You’re getting on my nerves!
By Dr. Suzanne
Everyone knows what it means when someone says “you’re getting on my nerves,” but I find it an interestingly and curiously anatomically accurate phrase. Consider this:
We perceive our world through our nerves, or nervous system. We not only coordinate the function of every cell, tissue and organ in the body, but also express every emotion through our nervous systems. It’s the part of us we use to reason, to adapt to stress, and it’s the vehicle we use to create our conscious reality. The nervous system is also designed to keep us safe from perceived danger.
When our nervous systems are not flexible enough to integrate an event, or adapt to a stressor, the event or stressor is perceived as overwhelming, and we move into a natural protective response – stress physiology. The energy and information of that overwhelming event or trauma is translated into vibration and tension, which is then stored in our bodies to be digested or integrated later when it is safe, resulting in defense posture.
In defense posture, we tighten; we hunker down in a hostile world. Our blood pressure tends to rise, we feel less emotion and we live in reaction to every moment. Over time, defensive posture distorts the spinal system. Muscular tightness and spasm, and reduced breath into the effected areas occur, and reduced motion and movement results. Spinal bones lose their normal alignment as the muscles and ligaments strain and pull. Nerves can become compressed or stretched and irritated which results in abnormal function.
This is the time when we find things get on our nerves. Before we know it, everything – even little stuff – seems overwhelming. When we’re already stressed, we tense more easily, and until we move out of defense posture, the brain continues to perceive life defensively, and produces stress chemicals that inhibit not only our restorative functions, but also the ability to pay attention to the incomplete energy or “unfinished business” stored in the body. We’re “stuck” in defense.
Stuck in defense, we react to environmental challenges as threats. Novel or new ideas are stressful; we have difficulty making changes and we fear things that are different. We are in survival mode in many areas of our lives. This pattern of defense posture is held until the brain perceives it is safe to experience that original overwhelming energy again and digest or integrate the information from the trauma – to finish that unfinished business. That’s where Network Spinal Analysis care comes in!
Network care helps people move from the stress physiology that fixed them into defensive posture, into something new and better. Most of us remain in defense posture our whole lives. There are many people whose vertebrae, ligaments and tissues are so locked into stress patterns, creating so much tension, that their focus is on “just getting through another day,” instead of enjoying life.
Network care allows the brain to move from stress physiology into safety and growth. By using gentle and specific touches in a consistent sequence called the Network Entrainment, a person’s own body learns to release those complex patterns of stress, tension and defense. You cannot be in defense and growth at the same time. A brain in defense cannot develop new strategies for experiencing and responding to life. A brain in growth can.
In growth, we are more attentive to our inner cues, energy, and respiration and we are no longer focused on the outer circumstance of the moment to dictate our health and well-being. When we’re “entrained” to our internal rhythms, outside stressors affect us less, because we no longer entrain to the stress around us. Spinal tension patterns, alignment and postural changes all reflect our movement from defense to growth. We experience a greater sense of grace, gratitude, connection, inner power and love, all previously inaccessible to a brain that was functioning in defense.
Network Entrainments are designed and applied in such a way as to engage the higher part of the brain, through which we observe ourselves and make choices regarding our behavior. Instead of “fixing” you, Entrainments help your body find that old unfinished business, fully integrate it, and move forward from there utilizing that held tension as fuel for growth and healing.
Network care is about helping your body and nervous system reorganize, become more flexible and able to adapt, and to develop new strategies for not only releasing tension, but also experiencing life in a way that wasn’t available to you before. In time, this higher energetic, physical, and emotional state becomes more familiar and sustainable and people radiate authenticity, love and hope. And each time you are more fully “you,” not only is the world is a better place, but also it’s less likely to get on your nerves!
You’re getting on my nerves!