Approche tissulaire de l'ostéopathie

Heirs to Still Being or Having?

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The Impacts of Retention

Blocked or withheld energy increase density, tension and inertia. The increase in density makes tissue structure less able to conduct energy. As a result, tissue becomes vulnerable to the flow of energy moving through it, and resists communication: the survival instinct is generating a new pattern of behavior built upon resistance and refusal. Resistance, refusal, becomes an operational strategy for survival. And, this strategy is systematically implemented as a first response each time any anomaly or danger is detected in the living system's environment. The impacts of retention include:

– Reduced consciousness (as a result of reduced exchange).
– Increased vulnerability.
– Densification, inertia, retraction (as a result of energy retention).
– Mechanical impacts. 

Creation of a non-physiological fulcrum, which alters the entire system’s mechanics.
Attraction of connected tissue.
Progressive rigidification of the body system, aging.


From the perspective of consciousness, there are two worlds: the inner and outer world. We might also call these ‘inner and outer space’, or ‘inner and outer universes’, where inner and outer are the two opposite poles of a pair that coordinates space. As far as consciousness is concerned, inner space is single-pointed. This single point being the center in which I resides.Outer space is infinite in nature and represents all that is not-I.

Information and Movement

Our model has postulated that, in order to preserve the consciousness of its existence, I must establish and maintain an exchange with its inner world (I) and its outer world (not-I), expressed in the form of influx and efflux. This exchange occurs in the form of energy, which may be defined as information in movement” (Brinette, 1992, 23 - English translation). This definition is used by bio-energetic practitioners, and I find it particularly relevant. Indeed, it encompasses the two facets - the subjective and the objective - of an identical concept. This definition helped me to see that when energy is retained, information is also retained, and to understand certain phenomena that occur when areas of retention are liberated, such as, for example, (biological or psychological) emotional discharge. Brinette describes information as a concept in motion”(Brinette, 1992, 23 - English translation). Information is not material in nature, information is meaning, significance.

The word Concept is borrowed from the Latin conceptus, past participle of the verb concipere, ‘to conceive, to contain fully’. “Intellectual representation of an objected envisioned by the mind” (Larousse Dictionnary). “General and abstract mental representation of an object. Idea (gereral), notion, representation; conception, conceptualisation: abstraction, generalisation. Concepts are not affiliated to language.” (Grand Robert). It is vital that we understand this last point: a concept is a representation of something, and this representation has no affiliation with the language used to express the concept. Such logic is useful when we communicate with living systems, which, in truth, are responding to concepts (information), not to language. We may also describe a concept as the representation that remains after an experience.

The word information also has Latin roots, borrowing from informatio “formation”, “shape”, “idea”, “conception”. The Larousse Dictionary gives the following definition: “A segment of knowledge likely to be encoded for preservation, processing or communication”, which is very close to the notion of concept. To inform is defined as “to share information” (also Larousse Dictionnary),“To give structure, form, significance to something” (Encyclopædia Universalis).

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