What many fail to see in the study of Kyusho is it's inherent benefit to the health of the practitioner. This occurs in many aspects of the training and the affects on the body:
First is when the practitioner actually becomes aware of their anatomy and function (health), as most never even consider this in their daily life. Understanding however is a powerful first step as once you begin to look at cause and effect on the physiology and function, the practitioner begins their journey into health, healing and restorative aspects as well. Self awareness is not only the first step in preventative cogniscience but also in correct physiology. Feeling your inner energy as well as functionality in turns opens the awareness and consciousness for an overall sense of body and mind.
The maintenance and promotion of sound health is achieved through different combination of physical, mental, and social well-being, together sometimes referred to as the "health triangle." This is what we enjoy as many people gather from differing areas countries and continents to physically train in just as many styles and physical body types. Getting to realize that people all have the same functions, concerns, possibilities and limitations, frees us from stereotype and fears (which inhibits overall health)... all as we share in pain and fun as we make friends all over the world.
Next we have the physical training that improves cardio vascular as well as neurological, lymphatic... in fact all body, mind and spiritual functions for a unified and conscious being.
The mental and physical coordination combined not only opens the body, it releases stresses and allows for better sleep (the total relaxation after nerve stimulation of a Kyusho session always brings about deep profound sleep), which is the time when the body repairs and rejuvenates it's tissues and cells.
Stress management is further enhanced by the application of methods to either reduce stress or increase tolerance to stress during training. Relaxation techniques (to properly deliver and receive Kyusho properly), are further physical methods used to relieve stress. Psychological methods include self cognitive therapy (by eliminating fear and self-deprecating thought), moving meditation (as you drill to induce mindless action), and positive thinking (from your success as well as helping others achieve success), which all work by reducing response to stress. Improving relevant skills, such as situational awareness, timing, distancing, accuracy, concentration skills, reduces uncertainty and builds confidence, which also reduces the reaction to stress-causing situations where those skills are applicable.
As the number of service sector jobs has risen in developed countries, more and more jobs have become sedentary, presenting a different array of health problems than those associated with manufacturing and the primary sector. Contemporary problems such as the growing rate of obesity and issues relating to stress and overwork in many countries have further complicated the interaction between work and health. However with Kyusho we continually stimulate the nerves allowing for better internal messaging of the nerves and in turn flow of blood, lymph and all other internal functions even through cognitive development.
The World Health Organization describes mental health as "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community". This is what we accomplish as we help the individual achieve each stepped progression in the Kyusho curriculum. Especially of import is the value we place on them in turn helping others achieve the same success... this is what increases the proper mental attitude and yes even better memory.
Getting a little deeper we need t understand that the core component of the nervous system in general, and the brain in particular, is the neuron or nerve cell (brian cell). The neuron is an electrically excitable cell that processes and transmits information by electro-chemical signalling. These unique cells, never divide, nor do they die off to be replaced by new ones, also they can not be replaced if damaged or inactive.
Electrical signalling derives from every neuron maintaining a voltage gradient across its membrane. Due to metabolically-driven differences in ions of sodium, potassium, chloride and calcium within each cell, (each having a different charge), if the voltage changes significantly, an electrochemical pulse called an action potential (or nerve impulse) is generated. This electrical activity can be measured and displayed as a wave form called brain wave or brain rhythm. (research and testing has been in process for many years measuring the Kyusho and its influence).
Now we also must understand that the connections between neurons are not static, they change over time. The more signals sent between two neurons, the stronger the connection grows (the amplitude of the post-synaptic neuron’s response increases), and so, with each new experience the brain slightly re-wires its physical structure leading to increased awareness and function.
Interactions of the neurons is not just electrical, but electrochemical in nature. Each axon terminal contains thousands of membrane-bound sacs called vesicles, which contain thousands of neurotransmitter molecules and they profoundly affect mood and metabolism.
When stimulated by electrical pulse (Kyusho), neurotransmitters of various types are released. These chemicals then bind to chemical receptors an in the process, they cause an opening of special gates or channels which let in a flood of charged particles which in turn affects the potential charge of the receiving neuron, which then starts up a new electrical signal in the receiving neuron. (in less than one five-hundredth of a second). These signals released by a particular neurotransmitter may be such as to excite or to inhibit to create healthy balanced function.
There is so much more to Kyusho than dropping or knocking someone out... it is an overall health booster when worked properly. Most only focus on one aspect or the other seeing either the Martial benefits , Health or Intimacy. What we must educate people to is the synergistic benefit of all aspects as they all work together for a stronger healthier life mentally, physically and emotionally (spirit).