I was reading a book called the ‘4 hour workweek’ by Tim Ferriss and he has a concept called ‘lifestyle design’. In lifestyle design, you are to create your life as you’d like to live it. That got me thinking about the work that we do together. I’m going to name this concept: Nervous System Design.
First, let’s talk about why we want to re-design it in the first place. Our nervous system (brain, neurons, spinal cord, etc) controls the body and communicates amongst all it’s parts. It is made of the DNA from all the generations that came before us. Parts of our nervous system, we’re born it and we cannot change (genetics). We’re going to discuss the parts that we can change.
As we go through life, we accumulate experiences. Some, positive, some negative and some that are seen as traumatic by our nervous system. For example, the time you got into the car accident during a snowstorm 10 years ago….and you still get a little nervous driving in the snow now. Your nervous system remembers it! How about the breakup that broke your heart? Or someone who broke your trust. Does it not come back to you in subsequent relationships.
So, how do you re-design your nervous system?
We upgrade your nervous system so that it no longer reacts to certain triggers the way that it used to.
There are a few ways to do this.
One method, although it takes longer, is a great learning process. It’s to work on building your awareness. You need to be aware of how your body is reacting, each time that it reacts and then examine the reaction to see if that’s something you still want. For example, if a bear was chasing you and you needed to run, you’d like to keep that nervous system response. However, if you had an irrational fear of snakes and your spouse just brought home a pet snake, you may have to re-design your nervous system so you don’t live in stress and fear.
The faster method is what we currently do the office when we work on you. The light touches and adjustments, trigger your brain to release stress and tension in specific areas that you hold in your body. Once released, you can see what you did to put the tension into your body.
The breathing exercises that we do during our workshops will also help you to re-design your nervous system.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.