate matching. If you think about emotional states as kinesthetic behavioral outputs then the most elegant and powerful means of inducing and intensifying those states would be done kinesthetically. The biggest part of the process can be thought of as applying the metamodel to the kinesthetics. Another way of saying the same thing is to greatly expand and develop your sensory acuity to notice nuances and distinctions to sort out the various sets of kinesthetic outputs, one from another, so that you can be precise in your communication. With that precision comes not just more powerful states, not just precise improvements in how well you move and the health of the various parts but also the precision to reorganize your mental images and voices in precise ways.
PPT is usefully thought of as cybernetic physicality. Our trainings provide an introduction in how to “speak” to the entire brain utilizing the most widely “spoken” language of your neurology. This is the language of physical sensations, such as pressure, light touch, movement, vibration, and temperature among many others. Once you know the language you gain the potential of being able to monitor in real time the effects of each word you speak, each gesture you make, as well as the ramifications of any information-rich specific kinesthetic input.
Everyone knows that all of our physiology exhibits homeostasis, which means the body’s tendency to heal itself. Aspects of our functioning that go awry are meant to be noticed and put right. But homeostasis is an informational communication cycle, subject to generalization, deletion, and distortion. When fine enough distinctions are not made or missed altogether or jumbled into confusion then things are not set right. PPT opens up the possibilities to enrich and refine our kinesthetic physiological map of the world so that seemingly magical change easily occurs as the homeostatic mechanism is able to do its job naturally and powerfully to put things progressively more right.
Here’s an experiment for you to do:
First make an assessment of how you are. Notice the characteristics of your state and as many details of your internal world as you are able.
Stand up with your face, hips, and feet straight to the front. Turn your head gently to find out how much you can go with ease and comfort. If your easy range of movement is less in one direction than the other, notice how far you go and select that direction either left or right. If you can not discern a difference then choose the left. Do not stretch or strain at all.
Now on whichever side you have selected to help, step back with the leg on that same side, turn your hips, feet, and shoulders in that same direction, and maintain this stance. Now look with your eyes as if to see around to the side in the direction of the leg which has stepped back. Leave your eyes to the side for the time being. At this point your whole body will be turned to one side with the exception of your head. Now gently and only in a comfortable easy way turn your head to the same side as the rest of you. Notice the feel of the movement. Notice how far you turn. Return only your head to face the front and repeat turning several times, each time tracking the movement of a different part of your face, head, and neck. After you have done this head turning five or six times then return your feet, hips, shoulders, eyes, and face to the front so that you have returned to your original position. Now once again turn your head right and left to compare how much easy range of movement is present. One direction will likely be much freer now.
Turning to one side tends to preferentially boost the level of functioning of the cerebellum on that same side, which then generally boosts the functioning of the cerebral cortex on the opposite side of the body. By this mechanism certain movement patterns and types of thinking have been encouraged. These changes present physical differences as well as representational shifts. Notice which ones are most obvious for you.
When the body is forced to change configuration, as typical bodywork approaches do, we don’t observe the same kind of global shifts of internal and external functioning. Changing physically for the better is no more difficult than changing a phobia and there seems to be no end to how much better you can feel and function once you learn these techniques.
About the Perrys
Dr Ron Perry and Dr Edie Perry have been teaching their Patterns of Physical Transformation classes internationally for the last five years. With backgrounds in Chiropractic medicine, NLP, and energy healing going back thirty years, Ron and Edie have been most profoundly influenced by Dr Richard Bandler, Dr Moshe Feldenkrais, and Dr Frederic Carrick. They live and practice in South Florida and can be reached at www.PatternsOfPhysicalTransformation.com.