I BELIEVE THAT OUR BODY AND MIND ARE CONNECTED AND INTERACTS FLUENTLY AND INSTANTLY.
I ALSO BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO MANAGE MANY ASPECTS IN OUR BODY AND MIND TO GET AND STAY IN BALANCE AND THAT THE FASTEST WAY TO MAKE A CHANGE GOES THROUGH WORKING WITH OUR BODIES FIRST, MOVING INTO OUR MINDS VIA THE BREATH.
WHAT WE WANT IS TO RECREATE AND UNLEASH OUR BODY'S UNIQUE MOVEMENT THROUGH THREE LAYERS OF FUNCTION IN THE BODY; SKELETAL, DEEP STABILISING MUSCLE LAYERS AND BIG AND STRONG EXTERNAL MUSCLES. IF WE SUCCEED, THE EFFECT WILL BE: 1 + 1 = 3
The goal of all my treatments is to enable you to compensate for the slight malfunction or malposition that lies in your upper neck and that steers the rest of your body away from the plumb line... That sounds a bit strange perhaps?
The fact is that we are all a little off centre... No human being looks like the anatomy plates or Leonardo Da Vinci's "Ventruvian Man".
However, the body is amazing at moving to a central position with the centre of gravity at the centre of our bodies - amazing at compensating.
In order to change your position and posture, i.e. compensate, it is very important that you first have the opportunity to do so. That opportunity is called MOBILITY. Without mobility in these three layers, with the inner layer as the first "Restrictive Barrier", nothing can or will happen with posture...
There are three physical Restrictive Barriers in our body as well as some neurological barriers.
The fastest way to change is to work on the physical restrictive barriers first.
In Yoga, this has been discovered over some 20,000 years of practice. You could call it experience .. :)
The barriers are in layers in your body and are controlled from the inside of your body to the outside. This is how your body's biomechanics work.
It's about how the angles, levers and forces in your body interact and because we have our skeleton on the inside, the joint capsule controls everything ... to begin with. I manage that limitation and work with slow (mobilization) or rapid adjustments.
The other limiting barrier is what we might call the deep, stabilizing and activating muscular system.
It is deep muscles that control, stabilize joints and initiate movement in the body.
Finally, we have the large external muscles that we use to move, produce force and speed.
The body is an amazing organism. It is set up as a self-balancing structure and organism in many, many ways. But for many different reasons, this balance can be disrupted and go out of whack. Large external muscles can begin to pull and implode on smaller ones, a strong antagonistic muscle can begin to overload its counterpart, joints can begin to move too much or too little. It is when this balance is broken that we feel various symptoms in the form of inflammation, tension, arthritis, numbness, etc.
The body is amazing at compensating for these things getting out of balance. As long as the body can compensate, we don't feel much or it passes. It is only when the body's ability is completely locked, i.e. both sagittal and frontal movement, that we feel more symptoms or that the symptoms don't go away or come back often.
The therapist's first priority is to initiate an opportunity for the body to start compensating again. With this action, we can slow down the locked systems and begin to create a downward spiral of tension and pain.
WE WANT TO RELEASE UNNECESSARY MUSCLE TENSION IN OUR BODIES AND THUS MAKE OUR DYNAMICS, BREATHING AND ENERGY MOVE FREELY AND EASILY WITHOUT FRICTION - LIKE A SUPERCONDUCTOR THAT DOES NOT LOSE ENERGY...
WE WANT TO BALANCE THE AUTONOMOUS NEUROSYSTEM WITCH OFTEN MEANS ENCOURAGING THE SYMPATHETIC NEUROSYSTEM TO DEACTIVATE A BIT...OR A LOT.
As soon as the musculoskeletal system CAN lose tension, we must help the body to do so.
The body's balancing system; the proprioceptive system, is controlled by the autonomic neurosystem, which consists of the sympathetic and para-sympathetic neurosystems.
The sympathetic nervous system increases the tension in the body. The Para Sympathetic neurosystem does the opposite; reduces tension and relaxes us.
Once we have released the joint capsules and enabled the body to start compensating and avoiding pain again, we need to help the Para Sympathetic neurosystem to connect to the Sympathetic so that they can interact and fine tune the tensions in the body again.
We live in a world of high speed, fast action and ON is widely celebrated ... and so are the muscles. It is very often that the body disconnects from the OFF button, the sympathetic neurosystem.
Exercise is catabolic, which means it breaks down the body. Recovery is anabolic; meaning it rebuilds your body and allows you to live at the level of tension you do also to switch up to the next level if you need and want to. RESET is therefore a very important action in your life and in the process of removing symptoms that take toll in your life ...
Resting for your muscles is NOT sleeping .. we sleep to reset the nervous systems and the brain.
Resting for your muscles is increased blood circulation without increased strain or tension. Examples are: light Hatha yoga, light sauna, hot bath, hot shower, light massage ...
Stretching and yoga are good for restoration.
To make it as easy as possible for the body to release tension, you need to do the exercises in the right order. Like everything in life, sequence is key!
TO BE ABLE TO MOVE EASILY TOWARDS AND OVER THE CENTRE LINE OF GRAVITY OF THE BODY, IS THE KEY TO WELL-BEING, HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE. IT CREATES THE EFFECT OF BEING ABLE TO BE IN BALANCE, TO FEEL POWERFUL OR AN EVEN BETTER WORD I THINK, ENERGIZED...:)
I'm sorry I have to tell you this... but being completely straight in the spine is a utopian. No one is there as everyone has a curve in their back - a curve, a scoliosis as it is called.
By straight I don't mean we should try to be straight, but we should be in line with the pull of the earth - the plumb line.
If your spine was completely in the plumb line you would be great at all sports, you would have perfect technique, you would be energized and emotionally completely balanced... a superhuman being:)
If we can't be in a totally centered position, the therapists goal should be to free up the clients movement factor, so he or she can MOVE into the line!
This ability to be in line, even if only for a short time, makes the muscle systems jump for joy!
By releasing the deep muscles and allowing movement in alignment and then stretching large outer muscles to get as close as possible in position. This is not possible without changing the software ... we need to work with the body's balancing systems; the proprioceptive neurosystem, the sympathetic and parasympathetic neurosystems.
Connecting to these neurosystems, creating connections with external strong muscles and being aware of new positions is a big commitment but very, very satisfying when we feel the difference or see the results in our performance.
The higher level you want to perform at, the higher level of mobility in the joint system, stability in the deep muscle system you need to have
If all three levels work together; Mobility, Stability and Large External Muscles the calculation should look like this: 1 + 1 = 3