CAT has helped many practitioners resolve injuries by directly confronting these root causes. For the same reason, it can be very challenging. We have all developed ways of feeling safe in our state of injury, and CAT requires us to let go of the stories we tell ourselves, of the control that we want to have over these sensitive parts of our bodies and identities. We move directly into places that we have worked around for a long time, sometimes years. It can be difficult to find inspiration to enter or stay in this process when injury itself is so challenging, but it is a life-changing experience.
The transformation we talk about is based on the changes we experience in our bodies, specifically in the spine. The back of the spine works in relation to gravity, and this relationship makes it possible to transport loads during labor. The front of the spine supports sensitive areas in our bodies, like the belly (associated with feelings of internal rest) and the chest (associated with feelings of internal space or lightness). CAT makes use of specially developed props that release the spine and restore its connect to gravity and our inner selves. There is a clear feeling of physical and psychological change for everyone in the class, and the changes occurs in the same part of the spine for everyone. The uniformity of this experience means the teacher is able to discuss the process of change in detail. The anatomical change increases mobility and stability in the body, and the psychological change gives a new meaning to the body. Negative feelings, like doubt and uncertainty, change into feelings of strength and independence.
CAT teachers are partners in this endeavour. They recognise that, although there are common origins of injury and pain, everyone's experience is unique. Using a logical physical progression, CAT classes helps practitioners through relaxing tension, restoring movement to the body, coordinating those movements, and, finally, building the strength that restores stability and feelings of freedom to the body.