Initially, it was the movement in this piece that drew me in, but after I read your description, it gave a new depth and facet to consider and appreciate. Overall, the subdued colors and almost gritty texture really tie everything together nicely.
The only true criticism I have would maybe be the tangent of the topmost fingertip touching the top of the image-- maybe playing with the black negative space would be an interesting thing to do, since there is so much movement going on in the lower half of the image.
While there might be catharsis for some in getting drawn under, I hope you find it in breaking free. <3