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Network Respiratory Waves

The respiratory wave, described as a visible undulation of the spine uniquely reproducible using Network Spinal Analysis, will appear as a graceful movement throughout all spinal segments, similar to blades of grass bending with the wind. This happens only when there’s a rhythm between the movement and the natural tendencies of respiration. Outside of Network Care, this fluidity of the spine is characteristic of body language when being candid and “comfortable in one’s own skin”. As the wave begins to encompass the full spine, or as the undulation begins to deepen throughout the torso, the respiration tends to automatically increase, sometimes commencing with a sigh, or any of the expressions characteristic of surrendering to whatever one’s experience happens to be at the moment.

Most often, when the respiratory wave develops early on in care, the person on the table with the wave doesn’t even know that they’re getting the wave.  Not until the  proprioceptors along the spine wake up a bit.

It’s also at this moment, of deepening respiratory wave, that the rigid ways of a person’s nervous system, in coordinating what are meant to become more evolutionary movements through various tension patterns – tension in the muscles and joints, appear to unwind, in correlation with:

(1) Spinal cord tension indicators.

(2) Reports of deeper ease – physically and psychologically.

(3) The findings of scientists from various disciplines studying the Network Care respiratory wave, using an instrument called Surface EMG, which can measure tension in the muscles of the spine. In this ongoing research, so-called “noise filters”, which are normally a standard part of the equipment’s operation, are actually removed. The noise, comparable to the noise of the radio when not tuned into a station, is what’s of interest in observing how a complicated system in nature – that of the seemingly chaotic spinal musculature tension patterns – reorganize during the Network Care respiratory wave. The researchers, by the way, can tell that as soon as the subject tries to “interfere with the wave”, the unique mathematical properties of the respiratory wave “simply cease rather than being modified by voluntary control.” (1) In other words, you cannot mechanically fake your way through the movements of the respiratory wave, even though you can voluntarily stop the respiratory wave movements at any time if you so choose. Bottom line: For your healing and personal growth, best to just be yourself and let it happen.

(4) What the Network Care chiropractor can detect, both visibly and through touch. Using specifically placed contacts, the practitioner can sense the tension changes in perfect timing with the respiratory wave’s progression through the spine, often described as a finely tuned joy stick in sync with remote areas of the spine.

The ongoing research on the network wave, from the beginning, has been motivated with the intent of furthering the advancement of the techniques employed by Network Care. Perhaps as a by-product, it’s also been contributing to the discovery of new technologies in what would, on the surface, seem to be unrelated applications.

In order for Network Care to advance the person towards greater healing capacity, stress resilience, adaptability, and depth of experience, it’s important that the movement of the respiratory wave not only, over time, be able to deepen its movement throughout the torso, but to coordinate novel movement pathways and rhythms as well. A new coordination pattern of the network wave most often starts out as passive, i.e., little or no conscious engagement of the spinal musculature. Perhaps this is the moment that is characteristic of surrendering to whatever there is to experience inside. Later on, the spinal muscles begin to engage more dynamically, with the person moving tension through the spine, liberating the energy bound up in the tension previously held in place – movements of the spine and torso that used to be experienced as immovable.

At this point, the respiratory wave has been technically referred to as the somato-psychic wave. Somato – of the body, psychic of the mind, as, with this development, there’s now a more conscious participation to following what’s intriguing to the mind in the changes taking place. Changes that are inherently developing an increased range of physical-emotional expression.


(1) http://www.eecis.udel.edu/~bohacek/Papers/ChaoticACE.pdf

“Chaotic Modeling in Network Spinal Analysis: Nonlinear Canonical Correlation with Alternating Conditional Expectation (ACE): A Preliminary Report.”