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Nervous System Integration
At Empowered Paths, we understand how important a healthy autonomic nervous system is. We educate clients about this system of the body, explaining why it is important to tone the parasympathetic branch. Once this is understood, clients also understand why the practices we teach are beneficial. By having this new awareness, clients are motivated to engage these practices that seem "too easy" to actually be helping in any way.
With a clients' health goals in mind, specific practices are taught include breathwork, body movements and lifestyle modification suggestions aimed at bringing the AN toward balance. As this shift happens, clients begin to feel better; digesting their food fully, sleeping better and are apt to have more satisfying relationships with those around them. The effects are wide-reaching.
As we work with a client, we inquire about their line of work, daily routines, injuries (past and current) to help understand their structural make-up. We look at how the body moves as a unit. Often there are compensations being made to protect the body. This is life, and happens for a variety of reasons. The physical structure adapts to these changes, sometimes resulting in chronic pain. Many times these structural imbalances can be rectified with slow mindful movement; strengthening muscles that have become weak and lengthening muscles that have become chronically contracted and tense. Becoming centered in the structure of the body, increasing interoception and proprioception results in decreased pain.
Muscles don't move muscles -
the brain moves muscles.
This may seem like a simplified statement but it is an important one. Often adverse life experiences cause muscles to chronically contract and the brain/muscle connection to be lost. This may be due to;
Sudden trauma, such as a car accident
Repetitive motion or dysfunctional movement patterns
Emotional tension held in the body that is not properly released. Everyone has that place in their body where tension settles; Shoulders, neck, jaw, hips, etc...
Once the muscles have received strong input from the brain to hold on for dear life - the muscles stay contracted and the brain says - 'okay, I'm out of here, I'm no longer needed.' The connection between the muscles and brain are lost and the muscles stay in their contracted state. The good news is the connections can be rebuilt. With slow, intentional movements, the chronic tension is released and muscle control is regained, ultimately resulting in renewed energy and vitality.