Imagine you are a gazelle out on the plains, grazing along and all around having a pretty good gazelle day. Suddenly you get a sense that something is off, the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, you sniff the air and get a whiff of big cat on the breeze. Your body shifts into high alert, diverts all energy to your senses, elevates your adrenaline and prepares you to either fight or run to save your life.

This natural process we call "fight or flight" has been going on for millions of years. In our gazelle experience, if the predator stalked away instead of in our direction or even if it came at us and we were able to run away, this high alert experience would be followed by a period of shaking where our gazelle bodies would dissipate adrenaline and fear left over from our near death experience. After the shaking ends we'd go back to a relaxed state of open focus, calm and grazing as if nothing happened.

If you'd been a human instead of a gazelle and a lion had tried to eat you, you probably wouldn't let yourself shake to release the adrenaline (especially if you had an audience) because humans mistakenly see any lack of self control as a weakness. You'd likely be traumatized by your brush with death. Thinking about it constantly, feeling a victim even though you survived, maybe taking pain killers and anti-anxiety meds to deal with the constant fear that the big cat is around every corner.

The truth is most of us are constantly going through some version of this. Stuck in a loop of fight or flight whether we realize it or not, spinning around and around our unfinished business from the past. This is why during or after a good MFR treatment you may start to shake, you may feel freezing cold or burning hot. As we release the tissues and let your body unwind it will go back to the physical processes that were occurring within you when you were originally injured or traumatized.

To be continued...