Energy production is a natural function of the body. Healthy energy levels depend on a healthy body. At the root of this is a healthy nervous system, combined with a nourishing diet.
The autonomic nervous system has two sides: the sympathetic and parasympathetic. Each balances the other. We can operate in one or the other, not both at the same time. The sympathetic side is that which activates us, the ‘fight or flight’ side which means we get on, get things done, react to stress etc. In contrast, the parasympathetic side is often referred to as ‘rest and digest’. It’s that which relaxes us and allows for rejuvenation and healing. This is important as the nervous system is the master controller. Nerves from the brain and spine connect to all major organs and glands, inhibiting or stimulating their action. Balance is key, yet often with busy lives the parasympathetic side is not being activated enough to maintain good health and good energy.
The importance of a balanced nervous system for energy production is huge. An individual living a busy, stressful life limits activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in lack of relaxation and rejuvenation, and possibly leading to fatigue, lethargy and if this is prolonged, maybe exhaustion.
The nervous system affects the hormones. Overproduction of adrenaline and cortisol can lead to adrenal fatigue. This is becoming is becoming more and more common through people living in a ‘sympathetic nervous system dominant state’. These people are busy, frequently stressed, worry, are prone to over analysis and fear. They feel tired and often don’t sleep well. As a practitioner I see this more and more. The opposite of this is a person who’s energy is good, sleeps well, has a balance between activity and rest, feels happy and contented in themselves. To achieve this state it is important that the parasympathetic nervous system is activated.
The Bowen Technique is an excellent way to do this. Not only will energy levels improve, in turn overall health and immunity improves. During a treatment deep relaxation is achieved which has a nourishing and healing effect on the body. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated which allows for recovery of energy. A treatment does this in a number of ways:
Specific points used in Bowen are key to relaxation of muscle tissue. Tom Bowen was widely read in Japanese Finger Pressure, Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine and understood that specific points accessed the merdian (energy) system of the body. (In Bowen Technique needles are not used however!). The treatment promotes deep feelings of relaxation, and relaxes tension in muscles, fascia and other connective tissue. Blood flow is improved and the body is given the opportunity to enter it’s healing state. The body is intelligent and knows what it needs to do to restore balance and heal. The treatment facilitates this process, so in promoting relaxation is also promoting recovery of energy.
It is important to assess why energy levels may be low and make the relevant lifestyle changes. Whilst one treatment may have results for the short term, it is necessary to either adapt lifestyle or build in regular relaxation time. A course of treatment is therefore usually recommended to achieve longer term benefits.
Correct food choices are also essential for good energy production, as well as an optimal digestive function. The body relies on good fuel for energy, and avoidance of ingested stressors including certain foods and stimulants which provide temporary rushes of energy (eg. caffeine, drugs), but then follow with energy lows. These can further stress the body. Nutritional Therapy is hightly recommended for anyone who feels their energy levels have been below par for some time.
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