So somehow you stumbled across Goop Lab. The show with Gwyneth Paltrow where they try out different alternative healing and new age modalities. It's somewhere between hilarious, curious and ridiculous, right?
The episode with energy healing caught a lot of people's eye. How could it not? People flopping around like fish on the tables. Bodies undulating, moving in waves, going into yoga poses, letting out screams. It almost looks like an exorcism or something.
Not surprisingly it was met with a great deal of both fascination and derision. Can this be real? Are these people faking it? Isn't energy work just a placebo effect? There's no science to back this up!
Honestly, I hope for your own sake you're skeptical. That you don't just see something on Netflix and assume it's 100% legit without doing your homework. Especially on something as "out there" as this.
Of course the critics are hard at work slamming it. Saying there's "no science" to back up any of this energy healing work that Dr. John Amaral does. That it is all just a placebo effect and none of it is real. They quote one two studies on Reiki and move on.
But this isn't Reiki. Not that I have anything against Reiki. But this is Network Spinal. This is a totally different modality. It may look LIKE Reiki, but it's not. For reasons we won't get into, there are some major differences. But that may be for another post another time.
The fact is that Network Spinal has literally decades of research to back this up. Major universities: The University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine have been studying many of the phenomena associated with Network Spinal since the 1990s. In fact, at USC, people have done their electrical engineering PhD thesis on the Network wave, the one you see in the episode.
We have a whole body of research backing this up. Didn't any of the slam pieces out there cite this research, or even bother to look it up? No, they probably just googled "energy work debunked" or something like that and read the first few articles they found, citing the ones that supported their pre-existing biases.
But you, you're better than that. You want to hear both sides of the story. If there is science to back this stuff up, you want to read it. Well, let's take a look. All of the research can be read at:
The wave phenomenon is what's called a central pattern generator. It is the nervous system releasing bound energy that is stored in the connective tissue. Each human has their own signature wave and this can be measured as shown by the Jonckheere lab:
Network Spinal works to teach the nervous system to re-organize energy that is often stored as tension in the body and re-purpose it for more positive things. Essentially, the pain, frustration, negative thought patterns and past trauma that you are dealing with is bound energy in your connective tissue. Network Spinal helps release that and re-purpose it to create a better, higher functioning version of yourself.
Now it may make sense why high performers like Julianne Hough, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tony Robbins are getting Network Spinal care regularly.
It's real, it works and we have the science to back it up.