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Animal Gift of Spirit Workshop

April 26 (2-6pm) & April 27 (12-4pm)

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Glen came in for a consult with some right shoulder pain. He was a bit shaken up when he read about what I did. Glen thought I was New Age, but I explained that I wasn’t, and that I’m here to help people connect with their own healing energy, not that I put energy into people.

After I explained more, he felt a little better, however, he was very aligned with God and Jesus Christ, and believes that God won’t let anything bad happen to him, so he isn’t afraid of anything.

The right shoulder pain happened four times in Glen’s life. The first time was five years ago. He was shaking out a heavy rug and hurt his shoulder. It was very painful, but he did physical therapy for it, and it eventually went away.

It happened again about a year ago. At that time, he went to see his friend’s shiatsu massage therapist who did some alignments and really worked on the muscle making it feel better.

The third time happened a few months later. Glen wanted to see the same shiatsu therapist, but he wasn’t available, so he saw the therapist’s father. This time it didn’t help as much, but it eventually went away again.

A week and a half ago, he was really tired and slept in an awkward position. When he woke up, he had major pain in the shoulder. He was pushing on the spot that the shiatsu therapist worked on, which helped a little, but the pain was still there.

I asked Glen, “Is there anything going on in your life? Do you have any stress?”

Glen said, “No.”

“What was going on five years ago when it first happened?”

“There was something going on that has to do with my brother but I’m not going to tell you what happened.”

“It’s okay, you don’t need to tell me the details. As long as you recognize that there was something going on. What was going on in your life during the time it came back, and the shiatsu therapist worked on it?”

“There was some stuff going on then too.”

He was starting to see the link, and asked, “Are you telling me that there’s stuff going on in our lives that are causing the pain?”

“Yes, and until you bring balance to whatever that incident was with your brother…”

He cut me off, and said, “That incident is done. I forgave him.”

“Really? Why is the same pain coming up again?”

Glen couldn’t answer. I told him, “I’m not here to fix you, I’m here to help you connect with your own body, and you’ll learn strategies to help you address whatever it is that you need to address.”

“Are you saying that you’re willing to do this and lose business?”

“I’m not going to lose business. I’d rather empower people than have them become dependent on me and have them think I’m going to fix them.”

“Okay, let’s try it.”

I learned that the reason Glen was so freaked out about New Age was because of how he was looking down on his sister.

His sister brought her son (Glen’s nephew) to a New Age healer because he had a hole in his throat area. After seeing the healer, the hole closed up and everything seemed great. The sister, her husband, and son moved to Australia, and the hole opened up again. The family panicked because there weren’t any New Age healers to turn to there.

Glen’s sister ended up bringing her son to a medical doctor who says that it was a good thing the hole opened up because there were all kinds of nasty stuff underneath that’s been spreading like a tumor. Miraculously the boy was saved by Western medicine, and this caused Glen to link New Age with evilness.

If you can relate, or have a story to share, please comment below.  Have you experienced hand pain?  What did you find it related to?  There is a benefit in expressing and exchanging our stories.  Let’s hear it!

Bending to Others

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Bridget has been under care for eight weeks had some huge breakthroughs. She’s done a lot of spiritual, mental, and mind-over-matter work. She realized that although her goal was the body-mind-spirit connection, the last thing she wanted to deal with was her body because she didn’t like her body when she was younger. As she got older, her body seemed even uglier in her mind, because she became very gangly and tall, and just felt awkward in her own body.

In the past year and a half, Bridget’s body has been giving her so much trouble that that’s all she was focusing on. She came in to the office with major scoliosis, but as she’s been getting adjusted, she’s been becoming more upright.

Before getting under care, Bridget was never hungry. Now, she has a big appetite, has been craving more nutritious foods, has more energy, and she’s been cleaning. In the past, she would start cleaning, but because of all the pain, she would have to stop before she was done. Now, she can clean without pain and take breaks intentionally.

She’s also become aware when old patterns come up, and realizes when she makes a mistake, she gets very obsessive over it. She starts to question what she could’ve done, to the point that it can wipe out her whole day.

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Bridget was judging how she gets obsessed over making mistakes. She realized when she was younger, she would get scolded if she made a mistake. Her parents would tell her that she can’t do this or can’t do that, and if she did, she would be punished. She carried it with her, her whole life, and it comes out whenever she makes mistakes.

Because she doesn’t want to make mistakes, she always thinks ahead, especially when she was working for two high-powered bosses. We worked on things so she could see how it’s actually been serving her in a positive way, so that she could now embrace it.

She was also judging all the things she did things mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in the past. She was beating herself up, thinking she should’ve started working on her body first. I explained that if she didn’t work on all that other stuff first, when things started coming up with her body, she wouldn’t have the strength and ability to navigate and recognize it. Bridget is in her 60s, and to make a change at that age is very cool.

Everything happens for a reason and is perfect exactly how it is. As soon as Bridget can accept that, a big weight will lift off her.

If you can relate, or have a story to share, please comment below.  Have you experienced hand pain?  What did you find it related to?  There is a benefit in expressing and exchanging our stories.  Let’s hear it!

An Inconvenient Cough

2065679About eight years ago, Jeff came in with two typed pages of all the traumas he experienced.  He was a physical therapist, and once when a patient was falling down, they grabbed and yanked his shoulder while his back was turned.  It totally tweaked his body and he’s been in pain ever since.

Jeff has been going to a chiropractor every other day for a long time, and was using magnets all over his body for the pain.  When he started seeing me, he said, “I know you don’t crack the spine, but if I tell you I need it, you have to do it for me.”

I told him, “No, I won’t.”

He was upset about it, but knew I was still helping him out.  Months later, Jeff asked to crack his spine again, and I turned him down again.  He was an intense person, but had a very big heart, and went through so much transformation.  Since he started getting adjusted, I never had to crack his spine, and he let go of a lot, causing him to cough all the time during adjustments.

People hated being adjusted at the same time as Jeff because they were afraid of catching a cold.  Every time Jeff would come to get adjusted, he would cough a lot.  There was another woman who was scheduled at the same time, and she asked the office manager when Jeff would be coming again because she wanted to be scheduled after he was done.

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The office manager scheduled this woman later, but it just happened that Jeff called the next time to say he was running late because of work.  The other woman comes in, and ends up getting adjusted with Jeff and his coughing again.

After the adjustment the woman complains to the office manager that she specifically asked for a later time than Jeff.  The office manager apologizes and explains why they were put together again.

The woman then schedules her next appointment earlier than Jeff.  When that day comes around, he gets off from work early and asks if he can come in since he’s already in the area.  There was space in the schedule, and Jeff came in, just to be placed right next to the other woman who was trying so hard to avoid him.

It was crazy and hilarious.  I finally had to explain to the other woman that when Jeff coughs, it’s not because he has a cold, it’s just the body’s way of clearing out all the “old stuff”.  Jeff had so much old stuff to clear out, with so many different traumas throughout his life.

Jeff was a trooper and worked through a lot.  He ended up being a good teacher for me because he taught me how not to cave in and crack someone’s spine just because they insist.

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Gift of Spirit Workshop – JAN 19, 2014

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Harry came in after getting referred by another practice member. He had eye surgery, tension in the neck and shoulders, and every so often, numbness in his hands.

Almost two years ago, he was fly-fishing, and woke up the next morning with pain down his arm. He went to his doctor and was given some anti-inflammatory medicine, but soon after, it got so painful that he couldn’t even pick up a pencil. This pain lasted for over a month.

The doctors had Harry do some physical therapy, and that helped him out of it. I asked Harry, “Did anything change in your life when you the pain first started? What was going on at that time?”

Harry thought about it and said, “Oh that’s weird. Four years ago, my wife was diagnosed with cancer. She went through chemotherapy and everything and was cleared. Two years ago when my pain started, my wife was given a good bill of health from her doctor. It was such good news for her that when she came home, she said she wanted to take a two month vacation. I told her it was okay, but that I had my work to consider. I had to negotiate with her to break it up into three different trips that totaled two months.”

Harry loves his job and he’s grateful for what he has. He loves his wife, but yet, to take off for that long from his job was hard for him. The pain was on the left side.

He also has a hard time sleeping, and if he does fall asleep, he gets up in the middle of the night and has a really hard time going back to sleep. It’s been this way since he was young.

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After getting adjusted, Harry felt more relaxed and was pretty surprised at that. Although he felt more relaxed, he also felt more pain than before. Harry’s shoulders felt stiff with tension. He felt like he worked out when he didn’t work out at all. There was less tension but more pain. I taught him how to breathe into it, and that worked well for him.

Harry came back recently and told me that he loves to watch the television show, “CSI”. He got ready to watch the show one night, but the next thing he knew, he opened his eyes, and the news was on. He said, “I missed ‘CSI’, and it was a new episode! I never miss that show! Then after that, I tried to stay up during the news, but the next thing I know, ‘The Late Show’ was on. I fell asleep through the news too!”

The next time Harry came, he was feeling like something weird was happening to him. He would feel some pain that would disappear right after it started, but it was just his body getting connected.

Harry also finds himself breathing more now, and realized that he would hold his breath a lot in the past. He has now actually slept through the entire night without waking up once, which never happened before. Because his body let go of tension, it can heal better.

If you can relate, or have a story to share, please comment below. Have you experienced hand pain? What did you find it related to? There is a benefit in expressing and exchanging our stories. Let’s hear it!

Spinning Out of Control

Renovations, Retirement, Relationship

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Something that is more prevalent today is vertigo and dizziness. Many times, doctors will say it’s related to the inner ear and one’s equilibrium being off. In the last five years, I’ve noticed more and more people either with vertigo or know friends and family suffering from it. It seems to affect a lot of women in their mid-40s to mid-50s.

I have come to associate vertigo as a way for one to get out of an old pattern through the sense of spinning out of control. Vertigo is very disorienting and forces one to get out of their stuff, and see what they really want to do with their life. Sometimes it can last for a short period of time, just to get the person spooked and alert, while other times, it can last a long time. When vertigo persists and lasts for extended periods, it’s because the person’s body wisdom is literally shaking the person to create change in their life.

The role of vertigo is to insure that a person’s acorn and tree of life are on track with a person’s life path. Vertigo attacks seem to always be when people want to make a change deep down inside, but don’t want to let go either. The more often it hits, the more their inner self wants them to make a change in their life, but they’re not making it. We tend to get conditioned and feel safe in our routines because routines are comfortable for people.

My first experience with someone having vertigo was with Elise. It was about eight years ago when I wasn’t too familiar with vertigo yet. Elise’s house was under renovation, she had some challenges with her husband, and vocationally she felt no support at work with her co-workers and her boss giving her grief all the time; she was deliberating between retiring or not.

Elise didn’t know what do to and felt her life was in flux. Each time the vertigo would hit, it would force her to surrender to what was going on. Every time she resisted what was changing, the vertigo attack got worse. She went to the ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor, but all her tests came back negative with no conclusive evidence (hearing, inner ear – balance, cerebellum).

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As Elise’s body learned strategies to release tension, she found herself not as reactive to situations at home or at work, that in the past would drive her into a tizzy. Although her vertigo episodes still would come up from time to time, it wasn’t happening on a daily basis or not as intensely as before.

After eight weeks of care, Elise was feeling better and learned that breathing and being present with her body helped to ameliorate the spinning episodes. Some side benefits that she didn’t expect were decrease in blood pressure and less swelling in her hands and feet.

Elise continued on with care until one day she abruptly stopped coming in. I tried to get in touch with her for a couple of months in vain, and when I finally did, she informed me that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I inquired about how her vertigo episodes were and Elise shared that the moment she found out about the cancer, the episodes stopped! The doctors were recommending Elise to undergo chemotherapy and surgery. I informed her that there were other ways to deal with her diagnosis, but after our conversation that was the last I heard of her.

Elise taught me that sometimes when a bigger health crisis appears, it forces one to make a decision on what is truly important and may bring clarity in the most unexpected way. From time to time I think about Elise and wonder how she is faring, but recognize that every person has to make their own choices. When one takes the time to choose what is right for them, they won’t necessarily have to create a health crisis to get back on track with their own inner truth and knowing.

If you can relate, or have a story to share, please comment below. Have you experienced hand pain? What did you find it related to? There is a benefit in expressing and exchanging our stories. Let’s hear it!