[Sometimes I write in silence and sometimes I add music to this ambience. I started silent and was wafted a scent of jazz organ and suddenly I hungered for Jimmy Smith. A quick search got me The Sermon. I have no idea if or how the music colors the writing but thought I should let you know a tiny bit of what's in my background as I write. Does this have anything to do with 'transparency?' Did anyone catch the above synesthesia?]

 

Chapman's Reflex Network

I first want to get off my chest an annoyance I have about the proliferation of classes and Google references to Chapman's neurolymphatic reflexes. A bizarre 19th century sciency book has become a sort of bible. Time stands still and few questions are asked. A search through more comtemporary osteopathic literature (Chapman's reflexes are in their domain) questions this neurolymph story. A deep phenomenological and orthobionomic inquiry of this reflex cohort yields a far different version of the body and its techniques. There is a kind of naivety common throughout the teachers of Ortho-Bionomy and other practices. It is an intellectual laziness. Just memorize this thin text and charts, historical documents of a 19th century version of osteopathy and you'll be fine. The points are pretty much isolated, individualized. This fits with the old view of bodies and isolated and individualized. It is an archaic story. 

 

Following the connections of the points to realize a network and reveal how it functions, what jobs it does and an entirely different structure for the body emerges, one of bodies connected, entangled, with all kinds of other bodies and beings.

 

 

[The music has stopped. I'm ready to dive into the CRN, Chapman's Reflex Network. I'm not decided yet how to begin it knowing it is multidimentsional and round (see Laws of Life). I'll take a little break, study the cartoons in the just-delivered New Yorker.][The music has stopped. I'm ready to dive into the CRN, Chapman's Reflex Network. I'm not decided yet how to begin it knowing it is multidimentsional and round (see Laws of Life). I'll take a little break, study the cartoons in the just-delivered New Yorker. This was the first cartoon I encountered (April 20, 2020 edition. The caption could also read "Don't stare too deep into a Chapman's Refelx point." This is a curious coincidence.]

When Arhtur Pauls introduced Chapman's Points I did no like them. I did not like the way he addressed them, The method he taught was very painful, inconsistent witth all other aspects of Ortho-Bionomy. He imported from osteopathy something that he thought would help fill it out, a method to address visceral issues. I did not want Chapman's Reflexes to be a part of the program we were creating and we finally struck a deal, Arthur and I and I begrudgingly accpeted Chapman's Reflexed into the program. I did not have to teach the stuff. When I got over myself over the years I undertook an intensive interrogation of Chapman's Points and learned how wrong I was. The  Chapman's Reflex Network is the very essence of self correction and I learned how to converse with and coax these delicate tendrils fo connection.

 

Playing with the CRN intersects with the body schema, isometrics, posture, Phase 7, and trauma response. Seeing it as a network rather than just a jumble of points opens us onto the world of self correction, social homeostasis, prediction

 

 

 

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