And so the new year has kicked off!
Can you believe it is just a month ago that we were rushed off our feet trying to finish a hundred and one things before going on leave?
Can you remember how our tempers flared and our relationships unraveled as our nervous systems were run ragged?
How we kept saying to ourselves to hold on and to keep going until suddenly it was holiday time and we could switch off!
And then just as abruptly it was all over and we are back on the hamster wheel and the whole cycle starts again.
But what if I told you we get it the wrong way round every year?
Well, I cannot create more time for you but I can help you change your world.
I want to try and persuade you to take even just one hour of your time to enjoy a massage to nurture your nervous system.
MASSAGE AS MEDIUM FOR CHANGE
A massage treatment offers you time-out:
We know that we do not live in a fixed reality. What we experience or feel is what we tell ourselves. We create our realities through the perceptions and interpretations of the world.
It follows that if we change what we experience, we can change our reality, not so?
Well, massage can play a role in helping re-interpret your world by nurturing your nervous system.
MASSAGE & OUR NERVOUS SYSTEM
Our nervous systems are made up of two parts:
1. Central nervous system consisting of:
From the brain impulses are sent to the body via motor nerve pathways.
Spinal nerves branch off in pairs all the way up and down the length of our spine to bring messages to the limbs and organs while our cranial nerves supply the head.
2. Autonomic nervous system is subdivided into two branches.
Our bodies are continually trying to maintain a healthy balance between these two systems while we experience any stressful even, thought or emotion physical, emotionally and mentally. And this can be a pleasurable stress response or one that makes us anxious.
The reason is because our entire nervous system responds to it in a cascading manner.
First our sympathetic nervous system is aroused.
This activates the muscles, gets the heart to beat faster and tells the endocrine systems to increase production of certain neurotransmitters such as cortisol as well as adrenaline into the bloodstream.
It prepares us to fight, flee or flow all to make sure we survive whatever it is that poses a threat.
At the same time, the hyper-aroused sympathetic nervous system also influences our cognitive and emotional processes leaving us feeling either:
HOW DOES MASSAGE SUPPORT THE NERVOUS SYSTEM?
Massage establishes balance between the central nervous system and the autonomic nervous system.
Rhythmical and non-threatening touch stimulates the central nervous system via the peripheral nerves in the skin.
In turn this stimulates the parasympathetic part of the autonomic nervous system to:
When over-stimulation of one particular system occurs, the therapeutic effects of massage help the natural balance to be regained helping your body to rest and to kick-start the regenerative processes.
So from the very beginning of the year, invest in yourself. Book a monthly massage.
Body-mind or mind-body? If you are struggling with physical and mental pain and feel that the dominant health paradigm’s dualistic approach to mind and body seems inadequate to explain anything, I want to talk to you. Join me under the tree in my garden for a cup of rooibos tea and let’s talk massage and SomaSense!