Learn the Cortices Technique
Balance your brain to feel more ease and less stress
The Cortices technique balances the brain by clearing and improving communication pathways in and throughout the brain. It warms up “cold” spots of diminished blood supply and cellular activity. This allows information in the entire body-mind to be reflected and processed in the brain, regardless of physical or emotional imbalances. So, it clears communication throughout the brain as well as between the brain and the rest of the body. It is a bit like doing a full consciousness scan to update the brain on what’s going on- like hitting the refresh button.
The technique was originally designed to balance the cortical levels of the brain, so called the Cortices Technique. The occipital, parietal, frontal and temporal lobes make up this outer layer of the brain. The technique has been broadened to include the limbic and reptilian sections of the brain, with particular emphasis on balancing the amygdala complex and its connections to the other parts of the brain.
Most people have developed over-reactive amygdala due to a culture of chronic stress. This means they go into fight/flight/freeze/faint mode too easily and never really move back into a restful, healing state. Repeated application of the Cortices technique helps to rebalance the amygdala complex and retrain our brains into a more balanced response to stress. This allows the body to find a state of equilibrium from which all of it's systems can carry out their proper functions without interference. From here, the body can heal itself more efficiently.
Full tutorial for first timers (13 min) Want the shorter version? Scroll down to the next video
Use this technique to:
Balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain
Update your brain’s image of the entire body-mind
Relax, calm down after a stressful event, alleviate anxiety
Improve brain function and increase mental clarity
Reduce stress, shift body out of fight/flight/freeze mode
Prep brain to be more receptive to other therapies
Allow brain to process post-therapy
Help recover from shock, seizure, or stroke
Sleep- quiet the mind and return to a state of rest
Here is some extra info on the three main sections of the brain for closer attention, as you become more attuned:
Reptilian- Oldest in evolutionary development. Responsible for homeostasis, reflexes, breathing, heart rate, body temperature, blood glucose levels, digestion. Sections include Occipital, Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacral
Limbic- Modifies instinctual drives initially generated in the reptilian brain. Major function is survival. Urges us to mate, defend, attack, eat, drink.
Cortex (plural- Cortices)- More recently evolved outer layer. Where our senses are processed, instincts are gauged and modified, where we do our thinking. Sections include:
Frontal lobes- Where we plan, think, reason, initiate voluntary movement, make decisions. Also involved in speech, voluntary eye movement, empathy, sympathy, discernment.
Parietal lobes- Perceives all physical sensation, interprets touch, body image, body awareness
Occipital lobes- Where visual information is processed and stored
Temporal lobes- Interprets music, speech, language. Also plays a role in short term memory, emotion, sexuality, spatial orientation, and olfaction
Use this shorter (4 min) video for review. I jump straight into tapping here.