Is Your Brain a Lump of Useless Tissue?
Take your brain to the gym and see how a fit, active brain will punch your anxiety right out of you.
Find out how to get your brain superfit.
Start brain training now – using brain gym and the peace of mind pathway breathing techniques.
What are these secret techniques?
Brain Gym is a specific series of movements to improve brain function. The brain is a very complex organ and is all powerful as it is the command centre for everything we think and do. Brain gym is based on neuroscience principles. These principles support the basic premise of the Peace Of Mind Pathway – neuroplasticity. The brain can change, and therefore so can any behaviour, learning and desired outcomes.
No longer can we say – “that is the way I am” or “I can’t change who I am”.
Yes we can change anything we want to change.
When the brain is not functioning in a whole brained way – the neurological pathways or neurons can misfire making an activity more difficult or sometimes completely inappropriate. This puts the body and brain under stress of varying degrees and this is the basic cause of anxiety. When the neurological pathway has the same action repeated – it becomes a pattern and a habit. When anxiety becomes a pattern, it can continue for life unless the neurological pathways have new ways of reacting. There has to be some intervention to stop anxiety. Brain gym is a wonderful way of keeping the brain functioning at its optimum, as movements and new behaviours occur, it can create new patterns easily.
If the whole brain is not functioning properly, inevitably most parts of the brain will shut down leaving only the reptilian part of the brain functioning. This is where the fight or flight behaviour lives and when this is all that is available to the individual – they either fight, become aggressive or violent or abusive, or they withdraw into a shell and hide.
Neither of these are productive behaviours. They cause major relationship breakdowns both at work and home. Keeping all the parts of the brain functioning is vital to be able to withstand the triggering of anxiety causing situations.
This is why the Peace of Mind Pathway program is so effective.
Prerequisites for change to occur together with Brain Gym are:
Water – 8 glasses of water a day
- Assists digestion.
- Solvent and carrier for digestive enzymes
- Assists breathing
- Increases Oxygen carrying capacity of Hemoglobin
- Essential for transmission of information in our bodies.
Humans breath approximately 432 litres of oxygen per day, and that oxygen helps the tissues in the human body function properly. The body needs approximately 352,8 litres of oxygen per day when the body is at rest.
Humans need oxygen to provide nutrients to all of the cells in their bodies. Without oxygen, tissues and cells will begin to die. For example, brain cells can only go without oxygen for three minutes before they begin to die. After three minutes of no oxygen, permanent brain damage begins to spread throught the brain’s tissues.
The human body also needs energy in order to function properly. The human body uses the compound ATP for chemical energy for all its cells and tissues. Without oxygen, humans cannot synthesis enough ATP to keep their cells alive.
So getting adequate oxygen in our bodies is essential in combating the symptoms of anxiety.
We do this by doing breathing exercises to increase the amount of oxygen we introduce into our bodies.
This exercise should be done three times a day.
- Breathe in through your nose and out through your nose. 3 times
- Breathe in filling your chest, (push your chest out as you breathe in), breathe out through your nose. 3 times.
- Breathe in filling your chest – hold your breath for count of 5. Breathe out through your nose for the count of 5. Do this 3 times.
- Breathe in filling your belly (push your belly out), then breathe out sharply through your mouth. 3 times.
- Breathe in filling your belly. Hold your breath for count of 5. Breathe out through your mouth for the count of 5. Do this 3 times.
BRAIN GYM – MOVEMENTS
At this stage we will only introduce a few Brain Gym Movements called PACE – Positive, Active, Clear and Energetic functioning. This should be done at the beginning of each day – and when anxiety strikes. It integrates the body, enabling it to function appropriately and optimally.
- E Have a glass of water – for energetic functioning
- P Brain Buttons
- A Cross Crawl
- C Hook Ups
Place one hand over the navel while the other hand stimulates /rubs points in the hollows below the clavicle to the right and left of the sternum.
This wakens the brain for incoming sensory input.
Walking on the spot. The right elbow touches the left knee and then the left elbow to the right knee. This movement must be performed very slowly. It is a fine motor action. It is a way of integrating left and right sides of the brain – if the brain is not integrated we cannot function clearly. This will cause distortion which is scrambled wiring that causes anxiety.
Cross one ankle over the other, stretch your arms out in front of you, with the back of the hands together and the thumbs pointing down. Now lift one hand over the other, palms facing and interlock the fingers. Then roll the locked hands straight down and in toward the body so they eventually rest of the chest with the elbows down. – inverted.
While in this position, rest your tongue on the roof of your mouth behind the teeth.
Stay in this position for at least one minute but longer is better. Do as long as you can. 5 – 10 minutes.
This is an amazing position for calming the brain and body – so a vital anxiety tool. It can be done standing, sitting or lying down. You can do it at work surreptitiously, at your desk or in the restroom. IT WORKS.
It activates the Midbrain. It also takes action away from the reptilian brain, thus decreasing adrenalin production and hence the anxiety related to the overactive fight or flight instinct. This is a great instant anti-anxiety tool. It reduces stress levels and enables one to refocus and quieten the body.
Try it out. Concentrate on a stressful situation. Notice where your muscles tense and tighten, how your breathing is and any other personal reactions. Do the hook-ups for 2 – 5 minutes. Now notice the difference in muscle tightness, breathing and outlook after this time. The situation is the same, but the whole mind/body system is being used to handle it more efficiently.