Abdominal Brain


& Abdom­i­nal Mas­sage:

 

-How many brains do you have?

 

  1. Cere­brum = BIG BRAIN, include neo cor­tex for ratio­nal think­ing and Lim­bic sys­tem witch inter­pret stimuli’s and gen­er­ate feel­ings. And this part is divid­ed in 2 right and left.
  2. Cere­bel­lum = LITTLE BRAIN, coor­di­nate or move­ments.
  3. Medul­la Oblon­ga­ta = The “Rep­til­ian brain”, auto­mat­ic func­tions.
  4. ABDOMINAL BRAIN: Our GUT is an inde­pen­dent neu­ro­log­i­cal organ, enteric ner­vous sys­tem. There are more neu­rons in the abdomen than in the brain!!! The abdom­i­nal brain act like a brain inde­pen­dent of Cen­tral Ner­vous Sys­tem. ‑Our gut has a mind­set of it’s own con­tan­ing emo­tions, feel­ings, instincts, warn­ings and divin guidence. Long time after we stopped think­ing of some­thing, it’s still in our GUT.

The abdom­i­nal brain is con­nect­ed and comm­cin­cate with the bac­te­r­i­al cul­ture in the Colon.

Abdom­i­nal brain and com­mu­ni­cate with Cere­brum via Ner­vous Vagus.

Abdom­i­nal brain can send and receive impulse. Like a brain record the expe­ri­ence and respond emo­tion­al.

The abdom­i­nal brain pro­duces more Sero­tonin than Cere­brum.

-Psy­chi­a­trist James Green­blatt, from Boston USA, found in his stud­ies that more than half of psy­chi­atric com­plains is asso­ci­at­ed with prob­lems in the gut. ->Spe­cial­ly moods and con­trol­ling of behav­ior (OCD obses­sive-com­pul­sive behav­iors + ADHD + Depres­sion + Autism). Green­blatt have had good results treat­ing his patients with high dos­es of Pro-active bac­te­ria.

Also IBS “Irri­ta­ble Bow­el Syn­drome” is con­sid­er as a psy­chic dis­eases in the abdom­i­nal brain.

Migraine, Epilep­sy, may have its cause in the Abdom­i­nal Brain & there are states that are called “Abdom­i­nal Migraine”, and “Abdom­i­nal Epilep­sy”.

 

The ABDOMEN –the CORE of our being, the mid­dle, where every­thing con­nects.

  • At our phys­i­cal body; Huge blood ves­sels, nerves, con­nect­ing tis­sues, Psoas mus­cle, Neu­rons, Intes­tine, Colon, Lymph sys­tem, Immune sys­tem, ducts, most of our may­or organs as Liv­er, Kid­neys, sex­u­al organs and more…. Is run­ning through here.

The ABDOMINAL BRAIN have been known for thou­sands of years in Yoga and Tao as:

LOWER TAN THIEN point, known in yoga as KANDA: About 2 inch­es, or 5 cen­time­ter, or 4 fin­gers breadth under our navel, at the same lev­el as the Sacrum, at the SUBTIL BODY, through this point 72000 nadies run through (egg shape under the navel).

If we dis­sect a corpse, TAN TIEN is not be fund, it’s in the sub­ti­tle bod­ies.

(Nadies are as wire­less medi­ums, sub­ti­tle ener­gy tubes, not phys­i­cal. These sub­tle ener­gy tubes give the very breath of life to our bod­ies. With out them our heart would not beat and lungs would not move.)

 

There are many sim­i­lar­i­ties between the Taoists sys­tem and the Tantric sys­tem.

  • As Chi and Prana are the same.
  • Are Tan Thien and Kan­da are the same. Tan Tien is called Kan­da Mula in San­skrit.
  • Tao “Chong Mai” cor­re­sponds to Sushum­na Nadi.

  

We can read the flow­ing in “Hatha Yoga Pradipi­ka”:

The Kun­dali­ni is sleep­ing, clos­ing the door of the Sushum­na. She sleeps above the Kan­da or where the Nadies unite. She gives lib­er­a­tion to the Yogi and bondage to fools. He who knows her knows Yoga.”

 

In Yoga we call the area around the navel MANIPURA.

The area under the navel is some­times refers to as HARA, in Tao this is the LOWER TAN THIEN.

The area over the navel is SOLAR PLEXUS.

 

  • Chi Nei Tsang (Abdom­i­nal Mas­sage) was devel­oped long ago by Chi­nese Taoist monks in monas­ter­ies work­ing to detox­i­fy, strength­en and refine the body in order to hold and car­ry the ener­gy to per­form the high­est lev­els of spir­i­tu­al prac­tices and have the great­est health and well-being.
  • In Chi-Nei-Tsang, the ener­gy from LOWER TAN THIEN cen­ter is used to help the body func­tion nor­mal­ly.
  • For both Taoist and Yogis we also know this cen­ter as chief lab­o­ra­to­ry, fire and cen­ter for inner alche­my, trans­for­ma­tion.

 

Tan Tien is both gen­er­a­tor and stor­age place for Chi/Prana/energy [Chi-Nei-Tsang 1 Matak Chia]. Also called the “Med­i­cine Field”. It has the cura­tive pow­er of the orig­i­nal Chi/ Prana/ Pre­na­tal Ener­gy gath­ered here.

 

After the con­cep­tion the embryo starts to divide and the umbil­i­cal cord devel­ops.

The fetus is nour­ished by navel ener­gy; also waste ener­gy is elim­i­nat­ing through the navel area.

Sub­tle lev­el: Abdom­i­nal mas­sage is a method to elim­i­nate waste prod­ucts, tox­ins to leave the body.

Phys­i­cal lev­el: The huge lym­phat­ic sys­tem around the intes­tine removed waste and tox­ic prod­ucts.

  • When the lym­phat­ic sys­tem is ener­gized, there is free flow of prana in the abdomen it stim­u­lates the for­ma­tion of white blood cells and T‑cells that form the basis of the immune sys­tem.
  • (Lym­phat­ic Sys­tem: The pri­ma­ry func­tion of the lym­phat­ic sys­tem is to trans­port lymph, a clear, col­or­less flu­id con­tain­ing white blood cells that helps rid the body of tox­ins, waste and oth­er unwant­ed mate­ri­als. Lym­phat­ic comes from the Latin word lym­phati­cus, mean­ing “con­nect­ed to water,” as lymph is clear. The lym­phat­ic sys­tem, which is a sub­set of the cir­cu­la­to­ry sys­tem, has a num­ber of func­tions, includ­ing the removal of inter­sti­tial flu­id, the extra­cel­lu­lar flu­id that bathes most tis­sue. It also acts as a high­way, trans­port­ing white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into the bones, and anti­gen-pre­sent­ing cells to the lymph nodes.)

 

 

TAO = The navel Cen­ter is where you can uni­fy your body, mind and spir­it. This is the body’s force­ful Chi Ener­gy Cen­ter.

 

The impor­tance of the navel area can­not be overem­pha­sized. This area needs to be clear of con­ges­tion and ten­sion so that ener­gy easy can flow in and out.

 

If there is prob­lem with the ener­gy in the Cen­ter, such as emo­tion­al block­ages, ten­sions, tight­ness or stag­na­tions;

The for­ma­tion of ‑Knots, ‑tan­gles, ‑lumps, ‑mass­es, ‑fibroids, ‑fat, ‑swellings, and tumors –can form‑, and hin­der­ing the free and force­ful flow of ener­gy.  (from the body’s gen­er­a­tor MANIPURA CHAKRA.)

Except form hin­der­ing energy/prana to move freely, there may not be suf­fi­cient ener­gy to feed the organs and their ener­gy sys­tems ful­ly.

 

Also stress is dam­ag­ing the abdom­i­nal area.

Stress is a sur­vival instinct.

Our body reacts to stress the same way it did 10.000 years ago. Our genet­i­cal­ly design has not changed but our envi­ron­ment and life con­di­tions has.

 

When we feel threat­en our sys­tem and body pre­pare to FIGHT or FLIGHT.

Run away from the “tiger” or fight the “tiger” to get its skin.

Now day’s we don’t fight with tigers, our stres­sors (our tigers) approach us in mod­ern way as; ABSTRACT SYSTEMS, ‑inter­net bank, ‑VISA cards ‑the inter­est on the apart­ment must be paid to the bank in time. From the TV bom­bard­ed us of cri­sis sit­u­a­tions around the world very large stack of doc­u­ments to be arranged at our work place before a cer­tain date. This is the mod­ern tigers that cre­ate stress in us and makes us cre­ate stress response of FIGHT or FLIGHT.

 

When you killed the tiger and took it’s skin, there should be time for a long rest to recov­er from the FIGHT or FLIGHT response and put the body and ner­vous sys­tem back in bal­ance again.

The mod­ern tigers is not so easy to kill or run away from, some­times they are hunt­ing us day, after day, week after week, moth after moth and even year after year… and this can cre­ate a chron­ic state of stress and a kind of sup­pressed FIGHT or FLIGHT –response.

 

What hap­pened in the body when we are in FIGHT or FLIGHT –response, STRESS?

Our Auto­nom­ic ner­vous sys­tem pre­pare us for FIGHT & FLIGHT via ‑Adren­a­lin, ‑Nora­dren­a­lin, ‑Dopamine ‑and Cor­ti­sol make the ener­gy and pow­er of our capac­i­ty to FIGHT and FLIGHT as:

-sharped our sight

-tense and pump up our mus­cles

-makes us think quick­ly

-makes us feel that stress is fun­ny

-low­er­ing our pain thresh­old.

What also hap­pened is that the FIGHT and FLIGHT response is down­grad­ing the prana, blood, bow­el move­ments and activ­i­ty to the DIGESTIVE sys­tem, our sur­vival instinct dosen’t care to digest food when we are hunt­ed by an TIGER!!!

The bad thing is that our auto­nom­ic ner­vous sys­tem can’t dis­tin­guish a tiger from a large stack of doc­u­ments with a dead line, fear of loos­ing the job and inter­est on the apart­ment that has to be paid to the bank. If this is a chron­ic state, indeed our GUT and diges­tion will suf­fer. I believe that this is the rea­son why many peo­ple suf­fer from IBS now days.

 

In Tao they say that if we don’t have our cen­ter in the ABDOMEN and get very angry… al the ener­gy, heat goes up to the upper part of the body, the brain, and they say, “WE LOSE OUR MIND”…

 

When we are “BURNED OUT” we are tech­ni­cal­ly BURND OUT, to much heat in the CEREBRUM, the skull, the brain. Too much KORTISOL burn the sero­tonin and sub­stances that make the synap­sis com­mu­ni­ca­tion between the brain cells.

Tao say that when we are emo­tion­al, stress­es, anx­ious or angry, ener­gy goes up and “we loose our cen­ter”

 

Tao say’s: “Low­er your brain down to the heart brain, low­er your brain down to the Tan Thien brain.”

 

-How fast can you get back to your own cen­ter again?

When we learn to focus at Tan Thien/ Kanda/ Manipu­ra, we get a struc­ture rather then get to high. When we have to high cen­ter the ener­gy get stuck in the heart or head!!!!

When we low our abdom­i­nal breath­ing, we low every­thing down to the cen­ter, become more cen­tered.

 

Through the yog­ic abdom­i­nal self mas­sage “Saha­ja Agnis­ara Dhau­ti”, do we bring our mind to the abdom­i­nal area “Where the mind goes chi fol­low”.

 

The bod­ies have a tremen­dous self-heal­ing pow­er, what we have to do is project our mind there, project prana.

 

The ide of doing Tadasana first and accu­mu­late Prana in our hands and then do Saha­ja Agnis­ara Dhau­r­ti is GENIUOS.

Also the Ashvi­ni Mudra is GENIUOS, we need a strong pelvic floor to keep the organs at place. I have seen many things hang­ing out from the pelvic area at my job as nurse, colon, for woman utu­rus, for men her­nia.

 

Just place the hands on the abdom­i­nal area after doing Tadasana is very ben­e­fi­cial, or let a cat sleep at your bel­ly 😉

 

By Abdom­i­nal mas­sage can we keep area free from block­ages, knots, tan­gles – the ener­gy can easy flow free an pow­er­ful­ly assur­ing good health, reju­ve­na­tion and long avid­i­ty.

 

 

Hav­ing cleared the waste prod­ucts, tox­ins and emo­tion­al ten­sions that stag­nate and con­gest Chi/prana/energy in the Navel Cen­ter. After hav­ing cleared the area with:

Saha­ja Agnis­ara Dhau­r­ti,

Agnis­ara Dhau­r­ti,

Nauli Kriya,

Chi Nei Tsang

After clear­ing the are we can then infuse ener­gy through Chi Qong, Tai Chi, Chi Nei Tsang, medi­a­tions, Vital Force Pranaya­ma, or just put your hand on top and visu­al­ize.

 

  • Abdom­i­nal mas­sage burns stress, trau­mas, mem­o­ries.
  • Make us more present here and now.

 

When I do Chi-Nei-Tsang I even do acu­pres­sure on the psoas mus­cle and release sci­at­ic pains.

  • Psoas mus­cle is con­sid­ered as the soil of the soul. Low­er Tan Thien’s back include the psoas mus­cle.

Most of the Tan Thien are placed at large and small intes­tine also ‑Kid­ney, liv­er spleen, liv­er part of the Tan Thien.

 

Quo­ta­tions from Liz Koch:

The Psoas mus­cle is far more than a core sta­bi­liz­ing mus­cle: it is an organ of per­cep­tion com­posed of bio-intel­li­gent tis­sue and “lit­er­al­ly embod­ies our deep­est urge for sur­vival, and more pro­found­ly, our ele­men­tal desire to flour­ish”.

(The psoas mus­cle is con­nect­ed to the diaphragm through con­nec­tive tis­sue or fas­cia, which affects both our breath and fear reflex. This is because the psoas is direct­ly linked to the rep­til­ian brain, the most ancient inte­ri­or part of the brain stem and spinal cord. Koch believes that our fast paced mod­ern lifestyle –which runs on the adren­a­line of our sym­pa­thet­ic ner­vous sys­tem- chron­i­cal­ly trig­gers and tight­ens the psoas – mak­ing it lit­er­al­ly ready to run or fight. The psoas helps you to spring in action – or curl you up into a pro­tec­tive ball.)

If we con­stant­ly con­tract the psoas to due to stress or ten­sion, the mus­cle even­tu­al­ly begins to short­en lead­ing to a host of painful con­di­tions includ­ing low back pain, sacroil­i­ac pain, sci­at­i­ca, disc prob­lems, hip degen­er­a­tion, knee pain, men­stru­a­tion pain, infer­til­i­ty and diges­tive prob­lems.”

The psoas is so inti­mate­ly involved in such basic phys­i­cal and emo­tion­al reac­tions, that a chron­i­cal­ly tight­en psoas con­tin­u­al­ly sig­nals your body that you are in dan­ger, even­tu­al­ly exhaust­ing the adren­al glands and deplet­ing the immune sys­tem.”

 

In Chi-Nei-Tsang do we also mas­sage and stim­u­late the Diaphragm. In TAO we call diaphragm our “Enlight­en­ment Mus­cle”. When we have an har­mo­nious rhyth­mi­cal breath­ing the diaphragm is soft. When we are under stress we don’t breath har­mo­nious and rhyth­mi­cal­ly, we tend to hyper ven­ti­late or go up in a tho­rax breath­ing. The body incl. the diaphragm remem­ber this. There are a lot of mem­o­ries in the diaphragm, and to be free and liv­ing in the present moment, we need to let go of ten­sions and mem­o­ries in the tis­sue of the diaphragm. To do this we can par­ti­cle the full yog­ic breath­ing, that is breath­ing abdom­i­nal and also tho­raxi­cal, com­bined with diaphragm releas­ing mas­sage tech­niques.