Article: “Tony Robbins Swears by This Unexpected Form of Therapy (You’ve Probably Never Heard of It)”

It could rock your world both professionally and personally.

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You may be aware of the fact that Tony Robbins is one of the leading personal growthexperts in the world. Did you know he’s also a survivor of domestic violence?

He’s open about that fact during his seminars; in fact, he uses it as a teaching tool. He’s also open about receiving a form of somatic therapy called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), which has helped him overcome both physical and emotional issues in his life (related to his childhood and beyond).

NSA was created by Dr. Donny Epstein in the 1980s. It’s deceptively simple yet profoundly effective. NSA practitioners lightly touch certain parts of your spine to release tension. By releasing that tension, energy is freed up, which the body uses to increase flexiblity in your spine and, by extension, your nervous system.

At its core, NSA is an elegant hack to help you reorganize your body and mind, making you more physically and mentally flexible and resilient. It’s like a software upgrade for humans.

The results are remarkable, and heavily research-backed. According to Dr. R.H. Blanks at the UC Irvine’s Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, NSA “has a direct effect on client self-reported wellness which is twice that expected from healthy lifestyle practices (exercise, risk avoidance, optimal food choices).”

In other words, NSA creates results double those of eating better, exercising, and doing things like stopping smoking–and it does so with no side effects. Practitioners also report that patients under Network care start making healthier choices on their own; instead of efforting their way to eating healthier (or being told they have to or they’ll have another heart attack), they just naturally start to do it.

But it’s good for far more than just physical ailments. Because NSA treats the spine and in turn the nervous system, there’s almost nothing it doesn’t address. Your nervous system impacts everything: your physical pain; your emotions, your anxiety/depression; your energy level; your ability to process complexity; your stress level.

A few concrete things NSA can be used to treat:

  • ADD and ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse (alcoholism, drug addiction, etc.)
  • Chronic pain

Candace Pert, Nobel Laureate and professor of Brain Biochemistry at Georgetown, had this to say in her book Molecules of Emotion:

“Network Spinal Analysis represents the epitome of body work; it is at the leading of body/mind/spirit integration. This work will transform the planet.”

So if people like Tony Robbins and Nobel laureates are raving about NSA, why have you never heard of it?

Because we rarely talk about therapy openly, let alone somatic therapy. Because we are only now coming into a culture that accepts that your body and mind aren’t separate; they are one and the same. Because we tend to overemphasize how a person like Tony Robbins succeeded by his force of will, and underemphasize the behind-the-scenes healing modalities that help him thrive.

The fact is, functioning at peak performance takes effort. It doesn’t just “happen.” If you look at the most successful individuals in the world, you will often find that, in addition to normal or “alternative” education, they’ve done extensive therapeutic work on themselves. This is because you can’t truly excel if you haven’t dealt with the blocks within yourself to your own success.

In other words, you’ve got to be able to get out of your own way. And sometimes you need a little help to do so.

In Tony Robbins’ words:

“Network Spinal Analysis and Somato-Respiratory Integration, Donny Epstein’s revolutionary methodologies, are amongst the most powerful sources of personal transformation I have ever experienced or seen. They produce embodied and empowered strategies that are both sustainable and enjoyable for enhanced human resourcefulness and wellness.

I am stronger, more inspired, creative, and healthy because of this work. It has personally and professionally helped me to maximize my ability to contribute to others.”

NSA has no adverse side effects. It’s not pharmaceutical in nature. It doesn’t require hospitalization. It isn’t hellaciously expensive. You can find a list of practitioners here.

The Six Human Needs: Why We Do What We Do

Here is a wonderful article by Tony Robbins about what human beings are seeking in life.

Enjoy — Dr. Cliff
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Why do human beings do the things they do? How is it that one person will sacrifice his own life for another, while another will murder a stranger for sheer pleasure? What creates a Charles Manson or a Nelson Mandela? What is the force that drives and shapes all of our emotions, actions, qualities of life, and ultimately, our destinies?

While each human being is unique, we also share nervous systems that function in the same way. There are also six fundamental needs that everyone has in common, and all behavior is simply an attempt to meet those six needs.

The Six Human Needs
1. Certainty: assurance you can avoid pain and gain pleasure
2. Uncertainty/Variety: the need for the unknown, change, new stimuli
3. Significance: feeling unique, important, special or needed
4. Connection/Love: a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something
5. Growth: an expansion of capacity, capability or understanding
6. Contribution: a sense of service and focus on helping, giving to and supporting others

This drive is encoded in our nervous system.

The means by which people meet these six human needs are unlimited. For example, one of the six human needs is the desire for certainty that we can avoid pain and gain pleasure (i.e. comfort). Some people pursue this need by striving to control all aspects of their lives, while others obtain certainty by giving up control and adopting a philosophy of faith. Variety makes us feel alive and engaged. Then there’s the desire for significance—a belief that one’s life has meaning and importance. Some individuals will pursue this need by competing with others, or by destroying and tearing down those around them. Others may strive to fulfill this need through connection with other human beings.

The force of life is the drive for fulfillment; we all have a need to experience a life of meaning. Fulfillment can only be achieved through a pattern of living in which we focus on two spiritual needs: 1) the need to continuously grow; and 2) the need to contribute beyond ourselves in a meaningful way. All dysfunctional behaviors arise from the inability to consistently meet these needs. When our attempts to reach fulfillment fail, we will settle for comfort—or for meeting our needs on a small scale. Look to replace any dis-empowering ways of meeting your needs with things that empower and support you and others.

Understanding these needs, and which ones you are trying to meet in any given moment, can help you create new patterns that lead to lasting fulfillment.

Peak Performance Action Plan:

1. Which of these six needs do you tend to focus on or value the most?
2. What are the ways (good and bad) you meet these needs? For example, in your relationships, work, eating, exercise, etc.?
3. How can you increase your focus on growth and contribution? What are some things you can do, or new experiences you can participate in? Use the Hour of Power to maximize your planning in this area.