During this time of year, with the holidays approaching quickly and our bodies adjusting to the changing climate, stress levels are at an all time high. Stress accumulates in our bodies in the form of chronic muscle contractions often out of the range of our awareness until we experience chronic soreness and pain. Thomas Hanna in his classic book, Somatics, points out that these chronic muscle contractions in our bodies result in “sensory and motor amnesia (SMA)”. SMA is a function of becoming unconscious of spinal reflexes maintaining muscle contractions and misaligned postures in our effort to adjust to injuries and chronic physical and emotional stresses. Most of these chronic contractions and postures are functional and not structural thereby lending themselves to being resolved. Resolution is attained by retraining the frontal cortex of the brain to become aware of sensory feedback in releasing muscle contractions.
Dr. Sid Jordan (Acarya Vishvamitra) has combined a career as a licensed clinical psychologist and meditation teacher since 1971. As a clinical psychologist, he taught individual, group and family psychotherapy, meditation, yoga and community psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of S. C. from 1969-93. During this period he also served for five years as director of the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services at the Franklin C. Fetter Neighborhood Health Care Center in Charleston S. C.