Network spinal and breathing

Network helps us breath better on and off the table. It stimulates and activates dormant and often unused parts of of respiratory systems as well as resetting our natural pattern of slow deep breathing. All of this happens automatically. An important caveat is that during entrainments, you do not need to try to breather deeper or control your breath.

Here are some simple guidelines for conscious healthy breathing:

Its almost always best to breath in and out your nose. This warms and cleans the air, and it helps absorb oxygen better. You can also breath out your mouth with pursed lips if you are not able to exhale through your nose. Either way, it is helpful to place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth behind your front teeth. Side note: You will feel like you are suffocating the first few days of practicing exclusive nose nose breathing. This is a short adaption period and it can be helpful to use a pulse ox to monitor your oxygen levels. Humans today are chronic over breathers and your oxygen levels will likely be fine even though you feel like you don’t have enough air.

Now lets take Network principles into account.

Breathing in your mouth and out your nose is appropriate and natural in moments of Awaken, awe or ecstasy. Essentially, when something is so great that it takes your breath away, you might find yourself mouth breathing for a small while.

Breathing in and out your mouth is also associated with merging an old way of doing things with a new way.

You might also need to breath in your mouth during entrainments in order to get enough air in or to activate the season of transform and/or awaken.

Take deep slow breaths into into your stomach to activate your diaphragm.

Exception: Focused Heart breathing uses more of the secondary respiratory muscles. The benefit of this type of breathing comes from the focus on your heart.

The ideal breath is roughly 5.5 seconds in the nose and 5.5 seconds out the nose. Practicing this even for a few minutes a day can have huge benefits and help you re learn to breathe through your nose. Come see us when you are in Dalas!


One of the cool benefits of Network care is increased self awareness. As you have more awareness, you might find that you have habits that no longer serve you or that you have outgrown.

Sometimes we keep habits even after they no longer serve us because habits are automatic. They from with repetition over time in response to certain environmental stimulus. When these stimuli show up, we respond without thinking or using our rational mind.

Sometimes we are able to stop ineffective or harmful habits by sheer will once we are aware of them, other times it can be more of a process. Either way, changing habits is a great way to grow.

Here are 2 tips on forming new habits from the book, Atomic Habits.

Try habit stacking- add a new habit onto an old habit that still works for you. Every time you do x, you also now do y. A real life example is that I have started spraying and wiping the counters and stovetop after I do the dishes. Doing the dishes is my stimulus which makes it far easier to remember to spray and wipe the counters and stove.

To from a new habit, look for high repetitions and not perfection. We must do the new intended habit over and over. We must make mistakes and not judge ourselves while we are learning.

As Whitney Cummings said, “Perfectionism leads to procrastination, which leads to paralysis.”

New normal

Network care can help you find your new normal. Some changes required for this “new normal” happen automatically, but others require you to put in work. Network is great at helping you find areas that need work, but you are the only one that can actually do it. Said another way, NS care helps give your nervous system strategies to not only handle stress better, but to help you see more options and perspectives. How you choose to act/change/adapt is completely up to you.

So what is the work? It is different for everyone; as your nervous system comes out of stress and into growth, you are more open to new things (or old things in new ways). It is up to you to explore and step put of your old comfort zone. When you find something that feels good or makes you feel good, do it more.

Emotions and immune function

Donny talks about the relationship between your emotions and immune system. He basically says that if there is too much or too little energy in the emotional system it will effect the immune system by either spilling over into it or leaching from it. Either creates an incoherent state where the immune system is either over or under functioning,

Not being aware or acknowledging emotions can lead to too little energy in the emotional system. This is similar burying your head in the sand to make your problems go away.

Not accepting emotions you are aware of, is how you can have too much energy in the emotional system.

Emotions have been high for everyone during these last two years. How are you doing at being Aware, Acknowledging AND Accepting them?

Network entrainments help you automatically process emotional energy/stress.

How Network Spinal helps you grow. The catalyst effect

Last week we discussed the 2 modes/ orientations our autonomic nervous system has and how Network Spinal helps you return to the non- stress mode. We talked about how this non stress mode allows for growth and evolution to happen in your Nervous System and life.
This week we will discuss how some of this growth happens. Network Spinal is a catalyst for growth/healing. Sometimes this shows up in seemingly unrelated areas of life. As your Nervous System operates more and more in the growth or non-stress mode, your autopilot interrupts the same life situations differently. Where your auto pilot saw things as threats, you might now see opportunity. This would let you have different emotions and thoughts. This means that you may be open to new things or view points. You might have additional perspectives or options pop into your thoughts.
Some things we heard this week at Next Level related to this topic:My posture looks better because I have not been eating out as much.
This person had a significant change on their 1st posture re exam to where their belly was not sticking out anymore. They attributed this change to them not eating out as much since they started care. This was a great chance to explain the catalyst effect. In stress mode, our Brains have more activity in the old animal part, or the limbic system. This part is pain/pleasure driven and operates in the now. There is no logical forward thinking. In growth or non-stress mode, there is more activity and blood flow to the pre frontal cortex. This is our higher thinking logical brain that helps us makes good long term choices. I was also able to show this person how the curves of their spine were changing to give the postural changes seen on top of weight loss.
We also had someone tell us that they had been craving and eating lots of broccoli after their first entrainment. This craving lasted for about a week. This is another example of change in behavior linked to someone’s nervous system switching modes. In growth mode, we are more connected. This means we are able to pick up on the subtle messages our bodies are sending us. It is harder to pick up on the subtle cues when our bodies are locked in stress mode as our senses our first searching for any threats. Intuitively, this person was deficient in something found in Broccoli, and the craving was their bodies message to correct this.
We had someone say they have a general sense of wellbeing since starting care. Again, this correlates with a nervous system operating in growth or non stress. This will lead to different behaviors if it has not already.
People change diets, workout routines, view points and much more when their orientation switches to growth/healing. Healing and growth are multi factorial. This is the great power of Network- The Catalyst Effect.

Network Spinal and Headaches

This is a great video I came across last night discussing 3 common headaches types and how to alleviate them using acupressure. Acupressure is a great way to help yourself when secondary conditions come up and work great in conjunction with Network Spinal Analysis.

The video goes into a general overview of the cause of three types of headaches. It describes each type of headache and tells us what might cause or trigger each one as well. The video states that these types of headaches can be triggered by things like sensory stimulus, tension, weather changes, stress, and muscle strain. What I noticed while I was watching was that many of these of these are just another way of describing a Central Nervous System that is unable to adapt to change effectively.

Network Spinal Analysis, soon to be rebranded Network Spinal, can help people suffering from headaches by upgrading their Human Operating System (CNS). A better functioning operating system will allow for quicker and easier adaptation to stresses resulting in fewer secondary conditions such as headaches. Below are the types of headaches featured in the video and how NSA helps with each of them.

Tension headache
Improve the health and integrity of your spine and Central Nervous System.
Upgrade human operating system
Reduce tension
Improve structure of spine and behavior of postural muscles.

Migraine headache
Help your nervous system adapt to changes faster and easier.
Reduces stress
Upgrade human operating system
Improve health and integrity of spine and central nervous system

Sinus headache
Help your immune system function properly
Upgrade human operating system
Improve health and integrity of spine and central nervous system

DR’s Homer and Sarah Johnson have been providing Network care to the Dallas since 2011. Contact Next Level Chiropractic to learn more. We hope you have enjoyed this article and video!


Counteract sitting: Guest speaker Josh Amora

What a great class we had with Body Mechanic Josh Amora this month!

Some of the highlights were:

Hold each stretch for at least 2 minutes!

When adding up the hours you sit, don’t forget driving and eating!!

Taking into account how many hours you sit, make sure you are stretching multiple times throughout the day. If you are sitting for 12 hours stretching for 2 minutes is not going to cut it.

Here is the video of the class and link to his website.

All the best,
Your Next Level team
Dallas’s premier source for Network Spinal Analysis