7 Whole Body Tips For Taking Time Away From Busyness and Soft Addictions — by Steve Sisgold

Boy have we gotten busy. Our reasons for being “on” most of the time might include economic pressure, a need to stay connected socially, or even having a creative or business idea that just has to be shared with as many people as possible. Fair enough. These are all good reasons to stay busy. However with Silicon Valley companies inventing wonderful new tools that have become soft addictions for many of us, it’s getting harder and harder to put down our cell phones, IPads and laptops to take much needed breaks from our busyness. With the ability to access our smart tools 24/7, many of us at times, forget to balance work and social media time with our personal off line time for exercise, family, spiritual practices, or just plain fun.

Can I Take a Pause?

People are finding they still are staying connected to their screens, thinking about work, and stressing over past and future events, even at home or on a tropical vacation. I lived on Maui for five years and I saw it everywhere, from mad texting going on at the pools at luxury resorts to serious cell phone conversations on a trail in the Bamboo Forest. It’s hard to unplug! So even on vacation many people are still over stimulating their brain and disconnecting from their body and the important people around them. So what can we do? Make mind-body balance a new essential daily habit.

7 Mindful Tips To Create A More Mind Body Balanced Life

Just like when we unplug and reboot our smart tools when they freeze or act lethargic, we also need to reboot ourselves regularly. When you unplug and regenerate consistently your brain gets to relax and your decisions and life activities become more balanced.

    1. Take some dedicated time each week to unplug and examine your work/life/online scale. Make an appointment with you as the CEO of your life to make a plan to assess your activities to see if they are balanced to your satisfaction.
    2. List what is a priority to you in key areas of your life. From your health, career, and relationships to relaxation, fun, and personal growth, put your priorities in your calendar first. Having your priorities and desires clearly mapped out in this way greatly assists you to stay balanced and move in the direction of what you really want.
    3. Keep agreements with yourself. This is essential. This is key to give you a rock-solid foundation from which to create the balanced life you desire. If you keep 50% of your agreements you will get 50% results.
    4. Listen to your body when making decisions. If your body says “no,” to a busy project, listen. Your body when it lines up with your perfect life plan, becomes a reliable barometer that can remind you to make choices in every moment that will give you energy and the balanced life you desire and deserve.
    5. Stay connected to your body, while using smart tools.
      Keep your head up and don’t lean in to your devices. Have them adjust to you instead of you adjusting to them. Poor posture like staring down at your phone for several hours straight can cause neck pain and cut off oxygen to your brain, for instance. You then spend more time healing ailments then doing what you truly desire to do.
    6. Take hourly stretch breaks. Stretch your neck up and down and sideways, especially when you are using smart tools. Get up and shake out any tension or stiffness to create more body/mind balance…
    7. Take a personal body/mind balance assessment test.  Receive specific written and audio tips and solutions according to your responses, to achieve more body/mind balance in your life and work.

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The Breath of Life

Learn about normal and paradoxical breathing, how the structure of your head can interfere with breathing, how to use your breath to calm down or generate more energy.  Hear Facts, revelations, and engage in practices leading to mastery of your metabolism via your breathing patterns. Take part in a 4 part series on Breathing to Restore Resilience and Metabolic Health.

Breathe in silently through every pore of your skin.  

Breathe out silently through every pore of your skin.  

You are your breath. You came in with a breath. You go out with a breath.

 

Learning to Let Go Exercise…

Go to the bottom of your breath and don’t breathe at ALL (until you REALLY want to). It can be an incredible relief to NOT HAVE TO breathe. It can also restore your access to the relaxation response.  Practice every night before you drop off to sleep.

Let Your Tongue Rest on the roof of your mouth….

Your tongue is the spacer for the cranial bones; it keeps your upper palate wide and the nasal passages open so you can breathe through your nose as we were designed to. Mouth breathing leads to hidden hyperventilation.   People who breathe through their mouth will think they have to because the nasal passages are blocked. Breathing through your mouth CREATES blocked nasal passages.   Asthma can be eliminated by correcting overbreathing and hidden hyperventilation. (Look up Eucapnic Buteyko Breathing.)

Breathing for Life 3.17  (pdf)

Did You KNOW?

The Diaphragm is your gear shift lever between the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System?

It massages the vital organs and keeps them healthy?

It can get twisted and collapse?

That the problems with your feet can be a consequence of problems in your Diaphragm?

Watch this video (in French) and attend a 4 part series on Breathing to Restore Emotional Resilience and Metabolic Health at Healus Neuro Rehab Center

 

Roger Fiammetti

Sympathetic vs Parasympathetic functions of the nervous system:

Our nervous system has 2 interweaving sides: excitatory and vegetative. The excitatory side takes care of emergencies and the vegetative rest and regeneration.  When we are stuck in a chronic tension pattern from a past accident or incident or a prolonged period of unremitting stress our ability to heal ourselves is seriously impaired.   A new client came in for a free neuromuscular assessment/consultation.  She’d been such a hard driving producer that her whole nervous system collapsed into chronic fatigue and inability to heal.  The result was systemic infections that wouldn’t heal.  The antibiotics further destroyed her gut biome and compromised her ability to take nutrition out of her food.  She put on weight and had no energy for exercise.   The end point was extreme: bed ridden for 2 years, too weak to walk, with PTSD from all the attempted interventions. This sketch of her situation (many details have been left out) is a perfect description of the failure to thrive that is marked by a fixation in the sympathetic side of the nervous system.

What the Parasympathetic side of the Autonomic Nervous System does:

  • Meditation; enables you to reach states of at oneness.
  • Relaxation; the ability to calm the mind.
  • Digestion; secretion of enzymes and moving of the bowel
  • Restoration; the efficiency and priorities of our body’s cellular metabolism are directly affected by whether we are at ease or anxious
  • Sleep; the ability to access the deep sleep states of youth.
  • Cell regeneration; all the metabolic chemistry that is used in healing and making new tissue.

What the Sympathetic nervous system does:

  • Constricts blood vessels; raises blood pressure
  • Shortens breath and limits it to the chest muscles
  • Contracts pupils and produces focused “tunnel vision”
  • Reverts to reactive responses based on past experience
  • Inhibits higher brain functions (conceptual, integrative, problem solving and creativity)
  • Suppresses immune response
  • Disintegrates learned, refined movements and smooth muscle tone (colon)
  • Produces physical awkwardness resulting in loss of self esteem
  • Difficulty focusing and concentrating
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep or waking up still tired

Chronic Stress creates Sympathetic Hyper-arousal or Hyper-vigilance.  Muscles are tight constantly in an overall hypertension ready for the need to fight, flight or freeze; always “at the ready.”

Areas expressive of the “the startle reflex” such as the back of the neck and elevation of the shoulders, sub-occipitals, eyes, low back, calf muscles, psoas and iliacus maintain the most tension.

The end result:

  • Chronic tension and pain in muscles, especially those expressive of the startle reflex
  • High levels of stress hormones and tension over time create high fluid levels in the tissue.
  • Stiff, sore muscles, poor circulation, taut, pale and thick skin
  • High fluid levels produce poor cellular nutrition, sluggish energy metabolism, poor recovery time from activity, and cell wall fragility.

The Biomechanics of the Neck

The neck is the most vulnerable structure in our bodies. It is composed of only small moving parts supported by a myriad of very small muscles fastening one vertebra to another and the segments of the column to the head and ribcage.  The head itself weighs a good 14 pounds in the average adult with nothing to hold it up but a moving column of bones and the tone and integrated function of the neck and shoulder muscles.

Why the Neck Develops Pain and Restriction

In addition to having very little support to start with, we engage casually in high velocity activities such as driving and take our kids to amusement park rides. Our preferred exercise activities such as snowboarding, surfing, rollerblading, skiing, provide further risk of potential whiplash injuries to the neck. The current fashion of extreme sports takes these risks to the limit.

When we injure our necks we don’t always know it.  Sometimes it takes a couple of years for the effects of a whiplash accident to show up. This is why the current auto insurance environment provides for a year to 2 years for a claim to be open pending the long-range results of even a minor impact injury.   By the time the effects are noticed the habits in the motor coordination system are long established patterns in the cerebellum. Our movement strategy has been permanently altered by the event and we don’t even know it.  All we know is that our neck hurts and doesn’t move as freely in some direction.

What is the Anatomy of a Neck Injury? 

How do we know when we’ve been injured?  How do we define an injury?  Typically our medical approach overlooks any disruption of function that is not sprained or broken or torn and bleeding.  Survival is the measure of importance when remediating problems.  Is this a life threatening issue?   Where is the branch of medicine that deals with dysfunctional coordination strategies?  What injures those strategies?   Any abrupt jolt that involves an overstretch of some tissue while other muscles spasm or contract abruptly to protect the intrinsic structures and the integrity of the spinal column can disrupt the motor coordination information governing normal function.  This disruption can have long-range effects. Once the motor coordination is disrupted we build compensation patterns or coping strategies.  Neighboring muscles begin substituting for what isn’t working.  A coping strategy is a memorized coordination for getting a movement done.  We are now using big muscles to do what the smaller muscles should be doing.  We notice we can’t turn our head without turning the whole ribcage. We feel pain when we tip our head to one side but not the other.

What corrects neck pain?

Is it enough to find all the tight muscles and trigger point them into elasticity? Not really.  Muscles that are tight are that way because they are splinting a missing function.  If you use deep tissue releases to force those muscles to relax you can be left with a lack of support altogether and a vulnerability to further injury.  At best the body is going to have to put back the tension that was just forcefully removed by sustained pressure or fascial stretching.

Is it possible to really correct these dysfunctional coordination patterns once they’ve been disrupted?  The answer is YES. We need a strategy for re-educating the coordination among the muscles.

First, we need to look at all the movement potential built into the neck.

Second we need to determine which movement functions are not enabled.

Third we need a strategy for reprogramming the coordination system.

Fourth we need to know which patterns need to be corrected first.

How to Change Neck Pain

In order to understand neck problems one needs to understand what the normal movement potentials of the neck are.

At each segment of the neck it is able to Flex, Extend, Side bend, Forward Translate, Lateral Translate and Rotate.

Due to its preferred curvature in extension the flexion and extension functions need to be corrected first.  Side bending is always accomplished only when the extension function is enabled.

Because everything is being supported in gravity, the problems at the top are built on the problems at the base.  Even though many clients report symptoms at C2 (‘My neck is out of place’), you can’t change the top before you change the base.  The biggest problems in neck function, those that can send pain and weakness into the arms and hands are rotations and counter rotations at T2, C7, C6 and C5. This results in compression and nerve impingement. Trying to adjust this situation abruptly can make it worse.  Dealing with the upper thoracic rotations first enables the neck to even begin to be able to unpack the problem of rotations.

If the base is locked in flexion, rotation will not be possible. In a normal neck, rotation is enabled with the column in extension. Being locked in flexion is what causes herniation and bulging discs.  Simply relaxing the muscles of the neck will never solve these deep coordination dysfunctions.

In Conclusion…

A good strategy for correcting neck problems requires a detailed understand of the movement functions of the neck and a method for determining priorities in correcting them. More information on strategies for reprogramming the neck begins in Module 3 of NMR.  Find more information on training in NeuroMuscular Reprogramming NMR®  on www.NeuroMuscular-Reprogramming.com.

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