It is December—a time when it is easy for us to be reminded of both joyful and painful times, along with deeply ingrained memories that we may have. This is a time of year when I hear from so many of our clients who are struggling with difficult emotions, high expectations, and elevated stress. Sarah Blondin, a meditation expert, teaches that it is also a time to remember that there are many layers to our being. There is the mind that processes information and helps us to solve problems. There is the heart that contains vibrations of trust, clarity and peace. There is the body that relaxes and contracts based on the conditions of our mind, and the signaling of the brain based on its reaction to our environment. Finally, deep within the body, is the spirit.
I have written about how many people’s bodies are locked in “fight or flight physiology” when they start care in our office. This “stuckness” in highly defensive physiology (tight, guarded muscles; shallow breath; decreased blood flow to the digestive tract, reproductive organs, and brain) is often being driven by the mind and its reactions to stress. We each have a history and storehouse of memories that we carry with us. This history and storehouse, as well as how we have reacted to traumas or stressors, creates a tone or resonance within the body. This resonance is associated with thought patterns or emotions that may seem like our own individual soundtrack on repeat. This tone and resonance shape our being. The tone and position of the body are made up of its tissues, posture, and tension levels - as well as its reactions to situations and people. It becomes what others see in you, your responses to them, and your perception of self. If we are not taught to connect to the body, our awareness of these repeated thought and emotional patterns is limited.
Remember that our minds are continually shuffling through our history and our memories as a defense mechanism to keep us safe from problems or potential problems. This causes the body to be in a state of constant tension as our mind/body deals with a sense of distrust based on past traumas or disappointments. If we are not taught to connect to the body and create awareness, this tone and resonance shapes not only our bodies but our lives. We lose touch with our intuition and spirit, and exist mainly in the mind.
When a client begins the process of healing through Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), one of the most important aspects of this very specific, gentle adjustment is to bring the body out of fight-or-flight physiology. This decreases the tension on the nerves, spinal cord, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and vertebra. The NSA adjustment disarms the mind-body. As we get deeper into the process of decreasing sympathetic physiology, the mind-body connection is strengthened to create awareness and a sense of peace within the physiology. This creates a surge of healing as NSA releases tension and stress from the nervous system. Organ systems, muscles, and the brain have access to information that can create a healing cascade.
The more deeply you connect with the body, the more still the mind becomes. With consistent NSA adjustments, the tone, tension, and position of the spine shifts - creating flexibility, adaptability, resiliency, and a greater range of emotion (see neuroscientist Candace Pert’s research and the book, The Molecules of Emotion). The overall tone in someone’s physiology changes - changing not only their structural being, but also the tone and resonance that others see and the client experiences. Their perception, thought patterns, and emotional patterns become more flexible. Research by University of Southern California Irvine Neurobiology Department reports, “improved mental and emotional state, improved response to stress, improved physical state, improved life enjoyment, and improved overall quality of life. But most importantly, clients often report a feeling of ‘coming home to oneself’.” NSA brings the body and the mind into a state of open receptivity and stillness. It is in this stillness that we can make contact with our inner most selves, our intuition, our GRATITUDE, and our state of peace.
This is what I wish for everyone this holiday season (and always): that you have the experience of coming home to yourself and that you can find that state of peace and ease. The more strategies your body develops with NSA care, the more you will find yourself staying in that beautiful state of WELLBEING. The more we resonate in that state, the more we are able to experience healing. The more we heal, we improve our lives, our relationships, and our world. I think that is how we are meant to be and feel. That is my holiday wish for you and our Body In Balance community.
The mission of Body In Balance is to inspire clients to awaken to their highest potential by improving physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing, allowing our community to express VIBRANT HEALTH! Join us! On Monday, January 10th at 6:15pm, Dr. Leah will host a 1-hour virtual class on the Phytonutrient Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle. It is truly time to refresh and heal your body! Most New Year's Resolutions fail within 3 days because they are looked at as a "quick fix" rather than a lifestyle change. Something magical happens when you look at the foods you eat with a perspective of healing and self-care.... more often than not, weight loss happens! This virtual class will kick-off our complimentary, optional 3-week Phytonutrient challenge. Attend class to learn more!
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