How stess creates disease and learning the art of listening to heal
Our physiology has equipped us with the ability to fight, flight or freeze in the face of imminent danger. This natural autonomic response served us well in pre-historic times. After the danger was over, we settled back into a rest and digest, nervous system response. But today it’s a different story.
Today our lifestyles, work habits, poor postural habits and weakened resiliency mean that the threats to our nervous system health are exponential – leaving us chronically overstimulated.
How many of you never truly shutting off, get a poor night’s sleep, spend way too much time on your digital device, assaulting your nervous system with EMF radiation, crappy food and the need to do more NOW? Even yoga has turned into a “workout” – where I question the true final resting state of the body in shavasana.
This is the real cause of our epidemic of fatigue, sickness, chronic pain, anxiety, and hypertension. And this is amplified by society’s needs to attune to the outside world, amass material possessions, the thirst for more…missing the gift of inner connection the art of listening to what our soma’s really need.
What if we learned from a young age how to balance the autonomic sympathetic response to perceived threat, and what if we practiced regularly to lessen the effects of this crazy world we live in? Would the next generation be healthier and happier?
I believe so.
The good news is, its not too late.
Thomas Hanna, the founder of Hanna Somatics, one of the most effective self-driven methods to alleviating pain and resolving postural, functional and movement imbalances that affect the body-mind was the first to say that Aging is a Myth – or maybe more accurately, that there is a Myth of Aging.
He never believed for a second that getting older meant that we had to experience pain, that we were going to shrink, walk hunched over, succumb to chronic illness and could no longer do the things that we loved. In fact, as I explained above, he dedicated his career to proving that many commonly diagnosed medical conditions could be resolved through neuromuscular re-education, a restoration of breath, functional movement patterns and self-awareness (interoception).
I have seen hundreds of clients facilitate their own healing through conscious practices that re-educate and rebalance the nervous system and body-mind.
SomaYoga Therapy is one of these brilliant practices; a moving meditation that efficiently taps into the innate self-correcting qualities of the nervous system.
And each time we move somatically, we tip the scales back towards balance.
I invite you to join me on this a journey of exploration and tap into your own power to heal.