Mind over Matter by Sophia Kupse

Misbah Akhtar

Sophia Kupse

Relieve physical neck, shoulder and back pain with a return to the inner self. Holistic practitioner and author Desperately Seeking a Pain Free Self explains how…

How many people suffer acute and chronic neck, shoulder and back pain that cannot be explained by medics?

Millions of people in the UK suffer every year with acute and chronic neck, shoulder and back pain. It has become one of the most common causes of long term sickness among workers. Medics primarily look for injury, trauma or disease to justify such pain. However, when no such source can be connected to the pain, doctors through growing research are now recognising that back pain has a clear link to stress.  According to NHS Choice magazine, conditions such as lower back pain are known to be triggered or made worse by psychological problems such as stress, anxiety or depression. In my daily clinic, 95% of patients I see to treat their pain have no known association with any trauma and no understanding of why they began to feel pain.

What is Muscle Memory?

Muscle memory is not memories stored in your muscles, but in your brain. It is the memory of movement stored in the part of the brain that controls movement, the Cerebellum. The Cerebellum contains millions of neurons called Perkinje that receive signals from two hundred thousand other sensory cells under muscles that regulate motor movement in the body. The cerebellum coordinates voluntary movements such as posture, balance, coordination, and speech, resulting in smooth and balanced muscular activity.

When we learn tasks such as riding a bike, playing an instrument, learning a song, you spend hours on end practicing to ensure it is right. The muscle memory doesn’t judge whether you’re doing good or bad, however, if you practice a song poorly for hours on end, you’re going to be really good at making the same mistakes over and over again. When you repeat mistakes again and again, you build a muscle memory with those mistakes. That makes those mistakes even harder to overcome later. This is one reason why the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is often true. The key to building good muscle memories is to focus on the quality of the quantity.

The same sensory cells connected under these muscles which send messages to the brain to activate movement are also downloading our thoughts down the same line. Knowing that muscle memory not only corresponds to physical motion, but also our emotions, is key to preventing physical pain at all levels.

Explain a little more about how inner negative chatter can influence physical pain?

When we feel stressed we start a negative conversation within our self, recalling the challenging event triggers the release of adrenaline and cortisol activating the body’s ‘fight and flight’ response. As we are not using the additional adrenaline to ‘run’ it converts to lactic acid and stores in the muscle groups of the back, as they are the biggest muscles of the body. The more negative we feel, the more tension we carry in the body, as it reflects our mood. Holding on to negative emotions such as anger, shame, fear, frustration, guilt, allows lactic acid to build in the muscle, creating trigger points commonly known as knots. These knots eventually build till they put pressure on the sensory nerves. The nerves send a message to the brain and we feel our physical pain in the corresponding area. The more positive we think, by practising daily gratitude and meditation, the more we release good endorphins that heal the body and prevent physical pain.

How can history from childhood to the present day directly affect physical back pain?

In psychology, we are the parent to the adult and inner child within us. The inner child lives in the subconscious mind and the adult in the conscious mind. Between the age of 3 and 8 we learn our cognitive behaviour patterns from our parents. Any negative challenging events from our childhood is stored in our subconscious mind and held in our muscle memory. If left untreated, it can affect our behaviour patterns in later life. For many people who have had a difficult childhood, any negative emotions from that period of time, such as a poor relationship with siblings, parents, school, peers, will surface as they evolve into adults and deal with responsibilities and modern day pressures such as a home, job, family, finance, relationships. We draw on our past memory to help make decisions using both subconscious and conscious mind. If for example in childhood you were told that you were a failure in anything you did, that person carry’s the fear of failure within them. They develop a poor relationship within them self, self sabotaging important events in their life leading to self destruction in the form of alcohol, drug or food abuse. Fear is a negative emotion that will eventually grow and lead to physical pain. Remember, negative emotions activate adrenaline; unused adrenaline turns to lactic acid to form knots, that eventually put pressure on the sensory nerves under the muscles that cause ‘unknown’ pain.

Why do readers need to understand their inner child?

By understanding your inner child you begin to understand who you really are as a person. The inner child lives in our subconscious mind and is aged five. The inner child is our gut feeling, it is our ‘pure’ self it is honest and never lies. When making decisions we always are asked to go by our ‘gut’ instinct and we are never wrong. The more you get to know you, the more you get to learn how to value, respect and love yourself. The more you can do this; you can then begin to do the same to others. By understanding our inner child we become better people, we lead happier, fulfilled lives and our focus is on the positive. A more positive life is a life with less physical and emotional pain. 

Would you advise readers to self diagnose muscular pain?

Once a person has been down the usual route of investigation and medics have drawn a blank to their muscular pain, a person needs to then look at their emotional life and see if stress has been a part of their journey. Clients asked me to incorporate diagrams in my new book so that they could always refer back to checking the location of their muscular pain and see who, what and where it related to in their neck, shoulders and back. We need to start taking responsibility for our own health and looking at all avenues of self healing. Western medicine most definitely plays a significant part into understanding our pain and what is available to recover from it, however, when a person has been down all avenues and still is suffering then they need to look if their lifestyle as well as emotions has contributed to their pain and in knowing that can start on their road to recovery. 

Tell us a little more about LT Therapy which you’ve developed?

The ‘Langellotti Tri-Therapy’ or ‘LT Therapy’ as it is generally known, is an extension of physiotherapy and psychotherapy. This dual treatment combines manipulation, volcanic heat and ice marble to reset muscle memory in the neck, shoulders, mid and lower back. I developed this advanced technique which identifies why certain muscles become repeatedly blocked to create acute and chronic pain. By using this method I’m able to pinpoint what emotional links relate to the area of muscle causing the physical pain.

All three applications are required to reset muscle memory. Manipulation to source the location of the pain accurately, volcanic heat to transcend deep into the muscle pocket and loosen toxins held in the area of acute or chronic pain and finally, ice marble to rehabilitate the muscle, resetting muscle memory to a positive state.

As I work through the process, I can identify emotional links from childhood to the present day, which corresponds to the client’s memory. I teach the client the importance of understanding the relationship we have within our self, the bond between the inner child, subconscious mind and adult, conscious mind. By allowing the client to recognise people, places and events they have held onto from their past that created their pain, they can begin to work through a positive program after the treatment to reinstate well being in the mind and body, to prevent future pain.


Desperately Seeking a Pain Free Self by Sophia Kupse is available via Amazon and Kindle priced £7.99.

To book an LT Therapy appointment with Sophia at her clinics in Harley Street and Bradford visit www.themusclewhisperer.co.uk

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