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Listening To Your Inner Voice, Part Two
The place is called The Scher Center for Well Being and it is located in Santa Fe.
During the “Wine, Women and Chocolate” event the founder, Dr. Scher, a chiropractor, demonstrated a treatment modality called an entrainment on another presenter, who had been a practiced member for some time.
The technique is based Network Spinal Analysis or NSA, which involves very little contact with the body and all energy. The demo was a bit bizarre, to say the least. The subject made some interesting sounds and movements but I understood what was happening for the most part.
They offered an assessment and report of findings to determine what type of treatment might benefit each individual. I decided to go for the assessment.
Several scans were performed to determine the condition of my spine as well as a scan of my “fight or flight” response at rest. I received my report of findings a couple of weeks later.
The good news was that my fight or flight response at rest was not far off the mark of “normal;” however, it did lean into the area of  “sympathetic” response, which is the system that is responsible for fight or flight. Ideally, unless we are actually in such a situation, we should be more toward the parasympathetic side, which is the state in which our bodies heal.
The scans of my spine and my head alarmed me the most. I have known for decades that I store my stress in my upper back, at the base of my neck.
I have done many things to try to deal with it including chiropractic and massage and in some ways there have been improvements but no matter what I do I cannot seem to get it completely cleared.
It is likely because those methods address the symptom rather than the cause. As a result of my stress being stored where it is my body appears to be lunging forward slightly, as if ready to fight or fly. Wow! The scans also showed my head pulling to one side to compensate for something. Ack!
It was clear these issues must be corrected soon.
I feel very strongly that the treatment based on NSA is the only thing that will help me accomplish this, if it is to be accomplished at all.
The idea behind NSA is a very simple and obvious one but which is really never discussed; it is called reorganizational healing rather than restorative treatment, the latter of which is used in every other treatment modality I know.
At its core, reorganizational healing retrains the body on how to respond to challenges – physical (injuries, illness etc.) or emotional (trauma, adversity, etc.).
Our bodies have built-in mechanisms to protect us during stressful situations, which are very useful and necessary but only occasionally. When we are constantly dealing with stress, which presently seems to be the norm, we are in constant fight or flight mode. As a result, energy is stored in various parts of the body to be dealt with at a later time but these days it rarely has a chance to do so.
At these stressful times only the sympathetic system is at play and the parasympathetic system is rarely at work except perhaps while we are in that deep REM cycle of sleep. Only when we are fully relaxed is the parasympathetic system triggered allowing our bodies to truly heal.
The entrainments allow the body to ultimately access the energy stored in inaccessible places on the body in order to respond to challenges more efficiently.
It essentially reprograms the body’s fight or flight response to view challenges as something good, e.g. a challenge becomes an opportunity rather than a handicap. Because it has taken the body many years to respond the way it does – usually in a negative way, viewing adversity as a bad thing.
It stands to reason it would take time to retrain the body to deal with challenges in a healthy and positive way, viewing adversity as an opportunity. Stay tuned for more on NSA and my own experience so far.
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