As the legend goes, it was ancient Chinese warriors around 3000 years ago, fighting on the battle fields that first developed the idea of Acupuncture when they discovered various ailments and injuries improved when they were stabbed by arrows and swords in strange places.
The first acupuncture needles were actually SHARPENED STONES and SHARP LONG BONES!!
And you were worried about those tiny, thin needles we use in clinic!
DID YOU KNOW...that significant childhood trauma can cause a decrease or cease in growth of the pre-frontal cortex in the brain, reduced brain size and reduced neural connections!!
The picture on the left = a healthy 3 year old with an average head size.
The picture on the right = a 3 year old who is suffering severe sensory deprivation neglect. The brain is significantly smaller than average and has abnormal development in the pre-frontal cortex.
(Perry & Pollard, 1997)
The pre-frontal cortex is important for the development of personality, attention, memory and differentiation between good/bad or same/different.
* The good news is that with strong positive support system following the traumatic event, the outcomes of these patients are much better and they are much less likely to develop long term mental health conditions.
So...if you know a child that has suffered a significant trauma, give them all the love and support that you can!!!
HIT type training actually stimulates the Sympathetic nervous system & therefore activates our bodies stress response!!
For our body to be able to burn fat efficiently our Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and our Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) needs to be balanced! If we are in a constant state of stress it is likely that our SNS is dominant...
Some ways to reduce SNS activity and increase PNS activity to better support your weight loss journey:
- Reduce stimulants such as caffeine and sugar
- Practice Diaphragmatic Breathing
- Swap High Intensity Training (HIT), for breath focused restorative exercises and strength training such as Pilates (HIT actually stimulates the SNS!!)
-Think about what causes your stress and if you can do anything to change this 'stressor'. If not, could you change the way you think about the stressor and therefore the way it physically impacts you?
Good posture is so important to ensure that your core muscles are activating and supporting your spine, to offload your joints...plus it makes you look taller and more confident!
Chelsie shows us an easy way to self assess your posture at home. Get the kids on board too - once we develop poor posture, it is much harder to unwind. Developing with good posture sets you up well for life.