Here are the key subjects of pioneering neuro-biological knowledge which are integrated into the Bio-Stress Relief Programs, with links for you to learn more if you wish.
1. Neuro-motor reflexes: foundation of development
2. Acu-meridians: the true mind-body connection
3. Functional neuro-circuits: e.g. for memory, social interaction, physical balance
4. Biology of emotions: the neuro-physiology of fear and shame
5. DNA: bio-photons, epigenetic expression, the mind-brain-gene dialogue
1. Functional Neural Connectivity
Since the 1990's, knowledge about the brain has continued to pour forth abundantly. However, very little of it is applied practically to help people. Increasingly sophisticated maps of neural circuitry pathways throughout the whole body are being made. We use neuro-communication models and methods based on these maps in the Whole Brain Fitness Program.
"Functional connectivity" is a neurological research approach that looks for relationships between spatially separated brain regions. Whereas structural connectivity looks for physical connections, functional connectivity looks for related patterns of activation regardless of their physical connection. Thus the neurological basis of behavior throughout the body can be more effectively studied.
Learn more here.
2. Neuro-Motor Reflexes
Primitive movement patterns are seen in human fetuses as early as 9 weeks old. Fully developed, they become complex brain-muscle reflex movement patterns. Dr. Masgutova, world leader in neuro-motor reflex work, asserts they are the foundation for not only movement, but also sensory processing (seeing, hearing, feeling), attention control, concentration and even personality traits.
To learn more about this new field of applied science click here.
See some of the Infant Reflexes we use and what they affect here.
Acu-meridians are electrical pathways of bio-communication and bio-regulation. Much like phone wires, they carry biological and emotional information. They are the true mind-body connection. Chinese Medicine is arguably the most effective medical system on the planet. The acu-meridians are the chief focus of therapies. High-powered microscopes have now identified the structures through which the meridian energy flows along fascia, the top layer of muscles.
Acu-meridians have been shown to affect brain function here
See the article - The Acupuncture System and The Liquid Crystalline Collagen Fibres of the Connective Tissues Liquid Crystalline Meridians
4. DNA Information Systems
As knowledge increases, it becomes apparent that understanding our DNA is in our best interest! DNA, the spiral information codes in the nucleus of all of our cells, helps us to stay healthy and change our behavior. It may also give access to extraordinary human abilities.
Learn more about how researchers believe our thoughts interact with the DNA:
So this means that what we eat, what we think, and how we feel CONTROLS how our genes are expressed- for better or for worse. See the article here.
See how genes and thought affect behavior here.
See more about mind-brain information transduction and the ultradian healing and rest cycle here.
5. Social Engagement System
Dr. Stephen Porges developed this concept about the neurological importance of interpersonal connection in his Polyvagal Theory. Critical to healthy engagement with the world, the the Social Engagement System (SES) interprets cues from our social environment, like vocal prosody, eye contact and facial gestures to gauge our level of safety.
Sensing safety, the SES allows us to participate genuinely with others and be open and willing to accept new ideas. Researchers at Google found this state of psychological safety to be, more than any other factor, what separates great teams from unproductive ones. Without a sense of safety, our self-preservation and motivation to get through the current situation kicks in. We become closed off to others, oppositional and shortsighted.
The Polyvagal Theory describes the evolutionary hierarchy of our autonomic nervous responses. In it, the SES is our highest level and newest (in evolutionary terms) strategy for self-regulation. It is triggered by signals of safety and puts the brakes on defensive strategies, allowing us to rest and digest (our parasympathetic system).
Shift Toward the Social Engagement System
"The social engagement system is a two way interaction system (receptive and expressive) based mainly in the eyes, ears, larynx, and mouth, but incorporating the entire face and the torso above the diaphragm. All twelve cranial nerves participate in the social and expressive functions." See the full paper here.
Read Dr. Porges full research paper here.
"The polyvagal theory: New insights into adaptive reactions of the autonomic nervous system"
The polyvagal theory articulates how each of three phylogenetic stages in the development of the vertebrate autonomic nervous system is associated with a distinct autonomic subsystem that is retained and expressed in mammals. These autonomic subsystems are phylogenetically ordered and behaviorally linked to social communication (eg, facial expression, vocalization, listening), mobilization (eg, fight–flight behaviors), and immobilization (eg, feigning death, vasovagal syncope, and behavioral shutdown).
6. Neuro-Biology of Brain Functions, developed by Candace Pert
Her earliest work, while still a graduate student, launched the new field of molecular neuropharmacology whereby the receptor mechanisms within the brain that are responsible for the actions of psychoactive drugs could be determined, and new drugs created. Her methods subsequently became, and remain, widely used by many researchers to identify and study peptide and hormone receptors. She proved acupuncture induced pain relief was due to the stimulation of beta-endorphin release, as was bliss from sexual release. From her pioneering NIMH work in the early to mid-1980’s arose her next notable accomplishment, a molecular theory of the emotions as bridging both mind and body. In fact Candace declared there was no distinction and coined the term BodyMind to note this. Her scientific work on these topics brought her to public discovery as a result of the Bill Moyers series and book, Healing and the Mind and she started to give lectures to both professional and lay audiences around the world. This body of scientific work on the emotions launched her next field of influence and it went broadly into the cultural zeitgeist. Her 1997 book Molecules of Emotion, Why you Feel the Way you Feel (Scribner), received wide acclaim for its bridging of science and psychosomatic medicine.
“My argument is that the three classic areas of neuroscience, endocrinology, and immunology, with their various organs – the brain (which is the key organ that the neuroscientists study), the glands, and the immune system (consisting of the spleen, the bone marrow, the lymph nodes, and of course the cells circulating throughout the body) – that these three areas are actually joined to each other in a bidirectional network of communication and that the information “carriers” are the neuropeptides.” Candace Pert
“the existence of a communicating network of neuropeptides and their receptors provide a link among the body's cellular de-fense and repair mechanisms, glands, and brain.“
See her full paper: NEUROPEPTIDES AND THEIR RECEPTORS: A PSYCHOSOMATIC NETWORK
See her Bio and Achievements
See a scientific slide show
7. Chemical and electro-magnetic cell signaling
This is about communication within and between biological cells as well as electromagnetic signals. Cell signalling is a frontier area in biological science research and electromagnetic communication is a key developing technology. Information theory, originally developed for electronic communication, is often applied to chemical signalling in the cell.
Biophoton Communication: Can Cells Talk Using Light? Read the article.
8. Human language as organic bio-communication - self-hypnosis
Introduction to Biosemiotics - how thw brain works like language Read more here.
9. State-dependency: sympathetic versus para-sympathetic nervous system activation
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