What if the key to unlocking your body’s pain and discomfort lay within thomas hannathe intelligence of your own nervous system?

What if you could go directly to the cause of your own tension and discover the internal software that communicates directly with your muscles?

What if within your own internal awareness you could replace unconscious holding patterns with fluid and pain free movement?

What if your own brain could unlock the mystery of your pain?

The good news is that your brain and nervous system control your muscles and the way you move. Since we learn through repetition all your movements are learned and mapped out as patterns within the brain. In the same way you learn to ride a bicycle through repetition, you can also habitually learn to hold muscles in a state of chronic contraction.

Since we are exposed to a great deal of stresses in life including accidents, injuries, surgeries, intense athletics, emotional upset or anxiety, we reflexively contract our musculature in an unconscious response to stressful life conditions. When the reflexive contraction is repeated often enough and over a period of time the pattern of contraction becomes an involuntary habit that restricts our movement and produces sustained muscular tension.

The brain is the controller of everything that occurs in the body. Muscles cannot move muscleswithout a signal from the brain to contract. In order to effect change in the body we must recalibrate the brain’s control over the muscular system.

Through our adaptive stress responses, accumulated over time, or injuries that may occur, we develop compensatory patterns of movement, which lead to muscle imbalances.

Syntropy Neuromyofascial integration helps restore the natural balance to the neuromuscular system by re-patterning the habitual unconscious movements that may be recreating pain and imbalance in your neuromuscular system.

The CPU and the Hard Drive

hanna_quote_ocean_cloudedIt’s an uncanny metaphor, but it works well to describe the dance between the Limbic Brain and the Motor Cortex

The Limbic Brain is like the Central Processor (The Pentium Processor) in a computer. The chip is the thing that determines the basic function of the machine.

The capacity of the chip determines the capacity of the computer. No matter what programs you have, they depend on processor to work.

In the central nervous system, the limbic brain contains the basic information for life and movement. Much of that information was gathered through the learning process we enjoyed as infants.

Once the learning process is complete, the Limbic Brain is finished forming and cannot be changed except by serious injury.

The Motor Cortex is like the Hard Drive, where programs are stored. Unlike the processor, which cannot be changed, the Hard Drive is very flexible: you can add and remove as you please. Once you have the programs, they tell the processor what to do, but the capacity of the processor limits the capacity of the programs. You cannot run photoshop7 on a 286.

The human Hard Drive is enormous and it contains the programs of the whole self and the whole culture. While our central processor is forming until about age four, the programs on our hard drive are fairly simple. After that, everything we learn is a program. That means that all we do except the most basic movements of life can be changed or “upgraded.”

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We use our muscles for everything we do. Most of our muscles can be under our voluntary control. However the demands of life are varied and complicated so our, neuromuscular system (the connection between the nervous system and the muscles) has a way of remembering things that we do frequently.

Ninety percent of the people who receive bodywork for relief of muscle tension have more tension on the right side of their body than the left. Why?

For starters the obvious: most of us are right handed, and then, the gas pedal and the brake, not to mention the gear shift if you have one are all operated with the right side of the body. It is with the right side that we express stress of hurrying (step on it!) and the stress of fear (slam on the brakes!). For this reason, even many left handed people have more held stress response on the right side.

The real Question is why do hold the stress response? Because our muscles naturally remember things that we repeat!

Even if the drive is not stressful, it has been repeatedly before, the body remembers and repeats the stress response as a course of habit. When the body remembers these things, they become unconscious habitual muscle contractions. If you injure your foot and then limp for a week or two, even after you have healed, the hip-flexor may still be unconsciously repeating the stress response years later, leading to chronic low back and hip pain.

While muscle memory is an important function of the neuromuscular system, it is also one of the leading causes of chronic back pain. Not only do muscles get stuck in a state of contraction, they also get stuck in repeating patterns of movement, and even fall into unconscious disuse. It is our body language, developed through years of personal expression and social influence. Our body language often includes postures and patterns that cause pain.

Neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning is the process by which unconscious Copy-2-of-feldenkrais.gif.gifhabitual muscle contractions become conscious, thus giving us a better choice as to whether we want to hold on to the stress, or let it go. When we let go of an unconscious muscle contraction, we regain the ability to use that muscle consciously. This increases the choices we have available to us. Increased choices means increased freedom, and since movement is how we live, the benefits happen on many levels.

Syntropy Neuromyofascial Integration Bodywork enables clients to learn neuromuscular re-education. After just a few minutes of receiving the hands on application of the work, your body will remember how you learned to move as a child. With that knowledge, it is easy to unwind patterns of habitual unconscious muscle contraction, the leading cause of chronic pain and tension.

The resting length of our muscles is what determines our flexibility. Flexibility in the body can bee accomplished by training our nervous system to reset the resting length of our muscles. Since tightness or tension of muscles is directed by the brain, it is important to know that our muscles are not actually tight, they are overly tense, engaged in a state of over-contraction produced by a neuromuscular response to stress of some kind. Muscle tissue is about sixty-seven to seventy-two percent water, making muscles watery in consistency.  Because of this consistency, muscle cannot physically be tight or dense.

By neuromuscular re-patterning one begins to know the fluidity of the human structure.

Sometimes lifelong patterns of ingrained muscle tension from stress or injury, repetitive movement patterns, or repetitive, intense athletics keep muscles contracted and unable to release. Forced exercises like sit-ups are goal-oriented toward creating a hard and tight belly. In many cases, after engaging in such exercises the belly remains tight and does not release to a more functional resting length. If muscles do not release to a comfortable resting length, they inhibit opposing muscles from engaging. Many athletes are wired strong but tight, and these belly, back, and leg muscles are encoded to stay over-contacted even when not exercising. Over-contracted muscles lead to joint compression, stiffness, injuries, chronic pain, and an overall waste of energy. Posture is affected and years down the line arthritis and other chronic health problems can develop.posture_evolution

Developing functional posture happens in the nervous system, and by Syntropy Neuromyofascial Integration hands on application you can encode new patterns of movement in your body. Then you might no longer be dependent upon an endless stream of pore body mechanics, or be spending time and money ingesting pain pills.

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