An Effective Method For Getting into 'Relax Mode'
Quickly & Easily
THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is the part of our nervous system which is 'unconscious' or 'automatic'.
There are 2 aspects of the ANS -
The Para-Sympathetic Nervous System
The Sympathetic Nervous System.
The Parasympathetic NS includes the large Vagus nerve which runs from the brain down the entire length of the digestive system. The Para-Sympathetic NS enervates our inner organs. It keeps us calm, helps us to digest, sleep and regenerate.
The Sympathetic NS, in contrast, is the system that enervates our muscles, our adrenal glands and peripheral blood vessels. This system is activated when there is an emergency - it helps us to run, strike, be alert and highly energized.
Stressors are prevalent everywhere in our modern life (work, social, financial and environmental), so the bulk of people are constantly living in a mode of sympathetic NS dominance. This means that their bodies do not have a chance to switch back into the calming, digesting and rejuvenating mode.
Sympathetic NS was only ever intended for emergency situations - but if we are constantly existing in this state, our body becomes tired, unwell, old and stressed very quickly.
Many researchers now acknowledge that for healing to occur, the body needs to send its vital energy to the inner organs, brain and gut - all functions which can only occur if we are in the Parasympathetic mode, when we are sleeping or resting.
Anything that turns your body into the Para-sympathetic state is therefore considered helpful to assist stressed people achieve healing, both physically and emotionally.
WHY THE IRIS?
The Parasympathetic Nervous System acts by the following pathways -
The pelvic nerves (S 2, 3 and 4) act on the pelvic organs (that's why we need to be relaxed for healthy fertility and sexuality)
3 cranial nerves (maxillary, mandibular and opthalmic nerves).
The opthalmic nerve sends parasympathetic nerve endings to parts of the eye including the Sphincter Pupillae muscle, which is at the border of the pupil and iris, responsible for pupil contraction.
Researchers including Tony Cocilovo, found that the Spincter Pupilae muscle of the eye is a 'two way street', meaning that Para-sympathetic nerve impulses can be sent to and received by this muscle in the eye. This implies that any impulse (such as pulsating colour light) exposed to this area would be returned to the entire parasympathetic system. In effect, it acts as a 'doorway' to whole parasympathetic NS.
Tony Cocilovo maintains that in order for the parasympathetic NS to be activated, sedating colours in the range of blues and violets are best suited (as reds are often too stimulating).
WHAT IS IRIS PHOTO-THERAPY?
This unique technique is the creation of US inventor Tony Cocolivo. Tony is an advocate of the powers of the Autonomic Nervous system to heal our bodies, naturally.
This novel system of colour therapy uses small, safe amounts of pulsating coloured light irradiated near to the border of the pupil/iris zone of the eye, to elicit a parasympathetic response in the body - which is the state the body needs to be in for healing to occur.
He advocates the use of this technique prior to use of any other therapy, to allow patients to enter a relaxed state, which primes their body to receive and benefit fully from other therapies applied thereafter.
He has noted significantly successful responses in numerous patients who received this technique.
CAN THE PARASYMPATHETIC NS
The Parasympathetic NS also innervates -
The inner conchae of the ear (this is why auricular acupuncture points in the inner part of the ear are so effective in relieving stress, anxiety, inducing sleep and balance emotional disturbances).
The navel (abdominal) area is another area which is considered a 'doorway' to the Parasympathetic NS (this is why acupuncture, light, colour and heat to this area is also very healing and calming).
IRIS PHOTO-THERAPY IS PARTICULARY HELPFUL
FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING -
Menopausal Hot Flushes
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Or anywhere where calming, relaxed nerve response is required for healing.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
NOT ALL PARTS OF THE EYE PRODUCE THE SAME EFFECTS
In Tony Cocilovo's article Iris Phototherapy, he states -
'Dr Vincenzo Di Spazio, professor of iridology at the University of Urbino, Italy, found that the pupil sphincter muscle (parasympathetically controlled) and the pupillary dilator muscle (sympathetically controlled) are subject to iridial photostimulation.
Photostimulation of the sympathetic long muscle of the pupillary dilator "tends to produce tachycardia, mild dyspnoea, paraesthesia of the fingertips, sensations of heat, and increased anxiety."
Photoexcitation of the pupillary sphincter "induces muscular relaxation of the trapezius, a decrease in anxiety, and drowsiness." (p12, Advanced Iridology Research Journal, Vol. 2 , Nov 2000).
This explains the need to target the correct area - specifically the pupillary zone (edge of pupil) is the area which creates a parasympathetic response.
HOW WAS THIS THERAPY DEVELOPED?
Tony Cocilovo states -
"My continued study led me to the understanding that the meridian system is partly a parasympathetic communication pathway, which is limited to treatment if the body is in sympathetic. This makes sense since the meridians are pathways to the organs, and neurologically the parasympathetic is the energetic pathway to the organs. Nogier found that it was important to move one into the parasympathetic before attempting meridian therapy.
Nogier also understood the importance of embryologic tissue. Parasympathetic embryological tissue is in three places on the body: the navel, the concha of the ear, and the pupillary border. We had already been using light on the micro acupoint system in the ear with great results. By treating the master ear points Zero, and Shenmen we could change the parameters of the ANS quite easily. Simply by treating those two ear points bilaterally - using colors in the blue range, many symptoms would be relieved. We found this also to be true with treatment in the navel. Even immediately after surgery, pain was reduced by at least 50%. Now this is all anecdotal but the cases are in the thousands by individuals and practitioners throughout the world.
From over ten years of involvement with light treatment, I have learned that the reestablishment of energy to the parasympathetic pathways should be foundational to the science of healing - and be utilized prior to the treatment of any disease.
I was fairly confident that by treating the pupillary border - since it was parasympathetically innervated - positive outcome might be achieved. Once again I approached the iris as a treatment pathway. Using only colors in the blue to violet range and with very short treatment times of less than thirty seconds in each eye. Better than expected results followed. I was becoming convinced that many aspects of healing could occur just by moving into the parasympathetic. The symptomatic relief was so widespread that I found it difficult to address in any other way. "
(Excerpt from Tony Cocilovo's article 'ANS Normalization By the Application of Pulsed Light to the Iris' (2007).