Your Body’s Communication Network
I’ve always been fairly fascinated with the human body, and when I first went to school for bodywork, that interest only increased. Learning about anatomy, the body’s systems, how the muscles, bones, and connective tissue work together (kinesiology,) really clicked with me. I’m kind of a gearhead at heart, and understanding some of the workings of the human body was a revelation.
What’s been really fascinating, though, is how little we really understand. Even though anatomy and physiology is taught by showing the body’s systems as separate, definable entities, none can exist on its own. The connectivity of our bodies is complete and total. And science isn’t sure how everything works.
Take the endocrine system, for example. How thoughts and feelings are translated into chemical messages called neurotransmitters is only slightly understood. We don’t even know everything those neurotransmitters do. Why are serotonin and dopamine, two common and powerful neurotransmitters, found not only in the brain, but also in the large intestine?
On that track, I’m studying myofascial meridians, or “anatomy trains,” as developed by Thomas Myers. He has some very radical ideas of integration in the human body, to the extent that he postulates that there really is only one muscle in the body, and that it is just separated into what we’ve looked at as individual muscles. There’s godd science behind his findings, and it just took someone who was willing to look at things a bit differently to find this stuff.
I’ve tried to always keep an open mind about new findings, and have developed a sense of curiosity, and caution, about what we know about ourselves.