The three functional areas of the autonomic nervous system
The autonomous (vegetative) nervous system is divided into three functional areas.
The peripheral area includes the nerve plexuses located in the organs, which are supplied by large centers (plexes) such as the solar plexus. In the drawing, these are the orange spirals in the light blue sickle shape, which represents the Coelom, the "heavenly abdomen".
The middle area establishes the connections between the peripheral autonomic plexuses and has its center in the spinal cord and brain stem. It consists of 2 functionally different elements, the sympathetic nervous system (red) and the parasympathetic nervous system (blue), which act antagonistically, one activates, the other ensures the recovery phases.
Above, the hypothalamus (green) takes on higher-level control functions for the entire autonomic nervous system (water balance of the body, body temperature, menstrual cycle, hunger and thirst, etc.). He has an eye on the whole, opposites such as that between the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nerves no longer play a role here.
Under the cerebrum, the limbic system (yellow) processes what happens unconsciously and beyond control in the autonomic nervous system and connects it to our feelings and consciousness. It is of great importance for our memory.
With the exercises shown in the webinars, we will primarily address the peripheral autonomic area, the area where the organs communicate with each other and provide each other with what is currently needed. You can surely imagine the influence this has on our vitality and health.