Simple version: A young English bloke played rugby and herniated a disk. He would go on to have two back surgeries, one shoulder, and one knee surgery.
Complex version: A young man from a somewhat privileged background had an absent and weak father, a timid pushover mother and an overbearing sadistic live-in grandmother. One of the approved-of ways to escape that environment was rugby. So on the field he could assert his difficult feelings and direct that energy in a successful and applauded way- until his body said, No.
Many years later after leaving England and becoming a powerful businessman on the global stage- he was in constant pain. He could stay weakened, like his father; or he could take the narcotics provided, like his mom, who sipped her liquor while she was head down in needlepoint; or he could bombastically push through, like his grandmother. All 3 methods were given a go until he decided to work with a person who understood that the injury was a place holder in his body calling him “back” to reexamine his history. Since part of his method of coping was flight, he never fully occupied his strong legs meaning he didn’t feel a connection from his feet up through his pelvis and back.
This connection is required to bring ourselves to vertical and represents the foundation or family we grow up in and from. (His practitioner was able to assist in structural change while recognizing its psychological counterpart.) Together they looked at his fragmented or dismembered past and RE-membered with empathy and all the complexity that process work includes. By engaging psyche and soma simultaneously his insides match his outsides. He has more range of motion and emotion in the second half of life than the first.