The Power of Physical Intelligence

In one of my most popular workshops, I teach people how to use William Bloom’s Endorphin Effect. The body releases endorphins when you’re in pain or stressed; curiously, they’re also released when you experience something pleasurable, like massage, eating or sex. Endorphins play several roles, and there are more than 20 different varieties. These hormones are potent; beta-endorphins, used to relieve stress relief and pain, are more powerful than morphine! The bottom line is that endorphins help relieve pain, reduce stress, enhance well-being, boost confidence and support the immune system.

Over 20 years ago, William Bloom taught me how to boost my endorphins whenever needed. This simple and powerful technique hinges on visualization. I use it almost every day, and it’s been one of the most valuable techniques I’ve ever learnt.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy”.

Thich Nhat Hanh

I now know that endorphins are just one of many chemical messengers, and they underpin our emotional state and overall performance. Have you heard about how adrenaline works like an accelerator, or how cortisol floods your body when you’re under threat? It’s dopamine that keeps us hooked on social media, and oxytocin is sometimes called the ‘love hormone’. William Bloom taught me how to work with my endorphins. I’m now learning to manage many other chemical messengers using Physical Intelligence.

Physical Intelligence (PI) can help you manage your emotional state, reduce stress, and boost your motivation and confidence. It works by enabling you to manage the cocktail of chemicals that drive behaviour. PI uses various techniques, including visualization, breath work and physical movement. As you can imagine, it’s a fantastic toolkit for Coaching!

The mind and body form a single integrated whole. In fact, everything we feel and do is rooted in the body. Most coaches focus on the mind alone, but Coaching with Physical Intelligence is genuinely holistic. I’m in the final weeks of training in this innovative approach. I’m more confident than ever that the body is the pathway to change; Coaching with Physical Intelligence gives you the map and a compass to guide you to greater strength, freedom, resilience and endurance.

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