The trapezius is a large, flat, triangular, superficial muscle on each side of the back. A major strain to the trapezius limits the movements of your arms without pain. My client, a gymnast throughout her teen years, is searching for a way to be happy living with this new limiting range of motion. She experiences duress caused by a restrictive restraint, pulling her acutely cramped trapezius muscles. Daily activities such as washing dishes irritate the trapezius and make healing slow and difficult to progress. Susannah’s initial injury occurred four years ago when she was 24 years old, “just at the age when I should be strong, trying everything, creating my dreams and getting onto my purpose in life.” We worked for two hours, following the thread of insight, emotion and feeling triggered by our first inquiry into the definition of trapezius.
“Crying, staring at myself through the drawing makes the injury more approachable. Becoming one with the part at odds within myself. Now, I can see myself coming together.” -Susannah
The experience of art therapy with Diane was really powerful. Through the process of breaking down definitions and words that have personal meaning to me, I was able to uncover a lot of feelings and rediscover my path to healing. Diane is very warm and inviting and helps you feel comfortable to explore your emotions through the medium of art. Through drawing, I was able to connect with my injury in a way I never had before. I especially loved using the soft and smooth textures of the pastels. I hope to work with Diane more in the future.
Becoming Whole by Susannah
By my heart
A heart which holds sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress
To free from duress
Pain is the
A force that brings good fortune or adversity
Becomes happiness by chance
Or a hindrance?
Injury by overuse
Is a use for change
But can be made slow or difficult in progess
To gain freedom
Demands intensity of action
To carry out a purpose
Beyond geographical or political boundaries
Becoming whole person
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