Gravity = The primary therapist
Organizing the components of the body removes the limitations that keystoned themselves into the structure. Our equipoise in space determines the efficacy of how the components of our body are working in their own systems, as well as, how they're working in relationship to the whole body. Natural alignment, or the ideal arrangement for our structure, shows up when each part is coherently working with other parts and tissue layers stay within the end range of their maximum adaptive capacity in all directions. Natural alignment serves as a moving target. Once our cells no longer hold themselves together in a random arrangement, they can use energy to expel what has been stored into the extracellular matrix. Sequestered material can be transported for elimination. We can remove the toxins, the infections, and other particles that have accumulated in our cells out into our extracellular matrix, which is the interstitial fluid that our fascial network harbors. Then these particles can leave our body via elimination pathways; mainly the skin, lungs, kidneys, and large intestine. In natural alignment, gravity moves freely through our form, and as a result of the newfound more reliable organization, we notice much sooner, or it's more obvious, if a problem has started.
Gestures describe the holding pattern that our connective matrix contracts and relaxes into. Our bodies morph into and out of gestures, sometimes they easily fall away and sometimes they become frozen in time limiting our movement capabilities. Frozen gestures accumulate into the form of our bodies over time. They can be difficult to release out of. If the gesture is felt and evident only in the upper body, the whole body especially the base of support in the lower pole, needs attention. Sometimes a frozen gesture has an emotional quality, like the person who's head hangs. They experience depression. Not only does their head hang, their ribcage sags, their pelvis narrows, and their feet function more like blocks rather than having the natural mobility that feet usually offer. Breath becomes shallow and the tissue becomes rigid in the thorax and stretched out through the lower torso. Organs have less space to do their vital functions, and the pressure differentials in the body's cavities become imbalanced. This all may occur below any level of awareness slowly over the course of years, except for the depression. Later, their knee starts talking about the disproportional force it's been bearing.
In this example, gravity has been streaming through some tissue layers with no friction and with great resistance in others. Bringing the knee joint into balance and restoring appropriate motion relieves the symptom for a time, and simultaneously, a next step of a reeducation process could consider how the pattern came into being. If we overlook the whole-body orientation, the frozenness of the gesture remains and another component of the body, usually in a deeper system, falls out of balance.
Lingering gestures overlay natural alignment, and they can be due to so many events like repeated movements, accidents, illness, acute injuries, and problems that started in utero. We can also take on other's gestures by mimicking the movement patterns of our parents as children and those we love to spend time with into adulthood. Over time, the layers of these gestures can encapsulate someone's structure so much so that the present moment cannot be faced without great effort. Over time, it becomes very difficult to aptly explore the space around, to move without pain and frustration.
Global gravitational resonance can thaw a frozen gesture that has formed up, however long ago it began. We can also find our way to an integrative state that is closer to our natural alignment. Form and function are two sides of the same coin. It's the form that determines how things behave in our body, holistically and down to the cellular level, even the components inside the cells. The shapes of our enzymes decide the efficacy of the proteins they change. Gravity moves through the body and the all-encompassing force can uptake the past gestures into the livingness of the present moment. We integrate what's stuck in time and space when we're in a coherent relationship with the electromagnetic field of the earth.
"[The man] can experience to his own satisfaction that his psychological hang-ups are literal thorns hooked in literal flesh. They can disappear as the flesh changes, as the barriers within the flesh are disengaged, and as the free flow of body energy and fluids is established."
- Dr. Ida Rolf