Pineal, Hypothalamus & Pituitary Relationships
Did you know the pituitary gland is roughly the size and shape of a garbanzo bean and that its posterior portion is actually an extension of the hypothalamus? As a member of the head brain, the hypothalamus gets signals from the nervous system and other brains and directs those signals to the pituitary. The pituitary then controls all the other endocrine glands in the body and our body's response to the environment. When we are working with the pituitary gland and hormone secretion in BodyTalk, we need to be aware that our focus may need to be more specific, either towards the entire hypothalamus-pituitary complex, the pituitary portion only, or the hypothalamus portion only.
Clearly, the hypothalamus-pituitary complex is a big deal, but the pineal gland carries its own weight. It has the very important task of regulating our circadian rhythms and sleep, which are absolutely essential to healthy biorhythms and overall wellbeing. The pineal gland also plays a hefty mystical role. Sometimes referred to as the third eye, the pineal glad is seen as a connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds. It is considered by many to be a scared gland and is an area of intrigue for many mystics and healers.
If you have taken BodyTalk Fundamentals or have any background in healthcare, you understand the essential roles that the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands play in endocrine control and general homeostasis. This is a very rich area of study which could easily warrant its own three-day course. In this supplemental course, we will be covering the most essential points that will be relevant to applying practical treatment strategies. There are several keys to understanding the relationships between these three major glands, including the functional associations, psychological associations, and spiritual associations. This course will give you what you need to work confidently with these three glands.
This course counts for 2 hours of continuing education for Certified BodyTalk Practitioners' requirements.