Healthy Mind Healthy Body
J. Romano , n.d.
According to latest scientific research in psycho-neuro-immunology our states of mind can have an enormous impact on our physiological health. Researchers have examined how mental states interact with the endocrine, immune and nervous system. They have found that fear, anxiety and stress are common reactions that can impair the immune system and can create negative effects on normal body functions. However the good news is that the brain has plasticity which means it has the ability to restructure itself and make new neurological connections.
This can be achieved through cognitive restructuring, which refers to any method that helps to rewire your mind set. It works by identifying and interrupting the irrational thoughts, thereby creating a challenge and enables you to question and test beliefs or thoughts that are maladaptive or destructive. During the re-adaption phase is when new connections can be formed that are more positive and adaptive.
In my experience with clients I use two methods that produce a favorable result, guided meditation and hypnosis, they can be applied alone or used in combination to accomplish profound and lasting changes. It’s important to note that Tibetan monks where the first to recognize that our states of mind were connected to states of body. When they meditate they access all the brain states, alpha, beta, theta, delta and gamma. When all states are activated at the same time you reach a level of pure consciousness, beyond the five senses. In our society only beta wave function is valued and becomes forced into dominance.
The beta waves are perfect for active thinking and problem solving also when feeling tense or nervous. Alpha is when we are in physical or mental relaxation. Theta waves are the natural resting state of the brain during sleep, the time when we experience lucid dreaming. While in Theta state the mind is capable of incredibly deep and profound, learning, healing and growth it’s the border between the conscious and subconscious. Gamma states are general associated with people who exhibit higher states of thinking, the oscillations for gamma are usually observed during states of transcendental meditation. This state is very similar to the “still point” which can be experienced during a biodynamic Cranio Sacral therapy. The “still point” can be described as an expanded state of awareness while in a deep state of deep relaxation, which creates a reset point for the nervous system and restores a state of calm and balance.
Jessica Romano is a natural health professional and a member of (ANQ) Association des Naurothérapeutes du Québec and is also a member of (NGH) National Guild of Hypnotists. She can be reached for consultation at (514) 231-5513 email@example.com