Lowen Systems: Dynamic Manual Interface

Simple Overview of DMI from Symposium

Fundamental to what we do is the following:

The Human body is inherently designed to be self-organizing, self-regulating, and self-correcting.

These activities, or indeed, any physiological activity generates subtle motions within the tissues and systems of the body.  These motions can be perceived, followed, evaluated, and activated toward more optimal functioning.  This occurs through what we would term as “self-correction”.

What does “self-correction” mean?  It means that the body can potentially re-organize itself continuously toward better or optimal functioning.  From our point of view, sometimes intervention or assistance in this process is required.

The human hand has more sensory receptors than any other area of the body.  We have no idea of the potential of well trained and heightened sensory manual awareness.

When we feel subtle movements within the tissues, we can further learn to identify and isolate those activities related to self regulation and self correction.  In addition, we can stimulate, enhance and help to direct this activity toward any tissue that is temporarily impaired in its functions.  “Temporarily impaired” simply implies that the tissue is not functioning properly but has the capacity to change itself back to a more functional state.

I have seen this recently with a woman who sustained a severe injury to her foot more than sixty years ago, when she was a child.  We have been able to restore approximately 70-80% of her normal foot function.  The regenerative capacities of the body are sometimes quite amazing if we can engage and mobilize the forces within.

To achieve this, we track several types of nerve function, vascular function and, on occasion, some other systems, such as hormonal.  These functions can be palpated as specific subtle motions within the tissues, which manifest as rhythms as they pass through and influence the tissues.  As I stated before, we can palpate these, perceived where they are blocked in their function, and engage them toward self-correction.