The body is a complex, interconnected system. Unfortunately, conventional medicine often ignores the interconnected nature of the body, focusing on addressing symptoms and problems in isolation. This can work for some conditions, but it can also ignore some key causes of stress and disease. If you want to get to the core of your health concerns, then you need to go deeper with bioenergetics. This is a multidisciplinary and holistic view of the body and health. It helps some people find deeper and more lasting health, happiness, and life vitality.
Here’s what you need to know about this type of therapy and how it can change your health and wellbeing.
The flow of energy is essential to every process and function in your body. And when the flow of that energy becomes impaired or blocked, you experience poor health and disease. Unfortunately, contemporary medicine often ignores this essential function. Bioenergetics focuses on the flow of this energy and on how energy is exchanged within and between your body and the external world.
Almost all the energy in your body indirectly or directly uses one of these three processes. They're also the focus of most bioenergetics work:
There are two main types of biochemical reactions in your body. Exergonic reactions are energy-releasing, and endergonic reactions are energy-consuming.
Bioenergetics seeks to understand the energy changes and blockages in these biochemical reactions. These reactions are essential to metabolism, which involves several complicated processes including:
When there is an imbalance or a blockage in your body’s energy flow, it can disrupt all of these processes. It will also cause stress and affect you physically.
The field of bioenergetic therapy looks to address physical, emotional, and cognitive conflicts. When you undergo this therapy, you work on freeing up the emotions that cause stress and energy blockages. It does this by connecting your personality, your emotions, and your body to release stress and tension. Basically, this is the idea that your body affects your mind and vice versa.
If you experience mental or emotional issues, then talk therapy can help. And if you’re stressed and tense, then you can try physical therapies like yoga and massage to alleviate the problem. But there are few therapies that address both the physical and the mental/emotional at the same time.
This is what bioenergetics does. It’s a deep dive into the link between the body and the mind. And it's also an attempt to understand the human personality in terms of the body. This process examines body functions like breathing and feeling in terms of the restrictions placed on them. These restrictions can be in the body, in the emotions, or in the individual’s understanding.
This therapy includes an analysis of character and personality along with physical exercises and techniques to identify and release muscle tension. This can encourage the body to heal itself and teach you to overcome the emotions, attitudes, and behaviors that detract from your enjoyment of life.
The flow of energy in your body can be analyzed using bioresonance. This is a therapy that uses a machine to analyze the energy that’s emitted by key points around your body. These machines may help identify places where the energy is blocked or unbalanced, providing valuable information for recovery. This is a non-invasive, safe, and painless test that is becoming more popular around the world as people seek balance in their lives and their health.
If you’re feeling unwell and your doctor can’t find anything wrong, then it might be worth looking into this kind of testing. It can be performed at certain alternative health providers or you can even get at-home testing kits that use your hair and saliva samples to test your energy flows.
The primary goal of bioenergetics is to relieve chronic muscle tensions. These aren’t natural. They develop in the body as a means of survival and are associated with ego values such as power and prestige.
When you undergo this kind of therapy, it involves physical exercises that attempt to merge your self-image with your reality. It can help you develop an understanding of body tensions as defenses against past trauma and unblock the flow of energy that causes these tensions for more open, joyful living.
There are 3 basic principles to bioenergetics therapy:
Working on these principles can help you to breathe more deeply, move more freely, and feel your emotions more completely. The goal of this work is not only to improve your health but to deepen your understanding of your body and to introduce you to a more vibrant life.
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) is an often-ignored condition caused by stress. When you’re stressed, it activates your NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) stress response. This stress response protects your body from the damaging effects of stress and also causes changes throughout your body that help you react to the cause of the stress. Basically, it activates your flight or fight response by causing your adrenal glands to pump cortisol into your body.
The NEM stress response is an ancient system, meant to be activated for short periods, during times of physical stress. As the world changed, this system hasn’t kept up with the changes. It doesn’t know that you don’t have to run from a predator. So, when work pressures, poor health, or relationship problems make you feel stressed, the NEM stress response reacts the exact same way.
This becomes a problem when you’re chronically stressed, as so many people are in the modern world. Ongoing, unrelenting stress forces your adrenals to produce high levels of cortisol over a long period. This not only causes the NEM stress response to become unbalanced, it also fatigues the adrenals and causes malfunctions throughout your body.
There are 6 circuits involved in and affected by the NEM stress response and they can become unbalanced and malfunctioning when you have AFS. This includes the Bioenergetics Circuit, which will negatively affect how your body makes and uses energy. The reverse is true as well. Problems with your energy flow due to emotional, mental, or physical restrictions will also impact the health of this circuit and could bring on or worsen adrenal fatigue and the associated problems.
The Bioenergetics Circuit is made up of the thyroid, pancreas, and liver. It’s the least understood circuit but is responsible for producing the body’s energy. So, when this circuit becomes unbalanced because of AFS, the results can be widespread and catastrophic for your health.
In the initial stages of AFS, metabolism is increased in order to help the body cope with demands on it. Problems associated with this stage are typically easy to resolve, but as AFS progresses and the imbalances in the Bioenergetics Circuit worsen, it can cause a range of problems to do with metabolism such as blood sugar problems, obesity, sleeping disorders, leaky gut, and dysbiosis or imbalances in the gut bacteria.
All of these problems will worsen imbalances in this circuit and cause additional demands and stress for the individual components of the circuit. It may also worsen any energy blockages that you’re already experiencing, which is why bioenergetics therapy, which may help to address these issues, could be very helpful. Here are some of the energy blockages that can occur when you have AFS:
The liver releases stored glucose when insulin levels drop and also help to deactivate and clear harmful metabolites from your body. When your energy levels are low because of AFS or energy flow problems, the liver can start to slow down. This will result in a build-up of metabolites in your liver, which are then released back into the body to damage the cells.
As the liver becomes dysfunctional, it will also affect the release of glucose, which will further impair the flow of energy in your body.
Your pancreas is a key organ in energy production. It controls insulin levels and produces enzymes that help to break down food. When you have AFS or when your energy flows are impaired, the resulting inflammation can impair the pancreas, resulting in blood sugar problems and low energy.
The thyroid produces the hormones T3 and T4 which are essential to metabolism, so as this organ starts to malfunction because of AFS, it will severely impair your energy production and flow.
Bioenergetics therapy could be a good way to relieve stress and strain at the source. This could help prevent you from developing AFS or alleviate it. This type of therapy may also help to correct imbalances in the Bioenergetics Circuit by increasing and unblocking the flow of energy in your body, improving the health of the individual components, and encouraging natural healing.
This therapy could also be helpful in alleviating AFS because it’s safe and gentle. When you have AFS and your Bioenergetics Circuit is unbalanced, positive changes that are meant to improve your energy levels can cause additional stress. This is the last thing you want when you have AFS. But if you do gentle exercises that are tailored to the condition of your body it could help give you more energy. It could also start to repair some of the damages and imbalances caused by AFS.
Just make sure that you work with an experienced or professional on this therapy. You should also get the advice and guidance of a medical practitioner who’s aware of your AFS and overall condition before you begin. This will help you avoid additional stress and a worsening of your adrenal fatigue. They may also be able to help you find an alternative health practitioner who can help with your unique condition.
If you’re stressed or generally unwell but can’t find a specific cause, then it’s time to look for more holistic systems of health. There are numerous therapies that look at your body, your personality, and your mind as a whole. These can be very helpful when used correctly.
This includes bioenergetics, which will help you understand how energy flows throughout your cells and your body. It will also help to identify blockages and impairments that could be impacting your health. This can make all the difference in choosing a recovery path that’s right for your overall condition. Here’s how to do that:
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Bioenergetics refers to the way that energy flows throughout your cells and throughout your body. It’s often neglected or completely ignored in conventional medicine. However, if you’re unwell and can’t find a specific cause, then your energy flow might be the answer.