It is sensation within the body that the mind is most often concerned with and is trying to create safety around. Though it means to create safety, this response can cause body systems to ‘lock up’ and become dysfunctional.
The sensory system is simple and complex. It’s what gives our brain the information it needs to understand the world around us. The sensory system – our senses.
We have 7 senses that give us information from outside of our body and from inside of our body: Sight, Touch, Taste, Smell, Hearing, Inner Ear (balance), Movement of the Spine.
Those inside our body are the ones that are ‘unseen’ and the mind is often concerned with creating safety around.
The importance of the Psoas Muscle
The psoas muscle is the muscle in our trunk that makes up part of our “abs”. It’s the only muscle that connects the legs, the pelvis and the trunk of the body. It originates from an attachment to the front of the vertebra at the top and inserts to the top of the legs.
Chronic contraction of this muscle tends to keep the nervous system on high alert. Which prevents the body from being able to achieve balance and peace. This high alert affects life as a whole.
The reflex of the transcortical loop
The transcortical loop is a reflex system in the body. This system sends information from the body to the brain in a process called crosstalk. Carried by a network of neurons within the spinal cord inside the spinal column, the information goes all the way up to the brain. (And back down to the body, which we’ll talk about in just a minute).
Upon reaching the brain, the stimulation can go into the brain stem, limbic system or the cortex.
From the cortex, the brain decides where the information needs to go to be processed. Decision and delivery is made in a split second by the best reflex the body is able to produce.
The information coming from the body is either sent to the thinking mode, to potentially DO something. Or to the resting mode where the information is taken in as a reflective experience or connecting to some experience of the past.
The brain’s response
The brain’s response is to return some type of stimulation back to the body, completing the transcortical loop.
By continuously activating this series of gathering and delivering, an organizational behavior emerges in the brain, spine nervous and myofascial systems. You’ll notice, this will be evident in their life as a whole.
Homeostasis within the human body
Homeostasis is “internal balance and physical wellbeing in spite of changes or outside factors”. That is to say, a sense of balance and calm.
Our bodies are constantly in search of homeostasis. Homeostasis is reintroduced into the body when the nervous system is calmed. Interestingly, with an increase of balance and wellbeing, the desire for social engagement and social interaction automatically produces itself. Social engagement and interaction becomes a natural consequence.
Furthermore, we feel calm, safe and comfortable within when the body has a greater measure of homeostasis. This produces a sense of calmness, safety and comfort to reach out into social interactions and relationships with others. It is most often not even a conscience decision. It is all ‘unseen’ within us.
Our body is a metabolic machine
Our body is a metabolic machine. We metabolize food and energy. Firstly, energy gets stuck in the body and stagnates. Secondly, this stuck energy creates stress, anxiety and overwhelm. This produces a lack of ease, or dis-ease within our system.
It is the sensation in the body that the mind is often concerned with and therefore trying to create safety around. With manual adjustments to the body, the concerns that the mind has naturally dissipate. That includes the safety protocols and the patterns the brain uses to try to create safety. In other words, the body is able to metabolize the stuck energy.
The body knows how to heal. It has its own timeline. It is a process that we simply need to provide the correct environment for.
When the sensory system is working properly, and the psoas is able to relax from fight-or-flight-high-alert then the body feels safety, comfort and balance and is able to enjoy the pleasure of living.
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