||Exciting new research has affirmed the vital significance of the body/mind connection in adapting us to our environment, to healing, and our expression of wellness. A basic understanding of brain function will give you an enlightening peek into the invaluable role NS plays in enhancing this connection, and its life-changing capacity.
The brain is the control center for all body functions and systems. Through a vast network of nerves, the brain/body are in constant communication with one another, insuring adequate response to internal and external changes,(stress), and, in essence, keeping us alive.
The human brain is composed of three parts.
The first part is the Brain Stem or Reptilian Brain. This is the Survival Brain. It controls all functions responsible for our survival as an individual and as a species. It controls such things as hunger, thirst, heartbeat, breathing, digestion, immunity, and sexual drive. It is the basic, primal part of us that is in all animals. Most importantly it initiates the Fight-or-Flight Stress Response, in times of stress or trauma.
The second part is the Limbic System or Emotional Brain. It controls all functions related to emotional aspects of survival. It controls such things as memory, behavior, pleasure and pain responses, and experience of all emotions. Most importantly it maintains the Fight-or-Flight Stress Response and initiates defense posture.