Spinal Tension – what it means for you
Most people start care with spinal muscle tension. This means that the muscles in their back, which are designed to hold us up are firing at a higher rate than is necessary. It’s a bit like holding your arm out for the entire day out of choice. The difference is spinal muscles are under involuntary control, so you don’t have to think to stay upright.
If muscles work harder than necessary they tend to ache. They also use up more energy that is needed, so you’ll get tired. This energy could be used for something else.
Muscles are controlled by nerves, so although a massage may feel nice, your nervous system will restore your muscles to their previous state fairly quickly. So to heal your nervous system needs to develop new strategies or responses so that you don’t keep recreating old tension patterns.
In Basic Care or Level 1 Network care there are two objectives around spinal tension. Firstly you want to become aware of it. Aware where you hold tension and aware of where you don’t. This is not the same as being aware of where you hurt.
The second objective is once your brain can “find the tension”, you need to learn how to release it or free it up. Then the energy bound up in the muscles can become available for other things.
The respiratory wave that develops during Level 1 care has two purposes – to increase your awareness of your spine and to help you spontaneously release tension.
Watch this short video so that you know what you are looking for and then next time you are on the bench observe your own spine and see what you notice.
What causes tension to build up?
Tension can be caused by different types of trauma or stress:
· The presence of tension in your body indicates that these events have not been “digested” yet
· The tension you feel and that you hold inside your spine and body prevents you, your body and your spine from functioning in a healthy way
· Your health is influenced negatively by your unresolved tension
· If you feel that you have tension or your body holds tension (and even more so if you don’t feel the tension), it means that you don’t have enough healing strategies yet to release it
· If there is tension that has not healed yet, it means that you have to become healthier in your spine and nervous system
· Tension can express itself as pain, lack of flexibility, stress, bad posture, lack of coordination, more difficulty in healing injuries or traumas
How Network Spinal Analysis and Somato-Respiratory Integration exercises can help you with your tension
· The respiratory wave helps you to observe, connect to and release spinal tension
· Tension can only be healed from the inside if you reach a state of peace or ease. This is best created with the application of NSA to the spine helping your body to reorganize at a higher level of function
· Stage 1 SRI exercises help the brain to observe the body and to reorganize itself at a higher level of function
· Becoming aware in the first and a necessary step to increase your self-healing capacities
Questions and key observations to deepen the season of discovery on this subject
· Do you want to live with less tension?
· Where do you feel tension in your spine during your daily life?
· Discover areas of tension in your body (not necessarily painful) through self-observation and Stage 1 SRI on a daily basis
· Where do you live your life in a “tense and stressful way”: at work, in your leisure time, with your family? Doing what? In relation to whom? In which surroundings? With whom?
· Observe how your internal tensions affect your external relationships, attitudes and habits and vice versa.