“[Dr. Stone’s] basic thesis is simple. Life energy must flow through the body in a smooth
uninterrupted way to maintain optimal health. When the ebb and flow of this life energy becomes blocked or interrupted, the
balance of life is disturbed and something must be done to reestablish that balance and the continuity of the free flow of
-Ray Castellino, DC, RPP
Trauma and Physical Fixations
Health is characterized by centeredness, balance, connectedness, and movement. Experiences of
traumatic overwhelm often result in functional and/or structural fixations that hinder the expression of health. These
fixations and restrictive patterns, while they may be visible and accessible in the body, extend as well to the other channels of
expression of the whole human being, including cognitions, emotions and behavior. The physical fixations might therefore be said to
contain information which has the potential to manifest in any of these other channels.
Using the Tuning Board to Reveal Fixations and Work with the Associated Information
We work in gravity with the tuning board to introduce movement at very deep levels in order to
reveal and work with these blockages and their associated information. When movement is introduced into a fixation, the
information held there may be released and brought to our awareness, and so becomes available for transformation. We then
engage with the information that is revealed, a process which leads to transformation in the direction of health.
The Tuning Board is a psychokinesthetic tool which can be used by therapists to:
Reveal traumatic fixations through movement;
Invite fuller embodiment and kinesthetic awareness in their clients;
Access the whole person through engagement with information held in postures and movement patterns;
Restore a client’s ability to use their own body as a primary resource;
Restore the flow of movement and energy, including spinal motility in its expression as a wave-like motion;
Invite authentic movement and archetypal expression in order to release obstructions.
Help clients become more flexible and resilient;
Help clients to cope better with stress and uncertainty;
Encourage creativity and increase confidence through the somatic integration of stability and
movement, tension and release, discomfort and flow;
Improve the ability of clients to self-calm when anxious.
For more on the Tuning Board’s use as a psychokinesthetic tool for therapists,
visit www.tuningboard.org .
For journal articles and other publications about the Tuning Board, visit www.tuningboard.org/Articles .
For information on upcoming trainings, visit www.tuningboard.org/TuningBoardSomaticTherapyTraining.
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