I love to experiment. I feel really fortunate to know people who welcome my freehand style of Eden Energy Medicine (EEM). Recently I have loved exploring an Applied Kinesiology (AK) method called "Injury Recall Technique" (IRT) and adding Energy Medicine understandings to the process. I notice that IRT is very similar to an Eden Energy Medicine protocol called "Ancient Echoes."
Ancient Echoes, EEM
In the Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practicum, I soaked up the demonstration sessions given by advanced practitioners. One such session, given by Sandy Wand, involved a technique called Ancient Echoes, which alternates between offering a release of static energies in the neck and moving the client's leg away from their body. The leg movement is one way to talk with the Circulation-Sex meridian: with the client on their back and legs together, slowly swing one leg to the side, to the edge of their comfort zone, and note how far they can extend. Then return the leg to rest on the table. The Circulation-Sex meridian is Triple Warmer's Yin partner, and its job is to protect the heart and to manage the circulation of fluids, energy and hormones. The muscles of the hips are governed by Circulation-Sex, and its state of balance directly affects the harmony of the root chakra. As the neck releases tension, Triple Warmer energy is liberated, and Circ-Sex disseminates this freedom into all the joints, which is clearly shown by how much farther the leg can be moved.
Injury Recall Technique
The Ancient Echoes demonstration session was beautiful and profound, but mostly I filed away the information. Since being introduced to the Injury Recall Technique, the Ancient Echoes work is filtering up into my awareness again. Bear in mind, I didn't take a class; this You Tube video is how I learned IRT: Injury Recall Technique
I don't know what else might be taught in an official AK class to round out my understanding about IRT. But, what I see is that the Injury Recall Technique is very similar to Ancient Echoes in that the leg is moved to the end of its range of motion, and a neck release is offered. With IRT an old injury is energy tested by therapy localizing. To use therapy localizing, touch a place on the body from which you want to get information, and communicate with it via muscle-energy testing. The test results are usually strong until the head is moved into extension (the client tilting their chin up). If the test goes weak with the head held in extension, this indicates there is muscle memory of the trauma remaining in the location that is therapy-localized. Then the old injury site is held lightly while a neck release clears the muscle memory of old trauma.
I understand that although an injury has healed enough to return functionality, there is often energetic residue of trauma that continues to signal disharmony through the body, which can lead to a cascade of repercussions. It feels to me as if resolving these cellular memories from the muscle fibers and the spinal meningeal system is removing obstacles to cure. When someone has done seemingly effective work to heal themselves, and a disharmony pattern remains, IRT can help to clear the templates that have been acting to restore the imbalances, like a glitchy forgotten computer program left running in the background, causing various levels of havoc.
Integrating and Expanding
Comparing the techniques, I feel such gratitude to have a deeper Energy Medicine understanding of the systems impacted by this work. I started clearing my own old injuries, surgeries, and areas of recurring weakness with IRT, beginning with a general energy balancing (as in the Daily Energy Routine of EEM), and ending with tracing lots of figure 8s and painting luminous hearts in my field. I find it most effective for me to do the head-nodding while sitting, using gravity as an ally when working on myself.
Sometimes I notice that the energy test following the correction phase isn't really solid. It feels like a "somewhat" rather than a "yes we're done!" kind of communication. So I started observing which energy systems seemed most involved with the injury site and asking the client to hold key areas that bring in more support to those systems. For instance, if the injury was in the ankle it is often along the Bladder meridian, so I might suggest my client place a fingertip on the Bladder Alarm Point and hold their other hand around their ankle while I offer the head-drop. Alarm Points, also called Mu points in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), are powerful holding tanks of energy for each meridian and have far-reaching therapeutic benefit. I also consider involving other energies that pass through the ankle area, such as the Regulator and Bridge Strange Flows, another system given us by TCM, and ask the client to touch key points on their bodies that communicate with these restorative Flows.
Even if the eyes haven't been directly injured, I find that old head injuries, whiplash and emotional trauma can leave traces of cellular-memory disturbance in the eyes. I found that when clearing the eyes, the test may go weak with the person looking in a direction other than straight ahead. I let the client cup a hand over that eye while they hold their vision in the direction that brought on a weak test, while I provide the head-drop stretch. When we have cleared it, they test strong with their eyes turned to any direction with their head in extension.
A person I work with has had chronic hip pain for about two years. After doing my blended IRT and EEM with him, his pain level dropped from 5 to 0. He was very surprised and pleased. Since then, the pain has crept back up to a 1 or 2. This brings me to wonder: is the body shedding cellular memories in layers? When the body is ready, will another level of subtle body memory arise to be cleared?
Another client seems to illustrate that this may be happening, at least sometimes. She had badly sprained an ankle about eight years ago. When we had an IRT/EEM session, we worked through all the injuries she could remember, and she felt much more "herself" afterwards. She slept better, and her chronic neck and shoulder tension eased. Several days after the session, she reported that her ankle spontaneously started swelling and bruising, as if it were manifesting the sprain "from memory." She did IRT for herself, pinpointing all around the ankle each time she treated herself with the head-nod. After this, the bruising and swelling receded within an hour.
For me, these techniques are blending and expanding still. It makes so much sense to me that muscle and cellular memory is held in place by Triple Warmer, since Triple Warmer meridian travels along the neck. Combining Ancient Echoes neck releases while therapy localizing areas of injury communicates a deeper shift in habits directly to compromised areas. It also makes sense to work with the throat chakra, by extending and flexing the head, because not only is the neck rich in proprioceptors which hold muscle memory, but the throat chakra is where our systems send all the stories we need to tell. Here is a way to set some of our painful stories free.