Wilhelm Reich, an Austrian psychoanalyst and Doctor of Medicine was the first to mention 'de-armouring' in the 1900`s. He worked with the physical protection shields that people’s systems build within their bodies for protection and survival. What we call armour. He was the first to really be interested in what happened when sexual energy / life force energy was suppressed
due to fight and flight responses during stress, chock and traumatic experience, tension or ‘armour’ is created in the body. In nature we see animals shaking off these types of shock but us humans we hold on to it due to our social connection nervous system.
When the ventral vagus and social engagement switches off due to a sense of threat or danger, it triggers the nervous system to function on the unsafe side in ‘survival mode’ (fight/flight or freeze). This can lead to dysfunction of the nervous system and inability to relax and be the starting point of many symptoms and diseases. This is why de-armouring is in the category of preventative health. The very root to optimal health.
De-armouring - The Pleasure Temple Method is a body-oriented therapy to transform and clear out the energetic armour and holding patterns we store in our bodies. Armour is created over time by shock, stress, thought-patterns, social programming, repressed emotion and trauma. Even though armour desensitise our experience of life, it is there for a reason. It is developed in the energy body to protect us and to survive.
With de-armouring you can go more directly to resolving the core physical root in a faster way than what most talking therapies can do. Therefore it also needs to be handled and approached with great care, awareness and embodiment.
With the Pleasure Temple de-armouring method and arts we can clear away the physical ‘shield’ when the physical, mental and emotional aspect of our being is ready. This release is the de-armouring process. With the release of these blockages, our bodies' nervous system can return to the important rest and digest state and gain a deeper capacity to feel pleasure, joy and for our life force to run more freely. De-armouring can be both external and internal, both physical, psychological and emotional.
If we don't clear out yhe armour, the side effect of living in constant fear and self-protection can then trigger parasympathetic dorsal vagal shutdown. People feel numb, lethargic and fatigued and never able to fully be in rest and digest mode. So for a lot of people the noticing and feeling part of the brain (which is aware of impulses within the body, as well as the working mind’s thought process) is switched off. This means that conscious decisions can’t be made. The person may feel stuck or ‘frozen’ in some way. This can affect a lot of areas in people's lives and in selected areas of the body where muscular holding patterns occur as physical defence mechanisms—due to the nervous system’s need to shut off and protect from feeling chronic physical or emotional pain.
This can manifest differently in different people. In the exterior you might feel like repeating patterns or being stuck not able to move forward. Physically when under psychological stress, the psoas muscle, as a core muscle, informs other muscles to be in constant readiness for fight or flight. Tension arises in different parts of the body. For a lot of women it sits in the pelvic area, in the jaw due to clenching, pain around the diaphragm due to contraction from holding the breath, stiff trapezius muscles in the neck and shoulders, around the eyes causing tension headaches and contraction in the throat.
The Pleasure Temple Dearmoring arts is effective to:
Today you will find many different de-armouring branches.
What is special about The Pleasure Temple arts is that :