Brain maps are ways that we connect with our bodies. They differ for each person and affect their awareness and involvement in the healing process. Dancers have unique access to brain maps by connecting physical, emotional, spacial, and intentional parts of the brain. For this reason, I suggest practitioners who have an experience with dance or experience with working with dancers.
Here is a rough list of brain maps for identifying healing:
POINTS OF PAIN. This is the easiest to identify. This map can be accessed by deep pressure therapy and by the opposite principle of light touch used in accupressure and Craniosacral Therapy.
MERIDIANS or connecting lines between pain points. The awareness of these maps can be developed by work with accupuncturists, chiropractors, and Craniosacral therapists. Often a pain in one part of the body is related to or caused by a dysfunction in another part of the body.
ANATOMY MAPS. An awareness of how muscles, bones, and tendons connect is developed in Pilates which concentrates on stretch and strength and Zhealth which activates the nerves deep within the joints. Massage and Craniosacral Therapy adds more information and sensation.
MOVEMENT MAPS. For healing, crossing the mid line of the body activates more healing energy. I use a healing movement from Tai Chi Chuan to encourage free movement of brain signals throughout my body. Palms facing each other, I move them in figure eight patterns crossing my body from side to side. My arms criss cross my body traveling up above my head and down to my knees. To double the crossing of the mid-line, I turn my head and hips towards the opposite direction my hands are moving. Dance is a way to access and develop these maps as they connect to emotional areas of the brain.
LEFT BRAIN/RIGHT BRAIN MAPS. Healing can be transfered from one side of the body to the other by moving the parallel healthy area on one side of the body to train a dysfunctional or injured part on the other side.
TOUCH MAPS. Touching oneself and being touched activates an added attention to areas that need healing. Touch maps can be activiated by the memory of the places that were touched during significant sessions of massage, Craniosacral therapy, chiropractic, osteopathic adjustments, and even use of electrical and magnetic devices.
HEAT MAPS. An awareness of parts of the body that hold more or less heat is subtle but can be seen in imaging devices and discovered in accupuncture and through Craniosacral Therapy as well as other hands on healing arts. Training can give access to these maps.
LIGHT MAPS are a result of meditation that allows a person at rest to mentally explore their body in detail and bring bright light to an area that needs healing. Some training in prayer and meditation is suggested in order to deal with unexpected intensities within us.