Welcome to the CoreWalking Podcast, with your hosts Jonathan FitzGordon and Alex Mabilon. Join them on a journey into the body and mind gaining insights for moving, healing and aging gracefully.

Today's Episode:

Episode 11: Stuck in the Sympathetic Nervous System

Being stuck in the sympathetic nervous system will invariably lead to pain. Said pain will likely evolve into a chronic problem if you stay stuck in
the sympathetic nervous system. But what does being stuck there mean?
And how did we get there in the first place? Most importantly,
what are some of the techniques we can look into to release the
sympathetic nervous system and consequently, pain and tension.

In this Podcast...

We discuss:

• The divisions of the human nervous system

• Homeostasis, or balance, and the function of the nervous system in maintaining it

Fear, flexion, the psoas, pain and their relationship to nervous system imbalances

• Exercises for restoring balance to your nervous system

Time guides:









"Pilates derives specifically from yoga. I started in the Ashtanga school of yoga and I was, like, an Ashtanga fascist."

"In an ideal world, in an ideal body, those two systems are constantly working together to create homeostasis, which means life in balance..."


"What it means is, you're not going to get out of your sympathetic nervous system as long as you're with your boss, and the phrase that everybody knows is you're walking on eggshells..."

"You just mean that when I say that people habitually lean backwards, whether that, in and of itself, is an indication of sympathetic nervous system dysfunction?"

"The psoas can cause pain in so many different ways. The function of the psoas is to pull the lumbar spine forward and down..."

"What I said to her: what I think you're dealing with is your nervous system getting rocked twice in about five minutes and having no ability to understand or process that?"

"Breathing is everything and what I teach in tadasana and I teach in my posture is that I don't think anyone breathes successfully; everyone is elevated in the front of the ribcage."

Show Notes...

Blog Posts:


Sympathetic Nervous System


The Autonomous Nervous System


Bessel Van Der Kolk

Van Der Kolk is the founder and president of the Trauma Research Center in Brookline, MA. He has long studied the effects of trauma on children and adults and written numerous works on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Lulu Sweigard

Lulu Sweigard is the author of Human Movement Potential, and early contributor to ideokinesis, a movement concerned with developing proper posture.

David Bercelli

Bercelli is a former monk and the creator of Tension and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) as well as having expertise in trauma intervention and conflict resolution.

Wim Hof

Wim Hof is an extreme athlete who holds a number of world records for prolonged full body exposure to ice. He credits his ability to withstand extreme cold to a combination of breathing techniques, meditation and frequent cold exposure. 

Books of Interest:


Constructive Rest per Jonathan

Stretching routine

The Dawn Wall trailer

Free Solo trailer

Meru trailer

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