Did you ever wonder how BodyTalk works? I wrote this article to explain the way BodyTalk utilizes breathing to stimulate the body’s self healing and is one of the keys to why it is so effective.
The focus in every BodyTalk session is to highlight areas in your body where communication can be improved, finding out the story behind why the imbalance occurred, then balancing and synchronizing the systems of our body around that story to improve functioning on all levels.
Every session uses the same basic techniques to facilitate healing: specific hand positions, light tapping, and exaggerated breath.
The effectiveness of a BodyTalk session is due in part to the use of exaggerated breath. When we take deep breaths in and out during the tapping process it ensures that the brain gets fully in touch with the imbalance being highlighted and makes the suggested correction.
There are 5 primary ways that exaggerated breathing supports the effectiveness of our BodyTalk sessions.
Breathing Creates Movement
Our whole body moves in synchronicity with the breath, massaging the organs, expelling stale air, and replenishing the body with fresh oxygen.
Exaggerating the breath stimulates movement in areas where it is currently stuck, inhibiting the ability of the nervous system to fully function and communicate to and within those areas.
It also stimulates the vagus nerve which helps the body restore parasympathetic response, the state of rest and digest within the nervous system, enabling the body to perform it’s restorative functions, repair areas that need it, and increase its ability to reach all the areas of the body with nourishing nutrients it requires for health.
Breathing Affects The Flow of Energy
The breath also affects subtle movement in the connective tissue which aids the movement of blood, lymph, and fluids throughout the entire body, especially in the spine, where the cerebrospinal fluid circulates nutrients and chemicals filtered from the blood and removes waste products from the brain.
This improves the brain’s ability to perform an important function of receiving and interpreting messages sent from the body, often referred to as the brain’s ability to scan the body.
Breathing Is A Scanning Tool
The breath functions like our own personal magnetic resonance imaging tool. During each breath cycle, the brain scans the body, correcting anything it notices is out of sync with anything else.
By exaggerating the breath, utilizing tapping, and placing hands over the areas of the body that need attention, we improve the capacity for innate scanning and improve the body’s ability to locate these areas and assist in balancing and synchronizing communication within these areas.
Breathing Out: Exhaling supports the act of “letting go”
Simply put, the exhalation supports the body’s ability to remove waste and sends it toward the areas that process toxins and recycle waste. On another level, we could say that the act of breathing all the way out also represents being able to fully let go of the attachments to life’s experiences.
If you spend your life living in a fight or flight response, it keeps the body’s natural startle response activated. Over time, we begin to stop breathing out fully, keeping the brain from scanning the areas of the body associated with a deep exhale. This can leave toxins and wastes sitting around, and can confuse the overall functioning of the bodymind.
Breathing In: Inhaling supports getting “in touch” with life
Inhalation supports the body’s ability to take in new information, or bring nourishment to the different areas of the body that need it.
When we inhale fully, it allows the brain to scan areas of the body associated with our thoughts and feelings, thereby increasing our body’s resilience to the stress factors associated with those thoughts and emotions.
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