When I was in massage school I was taught how to work with people who, while getting a massage, may just begin crying for what seems to be no reason, but it is actually the release of emotions stored as a type of physical tension. (As explained by the instructors.) An example being a client my teacher had that began crying and knew the physical tension my instructor worked out had been from a car wreck. Later I learned of people using tension as a type of armor. Say a child is getting a stern talking to about hitting his/her brother/sister. The child may tense up and stay that way in some areas as a defense against emotional damage. Then comes the field of study. (Bioenergetics) "Emotions are a form of energy, Reich believed. If they overwhelm us, we may tense a muscle, or set of muscles, to stem the flow of feeling. The problem is that a one-time muscular defense can lead to chronic tensions when we suppress the emotion again and again. "
Then, while reading a book called Gates of Fire I came across this: "The Spartans have a discipline they call phobologia, the science of fear…Phobologic discipline is comprised of twenty-eight exercises, each focusing upon a separate nexus of the nervous system…Fear spawns in the body, phobologic science teaches, and must be combated there. For once the flesh is seized, a phobokyklos, or loop of fear, may commence, feeding upon itself…Under the oaks, in the still half-light before dawn, Dienekes practiced alone with Alexandros. He would tap the boy with an olive bough, very lightly on the side of the face. Involuntarily the muscles of the trapezius would contract. “Feel the fear? There. Feel it?” The older man’s voice crooned soothingly, like a trainer gentling a colt. “Now. Drop your shoulder.”" This seems to be a fabrication, but it seems to have merit in the world of Bioenergetics. So, I got into bed and put on headphones and listened to different songs to try and feel how my body responded to the emotions that arose. I tried to feel all of the different parts of my body. I tried to focus my mind on the arch of my foot or my toes etc, and I got the feeling that the energy that should have been focused in my toes had somehow crept higher up. I felt a lot of these seemingly misaligned points of energy. Also, I felt the fear responses to certain kinds of feelings and situations that arose in my thinking based on the lyrics. I got the feeling I could stave off these things by being more aware of them. I felt I could prevent them as they came on when I was aware of them and were I to remain so. I saw it as kind of reinforcing a sort of negative armor in the terms of bioenergetics. Thoughts?