In this NLP Bliog I am going to continue the track of NLP and health. We like to encourage people to view the mind and body as one system. Your thinking will affect your physiology and your physiology will affect your thinking. The psychologist Seligman did research showing a link between certain types of negative patterns in thinking and more frequent visits to the doctor (for more information, read the fascinating book Learned Optimism by Seligman).
Messages our sent though our neurology via means of neurons. Some people use an anology of this as being like the wiring in our bodies via which all internal communication is sent. The neurons transmit signals by means of electrical impulses, and neurons transmit messages to other neurons via means of chemical messengers – neurotransmitter. When we are feeling happy, we have different levels and types of neurotransmitter present than when we are feeling unhappy. In fact, different emotional states we find ourselves in have very different chemical make ups from each other.
When someone is feeling aggressive there will be a greater level of cortisol in the system. Frequent feelings of aggression may result in sustained high levels of cortisol which many studies suggest may be linked to some heart problems.
Dealing with negative emotions may be very important in dealing with health in general.
When I was younger (before I learned about NLP or ever attended an NLP training), I frequently experienced many negative emotions and found that I suffered from frequent ill health.
When I started to learn NLP and hypnotherapy, my health really did transform. Rather than having cold that would last for weeks, if I catch a cold now it will generally pass within a couple of days.
There is a lot of work still to be done on understanding the mind-body connection. An interesting book on this is Mind Body Therapy by Rossi & Cheek.
Attending an NLP training or hypnotherapy course can have many positive impacts – health is just one of them. I have created a hypnotherapy recording for immune system boosting on my website www.nlpmastery.co.uk