Engage Your Parasympathetic Nervous System!

We’re All In the Soup:
A Strategy to Address Ambient Fear

Speaking with friends these days, the conversation often shifts to ongoing calamities in the field. Each of us instinctively reacts to perceived threat, “fight or flight”. Our Sympathetic Nervous Systems respond by directing neural energy and blood flow to our large muscles, signaling “Danger!”, “Escape!” As a survival mechanism in the Natural world, this strategy serves our species well. Danger passes, we have an opportunity to rest; the Sympathetic Nervous System quiets and our Parasympathetic Nervous System becomes primarily activated, sending neural energy and blood to our organs and glands. We return to a natural state of relaxation and regeneration.

When perceived threats rarely abate, we can become accustomed to this alert state of fear. Then our Sympathetic Nervous Systems remain engaged, our muscles remain tensed and ready; our organs and glands receive less neural stimulation, blood flow and oxygen. Over time, we may become less aware of this tension and the ensuing discomfort and degeneration.

Regular Tai Chi practice, combined with diaphragmatic breathing, activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System, restoring regenerative neural communication, blood flow and oxygen to organs and glands. Fear and tension dissolve in the moment! Additional benefits of regular Tai Chi practice include:

• Enhanced balance, flexibility and neuromuscular health
• Stronger, more resilient immune system
• Increased memory and cognitive capacity
• Improved relaxation, concentration and sleep
• The PERFECT ANTIDOTE to excess computer use
• Fun and more!

If this sounds beneficial to you, I invite you to experience Tai Chi for yourself! Call or email to register for a class today!

Jacob Barnett teaches Lee’s Modified Yang Style, a short form and has been instructing since 1982.

Jacob@ManyCurrents.com ~:~ 415.488.4458