Sometimes Two Hands Are Not Enough
In Vascular Bone Therapy and bone whispering we always work from three directions in spirals. Usually by having the patient hold one percussor. After you have worked this way for many hours it feels odd and ineffective to work from two dimensions.
I began to wonder who decided physical therapy was a two handed endeavor? True, we were given two to work with. And if working from three or four directions was more effective we would have done that. Right? Yet we haven’t; so two must be as good as more. Or, are we never going to find that guy who made this decision?
To consider this, imagine this unusual scenario; a visitor from another planet arrives on earth. He is an expert healing injuries on his world. The major difference in his physiology is he has four arms instead of two. The rest of his body is just the same. Now if he wanted to practice as a bodyworker here on earth would we insist he use two arms instead of four? When I quiz people on this, the common sense answer is universal. Of course four arms would be better. He/she would be able to hold twice as many spots to work from; he could stretch from more directions etc. And I agree.
When I envision our alien, I see one tremendous advantage. His extra arms add the dimension of depth. And I believe the injuries bodyworkers attempt to heal are never in two dimensions. They are all mechanically in the forms of spirals or vortexes. But is this 3 dimensionality of injuries enough to warrant more than two hands?
I believe the answer is yes. Take, for instance, the elbow. The bicep muscle and its agoist the triceps seem to be the movers and protectors of the elbow. But this is a limited view. These two never work in isolation. They always triangulate with the brachialis, or the anconeous, or supinators: and sometimes with all the above; which would of course be quadrangulation, or pentangulation. All of which doesn’t include the ligaments and tendons. If you do not deal with at least a third angle, the elbow will not release at its deepest level.
But why does the body use vortexes in 3 dimensions? One simple reason: the triangulation produces tremendous power. Imagine the self’s dilemma. It is charged with protecting a fluid filled sack with long levers (arms, legs and neck). It must buffer the heart from tearing trauma exerted by our appendages. It must generate great grasping force in a small space. How does it do this? By using vortexes to grip at every possible angle from which injury can damage the body. If not, we tear a major blood vessel and good bye to us. Vortexes are by their very definition 3 dimensional.
In Bonewhispering and Vascular Bone Therapy we always work from at least three angles. When you do this the oddest thing happens. You begin to think in three of four dimensions. This skill is very valuable. If you find yourself working in just two dimensions, you know you are not getting it. According to the approach of Vascular Bone therapy, healing is within the relationship between the vasculature and the bones. These problems are always buried in these multi-dimensional vortexes.
So who decided to work with two hands? The answer is clear. No one did. We continued because it was too much trouble and too expensive to work with a pair of practitioners. I look upon bodyworkers who have great success using two hands with the greatest admiration. But the physical therapy of the future will employ at least three dimensions because it is closer to the reality of the body’s healing needs.