What Makes Symphony Unique?

Posted on 15. Aug, 2011 by in Uncategorized

Symphony is the only discipline that addresses defense and its effects on the energy field, physiology and the dynamic state of the mind-body unit. Defense is a natural protective mechanism that puts the body on alert. Defense is also a physiological state that caused by stress and tension that contributes significantly to advanced aging and degeneration. Defense is resistance. It is that apprehension that you feel when you think that something bad is about to happen.

If a patient is in defense during the procedure, he is resistant to help as well. When a patient goes into a defense state, he becomes rigid and unyielding. His senses become very acute but he focuses only on things that she thinks may harm her or cause her pain and grief. This makes for a tense environment and an unfavorable experience. In the case of the chiropractic office, when a patient is apprehensive and resistant at the outset, forcing the treatment will only make matters worse. This is how patients under chiropractic care get hurt, how chiropractors get bad reputations and why the profession as a whole is looked upon unfavorably by most people.

My reason for writing this book is not to bash chiropractors or healthcare providers but to offer a solution that will create a win-win situation for both patient and practitioner as well as improve the healing experience in general.

When I started practice, I worked for a subluxation –based chiropractic group. A subluxation occurs when a vertebrae moves out of place causing pressure on a nerve, which interferes with the normal expression of that nerve resulting in illness or disease. A subluxation –based chiropractic practice focuses on removal of subluxation by manipulation and whatever mechanical means necessary to meet the objective. The doctors that I worked with were macho tough guys who liked what they did and bragged about their successes and miracles.

We used physical therapy devices to prepare patients for the adjustment that they were about to receive. These machines would shock and shake and heat or cool and traction and goad the patient so that they would be more receptive to the adjustment. My job was to then enter the room and do the deed quickly and leave. The adjustment would of course, put the patient right back into defense again. We repeated the process 24-50 times until the patient got better.

What I offer with Symphony is an alternative strategy, one that is less forceful and more graceful. I am proposing a practice that enables innate intelligence to express itself naturally. Innate intelligence is also known as energy, Universal Intelligence, instinct.

I have found that by unlocking defense, and restoring natural rhythm, the patient’s spine usually adjusts itself and I rarely have to deliver the adjustive thrust. This finding supports the Chiropractic principle of innate intelligence; that the body has the ability to self organize and heal itself. (Wikipedia)

Symphony is a simple concept; unlock the mind and body and let nature’s rhythm restore balance and harmony. Symphony may challenge you in the beginning because of its simplicity. To be effective at Symphony, you have to let go of most of your preconceived ideas about healing, moving energy and shifting consciousness.

Symphony is about moving energy and energy healing. It is more of an art than a science, more of a feeling rather than a measured outcome.  In Symphony, we want to bring the conscious mind to the front of awareness.

The Symphony model explains the conscious mind and its role in living. That conscious mind is not distracted by the gimmicks and distractions nor is it capable of rationalizing away what has occurred. It records what happens and sets defense in place to protect the body from a future incident. The old saying goes something like this; fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.   The exception to this is of course that this trauma causes the release of endorphins into the system. Some people actually get a buzz from the experience. I started to focus on this idea of defense and began looking at how it fit into the puzzle. My findings became what today is called Symphony.

Although unlocking defense is the primary objective of Symphony, don’t get the idea that we are trying to extinguish this behavior. Defense is there for self preservation. Removing defense would be like taking out organs because we think that they are not necessary. The purpose of Symphony is to unlock the cognitive mind and the body from defense. Defense causes stress and fatigue, which accelerate the aging process.  Defense uses fear as the inhibiting emotion to prevent you from exploring and new ideas or testing your limits. Defense convinces us that we are limited and therefore live in quiet desperation and fear. As we age we get closer to living in quiet despair because of the self imposed limitations of fear and defense.

What is Defense

Defense is a protective mechanism. Most defense actions involve withdrawal responses such as flinching, evading, or abandoning. Defense should be a momentary event. People get into trouble when their mind and body get locked into defense and they remain in defense long after the threat has passed.

Take for example a close call on the highway. At the moment you react to get out of the way. You are successful and the threat has passed yet you still feel your heart pounding in your chest and it takes several minutes to slow your breath down. You feel muscle twitches and your shoulder muscles are tight. You may notice that you have a headache or you go into road rage and spend several minutes expressing your shock and anger. The threat has passed, maybe as long as 5 minutes ago yet you remain locked in defense.

When you arrive home, you relive the entire experience with your spouse and experience the same physical reactions just as though it is happening in present time. Your mind and body lock into defense and it affects you physically because defense affects the entire body. That night you may have a nightmare about the incident again, which affects you yet again. The next day, you share the story with your friends at work yet again and back into defense you go. You notice the pain in your shoulders and the headache again. This is how defense can become a health issue that can affect you for many years and lead to advanced degeneration, illness and disease.

Defense is resistance, rigidity, evasive movement and reactive behavior. I was watching the news one night and the story was about kids getting flu shots in school. Some of the kids were trying hard to be brave, while others were visibly in agony. Both kids were in defense. The difference is how they controlled their reaction. We cannot turn off defense because it is hard wired into our system. We can however, learn how not to lock into defense and remain in defense against everything in the environment.

Defense that causes tension patterns originate in the cognitive mind. They are illusions of pending doom. Taken to an extreme, these are phobias or obsessions. If you have a phobia, or know of someone that has a phobia, you know how incapacitating they can be. I am afraid of heights. This is a true phobia and once I start to feel the anxiety, I know what to expect and that the only way to get out of the feeling is to get to a safe place. A phobia is an idea coupled with an emotion. Fear is a very strong emotion. It causes all kinds of physical reactions and metabolic shifts. It’s more than nervousness or unsteadiness. This is gut churning, panting, sweaty terror.

Imagine what would happen to you physically if you were stressed about job performance or you had an overbearing, micromanaging boss that intimidated you? People have developed ulcers and reflux under these circumstances. Also high blood pressure, migraines, aches and pains, frequent colds, all signs of stress indeed but the effects of defense on the body because stress causes defense.

Remember that defense is a reaction to a perceived danger or threat. In other words, the illusion of danger carries just as much defense power as a true threat. Let’s take another extreme example; a paranoid schizophrenic. This person has created so many illusions of terror and doom that he can no longer separate reality from illusion. His brain is locked in fear.

I have given you 2 examples right out of the loony bin but Symphony is not designed to treat mental illness. But take these examples and tone them down a couple of notches and you will find everyday behaviors performed by regular people. These moderate cases are passed off as quirky individuals but realize that these people suffer the same physical effects of defense as their psychopathic counterparts. Let’s take for example a person who is afraid of rats or furry rodents in general. This person will experience the same mind locking fear that a psychopath goes through when stimulated. The difference is that the normal person is able to control his behavior and can eventually unlock his brain, snap out of the terror and regain his composure.

Take this down one step further to the school teacher with a young family placed on furlough and a 15% cut in pay that has a mortgage and bills to pay. This person is feeling the stress as the purse strings tighten but, being a good soldier, trudges forward without complaint and continues to do his job even though he knows that he will not be able to make his bills. This person feels the same physical effects of defense but it is less intense and longer lasting. First he experiences a little trouble getting to sleep or sleeping peacefully through the night. Then his blood pressure starts to rise. He develops migraines and becomes more irritable and less tolerant, especially to those near to him. His fatigue begins to affect his off time and he no longer seeks recreation time with his family and tells them to forget any vacation plans this year. He continually searches for ways to stretch his dollar and look for things that he can do to fix the problem only to realize that he is not doing anything wrong, he is just a victim of circumstances. He reflects on his role as husband, father and family provider and realizes that he has failed at all of these roles. We all agree that this person is under stress and feel bad for this poor guy.

I take it one step further and look at the effects on his body as defense. When the body and mind are locked in defense, the person is unable to think creatively or solve problems. The best thing that you can do for this person is unlock his mind and body from defense and then let him create solutions that protect his dignity and allow him to care for his responsibilities.

Symphony is not about learning new secrets or tricks. It is about recognizing the gifts and talents that already exist and using them to help others realize their gifts and talents as well. In developing Symphony, my focus has not been to reinvent the wheel but rather to show you how to use the wheel in ways never before imagined.

4 Responses to “What Makes Symphony Unique?”

  1. Hana Yin 29 August 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Dear Dr. Ho

    Linda referred you to me. I am licensed Neurofeedback Therapist and I fully embrace your idea: “The Symphony model explains the conscious mind and its role in living. That conscious mind is not distracted by the gimmicks and distractions nor is it capable of rationalizing away what has occurred. It records what happens and sets defense in place to protect the body from a future incident.” so true, that is what we call it trauma imprints.

    I would like to take your seminar and would like to know if it is still possible to register?

  2. Blue Waffle 9 November 2011 at 7:52 am #

    Thanks A lot man i understand all of your content cause i working in hospitale in egypt please let me translate yout content to arabic we need it thanks a gain ,,

    • drho 9 November 2011 at 2:40 pm #

      You may translate my articles into Arabic. Hope someone finds it helpful there.


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