7 Belts of Tension / Energy Centers

 In this section, we explore the way that our physical body expresses stressors and detail the ways that our modalities work to re-balance these physical stressors within the body.

Here is a brief explanation of stressors and their physical impacts, followed by an explanation of how this modality assists those with these stressors.


Ocular Segment: All the muscles of the eyes and eyeballs, the forehead, the cheeks, the scalp, temples and the occipital lobe (the center of vision in the brain).

  • Emotional Expression: suspicion, amusement, contempt, detachment, guarding, fight, anger, and grief.

Oral Segment: mouth, chin, nose, jaw, ears.

  • Emotional Expression: contempt, disgust, longing, desire, fear, pain, anger, connection, self-awareness and presence.

Cervical Segment: deep neck muscles, the tongue and its operational muscles.

  • Emotional Expression: self-pity, helplessness, longing, hurt, fear, pain, rage, freedom and creativity, self-expression.

Thoracic Segment: Intercostal muscles, the large chest muscles (pectorals), the shoulder muscles (deltoids), the muscles around the shoulders and scapulas, the arms, the heart and the lungs.

  • Emotional Expression: deep heart feelings, grief, mourning, longing, love, fear, rage, anger and joy.

Diaphragmatic Segment: the diaphragm, the stomach, the solar plexus.

  • Emotional Expression: pain and pleasure, the blocking of the diaphragm is significant because it cuts the body in two, and cuts all sensing and feeling of the lower segments, such as sexual feelings, excitation, rage, hate, terror, strength and empowerment.

Abdominal Segment: the large abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis), the transversus abdominis, which runs from the lower ribs to the upper margins of the pelvis, and in the back, the lower section of the muscles which run along the spine (latissimus dorsi and sacrospinalis).

  • Emotional Expression: pain, fear, pleasure, trust, all feelings about nourishment and being nourished, relaxed in the center.

Pelvic Segment: almost all the muscles of the pelvis: the genitals, urinary tract, the buttocks (gluteus maximus), the adductors and abductors (in the thighs), hamstrings, and lower legs.

  • Emotional Expression: sexual feelings and arousal, sense of power, anger, rage, anxiety, terror, panic, pleasure.


Believe-in-Breath (BIB) utilizes the BBTR approach, focusing on releasing these belts of tension (segments) in a systematic way moving from the top-down. This creates a pathway for the repressed and bound sexual energy to rise up the body as it is released. 

The nature of energy is to keep moving. It finds the path of least resistance. Just like a water stream flowing where there’s space for it available. Therefore it is important to clear the pathway for the movement of this energy. When we unblock this pathway of movement, we free up the muscular constriction and, in the process, release emotional blockages associated with this muscular tension. This, in essence, is trauma release.

In each session, we focus primarily on one segment but include the adjoining segments as well. This approach supports the energy opening throughout the whole body. Sometimes when energy is charged and emotion starts being released in one segment, the body has the tendency to contract in another segment.

Usually higher in the body, this hinders a spontaneous release. This kind of defense has functioned throughout childhood as an intelligent protection, as in hindering the expression of anger, sadness, or even sometimes joy if circumstances would have been threatening for the child to open up these emotions.

The client can now learn to understand the process in his or her own body and begin to trust that the unconscious, instinctive protection is not needed anymore. Whatever has been repressed, can be exposed and expressed. Through this process the breather can become ready to finally deal with deep loss, grief, and trauma that was inaccessible up until now due to not having a safe container for release.

Through expression, the bound up energy can be released and an incomplete ‘Fight or Flight’ response can be completed. One may come out of immobility or a ‘freezing’ response that is stuck in the body. With completing these previously incomplete responses, body movement integration can take place.


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