One of the biggest issues with children today is that their brains are being severely compromised by the myriad of stresses that bombard them. Since the brain is the CEO of the body, it has to be in charge of all the activities in the body. This bombardment of kids’ brains and their entire nervous system often starts in the womb and continues in childbirth and through early childhood.
Through my own experience of a traumatic birth, I spent a good portion of my life reacting to the emotional and psychological imbalances that I have since tracked as an imbalance in the brain. My particular birth trauma involved the umbilical chord being wrapped around my neck, being birthed with forceps, and placed in an incubator for a day and half without contact with my mother, who was knocked out as a pain relief measure.
Early in my childhood I was thought to be ADHD and was labeled, which only added to the problem, especially at school. I had to work really hard to get good grades and was always getting into trouble for misbehavior, which in hindsight I recognize was just acting out my frustration about not being understood. As an adult, I was plagued by the residual unanswered questions about why I was the way I was and still felt different…which led me into healing and, eventually, to BodyTalk.
From the outset, BodyTalk provided me with immediate relief from the anxiety that had affected me since birth. It also resolved a 10-year chronic issue with debilitating back pain, and ongoing digestive issues. So I was hooked, and 10 years later, after endless positive results with children, parents and other adults using this easily accessible, non-invasive, non judging therapy and combining it with the other areas in the Restore Your Soul Method (Movement, Awareness, Nourishment, and Environment), I’m still just as amazed by it as I was when I found it.
After practicing BodyTalk for about a year, I went to school for massage therapy and it was there that I noticed something very interesting: I no longer had to read and re-read my books and study endlessly for exams, as I had previously done in school and I was continually getting excellent grades, even though the material was more technical than many other things I had studied. BodyTalk had balanced my brain!
One of the most effective methods for addressing psycho-physical-emotional behavioral problems in children is the simple BodyTalk technique of ‘tapping out the cortices’ (balancing the right and left hemispheres of the brain). This technique, when done regularly, helps to reset the emotional center of the brain, which tends to over-react to the stresses of life and creates a barrier to development and overall health.
The brain is intrinsically connected to every part of the body. The theory behind balancing the brain is that all disease is reflected in the brain at some level. Images of the brain show that there are ‘cold spots’ or inactive areas of the brain, which correspond to areas of the body where there is disease. We have found that balancing the brain with BodyTalk, and particularly tapping out the cortices (which is one of the best ways to balance out the brain) the cold spots either diminish or totally disappear and so does the corresponding illness.
Our nervous systems have a natural reaction to stress or danger, called the ‘fight or flight’ response. This reaction takes resources away from the systems of the body responsible for healing and growing in order to protect us. While this is a necessary response to dangerous situations, imbalances in our brain cause this behavior to be the first and sometimes the only response to daily stress. Doing BodyTalk and particularly ‘tapping out the cortices’ allows the brain to calm down and get out of the ‘fight or flight’ mode as quickly as possible, which allows us to heal and grow. For children in particular, whose brains are growing and developing so rapidly, this shift is essential.
There have been thousands of case studies reporting positive changes and progress in children with BodyTalk. An example of this is a child named Lola, who had been having difficultly focusing, concentrating and “sequencing.” The following is a testimonial from her father:
Lola (4), is a child with a tremendous amount of exuberance. We found though, that her “exuberance” would often times make it difficult for her to concentrate or remain focused for any length of time. For example, she could never sit still long enough to watch TV (not necessarily a bad thing, I know) but it seemed to be more than her inability to focus as she had difficulty in “sequencing”. Sequencing is the brain’s ability to piece together and follow along a coherent line of thought (like a story, or counting, etc.). This was a challenge for Lola and resulted in frustration that often lead to acting out. The frustration got to the point this winter that we decided to try some BodyTalk sessions.
After four sessions over three months the changes in Lola have been, dare I say, dramatic. She is still her ever exuberant self, but she can now sit still, by herself, with a book or watch a show or do some coloring for an extended period of time. More then once, I have turned to my wife and asked her (half seriously) who that little girl is sitting quietly over on the chair thumbing through a clothing catalog or pleasantly interacting with another child or adult. Recently, Lola’s teacher had pulled my wife aside (unsolicited) and commented on how much Lola has changed over the last few months, commenting that “. . .it’s as if a light has been turned on. . .”
Lola’s case is not unique. It is my dream to awaken our planet with knowledge of these kinds of solutions for kids that don’t have to be painful or complicated.