LEAD YOU

Tune the signals between body and brain.

Have you ever noticed when our mind is thinking stressful thoughts it creates tension in the body? Our face or neck may stiffen, or shoulders and lower back tighten. We’re all different so we each store tension differently. Research shows that the brain and body send messages to each other all day long. This biofeedback loop is working whether we’re aware of it or not. Some messages we hear, some we don’t. Some messages we’re conscious of, some we’re not. When these messages create stress it can increase tension and exacerbate arthritic pain. This week we use this feedback loop to go deeper to help manage arthritic pain naturally. 

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Oh body and brain—let’s talk.  We could be so great together if only we took the time. Let’s make a date and meet in RELAX, THANKS and BODY (below) to get us all on the same team. Frankly it doesn’t matter where we start, they’re all connected and feed into each other. Let’s go with our own flow, begin where it feels right and enjoy practicing every day.

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Can you hear your body and brain talking?
Tune in and listen to you

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MAGIC MOMENTS

Soothe the mind

What the mind thinks, the body stores. Storing tension in the body exacerbates arthritic pain. We all have that cheeky little dorsal who likes to focus on the negative and can, if not well trained, make us feel tense. Put your dorsal in training and learn how we can tune in, change the channel and the pain associated to tension. Read more in RELAX.

Activate the happy helpers

We all have a couple of happy helpers hanging around to help us out while we’re training our dorsal. They just need a little tickling.  Meet serotonin and dopamine our natural neural helpers that get activated when we’re thankful.  Learn how to tickle them in THANKS and use them to help feel less tense and more optimistic.

Calm the body

Brain activity changes depending on what the body is doing. Learning how to manage the signals that our body sends our brain is a big step in improving how we can manage arthritic pain naturally. Our internal emotional signaling system, the vagus nerve, is responsible for these signals. Sometimes it can get a little hype and it needs someone to make it a cup of tea, tell it to put its feet up and relax. You guessed it. This week that person is you. Pop the kettle on and read on. This week in BODY we’ll use breath practice to indirectly stimulate this nerve to release anti-stress enzymes, feel good hormones and muscle tension.

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LEAD YOU

Let’s tune into the signals between body and brain and put them to work for us.

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RELAX

Talk sweetly, relax deeply

Negative self-talk builds stress in the body. Stress exacerbates arthritic pain. Let’s tune in, change the channel and relax our body and mind. Read more in RELAX.

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THANKS

Turn on the happy channel

Being thankful activates our brain’s natural neural happy helper. Choosing to be thankful can help improve mood and reduce the perception of pain. Let’s remind ourself of the power of THANKS. 

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BODY

Tune in, relieve pain

When our mind is stressed, our body talks back and stores tension. Tension increases arthritic pain. Let’s explore techniques to relax and release the tension that can contribute to arthritic pain. Read more in BODY.