With Juan, I centred the process on the physiological sensations of the Focal Embouchure Dystonia. The central theme of the process is very individual to each client. Some clients need to focus initially on what triggered the onset of the Focal Dystonia. Others have such strong feelings associated with suffering from it that we need to begin the process with them. These individual differences have little meaning and what is important is to focus the process on the individual and unique needs of each person.
In the therapy I facilitate the client to “go inside” their brain to experience the erroneous neural connections that are causing their Focal Dystonia. As they do so they sometimes have flashbacks of difficult experiences that they have had, such as teachers, conductors or colleagues that have humiliated them, or punished and pressured them. Sometimes they are memories of experiences that aren´t directly related to playing their instrument, however, for some reason the clients brain has connected it to their muscle control. Other people just begin to experience the emotions that are related to the over stimulation of the muscles and then others only feel the physical sensations of the Dystonia.
Focal, without memories or emotions. Each of these experiences leads to the neuronal stimulation that enables the client’s brain to disconnect the erroneous connections and create new neuronal pathways to resolve the Focal Dystonia.
Juan was perhaps one of the most “text book cases” that I have had, if such a thing exists, in that he had all of these experiences.