Transitional Healing

Facilitating Life’s Transitions

Limbic System Part 2 – Amygdala

Posted by Angela on March 27, 2007

The Amygdala is an almond shaped nuclei that is located int he medial temporal lobe of the brain, just in front of the hippocampus.  It is thought that the amygdala is responsible for linking feelings of fear and anxiety which has an intimate relationship with the bodies fight, flight or freeze response.  There are approximately 20 -30 receiving and processing centers in the amygdala and its reaction response can come directly from the thalamus gland.  Hypo or hyper activity in the amygdala can have an impact on understanding fear and anxiety, which may have an impact in processing the bodies fight or flight mechanism.  

Any imbalance or dis-ease within the amygdala has the potential to impact soft tissue integrity throughout the body.    For example a hyper active amygdala can contribute to remaining in fight or flight or freeze.  By remaining in fight or flight or freeze our entire body remains super vigilant, adreneline may be over created, heart rate may remain high etc.  Prolonged periods of this supervigilance can throw off the chemical balances within the body, including the soft tissue.  As a result the soft tissue can loose it’s elasticity and overall health – added to this is that the healing process of deep rest can be compromised during prolonged periods of fight or flight or freeze:  you end up with the potential of more damage and less healing within the soft tissue.   The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself – provided it has the opportunity to do so.

If you feel that you have experienced prolonged periods of fight or flight or stress you may find that your body could use a little assistance in healing.  Basic good health advice prevails – eat well, exercise, get plenty of rest, and reduce stress.  Bodywork can also help, and there are a number of modalities that may be beneficial – the key is to find the one(s) that resonate with you and your body.  We recommend that you trust your own inner guidance in finding the therapy that will work best for you.  

For specific work to facilitate balancing the amygdala we have found that advanced brain work is particularly effective.   We find that combining advanced brain work with other modalities can contribute to working with both potential cause and symptoms that an imbalance in the center for fight, flight or freeze may have led to.

Part 1 of the Limbic System series can be found here

–Michael and Angela

 

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2 Responses to “Limbic System Part 2 – Amygdala”

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    that you can remain in control of them.

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