Your body has an innate reflex to protect the oldest part of the brain, the brain stem, from injury and attack
We seem to live in a semi-permanent state of needlessly stiffening the muscles of the neck as if still protecting ourselves from dangers which have long ago passed or exist only in our psyche.
As an involuntary response to perceived danger, the “Startle Pattern” is designed by Nature to be temporary
Indicators of the Startle Pattern include but are not limited to:
- Tightening the muscles of the neck so that the head is pulled back and down onto the spine
- Raising and narrowing of the shoulders as if to protect the head from getting 'cut off' - similar to a 'cringe' or a 'flinch'
- Stiffening of the arms causing them to move away from the body (abduction)
- A collapse of the chest cavity caused by the imbalance of the head on the neck
- Gasping or holding of the breath and other cardiovascular changes
- A tightening of the muscles of the buttocks and legs, causing the knees to buckle slightly