By Joyce Hawkes and Helen Folsom who will be presenting Cell-Level Healing: Wild Awakening for Health at Hollyhock in Sept.
The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is uniquely designed to keep us safe in dangerous situations, and it may be key to our remarkable survival since we began to walk the earth. The SNS kicks in when we are faced with any perceived danger, and instantaneously biases the body and mind for action to protect us. Powerful chemicals pour into the bloodstream; our higher brain functions, immune system, and digestion go offline; blood is diverted from the interior of the body to our muscles; the heart races; and blood pressure rises.
These days, in the workplace and at home, that automatic system is still at work ramping the body up each time a threat presents itself. Here’s the rub – it takes 3 days to metabolize the biochemistry of each event. The workload, the deadlines, the bills, the nightly news, grief, heartache, driving downtown – none of these may appear as scary as a tiger, yet the body responds in the same way, and the result is a metabolic backlog that the body can’t clear before the next event arrives.
The other side of the coin is the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) which restores balance once the threat is gone. To clear the overload of trauma and stress we can help the body and mind by employing time-honored techniques that allow the PNS to take the lead, such as meditation, exercise, healthy eating, rest, recreation, loving connections, and prayer.
And there is one key and simple practice you can use to quickly regain the parasympathetic flow when you know you need it. We will teach you that and much more when you join us at Hollyhock. Can’t wait!
Join Joyce and Helen at Hollyhock on Sept 6-10, 2017 for Cell-Level Healing: Wild Awakening for Health.
Joyce Hawkes, PhD, is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her work as a research biophysicist. A near-death experience led to her exploration of indigenous healing traditions. She now practices energy healing at the interface of science and spirit. Hawkes is the author of Cell-Level Healig: The Bridge from Soul to Cell, and Resonance: Nine Prnactices for Harmonious Health and Vitality.
Helen Folsom, MA, CHT, healing facilitator, hypnotherapist, and musician. She provides music from sacred traditions and teaches altered states techniques. She specializes in physical and mental trauma relief. Helen is the author of the award winning children’s chapter books, Runt Farm.