Our bodies have an amazing response to stress to protect us called the fight / flight response.

Unfortunately, today the amount of stress in our lives is keeping our bodies stuck in fight / flight – and the result is, our bodies are out of balance.

To understand how we can create balance in our body, our minds, and in our lives, we need to look at and understand why our bodies are out of balance.

According to the medical dictionary, “stress is the body’s normal response to anything that disturbs its natural physical, emotional, or mental balance.”

People talk about feeling stressed out about their work, the economy, global politics, deadlines, their relationships, and just about everything else.

And while stress is considered an epidemic problem, it is not something outside of us; it doesn’t exist in the environment or in external situations on its own.

Our thoughts, our choices and the story we tell ourselves about an event or circumstance can create the emotional upset, racing heart rate, shallow breathing, surging adrenalin, and other symptoms of the stress response.

Fortunately, learning how to deal effectively with stress doesn’t require any skills or athletic performance. It doesn’t require anything that you do not already have within you right now.

Dealing with stress is a skill that anyone can learn.

The Fight/Flight Response

Our body is naturally designed to deal with short bursts of stress, such as crossing paths with a tiger, tribal warfare, avalanches, floods and other situations that provoke a stress response.

In these situations, the nervous system intelligently switches from the parasympathetic response (rest, digest and heal), into the sympathetic response (fight/flight) to preserve our life.

The body temporarily shuts down functions that are not necessary for immediate survival. This inhibits the ability to digest, reproduce, breathe and heal so we can run away from the danger or solve the problem quickly.

However, we are not designed to sustain this condition of excitement for an extended duration.

Imagine there was a tiger in front of you.

Running or hiding is your body’s priority so it constricts breathing, stops digesting, stops reproducing and stops healing so you can escape.

However, the body is simply not designed to sustain this heightened response for extended periods. In nature, an antelope that has just escaped a tiger will tremble and shake to discharge any excess energy and its body returns to normal. As people, we don’t tend to do this. After all, we’re conditioned to stay composed and look like we have it all together.

So what happens?

This stress is stored in our body because it has nowhere else to go.

In our modern life, it is not the tiger but an accumulation of physical, chemical and emotional stressors that create the same stress response.

The tiger has been replaced by work, relationships, money problems, traffic, bad news on television, opinions on social media, exposure to microwaves and abnormal electromagnetic fields, fear of alienation, peer pressures and other hazards of modern life.

These are all factors in increased stress levels and the stress response is being triggered hundreds of times throughout the day and night, compounded by the lifetime of previous stress that is still stuck in the nervous system.

Our body does not distinguish between a tiger and a toxic cigarette, or a tiger and a fight with our partner, or a tiger and financial stress, or a tiger and a car accident. It rightly perceives all of these things as stressors and the stress response is triggered. Our body then stays in this response until the stress is no longer there, but for many people, that stress never goes away. Any additional perception of threat reactivates this “alarm reaction” in the body and creates new and additional layers of blockages.

When the stress remains in our body, compounded by our cycling thoughts, the body starts to learn how to live with this stress.

It is remarkable how the human body can adapt to our environment to protect us from injury.

If you take one thing away from this today, I want it to be an appreciation of just how magnificent your body is.

It is protecting you in order to survive.

It’s not broken, it’s not damaged.

It is an amazing response.

The body is forced to learn how to live with stress so you can carry on with all the responsibilities of life.

So, I want you to take a moment to honour your body and say “thank you for protecting me.”

And now, your responsibility is to protect it as well.

That’s what I am passionate about helping you to learn how to do. I can help you understand your body and release the blockages from your nervous system.

If you would like to discover more about the Spinal Flow Healing technique, I invite you to join my FREE Facebook community, Spinal Health with Dr. Carli Axford

Yours in health and healing,


Carli Axford

Author Carli Axford

I’m a Healer, Chiropractor, Retreat Facilitator, Meditation Instructor as well as the Founder and Trainer of the Spinal Flow Certification Program.

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