PsychoSomatics is the study of the relationship between the mind and the body, particularly how psychological factors can influence physical health. It explores the connections between emotions, thoughts, and bodily symptoms. This field of study recognizes that mental and emotional states can impact physical well-being and can contribute to the development or exacerbation of various health conditions.
In this video, Thomas Myers describes the concept of spatial medicine, and the understanding that the postural form of a person is linked intimately to their mental/emotional state. This is core to Whole Body Breathing understanding - the form of the body is created by how the body is functioning and holding itself. The bones and muscle are a continuity - to fix and improve the bony form of the body would require deep muscle/fascia postural correction. Which means deep correction and/or releasing of the persons internal state.
In this video, Gabor Maté describes that personality patterns manifest as patterns in the types of illnesses which people experience. In Whole Body Breathing thought, this is the possible alternative to deep chronic tensions/traumas/stressed manifesting as lack of body and skull development. Rather that twisting up the physical form in an obvious way, they manifest in the other systems and tissues to such a degree that serious illnesses result from the physiological effects of such concentrated tensioning.
In this video, you can follow along with Tony Robbins for a quick 2 minute introduction to feeling the Posture/Mind connection:
In the following video, Amy Cuddy further explores the research behind body posture and the personality of a person
In this video, Peter Levine shows a session with a person with PTSD type symptoms, including involuntary movements and habitual reactions and postures. The theory is described that the body replays trauma over and over again as somatic signs and symptoms. Peter Levine begins to access the deeper levels of the conscious by working on the physical triggers, having the person deeply feel the physical reaction and release it.
There is a method called Trauma Release Exercises (TRE), which is used in many professional settings to release mental traumas held in the body. This method tires out the deep muscles of the psoas - which has specific significance - in order to allow the mental release.
Tying everything together to ancient knowledge, and into esoteric understanding:
So that chronic tension—which in Sanskrit is called saṅkoca, which means contraction—is the root of what we call the feeling of the ego. So that, in other words, this feeling of tightness is the physical referent for the psychological image of ourselves
From Alan Watts Lecture: