Our nervous system is an amazing specimen. It controls everything that we are…every thought, action, sensation, and reaction. Everything! The autonomic nervous system is one of the important divisions of our nervous system, which is constantly working to control our involuntary internal environment. The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is further divided into the Sympathetic (SNS) and Parasympathetic (PNS) nervous systems. The Sympathetic nervous system controls vital responses that are related to Fight or Flight situations. [Read more…]
When I was young, I loved the end of Daylight Saving Time. It’s a time to “Fall Back” and gain an extra hour of sleep! It’s too good to be true to gain time. Well, most things that are too good to be true are just that…too good to be true. Well, Daylight Saving Time started again this weekend. We “sprung ahead” and lost that precious one hour. Daylight Saving Time was put into effect in the early 1900’s to limit the use of candles and fuel during the wartime. It gave us more useful hours of daylight. Those original reasons for DST’s onset are no longer needed. The twice a year time change affect us much the same as jetlag. By disrupting the circadian rhythm, a person’s sleep, daytime concentration, emotional balance, decision making skills and reaction times are all slightly skewed. It is estimated that it takes a full two weeks to adjust to such changes.
CranioSacral therapy can be very helpful in cases of insomnia and jetlag. By enhancing the body’s natural CranioSacral rhythm, it can normalize the changes that occur in one’s circadian rhythm. If you find that you have troubles with insomnia, jetlag or Daylight Saving Time changes, call and make your CranioSacral therapy appointment today. You will be so glad that you did!
When was the last time you thought to breathe? Breathing is an automatic body action that has some conscious control. Everyone knows how to breathe, right? Unfortunately not. Go ahead, try it. Sit up straight with your feet on the ground. Place one hand on your abdomen and the other on your chest. Now breathe. Chances are you are feeling a slight expansion and retraction in your chest. If this is indeed what you are feeling, you aren’t breathing correctly. Shallow breathing only utilizes the upper rib cage. Proper breathing should come from the belly. By feeling the rise and fall in the abdomen with each breath, it is likely that you are using your diaphragm and filling your entire lungs. When you properly use your diaphragm, it contracts downward towards your abdomen during inhalation. [Read more…]