Welcoming humility, Atmospheric pressure, Are we all sick?, Moving energy through organs, Emotions and organs, and more.
Guest: Garry Lineham
Garry Lineham is the Founder of Human Garage:
“At Human Garage, we pursue the Power of Alignment, balancing both body and mind to maximize the innate capacities present in each of our bodies to heal. We utilize a systemic, hands-on approach to unwinding and rebalancing body and mind. We believe by locating and releasing the origin of the problem of pain, biomechanically and biochemically, the body begins to unwind and lays the foundation for the body to heal itself.”
This is Garry’s second time on the show. Check out the first time his was on the show — Garry Lineham: Awakening Consciousness Through Body Alignment #26.
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Humility is an important part of life, which we all have to go through. When Lineham was 40 years old, he couldn’t move or think properly, which brought up humility. He realized he’s no longer in control of his life. As a kid, Lineham used to fear all kinds of things, and when they happened to him as an adult, he realized his thoughts were manifesting his actions.
One of the things we have control of in life is what we believe in, and language (both internal and external) dictates our ability to do things. Mark England, founder of Procabulary and a language enthusiast, says: “Architect stories, architect reality.”
Both Lineham and Mike choose humility instead of waiting for it to surprise them. Either through personal development programs such as The Landmark Forum, ayahuasca ceremonies, or simply by being staying open minded and attuned to critical feedback from other people.
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Our jaws store a lot of tension
Mike had his wisdom teeth removed a few months ago (for more info check out How I Recovered from Wisdom Tooth Extraction), and what he didn’t realize was how messed up his jaw is going to get post oral surgery. Mike thought it would take him 2–3 days to recover, but it ended up taking a few weeks! His jaw got really tight and was slighting when he was talking.
Gravity and atmospheric pressure are responsible for tension in our bodies. Gravity is pulling our bodies through our feet, and the farther up from the ground, the more tension. The highest point of tension is top of the head, and a lot of tension is held at the jaw.
Prior to recording this podcast, Mike received bodywork from Lineham at Human Garage. During the session tension was released from his jaw, which led to an improved overall feeling, and he was even walking differently. During the first hour of every client’s session, Human Garage focuses on the jaw, which is responsible for 50% of the body changes clients experience. The other 50% are gained over time as the body is adapting to the new condition.
Human Garage is continually evolving, they focus on values and always look for a better way. The lab used to focus on fascia and muscles first, but now they focus on gravitational lines. Today, they perform bodywork on people while they are standing up trying to find tension lines.
“You can’t hold the mouth open for an hour and pull stuff out, and not expect it to affect your jaw.” — Garry Lineham
Our bodies are designed to cope at earth’s atmospheric pressure, which is 14.7 lb. per square inch. In other words, on average, every human experiences 2,000 lb. of atmospheric pressure! Even though that sounds like a lot (which it is), our organs are designed to cope with this pressure.
Our organs are also driven by internal body pressure, a.k.a blood pressure/blood circulation. When we change atmospheres, for example: when we fly or go scuba diving, external pressure gets dysregulated. As a result, it prevents internal organs from functioning properly, which is why those activities are hard on the body.
Pro tip: Don’t get blood work 48 hours post flying. Your oxidative stress will indicate you’re in trouble, which is a marker for really bad diseases, such as cancer.
Are we all sick?
In our society, the bar for being healthy vs sick differs between people, and we are used to going to doctor only when we are sick. Some people even pride themselves for not seeing a doctor when they don’t feel well.
Ironically, even “healthy” people are sick. At the Human Garage, Lineham and co. collected data on over 3,000 people, who are not going to a doctor, a.k.a not sick, and their blood work showed concerning results:
- 50% have autoimmune disease or symptoms.
- 75% have digestive disorders — Specifically not absorbing nutrients well, which the symptoms are: being hungry all the time, feeling fatigued, lack of energy, and sore muscles
- 82% are chronically dehydrated — Lineham’s clients average is slightly higher than the 75% national average because he has a lot athlete clients. Athletes are constantly dehydrated because they drink a lot of water without replacing minerals, sodiums, and salts they need in their bodies.
“Just because you can go to work doesn’t mean you are not sick.” — Mike Bledsoe
Moving energy through organs
It’s scientifically proven that all organs have meridian lines, except for the brain and the adrenals, which don’t have meridian lines, but have a cortex and a medulla. What’s interesting is that when you cut adrenals in half, they look like brains.
“I call the adrenals the brain of the body.” — Garry Lineham
Since our bodies are pressurized systems, Lineham and co. at Human Garage like to decompress the gut and the organs, which drives blood flow circulation. When our organs get compressed, they hold a lot of tension, and as a result blood gets concentrated to deal with areas of malfunction.
Compressed organs can cause a myriad of issues from GI tract dysregulation, which can cause ileocecal valve issues, to neuromuscular disorders including MS, Parkinson’s, etc. After Mike had his liver decompressed he was walking differently and felt lighter. When other clients at Human Garage had releases, they felt energy and blood flowing through their bodies, even up to their head. Some people even reported sharper vision.
Note: When Lineham first decompressed his gut and his organs, he had between 5–7 bowel movements over 60–90 minutes every morning. His body was adjusting to the condition, flushing itself out. So if you get your organs decompressed, don’t be alarmed by frequent bowel movements, that’ a good sign.
“The intestine is like a floating valve that opens and closes. When it’s closed you are going to have backup and constipation. When it’s open you will have have diarrhea.” — Garry Lineham
When organs take charge
Our bodies are composed of 10 major organs, plus the skin, and the brain. Even though the brain is thought of as the command center, we’re not sure this is true. We know the brain talks a lot. It’s the voice inside your head. Since thoughts constantly occupy our minds, other organs don’t get as much opportunity to express themselves.
Our circadian rhythm is built in a way that every organ (except the brain) has one opportunity during the day to communicate it’s need to get help from the others, relax, and clean itself.
Don’t mess with your organs: Lineham discovered the power of other organs when he had to fire someone and his brain was saying ‘No’ because it was hard, while his body was saying ‘Yes’, it needs to get done. Lineham felt a twinge at the bottom of his right foot, which went behind his leg, up to his gallbladder, around the rib cage, and up into the right side of the face. His body was communicating to his head that it’s not in alignment. Anger was brought up, and dictated Lineham to make the call and fire the person that he needed to fire.
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Emotions and organs
Our emotions are tied to our organs and they push us around. Our organs affect our emotions, which are not good or bad, else just tool to get us through the day. For example: When we experience fear, it keeps us from doing scary things. When we experience anger, we want to show someone. The trick is to notice your emotions, accept them, and understand their root.
“We mostly walk around unconscious, but we have moments of consciousness. We create patterns and routines, which protect us from consciousness.” — Garry Lineham
Meditation comes in different shapes and sizes
When you get into meditation, your understanding of it changes over time. Mike used meditation to transcend his body, but now he’s all about being in the body and sensing every nuance possible. He feels much more connected to his body and can sense what his body is telling that is going on.
You transfer healing through your eyes
Since Lineham works to help people heal every day, all day, his eyes used to get puffy and red every morning. With the help of his wife, he discovered he needs to take vacations more often to balance his energy.
Utilizing our bones
We have roughly 680 muscles in the body, of which 350 are from the neck up, and 206 bones, of which 106 are in our hands and feet. We experience the entire world through our hands and our feet. Every movement in our fingers and toes make changes on our entire bodies, which is why people in the health and fitness industries promote walking barefoot or with zero drop shoes. The bones in our feet and our hands tell the brain a lot about the world.
Pro tip: Walk on uneven grounds to get your toes and feet working in a higher capacity, which will positively impact your entire body.
“You can change the entire body by changing the orientation of one finger and its relationship to the others.” —Garry Lineham
Tightness slows you down
When your body is tight, it needs more energy to operate, which slows you down and gets you fatigued. Your brain dims down all of the senses when it’s tight, especially around the neck, which the brain interprets as noise. That’s what makes people want to drink or numb their pain in another way.
Human Garage helps remove the breaks our bodies put on from being tight, and once stuff is released, things become easier. The Bledsoe’s had issues with varying walking speeds since the beginning of their relationship – around 10 years. But they had a revelation after a session Ashley (Mrs. Bledsoe) received, which changed the way she walks, helping her walk as fast as Mike without extra effort. Releasing tension from her body allowed her to create more power, more easily.
“When you are walking around in ease, it’s really easy to enjoy yourself, and it’s really easy to say ‘Hi’ to somebody, and smile, and giggle. All of a sudden, your whole world shifts.“ — Mike Bledsoe