The Inner Landscape of a Human Body – Experiences in Human Dissection, Volume II

As more of you are becoming aware, I love anatomy and have a deep interest in dissecting the body both literally (yes, literally), and figuratively.

For me, the journey into the body is paved by a rich terrain of mystery and self-discovery. It’s all about exploration and my need to let go of what I think I know. The way a body functions, although extremely complex, should be somewhat predictable when viewed through the lens of science and all its studies. Yet, there are new discoveries emerging all the time to challenge what we think we know.

This past April when I entered the lab, my only goal for the week was to remain open to deeper learning, which meant letting go of previous beliefs on the body. As someone who works with all varieties of body in movement and stillness, I am developing a greater understanding of how structure governs function yet, just when I think I know exactly how to manage a client’s ache, I am thrown off course by a body’s individual way of healing. We’ve all been given the same ‘machine’ so to speak, but it seems that our distinctive lifestyles, emotions and beliefs influence our healing style, making it unique to us.

In the lab, we have been surprised by bodies with muscles missing, extra muscles where there ‘shouldn’t’ be one, a horseshoe kidney (where the kidneys fuse together to form a horseshoe shape), bodies with only one kidney and no evidence of there ever having been another, organs of unpredictable shape and size, evidence of bones broken and healed, joints replaced… Each of our bodies has a physical story that either affects or is affected by our way of life.

Kind of makes certainty a silly concept when it comes to healing.

What I do know is that if you have an ache (any kind of ache), it’s not a bad idea to attend to it now.