The Metaphysical Anatomy Technique
What is MAT?
Most of us have experienced some kind of trauma throughout our lives. Sometimes this trauma comes from childhood. And sometimes we go through traumatic situations as adults.
As epigenetics indicate, trauma can also be passed down through our ancestors. This “inherited” trauma can actually change our genetic makeup. It is no surprise then, that many people experience the effects of trauma. Or that this trauma can manifest as physical pain in our body.
Trauma can manifest as physical pain in our body.
On the podcast, I interviewed Lisa LoveLight, who is a mother, a registered nurse, a certified Metaphysical Anatomy Technique (MAT) Practitioner and the founder of Sacred Self Rising and Moon Temple Retreats. Her journey led her to find healing from an autoimmune disease through MAT, so I was curious to find out more about what MAT is, how you can use it, and what it can do.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
- Helen Keller
I had not heard of MAT before and it turns out there is a lot more to it than can be explained in a short blog post. But, here is an overview of what Lisa explained to me and what I found out from Evette Rose’s materials about MAT.
Where did MAT start?
Metaphysical Anatomy Technique was founded by author, life coach, trauma release practitioner and personal development teacher, Evette Rose. She draws from personal experience with a difficult past, to help people release their trauma and move into balance and healing.
Evette has written several books. One of the fundamental ones is Metaphysical Anatomy Volume 1. She explains that it is used by universities as teaching materials, in hospitals, and by psychologists, massage therapists, and kinesiologists to help their patients. And it’s all centered around healing trauma and emotional stress.
What is trauma?
Trauma might be a hard thing to pin down. Some people might think they have never experienced trauma because they do not know what it is. And it might be just as difficult to understand the difference between trauma and stress.
For starters, Evette defines trauma as anything that makes you feel unsafe, out of control, powerless, or helpless. These are situations that trigger our body to jump into protection mode. You will likely have heard about this as the fight / flight / freeze response. It is an innate reaction that we do not have conscious control over. Certain biological things happen in our body at that time because it thinks it is protecting us from a life or death situation.
And every time you experience a situation like that, your body remembers this as a traumatic event. You will likely feel the repercussions of these events for a long time after. You might think about what happened or have negative feelings that keep coming back. And you might also experience anxiety surrounding the event. Although the event has passed, the energy of it keeps living on in your body.
The trauma cycle and MAT
Every time we experience trauma, there is also the consideration of the trauma cycle. When trauma becomes stuck within us, we may not have completed the trauma cycle. If we look at animals, for example, they fully embody any trauma they experience and move through it. The feelings may turn into shivering or shaking and animals will usually move around vigorously, to shake off the trauma. It is all part of completing the trauma cycle.
With humans, most often the heightened levels of adrenaline and cortisol experienced during a traumatic event are not released. We do not let the trauma cycle complete. This happens because the trauma cycle has been disrupted too many times and we no longer understand how to let it complete. The result is that instead of releasing the energy of the trauma, it becomes stuck within us.
So, when something traumatic happens - let the cycle complete. Send that energy and the stress hormones on their way and release them. Shake it off, shiver, exercise, go for a run, let yourself be cold, or cry as much as you need to. Your physical body will thank you for it. Because if you don’t, this is how anxiety, fear, and anger could start to manifest.
How the Metaphysical Anatomy Technique can help
MAT can be used to resolve challenges that are present for you, whether you are facing an emotional or physical problem. A session is non-invasive, very gentle, yet effective. The reason this approach is so effective is that it applies healing to the root cause of stagnant or stuck trauma or emotions. You do not have to consciously remember, activate, or relive what the trauma is for you to receive results.
MAT can help you let go of self-sabotage, that keeps you in unwanted patterns, resolving unhealthy associations with your past. Most often this is happening unconsciously, and this technique will empower your own inner healing ability. As Lisa pointed out to me, having to re-tell or re-live your trauma can reinforce the feelings in your brain and body. Not a good thing. So, using MAT, will help you release the trauma, instead of reinforcing it over and over again.
This is linked to neuroplasticity and the fact that whichever neural pathways we use most in the brain become the strongest pathways. MAT helps release the trauma, which in turn helps us use the trauma pathways less and less. As these pathways get abandoned, we can create new, more positive neural pathways to replace the trauma with.
If you feel like you have trauma stuck in your body and would like to explore a gentle technique for your healing journey, MAT could be a good option.
This can be huge, if you have been struggling with anxiety.
By addressing the root cause of the trauma without re-triggering it, trauma can be released in a very gentle way. Often, you already feel more balanced and relaxed after one session.
Trauma is a tricky thing and no matter how and where it was experienced, we all deserve a chance at releasing it.