Your nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) regulates all of your body and mind functions with billions of nerve connections.
Most of the millions of signals per second speeding around your body happen on autopilot. It takes an immense amount of information being sent FROM YOUR BODY TO YOUR BRAIN to keep you upright, alert and able to think and function. Most of this happens on Autopilot as your brain can only be consciously aware of a limited amount of information at one time.
When your nervous system is stressed, it begins to shut down and limit the amount of information it is dealing with – and it does this to PROTECT you in the short term. The body is pretty smart in that it considers survival first.
When you are chronically stressed, your nervous system starts to become disorganised. The system becomes inefficient. Signals and messages which were shut down are forgotten about. You begin to become reactionary. Your system begins to react rather than respond. PAIN signals start to proliferate, as the body begins to fatigue and these pain signals result in an increase in tension in your system to try and stabilise your body to ensure you do not injure yourself. Sometimes you do injure yourself – and the body is unable to self-regulate and repair in an organised manner. This may lead to chronic illness or injury.
Generally, people may either have body systems operating with Increased or Decreased tone. In an individual you may have one part of the body with increased tone (e.g. Neck/Shoulders) and another with decreased tone (e.g. Low back)
Increased tone/tension may result in:
- Muscular tension and pain
- Constant and persistent injury to muscles, ligaments and joints.
- Feeling stressed and wired
- Inability to relax and unwind
- fear of and constant worry about the future
Decreased tone/tension may result in:
- Lack of energy
- Poor strength and a sense of lack of support in the muscles and ligaments
- Poor mental focus or apathy,
- Loss of self-confidence and adaptability to change
- Loss of direction in life – an inability to look forward with intention
Our aim is to balance your nervous systems response to external stressors and to increase the connection between your brain and your body. This enhanced connection may result in a normalisation of tone within your nervous system – allowing you to better process the signals being sent by your body to your brain.