So you want to know how it all works? You just have to get in the alpha-gamma loop… I’ll make this simple.
The Alpha-Gamma Loop is where it is at…
Simply put, there is a reset mechanism which you can re-regulate through your voluntary motor cortex by activating neural impulses via the process of a pandiculation.
It’s sort of like resetting a thermostat for your muscular comfort.
You can reset your brain so the output to the muscles via the alpha-gamma loop will change and re-calibrate like the air in your room.
What’s cool is your brain can instantly change.
You can reprogram the alpha-gamma loop
As you move with your awareness, your brain sends a message to the muscles in order to contract and move you about. By carefully monitoring how you move in the field of gravity you can sense the adjustments your brain makes in a feedback loop mechanism.
If you move like you normally move without thinking about it, your moving from the place where you store your learned patterns of movement, namely your cerebellum. This and other parts of your brain help you maintain balance and allow you to walk, talk and chew gum.
If you move reflexively by pulling your hand away from a hot stove, then your brain idles along as the nerves from your muscles and spinal cord coordinate in order to pull away.
Let’s say, you protect yourself from re-injury and you begin to splint yourself so that the sharpness you feel doesn’t rear itself again.
If you continue along this path, then the pattern you’re adapting eventually becomes a learned response or a way of movement so you compensate and re-compensate eventually without your awareness.
The price of moving without awareness reflects on the alpha-gamma loop.
Moving with awareness resets the alpha-gamma loop
Your alpha motor neurons contract to create the necessary tension to move your bag of bones around. Your gamma motor neurons give you the sense of movement.
Moving and sensing and sensing and movement is what Thomas Hanna called Somatics, namely the body experienced from within. Your somatic nervous system is what you use to move and sense yourself.
The alpha-gamma loop is what you can change to alter how well you move.
Your own feedback system is very personal to you and its the feedback loop in your spinal cord and muscles which allows you to adjust yourself in space with your cerebellum… whether you’re immobilized, hurting, or feeling like yourself again.
There’s no trick or method to resetting the alpha-gamma loop as is evidenced by our fellow vertebrates.
Consistent daily practice and sensing when we’re out of sorts allows us to cortically reset and readjust our alpha-gamma loop accordingly via the process of a series of pandiculations.
We may no longer accurately sense our self if we’re racked in pain and discomfort so we do the best we can though it’s likely we’re no longer resetting our alpha-gamma loop through the process of a series of pandiculations.
After all, you’ll see animals doing this consciously a number of times everyday. Did we forget our animal nature? There’s a price for that. Living in a limited body is merely an outward and obvious manifestation of not resetting the alpha-gamma loop accordingly.
Resetting your own alpha-gamma loop effectively affords you a natural benefit of being comfortably in control. You can evolve your self and move well for the long run.
We all began life as movement and it’s possible the last thing you may do is one final pandiculation and resetting of the alpha-gamma loop. Well we did see our pet hamster end his life and witnessed how it took itself to one final movement and relaxed its way back to where we all come from. That was incredible to witness amidst the emotions of losing a sentient being in our lives.
Healthy animals are in the alpha-gamma loop every day. You can experience the alpha-gamma loop using your cortical brain rather than knowing with your brain…
To learn how to reset your own alpha-gamma loop.
Ed Barrera is a Hanna Somatic Educator® with over 10 years of experience, helping people find natural pain relief through somatics exercises which are the reverse to most approaches since it is brain exercise and muscle lengthening that targets the brain’s motor cortex which leads to a healthy, fully-functional body. It’s not just “alternative medicines” or “an alternative to exercise”; it’s natural pain relief that actually works!
To understand the somatic definition, visit our What is Somatics? page, where we define somatic and explain more about somatics and how the proper somatics information will help you direct your “being” toward natural healing and pain relief.