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Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
August, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 08
Coming Home To Her Own Cranial Rhythm
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
Janet* was an up-and-coming young hairstylist when panic attacks derailed her career. They'd roll over her in waves of anxiety, leaving her frozen and unable to move. And then the headaches would hit.Frightened, she finally withdrew. She fled the city, moved home with her parents and made a living styling hair out of their basement. She also started a rocky on-again, off-again relationship she knew, "wasn't good for her health." Janet didn't even recognize herself by the time she called Kerry Dontchos, PT, owner of the Dynamic Ease Wellness Center in Chicago, for help.
Kerry offers a seven-step integrative health program for women she calls out-of-control healers. "They're usually coming into their own after living for someone else," Kerry says. "Maybe they're doing everything their mother wants. Or they've morphed into what their boyfriend or husband wants. Or they're going along being a good employee, but they're not using their creative forces. They're not bringing their spirit to life." Ultimately, she says, they're letting everyone else pave their path for them. Until they wake up one day and say, "Hold on, that's not the path I want to take."
Discovering Her Energetic Boundaries
Kerry helps clients like Janet reclaim their self-worth and confidence by using holistic tools that get them in touch with their own bodies and energies, so they can discern "where they stop and where everyone else begins." She walks them through private retreats and programs that blend a range of modalities, from CranioSacral Therapy and Zero Balancing to meditation and clairvoyant energy healing.
"One of the big benefits they get out of our work is being able to clearly distinguish what a healthy, natural, balanced state feels like, and how that's different than what they're feeling on a daily basis," Kerry says. "Once they feel that difference and can understand it energetically and intellectually, they can start separating from all the pain, stress and worries they're dealing with. Then later, when the stress pops back up, they know that it's separate from who they are. And they can release it without taking it on as their own issue."
Kerry begins this sorting-out process by sitting down with her clients and talking about where they're struggling, what their concerns are and where they're stuck or in pain. "We also discuss which areas in their life they want to enhance. So we're always moving toward what they ultimately want." Once they determine the therapeutic goal, Kerry maps out a program of hands-on sessions and wellness coaching to help them get there. The program usually starts with a private retreat where she guides them through meditation and centering exercises to help them get clear on their priorities. Then they'll move to the table for some hands-on work.
Tuning Into Her Own Rhythm
When it comes to teaching women how to distinguish their energy from that of other people, one of Kerry's favorite tools is CranioSacral Therapy. Yet she uses it in a different way than most practitioners. "I teach them how to feel their own cranial rhythm as a significance detector," she says. When the pulsing rhythm of the craniosacral system suddenly stops, it indicates that something significant is happening in the body. The significance detector isn't hard to teach once they can feel the rhythm. But, feeling the rhythm is the challenge. So when they're on my table I'll place their hands on their body, then put my hands over theirs so I can accentuate the movement of the cranial rhythm as I point it out to them. Then I slowly take my hands away so they can keep feeling it."
When her clients are finally in tune with their own cranial rhythm, they're able to use it whenever they feel stuck and confused to reconnect to their own body and mind again. And make decisions that are true to themselves.
Coming Back Home to Herself
Not coincidentally, the last step of Kerry's 7-Step Dynamic Ease system is called "Coming Back Home to Yourself." After just a few sessions with Kerry, Janet's living on her own again and running a successful spa-party business hosting everything from bridal showers to mani-pedi parties for kids. She also became a yoga instructor. And she's in a new relationship. "She had to learn how to separate her energy from her mom's and her dad's and that old relationship to get what she wanted back into her life," Kerry says. "Then she brought all of that to her new relationship. Now she keeps telling me, 'I'm happy. And it's healthy!'"
*Name changed to respect privacy.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
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