Our contemporary world brings us an extra ordinary opportunity to experience and choose amid a wide range of therapeutic schools or modalities the one that suits us when we look for professional help:
From analysing or behavioural psychotherapy, through humanistic and Emotionally Focused Therapy to Gestalt.
From Alexander Lowen’s Bioenergotherapy through Holotropic breathwork by Stanislav Grof to Transactional analysis (TA) by Eric Bern.
From Bert Hellinger’s Family Constellation, through humanistic Family Therapy by Virginia Satir or Salvador Minuchin to Internal Family Systems Therapy by Richard C. Schwartz.
From Peter Levin’s Somathic Experiencing (SE) through Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) to Schema Therapy.
From Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to Subcellular Psychobiology.
What is Subcellular psychobiology (SP)
The Subcellular psychobiology and Peak States approach is based on a breakthrough discovery of a primal cell. The functions and components of that cell are as much complicated and compound as any other cells, but the revolutionary difference is that the cell is housing our conscious.
“Our observation is consistent with the biologist Bruce Lipton’s conclusion that cells in the body derive their instructions from outside of themselves. Consciousness in the primary cell observes its internal environment while simultaneously observing the external world.” G. McFetridge
The condition, state and functioning of the cell is mirrored by our emotional and physical health and vice versa. It means that when all processes inside the cell work properly and inner communication between organelles is optimal and fluent, we experience calmness and inner peace, satisfaction and fulfilment in any aspects of our life. Although, any disturbances within the cell or organelles will cause problems, which we experience as emotional and /or physical discomfort, suffering, pain, disorder or illness.
It sounds complicated but you do not need to be advanced in biological knowledge in order to benefit from subcellular psychology therapy. During a session you focus on your symptoms and a therapist guides you through particular healing techniques that include staying in your Centre of Awareness, tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points (EFT), maintaining natural but conscious breathing to your diaphragm, practicing ‘Loving yourself & self-gratitude stream’.
If you would like to learn more about subcellular biology, it might be helpful to watch this amazing video about life of a cell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG0scBq_xIY
Subcellular psychobiology modality is a short term therapy which means, it helps you to sort out and heal a particular problem or a chosen aspect when the issue is complicated or complex.
In the beginning you will be asked to fill the ‘before sessions forms’ in as well as to clarify the issue and the intensity of your symptoms on SUDS scale (A Subjective Units of Distress or Disturbance Scale from 0 – no problem to 10 – extreme distress or pain).
After healing each symptom will be checked again on the SUDS scale to notice changes and find out if any of the feelings keep their power and still drive you. If there is more than one problem you will be asked to choose the one that seems to be the most important and needs to be healed first.
Also, you will establish the purpose for the sessions. Usually the goals are: to have your traumatic symptoms disappear and emotional reactions calmed down, to feel more relaxed in day-to-day life and release unsuitable patterns or beliefs, to improve relations with yourself and other people, be able to express assertively your own needs, emotions, thoughts or values and share them freely with others.
The outcome should be realistic and achievable. Sometimes, you may want to change your goal as after healing you will discover that now something else is more important for you.
Peak States processes are intensive therapeutic work undertaken in non-invasive regression to key developmental events, in preconception or prenatal periods, in order to obtain, regain or stabilize particular peak state or ability. Processes require knowledge of techniques that are used during standard sessions.
The Centre of Awareness.
The phenomenon called the Centre of Awareness (CoA) is the spot or area of your body, where you feel your inner self the most, where your attention is focused and where you perceive the outer world from.
Take your hand, and put your palm in front of your body like a small mirror and starting slightly above your head move slowly your hand down your body until it resonates with you: ‘Oh yes, here I am’. Continue moving your palm downward and notice how it feels like you are no longer mirroring at where you are in your body.
Usually the CoA is concentrated in a spot or area from the head to belly, but it can be also split into two locations, spread out or diffused over an area, as well as be uniformly distributed throughout to completely fill your whole body. Although, sometimes it can be also outside the physical body.
The Centre of Awareness can move itself in different circumstances during the day but usually we do not notice that. We can also move CoA voluntarily. Now, when you have recognized your CoA, and it is, let’s say, in your head, move it intentionally to your heart. Then to your solar plexus and your tummy.
The relaxation exercise below will help you to get more fluent in moving your CoA throughout your body. It will also enable you to observe your inner world from different perspectives.
During therapeutic sessions we move CoA to the particular areas and organs to recognise symptoms, stuck or frozen emotions in your body and work on them.
Relaxation exercise with CoA
Find a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted for at least 30 minutes. Turn off the phone. You may turn the lights down. It’s helpful to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Lie down comfortably, with your back flat, and legs extended and uncrossed and your arms along your body.
Start out by taking a few deep breaths into the abdomen. Just notice the breathe. Do a simple check-in of your emotional state, your thoughts, and where your CoA is now located in your body. Just notice, without judgment or expectation.
Focus your attention on your right leg. Direct there your breath – imagine that your leg breaths and the air goes into every cell, tissue, bones, muscles, joints and also to skin on your leg. Now, move your awareness to your left leg and let it breathe and get relaxed. Let the air get to into every cell, tissue, bones, muscles, joints and also to skin on your left leg.
Move your attention to your pelvis, abdomen and lower back area. Imagine your inner organs, their shape and functions. Let them get relaxed, with every breathe you direct to them.
Put your awareness now to your stomach, diaphragm and solar plexus. Observe how they expand when you breathe in and gently sink in when you breathe out. Notice if there is any tension or discomfort and consciously let yourself to release them.
Focus your attention on your chest, your heart lungs and upper back, shoulders and arms. Take same deep breathes. When you inhale let the air spread to the organs, relax and gently massage them. When you exhale, allow the air take and get rid of any kind of toxin and heaviness from your body, mind and emotions. Let them go. Direct your breathe to your arms and hands, to cells and tissue, to muscles, bones and joints and to your skin.
Move your awareness now to your neck, throat, jaw mouth, nose and ears. Make some faces, open wide your mouth, close, pretend whistling and kissing, show your teeth, smile and laugh out loud with pauses for nice deep breathes. At the end, take a deep breath in and as you exhale, slowly, gradually release all of the tension, until every last bit has left your neck and face.
Think about your eyes, eyelids, eyebrows, your forehead, your whole skull and hair. Keep breathing while you close and squint your eyes, open them and wink, lift your eyebrows up and down. Focus your attention on your skin and hair, send there your breath and feel it gently tingling or itching.
Move your awareness on and above the top of your head. Can you send there your breath and relax this area? How does it feel? Notice all sensations and emotions that you can experience. Spend a few moments studying and appreciating them as we do not feel consciously this area very often.
Take a few slow, deeper breaths, let yourself to be aware of the sensations throughout your body and allow your Centre of Awareness to go to the spot where it was before the relaxation or where it resides usually.
When you are ready stretch and get up.
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