My time for the last several weeks has been divided between treating my on-site clients in their homes and offices, and in my new Eden Prairie location.
It feels good getting settled into my new workspace at YoungQuest Fitness Center, and being among so many people who are serious about their fitness. I've already met several of the many personal trainers and their clients who workout there.
The new location is a good fit for my clients and for my type of clinical bodywork. I especially enjoy working with clients who are committeed to living an active fit lifestyle.
YoungQuest Fitness Center is an excellent resource for my motivated clients who choose to employ professional personal trainers to maintain their pain free status.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How can therapeutic bodywork help fibromyalgia? Research indicates that certain types of bodywork such as SET, a deep tissue body restructuring that relieves chronic pain and dysfunctions in the body, provides relief by altering the levels of our hormones--decreasing cortisol and increasing serotonin.
How can you help someone with osteoarthritis? Even though osteoarthritis is a chronic disease involving the joints, soft tissue therapy can be very effective in relieving pain by addressing the structural misalignment and stress patterns in the soft tissue surrounding the joint.
What do our emotions have to do with our physical pain? Emotional energy that has blocked our expression can become trapped in our bodies in early childhood from negative messages we received, traumatic events such as auto accidents, loss of loved ones, abuse, abandonment, etc. The result is chronically tightened musculature referred to as character armor.
reating Arthritis With Structural Energetic Therapy (SET)
Osteoarthritis is present in a large percentage of the population over age 40. Its clinical definition according to Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary is: a chronic disease involving the joints, especially those bearing weight. Characterized by destruction of articular cartilage, overgrowth of bone with lipping and spur formation and impaired function.
Structural imbalances cause uneven stresses on the joints both internally, between cartilage and ligaments, and externally within the supporting tissues around the joints. Therefore, rebalancing the soft tissue responsible for the weight bearing and movement of a joint becomes very important in the rehabilitation of the joint, whether it is to prevent arthritis or to stop further degeneration associated with arthritis that is already present.
Oftentimes when the joint is relaigned structurally, the pain and degeneration found with osteoarthritis disappears. Don McCann, founder SET
The Intuitive Heart
At the moment we consciously make a choice, our bodies sends a message of comfort, which indicates the right choice, or a message of discomfort, which signals the wrong choice. For some people these messages are felt in the solar plexus, but for most of us it's in the heart.
Consciously put your attention in the heart and ask it what to do. Then wait for the response--a physical response in the form of a sensation. It may be the faintest level of feeling, but it's there in your body.
Only the heart knows the correct answer. Most people think the heart is mushy and sentimental. But it's not. The heart is intuitive; it's holistic, it's contextual, it's relational. It doesn't have a win-lose orientation. It taps into the cosmic computer--the field of pure potentiality, pure knowledge, and infinite organizing power. It takes everything into account.
At times it may not even seem rational, but the heart has a computing ability that is far more accurate and far more precise than anything within the limits of rational thought. Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Why 20% of Chronic Pain Clients Don't Get Better
One of the things I have discovered during my 13 years as a bodyworker is that I can't help everyone.
Treatment sessions with successful outcomes are those where I have been most present--without thought; I'm on auto pilot where I don't have to think. It's a state of inner connectedness where I'm more alert than in the mind-identified state. A client's motivation and presence is also a major factor in achieving a successful outcome.
"If you have identified with your emotional pain body for most of your life and your sense of self is invested in it, you may encouter intense inner resistance to disidentifying from your pain. As long as you are invested in your emotional pain, you will unconsciously resist or sabotage every attempt that you make to heal.
This is an unconscious process, and the only way to overcome it is to make it conscious by observing and accepting it as part of what is at that moment. To stay present, it helps to be deeply rooted within yourself, otherwise, the mind, which has incredible momentum, will drag you along like a wild river.
Being present means to inhabit your body fully, to always have some of your attention in the inner energy field of your body--to feel the body from within, so to speak. Body awareness keeps you present. It anchors you in the Now."
The Power Of Now, Eckhart Tolle
Mexican Chicken Salad - Serves 6-8
| Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp honey
2 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 tsp salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz pkg frozen corn
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 cups grape tomatoes
15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 red bell peppers, chopped
10 oz pkg mixed lettuce
2 avacados, peeled and chopped
2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
4 cups blue corn tortilla chips
1 cup sour cream
10 oz jar thick and chunky salsa
Dressing: combine in a small bowl vinegar, honey, cumin, chili powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and cayenne pepper and mix well with wire whisk. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in 12" skillet. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 tsp salt, then saute' in skillet with garlic until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Combine cooked chicken, corn, red onion, tomatoes, black beans, and red peppers in large bowl. Stir in dressing. Chill at least 1 hour, and is best to serve the next day.
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|is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. The only place where you can experience the flow of life is the Now, so to surrender is to accept the present moment unconditionally and without reservation.
The Power Of Now, Eckhart Tolle