SCIENTIFIC VIEWS OF THE MIND BODY CONNECTIONS
Massage and Energy Medicine reduces stress and anxiety levels, which are key issues that lead to serious health problems. Stress is a precursor that leads to heart disease, stroke and other life threatening illnesses.
As we move and think, our body restructures itself around these messages. It is truly essential to establish new patterns of thought and movement to a wounded place that conveys new positive and higher vibrational messages.
Physical transformation really begins at a very deep molecular level in our connective tissues. Our connective tissue is one of the first structures to develop in the embryo. (about 12 days after fertilization) Our connective tissue is the network that supports all of our organs and the entire structure of our bodies. It also carries and transmits all information through out our physical aspect. Collagen is the tough fiberous protein that gives our connective tissue its strength. It has a crystaline molecular matrix that is plezoelectric (generates an electrical impulse when pressure is applied), which is why the connective tissue matrix is capable of restructuring and reconstructing itself as it is moved and touched. This network functions as a semi-conductor of energy, converting and transmitting energies into signals that carry information throughout the body.
And, so, our traumatic memories are stored not only in the mind, but throughout the body. “The body remembers what the mind forgets” (Moreno 1964) “Intelligence is located not only in the brain, but in the cells that are distributed throughout the body. The memory of the trauma is stored by changes at the level of the neuropeptide receptor…this is taking place bodywide”. (Pert 1998)
Each of our cells are covered with vast numbers of tiny receptors, like satellite dishes. Receptors function as sensing molecules…scanners, just like our ears, skin etc. act as sense organs, so do the receptors on a cellular level. They hover in the membranes of your cells, vibrating and waiting to pick up messages. A process occurs known as binding, where information enters the cell and is distributed though out the body. These binders are known as ligands. As these cells bind according to the information carried, (the vibration of the thought), changes in behavior, physical activity and emotional moods occur. The simplest of molecules, generally made in the brain to carry information are called neurotransmitters. Many of you have probably heard of some of them, like dopamine, histamine, seratonin and many more. Other ligands (or binders) are steroids like testosterone, progesterone and estrogen.
Another category, which is 95% of all the ligands are called peptides, which are “THE MOLECULES OF EMOTION”. (Pert 1998) What we are talking about here is how information travels throughout the body, better known as the bodymind. Emotions, feelings, physical pain and mental thoughts are stored in cells in the body.