Guest Post: Stefan Cox
The nervous system:
Holy shit, where do we even begin? It’s connected to everything. Every pain sensation, pleasure sensation and everything in between. It’s connected to breathing, movement, drugs, diet, thought, and pretty much every human activity you could think of. As Elisha’s said many times, every nerve ending is coated in a piece of fascia. There’s plenty of scientific evidence supporting the existence of a relationship between fascia and the nervous system, yet there is a very limited understanding of that relationship. Elisha is one of few people I know of who is consciously aware of this relationship between fascia and the nervous system, and is the only person I know of who is facilitating communication between the nervous system and fascia in a way that can result in lasting physiological and psychological change.
Being new to this information, I’m naturally very curious about it’s implications for me personally, and for a wide variety people with a wide variety of challenges. A few years ago I never would have dreamed that you could impact autoimmune diseases through fascial release. Now I find myself asking questions like: Are there different categories/types of nervous systems that manifest physically in the fascia? Do you think the fascial system is an organ? If it’s an organ, then what’s it’s primary function?
Metaphors: Fascia and the nervous system
All of these questions (and many more) bewilder me when I start thinking about the implications of how they could help us physically, mentally, and everywhere in-between. I love the metaphor Elisha talks about in this video: if our lives are a story, the fascia is the paper and the nervous system is the pen. Sometimes we are so caught up writing the same damn story that it’s easier to change that story by introducing a new kind of paper (or medium) than it is to try and change how we write. To carry on the metaphor, most of us have been writing the same story in the same way for years… because it served us at some point. Sure, there are ways to change how we write by addressing it directly, and they’re usually a slow arduous process. But if we are given a new kind of paper/medium to write our stories on, our style of writing changes naturally and out of necessity to accommodate the novelty it’s been presented with.
I think traditional healing modalities and activities, like psychotherapy, meditation, massage, nlp, yoga, etc. are all beneficial activities. If you enjoy them or feel benefit from them, they can be good tools. I have used all of the above to varying extents and felt benefit from them… and if you’re looking for the most efficient tools to change your story, then I think it’s best to look at tools that change the medium you write your story on. Kinetix is one of those tools, and is the most novel tool I know of.
Questions and more questions:
As I’ve continued to grow and learn I’ve become more and more curious about novel and effective ways of changing the mind and body to bring us more fulfillment in life. I think the nervous system is a fascinating piece of that puzzle, and I can’t wait to nerd out about it more!
I’d love to hear more from you about your stories and experiences with the nervous system, fascia, or both. What are your thoughts and opinions on changing the medium for effective change? How can we leverage this knowledge of the nervous system to better our lives? What are your favorite practices and techniques for bringing about real, effective, and efficient change in your life?
Please share this post if you want to contribute to the conversation or if you know anyone struggling with nervous system issues. If you have comments or questions drop them below! And if you enjoyed this Q&A Monday and have a question that you’d like us to feature, please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can surprise Elisha with them :).
See ya next time,