Monday morning in San Francisco, I gave my first really professional presentation, to an audience of about 200-250 for a work-related conference. Riding to the afternoon session, belted into the back seat of a taxi driven by a man in the 11th hour of his first day on the job, with a taxi company trainer on the passenger side, I heard the trainer yell, “Stop!… Read the rest
Research on the effects of meditation on the brain and central nervous system has taken off in the last 40 years, often involving collaborations between neuroscientists, psychologists and meditators. I first heard about this in the early 1970’s, when I was looking for any tiny clues that could help me recover from massive and global brain damage. I read that deep meditators have synchronized electrical activity across their brains, so that left and right hemispheric brain waves take on the same patterns.… Read the rest
Mind-body healing has become widely accepted in public awareness! (Even if it hasn’t made it to your doctor’s office yet.) That is largely due to Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s research. Early in his career, he studied Zen Buddhist meditation and Hatha Yoga. He then adapted them to a scientific context for research. He has been publishing books since 1991.1 He is a Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).… Read the rest
Could neuroplasticity for Parkinson’s (PD) be developed by following the same principles that have been effective for recovery from stroke, spinal cord injury, memory decline, loss of use of a limb, hearing impairments, blindness, severe vertigo, and obsessive-compulsive disorder?1
Much of Parkinson’s research has mostly been on drug or surgical options to slow the rate of decline, or to protect the remaining brain cells and their connections.… Read the rest
The ability of the nervous system to adapt, change and repair itself is called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity means you can change how your own brain functions. When you have had a brain injury, what you can do for yourself is key. But you don’t have to do it alone. Integration Massage has the knowledge and experience to help.… Read the rest
Do you want to take charge of your own health? More than just improved diet and exercise? How about to change brain circuits to relieve pain and speed healing? It can be done, but it takes focus. Mental rehearsal and mindfulness are the new wave in elite athletic training. And we can take lessons from Olympic athletes.
We often think of athletic training workouts as just for the body.… Read the rest
Continued from previous post, Fibromyalgia Cause is Still a Mystery.
People usually undertake integrative approaches to fibromyalgia treatment with the support of their physician. Lifestyle changes with massage and exercises are often recommended to reduce stress and benefit immune and nervous system response. Doctors may recommend medications for pain relief and improved sleep. Some improve from psychological counseling and many benefit from fibromyalgia support groups.… Read the rest
The struggle to define a fibromyalgia diagnosis has been a long one. It is an example of a reversal of scientific disbelief in the face of consistent reports of unexplained symptoms. Fibromyalgia doesn’t show up on tests. For many years, the mostly women were dismissed as hypochondriacs, or hysterical. Although it was called “muscular rheumatism” in the mid-1800’s to distinguish it from “joint rheumatism,” or arthritis, it wasn’t identified as a distinct syndrome until the last 30 years.… Read the rest
Beliefs and emotions in the body
Your thoughts may become embedded physically or stuck as emotions in the body. Thoughts are powerful. And mindfulness is a vehicle to change them. As Louise Hay says, “Life is really very simple. What we give out, we get back. What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us.”
Your body reflects your negative self-talk: sometimes by contraction, making yourself small; sometimes by inflation, puffing up.… Read the rest
Louise Hay is a popular metaphysical teacher and author. I bought her first book, Heal Your Body in the late 1970’s. That little blue booklet had a chart of the beliefs people use to create bodily and mental distress or dis-ease, along with affirmations of new beliefs to create health. In You Can Heal Your Life, the chart was expanded and some items amended.… Read the rest