I have to say...as a parent I am totally biased. My oldest child is a very talented artist. Her imagination and creativity are a full expression of her innate intelligence. I am always in AWE of her ability to visualize and create with paint, pen, pencil, clay, whatever.
Since preschool, her artistic journey has been fostered by her Waldorf education. In Waldorf early childhood education, there is great emphasis on development in the art they create. It offers a vibrant picture of where a child is, and headed, developmentally.
Around the age of 4, her teacher began to notice something interesting in her art. When she drew full bodies, you could see a distinct break in the torso. The legs didn't attach to the trunk of the body. All the elements of a fully formed being was on the page but disconnected in the waist.
Catching this detail offered insight into something that was happening in her body and neurological feedback. The outer artwork was a lens into her developing nervous system... As her Soul is incarnating into her body, she was lacking an anchor, connection, from her ethereal body into this physical realm. (That is my story that I made up around it and the story doesn't really matter.) Her nervous system needed some help to integrate and update.
That same day I took her in for her ELAN entrainment. She laid face down, relaxed and you could see the breath move clearly through her body. With a series of gentle contacts on her spine, you could witness her patterns change in real time. At the end of her entrainment, she popped off the table and asked for a piece of paper and a pencil. She then proceeded to draw a fully formed, fully connected body. All of the details were there, all seamlessly connected, into a whole human form.
It was such a testament for her development. It was such a powerful experience for me to watch real time change happen neurologically and expressed outwardly.
So, why does a growing child need nervous system care?
A child's nervous system is the first thing that is formed in the womb. It begins to regulate to its maternal environment as it develops. The fetus is growing, changing and evolving in a chemical soup from the mother via her stresses- physical & emotional, toxic load, thoughts and personal life experiences. The nervous system is shaped by experience, even in utero.
Research shows that maternal stress, or ease, can have lasting effects on the developing fetus that can influence neurobehavioral development. Kids pattern their parents. It's all they know and the coregulation of stress, or ease, will pass into their neurobehavioral experience of life. They will naturally seek what they have regulated to.
What are some symptoms of a child with nervous system dysregulation?
- Challenges in Behavior
- Anxiety/ Depression
- Sleeping Issues
- Gut & Digestion Issues
- Immune System Challenges
- Difficulty in Learning
- Hyperactivity and/ or Focusing Issues
Nervous system dysregulation can stem from a myriad of traumatic experiences throughout childhood. There are things that are very apparent and things that are just below the surface when it comes to experienced trauma. These events are shaped in our childhood, creating nervous system patterns of survival and how we perceive what is 'normal' in our bodies and lives.
What are some examples of trauma in childhood?
- Birth trauma
- Not feeling seen or heard
- Being shut down in experiencing your felt emotions, directly or indirectly
- Being around adults that can't regulate their own emotions
- Being denied your reality
- Having a parental figure that doesn't model healthy boundaries
- Parental figure that is overly focused on appearances and material things
As parents, you do your best with the skills that you have. Being a mother or father is a 'round the clock' job that is stemmed in unconditional love. We want the best for our children. We only hope to raise strong, well-adjusted children into adults that contribute to the betterment of our world. I know I am trying to help leave this planet better than I found it.
So don't beat yourself up. Just know that there is always an opportunity to heal. Heck, our nervous system is perfectly made for it. We can always make a different choice for ourselves and for our family.
If it is time to break the cycle and make a new choice, then ELAN Care is an easy choice for the whole family for optimal health, healing and wellness.
I have been raising two incredible humans over the last 12 years and understand what it takes to show up in my body and life with ease, personal power and self-healing.
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