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Brain, body & a beautiful life

You know one of those conversations where the brain is left fizzing and buzzing? Yup, that’s chatting with Daniel Valdeta.

He completed a medical science degree and neuroscience post graduate studies at Sydney University, went on to study osteopathy and works in bio mechanics and medical device creation. I first met Daniel at the launch of his his own bio feed back device, the Oov, that cleverly encourages the brain and body to engage the core muscles.IMG_0244

(Yup, behind is Anthony “Harries” Carroll, from Bondi Rescue demonstrating how it works on the edge of Sydney Harbour. It was a hard morning, but someone had to do it…)

Daniel’s 5 little things to get the brain and body firing

1. Don’t fear change, fear not changing. If you stand still, you’re actually going backwards.

2. Listen to what you’re body is telling you. Pain is a warning signal. The body wants to get better, it’s telling us to stop doing what we’re doing or change how we’re doing it.

If we let pain persist it can lead to a breakdown in one part of the body. This will ultimately lead to problems in the whole body, because it’s thrown off balance.

Balance is key. When a muscle becomes dysfunctional and rigid, it dominates the body and all the other parts of the body have to tipi-toe around it and make adjustments.

We need balance for stability and wellbeing, because structural problems can lead to health issues. For example, poor posture can lead to digestive issues and this can lead to weight changes and postural changes also impact how we breathe.IMG_0258

3. Everything is interrelated – mental, physical and emotional. There are no cookie cutters, but you need to address the four building blocks in a way that works for you:
There are so many different types of movement. Don’t stop until you find one that works for you.
According to quantum physics, thoughts are matter, therefore thoughts matter.
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What we’re inputting, by giving and doing, is what we get out – the result.
When we breathe deeply we engage the diaphragm it impacts heart variability, gives a feeling of relaxation and is linked to core muscles. Compare this to shallow breathing, which uses the neck muscles to lift the rib cage up and the body thinks we’re in stress or fight or flight mode. Studies show, our cortisol level goes up as soon as we start shallow breathing.

4. Keep an open mind. It’s worth listening to people who straddle a lot of worlds, the Jack-of-all-trades types, because they can build cohesive pictures with lots of different elements. The other thing is to try lots of things yourself to see if it works for you. Remember, you’re the one steering the ship.

Medical science and research is wonderful and great for validating things, but the problem is that a lot of research is 20 years behind, because of the time it takes to complete the research process.

5. Strive for a more relaxed state, it means we can be more focused and positive, rather than sitting in a fight or flight state. This is the start of mindfulness.

(Speaking of open minds. You’ll have to believe me when I tell you this is me testing it out and yes, my legs are tied, but seriously, it’s not what it looks like. I promise…)


 If you want to know more, Daniel also talked about:

This TED talk on posture and power postions.

Epigenetics and how it’s not the hand you’re dealt it’s how you play the game, that means it’s not whether you have a gene, its if it gets turned on or not.

Bruce Lipton and the “Biology of Belief” showing the possible mechanisms for whether we perceive experiences as positive or negative.

Allostasis – this is where your body will move away from the balanced state of homeostasis when asked to do repetitive movements. The body adjusts because it perceives it’s more efficient, but this can lead to problems. Do the opposite movements to compensate. “I see it with professional golfers. Andy Scott is right handed, but he can hit with his left hand better than most people can hit, this helps him compensate. This means that when we do repetitive movements the body will try and predict and adjust accordingly, so we need to do the opposite every now and then, not all the time, to reset the balance, but it only needs to be every now and then, because the body wants to be in balance. This is how Daniel ended up designing the Oov.

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  1. Don’t fear change; I love change, I feel like I need change every 6 months or I just get really bored.

  2. This was such an interesting read. I love that he is so open minded and the amazing level of understanding that has allowed him to develop.
    On a side note, I am a medical person but often get amused looks from other medical people when I talk about stress affecting my thyroid function etc. I think we just aren’t at a point with science where we can actually study all the other effects. We worry so much about what we eat and how that affects our health but in 10 years time I think someone will discover that the worry is more harmful.

    • I’m so glad to hear you say that about worry. When I was in hospital, I was given some paperwork about the surfactants they give to mothers who are at risk of delivering a premature baby and the doctor who invented them came about the discovery after watching all his sheep deliver premature lambs after a fox was in the field. These particular premature deliveries were all stress related. Yet, we seem to be putting more and more stress on expectant mothers. Fight or flight mode shuts down a lot of areas of the body, it’s a powerful survival mechanism, but not a state we’re designed to be in for long periods of time x

  3. Oh I love this: “1. Don’t fear change, fear not changing. If you stand still, you’re actually going backwards.” I have always feared change and been scared of everything new. Having a child has actually helped with this as there is no backwards, only forwards! It’s helped me embrace change and to be excited by it.

  4. “Strive for a relaxed state” really resonates with me and something I’m trying really hard to achieve more often. I know the way I feel about myself along with stress and worry has a significant impact on my body – particularly my hormone levels.
    This was a really great read – thank you x

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