January 2019 newsletter
Happy New Year from all of us at LGCWC!
We hope your year
is off to a great start!
We are excited to announce some additions to the practice! Dr. Tablak will now be offering 20 min Pilates rehab sessions using Pilates equipment that can be done in conjunction with your adjustment or as a stand alone appointment. Pilates is a system of exercise that strengthens the core and teaches each individual how to use the body with its intended design. Dr. Tablak will work with you on your bodies specific needs to help you break old patterns of movement that may be creating dysfunction and teach you how to apply new patterns allowing your body to function at its most optimal level. Dr. Tablak has noticed when patients do Pilates in conjunction with regular adjustments and healthy nutrition they are able to hold adjustments longer, break the cycle of pain faster and for good, return to any activity with greater body awareness, more strength and power . Call or email the office to set up your appointment today! 408-891-8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also excited to welcome Lauren Smith Conaway, MS, LMFT, Holistic Psychotherapist to LGCWC! Lauren’s passion is guiding children, adolescents, and adults to develop their inner wisdom and cultivate tools for peace and lasting joy. She has an emphasis on working with adolescent girls, highly sensitive people, those who struggle with anxiety, and those who struggle with eating disorders. Lauren is in the office Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and is available by appointment only. Click below to make an appointment with Lauren.
how to follow your body’s intuition when it comes to your health
By Juliet Tablak, D.C.
Each week, I see patients struggling with varying degrees of health issues. Some are very sick, struggling to find answers as to how they can begin to heal or what is the next step they need to take to move in the direction of healing. When we are struggling in our own bodies with chronic and sometimes debilitating pain or illness it is hard to know what to do and who to listen to. We may already feel that our body has betrayed us and that we cannot possibly have an answer within, so we begin to look outside ourselves to find the answer. Often times multiple doctors will all have differing opinions on the same health issue. How do you decide what the right course of action is? This can be difficult to navigate and often times worrisome and confusing.
My intention in writing this article is to help you get in touch with your own healing intuition. You know your body and its nuances better than anyone else. Your body is always communicating with you to help you know how to heal it. In this article, I will provide some tools and techniques on how to listen and get in touch with your inner healer.
Here is a little about me and why this topic is so meaningful to me. I was very sick in my twenties. Over a number of years I desperately searched for what was wrong with me and what I could do about it. I woke up everyday in horrible pain at a time when I thought I should have felt amazing. After three years of searching and feeling my health decline I was given the diagnosis of Systemic Lupus. I was immediately prescribed a medication by my doctor. I asked him what the medication was for and he said it was to “stop the progression of Lupus”. I asked, “ how do you know it will progress?" He said “We don’t, but most often it does”. I realized in that moment that there was a possibility that this disease may not progress and maybe there were things I could do to help my body heal. I asked him to give me a few months to try some things out and if I wasn’t getting better I would consider taking the medication. My doctor agreed so in those three months I completely changed my life. I changed my diet, started meditating, praying, started seeing a chiropractor and an acupuncturist. I began the journey of going within to find the answers that I needed to help my body heal. After 3 months I went back to see my doctor. They did some blood work and the numbers had changed significantly. The doctor wanted to know what I had done to create such a significant amount of change in such a short period of time.
I don’t know why I didn’t choose to take the medication except that there was something that didn’t feel right to me. I wasn’t a chiropractor at the time and didn’t know what I know now so where did that decision come from? This is what I want to help you to get in touch with; that wise and gentle guidance that your body gives you every day.
Here are some tools and techniques to help you connect with your body’s intuition and guidance:
Ask your body for guidance. Sit quietly in comfortable position and close your eyes. Focus your attention on your breath. When you are ready, ask your body “what do I need to know to heal” or “what is the right thing to do regarding _________? (fill in the blank) Then just sit and listen; try to remain open to any signals, visuals, sounds or feelings that you may become aware of. Your mind may start offering solutions but see if you can listen for what is underneath the thoughts. The more you practice the easier it becomes. Sometimes the answer or answers may not come in one sitting. You can also ask for guidance in your dreams. You can ask your body any question before you go to bed and sometimes the answer will show up in a dream. You may need to ask multiple times over days or months. This is a process and a practice. The more you listen, the more clarity you will have
Keep a journal: This is not a journal of body symptoms although you may choose to include them. It is more of a stream of consciousness journal, simply writing down any thoughts that are swirling around in your head. This helps to clear out any thoughts that may be in the way of hearing you’re intuition and allows you to have greater clarity and to be more connected to the deeper wisdom within. You can write everyday or as often as you like. I recommend at least three times a week to start with. You can also keep a gratitude journal for all of the things that you are grateful for each day. When we are sick and not feeling well it can be hard to remember all that is going well in your life. Keeping a gratitude journal can create uplifting feelings and doing this can give our immune system the boost that it needs to help with healing.
Add creativity into your life: This doesn’t mean you need to become a musician or a painter. It can be simple activities like singing in the car or coloring in a coloring book. The part of our brain that is responsible for creativity can help us find creative solutions to healing. It is important to nurture this part of our brain and our being. Whatever you choose to do make sure that you really love doing it. This is an important part of creativity. It doesn’t mean that you won’t experience resistance to adding this into your life. Our thoughts may tell us we don’t need to do this or don’t have time for it. See if you can acknowledge that the thought is there and encourage yourself to be creative anyway even when you don’t really feel like doing it.
Meditate: This can be difficult for people to do sometimes in the very busy world we live in. If you can commit to one minute per day of closing your eyes and following your breath you will begin to notice your nervous system calming down. Our body heals when it is under the control of the parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest system). Most people these days are predominantly living under the control of the sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight system). This creates stress hormones that break down our innate immunity. Spending time in meditation even for one minute a day can help regulate our nervous system and create a more parasympathetic environment allowing healing to take place.
One of the most important things you can do when you are struggling with your health is begin to accept yourself right where you are today. There is a perception in our society that something is wrong with you if you are not perfectly healthy. This is just not true! Pain and illness are signals from our body telling us that it needs help to heal physically and emotionally if we are willing to pay attention. You are perfect exactly as you are right now and you have the power and the ability to create change and healing in your life.
These are some simple techniques that you can add into your life to help you tune in to your body’s higher wisdom. You don’t have to add them in all at once, just try one that resonates with you the most. Do your best to create an environment in your consciousness that allows you to hear your body’s wisdom and intuition. Pay attention to the feelings in your body as your are being given advice or choosing how to care for yourself. Know that if you don’t feel right about something it is probably not right for you! Begin the process of trusting yourself and knowing that no one knows your body better than you do and that all the guidance you need is within.
Sending you all love on this incredible journey of healing. Thank you for trusting me with your care, I am so grateful that I get to be a part of each of your journeys and to be of service in anyway I can.
Yours in Health,
5 Tips to cope with being a highly sensitive Person
By Lauren Smith Conaway, LMFT
5 Tips to Cope with Being a Highly Sensitive Person
By Lauren Smith LMFT
What is a Highly Sensitive Person?
People with the innate temperament trait of sensory-processing sensitivity make up about 15-20% of the population, and are called Highly Sensitive People (HSPs). This is not a disorder but an adaptive survival strategy that is present in humans as well as 100+ species of animals. Research has shown that HSPs have more sensitive nervous systems/are neuro-physiologically sensitive and, therefore, aware of subtleties in their bodies and environment, more easily overwhelmed by a stimulating environment, and intuitive (Aron, 1996). High sensitivity is often seen as a flaw or weakness in our society, but I actually see it as a super power. HSPs are often highly creative, productive workers, attentive and thoughtful partners, and intellectually gifted individuals.
5 Tips to Cope with Being Highly Sensitive
1. First, identify if you are an HSP (hsperson.com) and know you’re not alone and nothing is wrong with you. Just knowing and reassuring yourself as often as possible that this is an innate trait, it’s adaptive, and allows you to have heightened particular abilities reduces self-criticism and improves self-esteem.
2. Pay attention to your bodily sensations and messages. Your wise body will tell you when you’re in an energetically harsh environment, when you’re becoming overstimulated or when you’re in a positive or healing environment. Practice mindfully connecting to your body throughout the day and honoring your intuitive feelings without question. If your body is telling you that you need a stimulation break, take a short break to breathe, ground and reduce stimulation.
3. Learn and practice relaxation skills regularly so you can easily utilize them when feeling overstimulated. Diaphragmatic breathing is one of the best and quickest ways to calm your nervous system. Breathing as slowly as you can, breathe in through your nose so that your belly expands fully, pause at the top, then slowly breathe out through your mouth deflating your belly fully. Repeat.
4. Shield yourself energetically and cleanse yourself energetically every day. Everything is made of energy and we all have energetic fields, therefore, we are coming into contact with an immense amount of varied energy daily. Before you leave the house in the morning, visualize a large bubble of white divine light encircling your body 4 feet in all directions intending that only love and light energy will permeate the bubble today. At the end of the day, using sage, prayer, a shower or physical movement intend and ask for clearing away of any negative or not your energy so that it may be transmuted into the earth.
5. Connect with nature regularly. Being outside in nature, preferably in a peaceful place, helps to naturally calm our bodies, minds and souls as well as naturally cleanse and transmute negative energy away from us. If you can, place your bare feet on the earth to more effectively release any negative energy and absorb the healing energy of the earth.
Those of you who see Kim Silsby , L.Ac. Know what an amazing practitioner she is ! Kim is in our office every Thursday and we are so lucky to have her.
If you haven’t seen Kim yet here is a little from Kim in her own words.
I'm providing Chinese medicine at Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center on Thursdays. My specialties include acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, herbal medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle guidance.What I love about Chinese Medicine is its practical application to life. We learn how to read, feel, and help adjust a person's yin/yang balance through all the changes of our lives.
I have a lot of experience with reproductive health care for men and women, addressing immunity, fertility, the menstrual cycle, endocrine disorders, pregnancy, labor, postpartum, and menopause.
In addition to reproductive health, I also help clients with chronic and acute injuries, pain, digestive issues, inflammation, stress, insomnia, and complementary cancer support.
I'd love to meet you and explore how you can apply Chinese medicine to your life for a more enjoyable journey. I can be reached via email at email@example.com, and my online schedule is available with the link below: You can download the Genbook App and create a login to manage your appointments with me.
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