Neurogenesis

Neurogenesis

We are simply electrical beings. Our brain is the control center’ receiving and transmitting information. Overtime, neurons tend to die leaving us with less electrical function. This creates poor cognitive function, physical function, and emotional function. New studies are showing the truth about this neurological degeneration and how it is simply lack of use. The old saying, “Use it or lose it.” ; is true.

 

 

FundaMENTAL Science of Physiological Pain

Here it is folks! Semesters of science rolled up into a short synopsis.

What is pain? Pain is a neurological response caused by an external or internal stimuli.

Scientific process: Peripheral Nervous System senses stimuli, sends stimuli to Nociceptors for interpretation.

Philosophy of  Science of Pain: We interpret the pain. Correct interpretation leads to cause of pain allowing for a change to be made.

The rope that ties it all together is our ability to breathe properly. Understanding of lungs and diaphragm increases oxygen consumption increasing mental acuity and physical ability. 

Science is simple. Application is the challenge.

Saturday Morning Thoughts

We look. We listen. We speak. We eat. We feel.

These are our daily task we perform in search of happiness.

We look for the right answer.

We listen to the right people.

We speak to the right ears.

We eat the right food.

We feel the right way.

The search for happiness is endless, but I know where the search begins.

I am the right answer.

I am  the right person.

I am the right ears.

I am the right food.

 

I am the right way.

All I have is me. Why not search the depths of who I am to understand the capacity of who I can be?

 

Do not hire me as your personal trainer.

As the Resolutions role in, I would like to make a few things clear.

DO NOT HIRE ME.

If you are ready to lose weight. Do not hire me.

If you are looking for that elusive 6-pack. Do not hire me.

If you are ready for the beach body you have always wanted. Do not hire me.

Asmatter of fact, if your Resolution is rooted in anything but pure, honest, willingness to change…

DO NOT HIRE ME.

Call me a jerk. Fine. Call me a dueschebag. Even better.

I SPEAK TRUTH.

I am not here to steal your money and play on your false hopes.

I am not here to pacify you and tell you that I can get you where you want to be.

I am not here to hold your hand and tell you it is okay.

It is not.

You are an adult, and only you can do what it takes to get where you want to be.

You have to be the change you wish to see you in your life.

You have to put in the work/sacrifice etc. to see the results you wish.

I am simply here to guide you. Tell you what is truth and what is lies.

I possess the tools you need to build the life you want.

BUT….

You must utilize these tools.

If you are ready to change your life…

If you are ready to pursue true happiness and health….

If you are ready to hear truth….

HIRE ME.

Lastly, If any of this has offended you, I am speaking to you.

It is time for you to decide if you can handle the truth.

 

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BREATHE! It will save you some stress!

BREATHE!!! For the most part, we don't speak in all caps at Roots. However, We are obligated to every time we see someone resisting their breath. We are always told to breathe in high stress situations. Those unintentional and those intentional. We can easily pinpoint the unintentional. Deadlines, arguments, embarrassment, etc. What about the intentional?

I am referring to exercise. Exercise is an intentional state of physical stress and requires constant breath to sustain the state of stress. No breath equals passing out!

 

Let’s break it down. A few really cool things start to happen when we breathe properly during exercise. The simple act of turning our focus on breathing creates awareness by connecting our Central Nervous System (CNS), and our Peripheral Nervous System(PNS). Simply speaking, our CNS is the system that activates our muscles using electrical signals. Our PNS is the electrical system which registers our senses. Taste, touch, sound, etc… Because these 2 systems are both in our brain, they can communicate.

By focusing our thoughts on breath and expanding our lungs to allow as much oxygen as possible, we immediately begin to feel (PNS) oxygen move into our lungs. This signals our CNS to relax the muscles around the diaphragm to allow a larger capacity of air. More oxygen leads to less work for our cardiovascular system. Also, reducing unnecessary muscular contraction reduces oxygen demand, which leads to less work for our cardiovascular system and a more effortless movement. Nerdy but cool!

 

Not really new to anyone. Most folks have known this without the application of science. But I pose an interesting question. How can breath be used to heal both physical and emotional trauma? And Can breath be used to provide happiness?

 

This one is quite an interesting and deep topic, but I will try to keep it as surface level as possible. Let’s start by connecting the intentional stress of exercise with the unintentional stress of daily life. We know breathing helps us with intentional physical trauma (exercise). We also know breathing helps with unintentional emotional trauma (fear, sadness, etc.). What about unintentional physical trauma coupled with unintentional emotional trauma? Say a car accident or even physical abuse. Each time we recall the memory of the unintentional stress, we feel a tension within us. A very unhealthy tension within our muscles. The memory from our mind will elicit a response from our CNS causing contraction within our muscles. A memory held in our muscles. A muscle than can be relaxed using communication between our CNS and PNS. A muscle which can be taught through repetition to stop contracting when a traumatic memory is recalled. Effectively reducing our physical response, which reduces pain. The breath decreases the pain response to the memory reducing the intensity of the memory. All by focusing our minds on breath.

Some call it meditation. Some call it Zen. I call it healing. It starts with Breath.

Application:

Intrigued by the article? Feel free to practice this Spine Mapping exercise.

Lie on you back with arms by your side on a flat surface. Relax your throat and breathe deep. Be sure you are not breathing through your nasal cavity(nose). Close your eyes and Imagine you have 4 corners on your torso. 1 at each shoulder and 1 at each hip. Breathe deeply and attempt to fill all 4 corners with air. Take 15 deep breaths.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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