The other day I wrote about the Autonomic Nervous System and Learn to Relax. This post is related in that it discusses relaxation and how our spirit can affect so much about our body.
Relieving people’s pain has been my passion and profession for decades but there were times that, no matter what I did, some people never got better. I was missing something. I could treat structural imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, diagnose underlying illnesses or disease; yet there were always those people that didn’t get well. I now know that the key to unlocking their healing was addressing their underlying pain of the spirit or emotional pain.
How We Feel Affects How We Feel
When we encounter a situation that we perceive as a threat to us, an alarm goes off in our brain that triggers a stress reaction. The stress reaction is mediated through our autonomic nervous system, in particular the sympathetic nervous system (see below). This is the part of us that prepares us for battle, similar to the fight or flight reaction we get from adrenalin.
When the sympathetic nervous system sends its signals to the body it causes the blood vessels to constrict, decreasing blood flow to the muscles. Deprived of blood, the muscles spasm. (Did you know that the natural state of muscle is to contract? When an animal dies, the muscles contract, making the body stiffen; hence the term rigor mortis, i.e. the stiffness of death. That is because it takes energy to relax the muscles, contraction happens automatically.)
The Sympathetic Nervous System and Stress
When under stress, the sympathetic nervous system sends its messages to the body, resulting in muscles contracting. This becomes a further source of pain that sends a message back to the brain that the body is in trouble, which in turn causes more pain and spasms. In other words, the more you hurt the more you hurt.
To effectively treat a person you need to know what is going on in their life. Why are they suffering? You don’t have to do a psychological analysis, but the underlying cause has to be traced back beyond the injury. Some relevant questions include:
- Were there any particular stresses going on in the patient’s life?
- Were they predisposed to the injury?
- Is the pain of the injury commensurate with the injury itself; i.e. does the injury justify the pain?
Here is where the magic comes in. This approach has brought significantly greater relief in a shorter period of time than any approach I have ever used.
After listening to someone who is suffering and helping them to identify the underlying issues, they are then empowered to overcome the emotional blockage so that when I work on their body, it releases fully. People think it is miraculous when it is just how the body feels when it has been approached in a truly holistic, whole-body way where the real issues are addressed.
Once the underlying emotions are eased, the body will respond to treatment more completely and feel better longer. This helps create a better cycle of how we feel affecting how we feel – but in a good way.
Wishing you health and happiness in all that you do,