It seems that all of life has slowed down and yet time passes faster than ever! I thought I would touch base this month with some recollections of my Dad who would have been 86 years old this week.
I felt like we lived in an artificial box and I was so curious, open and eager to find out one day what the rest of the world was all about. What is outside of the box that we lived in?
I observed that many people were content to be complacent and assumed that this is how life is. This is how life is supposed to be. Most people seemed down, depressed, and with low energy, yet there was a sense of acceptance about it. Sort of, OK everything sucks, and we are going to complain about it, but do nothing to change it.
Almost everyone who I knew was that way, except my Dad. He was born in 1934 in a rural part of Poland, but he was born with a big and dreaming heart, great sense of humor and ambitious attitude towards life. He was intelligent, hard-working, funny, loving and he wanted to build a beautiful life. Due to the political system and low economic level of the middle class, he had to maintain a few jobs just to make the living that he wanted for his family.
My Dad had strong beliefs for a Free Poland, and he loved the USA for its freedom, values and economic opportunities for anyone who had a strong work ethic.
He had big dreams for his family’s life that could not be fulfilled due to the politico-economic system in which we lived. I felt I was always encouraged to be the best and most that I could be. Playing the violin or tennis were not my cup of tea but my Dad did see that for me and in me. He believed in me and he saw a potential in me that I could not see myself at that time.
From my Dad I learned to dream big and have visions and plans for my life. His open mind and courage to stand up for the truth about our country’s political climate was noticed by me. I was a child but I knew what he was doing. He was the only one not afraid to stand up against the whole extended family, voiced his opinions and would not bend or be sold by anything or anyone.
I saw how alone he was in that process, but trust me, I admired him so much for that.
My Dad loved and admired deeply 3 people in the 1980's. Those people were John Paul 2, Ronald Regan and Lech Walesa. They were all game changers and visionaries for a new and free country of Poland.
Especially John Paul became a huge hope and a courageous leader to a country which was suppressed, inhibited, and run by fear and manipulation for decades. After the Second World War, Poland was under the unwanted influence of Russia and decades of communism left people in very dark places, with low hopes, poor quality of life and health.
That one summer weekend of 1979 my Dad insisted on taking me on a walking pilgrimage designed just for men to attend John Paul's first visitation to Poland after his inauguration in 1978.
I was 10 years old and could care less and really was fussing not to go, yet I went anyway.
We had to walk 4-5 hours to get to that open meadow area where the gathering was taking place. I was tired and exhausted and was feeling claustrophobic. Walking and standing in a sea of over 10,000 adult men, who felt like giants to me at that time, made me definitely feel uncomfortably contained and hemmed in.
Yet the energy of 10,000 voices of men who were clapping, cheering, applauding, signing, shouting was very palpable in my bones. There was a feeling of hope for a better future, joy, and a certain feeling of freedom and possibility.
I don’t remember much of that 2 hour sermon, except only one phrase. John Paul repeated it many times, his voice was assertive, loud and clear when he shouted:
“ Nie lekajcie sie”….which meant “ Don’t be Afraid!!”
That was the first time in my life that I ever heard those words.
There was a permission in that statement that we have a choice, that we don’t have to be afraid. That one, single, powerful line “Don’t be afraid” woke me up, shook something inside of me, gave me another option which I did not even know I had. I realized at that time that I had a choice.
We all lived in fear in the 1980's and we thought that it was just the way things were. We collectively thought that it was our reality and we had no impact on it or any choice.
On that day, as I was being a resistive little cranky kid who did not want to go, I experienced something new and different inside of me. That day had a huge impact on my life, started shaping me into a young person who received the permission that I have an internal choice. That I actually have a choice.
Fear is just a feeling and over the centuries we all lived in fear, which have affected our lives, bodies, health, whole countries and collective thinking.
“Don’t be afraid, wake up from your slumber world . . .”
Today is a special day ....
The " Ultimate Guide to 25 Self Healing - Techniques" book arrived... Just 5 weeks ago it was an idea in Laura Di Franco's mind and now this book is published and an Amazon #1 international best seller in chronic pain.
I had the privilege of being a co-author of one of the chapters in this book which I wrote about Myofascial Release. I want to congratulate all 25 co-authors who contributed to the production of this book!
Please take 2 minutes to watch this lovely video. Music Credits: The Three Gunas (497.9Hz) ©️2020 Listening to Smile Ian Morris.
Health, emotional well-being and happiness go so much hand in hand. Change your emotional vibration and you change everything including your health.
The new paradigm is already here!
I am thrilled to announce that the publishing of The Ultimate Guide to Self-Healing is Today, April 30th and it is already an Amazon best seller in many categories! Here is a Video where I describe my experience.
SOFT RE-OPENING WITH LIMITED HOURS AND CRITICAL PRECAUTIONS - APRIL 27
With ongoing " Stay at home orders" a hardship for everyone, I am taking this situation very seriously and have given it a lot of thought.
Wholistic Therapeutics, as a Physical Therapy entity, is considered an essential business and we will have a soft re-opening of the clinic with limited hours and critical precautions starting the week of April 27.
We have been closed since March 16. I have been in contact with many of you who have been scheduled in April just to check how you were doing in regard to your function and pain.
Many of you mentioned that you can handle things at home with previously given exercises.
We have also conducted many TeleHealth sessions and those options are still available.
There were also a few questions regarding home visits, especially for those who are recovering from surgery. Please give me a call in that regard.
I took that time also to start creating more materials for self-care and self- treatment to share with you and others.
Quite a few people have contacted me about ongoing or new pain and asking when we will be open for operation again. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
1. Do you have more pain or new pain?
2. Do you have difficulty sleeping?
3. Do you have limited mobility and ROM?
4. Do you have NO or very little pain relief with home program exercises?
5. Have you noticed taking more pain medications recently?
If you say yes to any of the questions, please feel free to contact me with details via e-mail or phone and we can discuss the best action to take.
Understandably, there is now almost an overwhelming amount of information available to us all regarding COVID-19. I particularly like this BLOG authored by David Edelberg, MD:
WHOLISTIC THERAPEUTICS IS TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS
When we re-open our doors, it is extra critical for us to take all the measures to protect our clients, myself and the community as well.
We are operating following CDC requirements for everyone's safety. These are our measures to ensure every's safety.
At this time our self online scheduling will be closed.
Before scheduling the appointment each client will be asked the following 5 questions. Ideally, please answer these 5 questions via email in advance of discussing making an appointment in person for medical necessity:
1. Have you been ill or felt any symptoms related to Covid 19 within the last 14 days?
2. Have you been in contact with anyone who has been ill or felt symptoms related to Covid 19 in the past 14 days?
3. Have you travelled or being in contact with anyone who has travelled within the last 14 days?
4. Have you been to any gatherings with more than 5 people in the past 14 days?
5. Have you followed " Stay at home orders"?
After receiving the answer to the questions, we can decide if an in-clinic or a Telehealth session is more appropriate.
After scheduling the appointment the following measures need to take place to ensure everyone's safety.
1. All clients will be asked to wash their hands before entering the clinic.
2. All clients and myself will be required to wear a mask while they are in a clinic.
3. At this time, we can only have one person at a time in a clinic. I will schedule people so there is enough time for only one person at a time in a clinic.
4. I am scheduling in-person appointments such that there will be enough time between clients, so I can clean all surfaces, table, door nabs etc.
5. I am going to wash my hands before entering the room with you.
WHAT WE ASK OF YOU AS A CLIENT
1. Please be completely honest with all questions that are asked of you. The only way we can open our clinic doors and help those in pain is to follow strict guidelines that we have set. If we do not follow those guidelines we may risk closing the doors and not be able to help our clients in person. We can help you immediately through you self-scheduling a Telehealth appointment.
2. Please call or e-mail us immediately if you feel ill, or you have been in contact with someone who is ill, or find out someone you have been in contact with
becomes diagnosed with COVID-19.
3. Please have patience during this time as our policies could change on a daily basis.
4. Call or e-mail with any questions.
WE ARE HERE FOR YOU
Please contact us at any time with questions. There is no need for you to suffer at home with pain or not progress after your surgery.
We have many different options to help you.
Remember, we are opening April 27th as a soft opening for existing clients for Medical Necessity Only, arranged individually by telephone, but are fully open now for Telehealth virtual appointments. Please try our remote services and self-help approach to serving you. And stay safe and centered.
Best to you and your loved ones,
Governor Pritzker signed an Executive Order that has granted access to Telehealth Physical Therapy within the last week. We will give you notice about our Telehealth access soon.
Please stay healthy, follow CDC guidelines and check on those facing harder times. We will get through this together.
In addition to the exercise below, I wanted to check in with you via this short video posted on my Web Site.
The purpose of this exercise is to help you to relax your body, decrease tension, and brace patterns associated with pain. Diaphragmatic breathing also helps to shift the autonomic nervous system from fight and flight response to a more peaceful one.
So now allow the breath to be more conscious and direct it into the belly on the inhale, pause and slowly allow your breath to exhale in a relaxed way without forcing it.
Perform it several minutes, allowing your body to become softer and softer on each exhale. On a top of your inhale, allow your belly to nicely puff out, hold it for 4 seconds, and exhale for 4 seconds.
Stay present, mentally engaged and aware with your breath.
With every exhale, let go more and sink deeper into the table.
I would encourage you to do this breathing exercise many times during the day, when you are on a phone, or at the store, and before falling asleep. If you wake up at night, and have a hard time sleeping, practice that breath and it will help you fall back asleep.
The more you practice diaphragmatic breathing and make it a new habit for yourself, you will notice to be more present, more grounded and more peaceful in your life.
Stay well and healthy and let me know if I can assist you with anything…
We can schedule time via Face time, Skype or Zoom. Reach out to us for assistance or help. Please email Izabela with a description of your particular situation!
IS THIS AN ACUTE INJURY OR FLARE UP?
Reach out to me via phone or e-mail. We can talk about it and decide if you will be able to manage it at home with proper self-treatment and exercises, or if a Telehealth session is needed. We will decide together which is the best way to cope and manage your situation.
Please email Izabela with a description of your particular situation!
At Wholistic Therapeutics our main goal is to always promote the health and well-being of our clients. In order to achieve that goal, our focus is on teaching how to cultivate Balance, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
With the extraordinary challenge of COVID 19, and the hands-on nature of our practice, we are making decisions and adjustments to make sure that the best and healthiest choices for everyone involved are kept in mind.
I am currently doing my best to assess each situation personally to honor everyone’s choice, but I also need to remain healthy and well. We all want to make sure that we are safe, especially as we are learning that COVID 19 could have delayed symptoms.
I want you to know that I am not taking it lightly, and am making in-person therapy a mutually agreed upon decision so we all feel honored, protected. I also want to make sure that your needs are met from a Physical Therapy/ Myofascial Release point of view as hands-on treatment promotes your health and well-being, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally.As a small business, facing the stress of financial consequences of this situation is real. However, I want you to be assured that everyone’s best interest and safety are my top priority.
We are all in this together. Let’s do our best to find Balance in the chaos, stay healthy and take care of each other. If anyone needs more guidance on how to stay healthy, calm and Balanced, and not get emotionally overwhelmed with it all, feel free to reach out to me.
In closing, please do your best to stay positive and know that this too shall pass.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure to learn and grow my understanding, skills and principles related to MFR, in person, with John F. Barnes, PT.
John Barnes and I together at a conference/training session in 2016
This month I want to share a short video - an interview with him and the author of the book " Figuring out Fibromyalgia", Ginevra Liptan, MD.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for this man who has dedicated his life to train thousands of therapists and treat people all over the world.
MFR is a gentle and very effective treatment choice for many chronic pain conditions.
November seems to be the perfect month to start cultivating the habit of being grateful. It is not only a more satisfying way of thinking and feeling, but now scientifically proven to be beneficial for our brain and overall health level.
6 Physical Health Benefits of Gratitude:
1. Better sleep
2. Reduced anxiety and depression
3. Better mood and less fatigue
4. Improved immune system
5. Improved brain function – dopamine released in the brain which is a pleasure and well being hormone.
6. Less body pains and aches
5 Psychological Benefits of Gratitude:
1. Positive emotions and thoughts, which can create a new reality for us when turned into a regular habit.
2. Happier you!
3. Deeper life fulfillment when we focused on what IS and what we have vs what is NOT or what we do not have.
4. Increased awareness and consciousness level
5. We are changing our own energy level and vibration with Gratitude!
3 Steps to become more Grateful and make it a habit:
1. Keep a daily journal writing at least 3 things you are grateful for. The best way to do it is in the morning or in the evening. I have done it for years and it changed my life!
2. Out loud or in any way you can, Say what you appreciate about people in your life. By doing so, you contribute to making yourself and them happy.
3. And maybe the most important one, Value and appreciate yourself. We all have a tendency to beat ourselves up for many things. Start appreciating yourself, your qualities and your body. Your body is a beautiful instrument that is carrying you thought this life, lets appreciate everything it is doing for us automatically. Do you have to think about circulating your blood in your system or digesting your food?
Our body, and those close to us, deserve to be celebrated with gratitude and love!
“There cannot be a healing in our bodies unless we have healing in our minds and hearts” – Dr. Joe Dispenza
In September, I participated in a week long Meditation Retreat by Dr. Joe Dispenza, which was held in a beautiful area around Niagara Falls. There were 1600 participants, with this particular event sold out within an hour of opening its registration process.
Dr. Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, author, researcher, and scientist whose mission is to help people reach their full potential and help them to heal their body, mind and heart.
As a researcher, he has explored the science behind spontaneous remissions and how people heal themselves of chronic conditions and even terminal diseases. He himself healed his broken spine back in 1986 using the power of his own intention and inner energy without any medical surgeries.
Dr. Joe’s mission, his dedication, and care, are aligned with mine which was the reason I started studying with him over 2 years ago and attended 4 of his advanced seminars.
The HeartMath Institute has been studying the heart mind connection for over 28 years, has worked closely with Dr Joe, and has presented substantial evidence that links our hearts to health.
The new, expanded and validated-by-science information is now widely distributed in regard to how our mind/heart and body are one unit, and how you cannot change one without effecting the other.
For many years, when it comes to treating any chronic pain or medical condition, be it physical dysfunction or medical illness, I have known that not addressing or understanding how thoughts and emotions effect our physical body is simply an incomplete approach.
What recent brain science is proving to us is that we are powerful and have a huge potential to change our body, wellness and even destiny if we understand how.
From a scientific standpoint, we understand that our physical body is very intimately connected and RESPONDS to our THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS.
Every time when we have a thought, there is a chemical that is released in the brain that produces an emotion.
When we perceive any sort of threat in the environment (be it real or conditioned), which we oftentimes call STRESS, the cascade of physiological reactions start in our body:
Our body reacts the same way biologically when our thoughts are negative, which will only produce more undesirable feelings of anxiety, quilt, worry, betrayal, powerlessness, and being overwhelmed.
The more we stay in those limited states of mind and body for months or years, the body will start developing various physical symptoms.
I am not saying that your physical symptoms or pain is the result of your thoughts and feelings.
NOT AT ALL.
It may have started from trauma, surgery, a car accident, falls, emotional challenges, all difficult to diagnose, when dealing with overwhelming life circumstances. We are all entitled to feel negative feelings associated with difficult situations. The more you initially feel and release them, the faster the healing commences. Most of the time, we are not allowed or encouraged to feel our feelings when things happen, and, in that case, they are not fully processed and released.
We do not want to STAY in those states of mind and heart for months or years.
So, let’s look at a scenario which may help – say you had a traumatic accident years ago. Your body healed and you are alive but now you live with chronic pain and you maybe even be told to learn to live with that or just take your pain medications. Or, you are told that you have a lot of scar tissue, and all people who have that type of surgery have to live with that type of pain or discomfort.
If we believe that, that is how it is going to be. I am sure your energy level, mood and emotions would be down, Right? How can you be happy, if your future is filled with chronic pain or disability?
But there is another option. By simply changing your MIND, you can change your physiology.
When we focus on positive, optimistic thoughts, they will start creating better CHEMISTRY inside our body.
When we CHOOSE heart felt emotions like kindness, love, GRATITUDE, compassion, trust, awe - a whole new chemistry is released into the blood stream.
Oxytocin is released (which is a neuropeptide) which turns off your anxiety and fear.
As we feel less fear and anxiety, we create a new CIRCUTRY in the brain with trust, forgiveness and love.
You remember how you felt when you first fell in LOVE? The body feels amazing that way, right?
Well, we do not need an external situation and expectation from another person to generate those feelings.
You can create your own sort of magic with the right state of mind. GRATITUDE is one of the easiest ways to ELEVATE your emotions. There is always so much to be grateful for. You may start inside of yourself, with all of those feelings that you desire to experience.
When we are in those positive states of mind and heart, WE have more energy available for HEALING our body as we are not expending it on survival.
Imagine you want your computer to work, but you never TURN THE POWER ON? That would be crazy, right?
Many times, we do the same thing by not living up to what we can truly do.
It is time to step out of the dark ages when it comes to our own abilities to influence our healing capacities.
500 years ago, we still believed that the earth was flat and it took 200 years to change that misconception.
We are entering another paradigm shift when it comes to our consciousness, awareness, mind-body connection, and healing ourselves.
Love yourself enough to learn more about it. We are ALL powerful. We are just conditioned to not know - work to gain and acquire knowledge to help heal yourself.
I have wanted to go to Peru for the last 20 years. So glad I did. Peru is a very friendly płace and has so much to offer.
We saw Lima, Cusko (ancient and beautiful capital), the Rainforests of the Amazon, Machu Picchu and the Andean territory. It was a special week to see part of the Solar Eclipse, the Southern Cross against a night sky, and witnessed Peru getting into the finals of Copa Soccer 2019 when the streets got really loud with celebration and joy.
The food was outstanding with tons of exotic fruits, vegetables and different types of meats. I Learned a lot about Inca history, colonial times, diverse and colorful fauna and flora of diversified geographic regions. It was nice to spend this special time with great friends, and also met some new ones!
Exploring novel areas and having fresh new experiences are beautiful ways to keep us engaged with life so we can stay vibrant, open and curious. So good for the heart and soul ❤️!
Click here or on photo to view all photos I took while visiting Peru.
I was always excited about finding a visual tool, like the video below, that would help explain what is fascia, and how it works and effects our body and its function.
Here are two key points about why we do not better understand more about fascia:
Click here or on photo to view video.
There is also a wonderful TED Talk explaining and visualizing how fascia can restrict movement in different parts of our body.
You can see in the video how shoulder motion can be restricted but the problem originates in the rib cage.
You can also observe how hip restriction can limit walking and makes it painful.
Click here or on photo to view video.
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I was traveling from Poland to the United States back in 2009. It was a long 10 hour direct flight from Krakow to Chicago. Visiting my family and attending my niece's wedding was a great way to spent a few mid-summer weeks. But, I was so tired and exhausted getting home that all I dreamed about was resting and sleeping.
The next day I woke up and I felt that my whole right arm was numb and tingling. Even with my therapist knowledge, my mind went to the worse case scenario
"What if I got stroke? How am I going to work? I use my hands for work all the time?" At that moment all I could feel is fear and stress flooding my body.
When my emotions calmed down and I could logically trace my steps back, I realized that the previous 24 were stressful on my body. I was sleeping on a long flight, without my neck supportive pillow and in a sitting position. Even though I did not feel any neck pain at the time, just arm numbness, awkward neck position can cause muscular tension and nerve impingement.
So, when we travel by train, bus, car, airplane or combination of all the above, preparing our body and planning ahead maybe one of the most important parts of the trip.
We want to enjoy our time, exploring old or new areas and not worry about our pain or popping pain pills.
So here are 8 helpful tips for a more enjoyable vacation time!
1. Before you decide to go and travel, which may require being out of your habits and routines, make sure that you actively stretch and balance your body. Use breathing, attention and awareness in connecting with your body.
2. Hydrate and hydrate your body. The fascia which is well hydrated is less likely to get injured because is it pliable and filled with water vs being rigid and dry.
3. Use supportive devices/ pillows for your back and neck during driving or on an airplane. Having a nice neck supportive neck pillow when you take a nap in a sitting position is crucial.
4. Sleeping and resting during travel times is as important as your connective tissue is healing and rejuvenating during sleeping time. Hotels beds may not always be as comfortable as our own. Use supportive pillows between your legs, which also supports your hips, pelvis and back. I like to use an eye mask during the night. It relaxes the optic nerve and provides for less light so your brain can produce melatonin.
5. Traveling with self- treatment tools can be a life saver. Using a therapy ball for 5-10 min and bringing breath and awareness into the painful, fatigued or tight spot, can make a huge difference releasing tension from the muscles.
6. Taking breaks, stops, small naps with breath and quieting the mind will re-set the body so it will serve you well for the next part of the trip. Many times we do not listen to the wisdom of the body and just push it with our mind as we need to be somewhere. Honor and listen to the body and it will serve you well. Listen for messages from the body. Ask it what it needs? Many times it needs rest, nap, laughter.
7. Keep your mind open, curious, present so you can enjoy every moment and create beautiful memories for yourself and loved ones.
8. Before you travel, schedule a MFR appointment so we can help you to balance your body, opening it up so it has more internal freedom. We will also point out your tight spots that may require self- treatment. Remember tight spots and your painful places many times are in completely different places in you body
ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!! LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL AND SO ARE YOU!! THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL AND BEAUTIFUL LIFE IS TO KNOW THYSELF.
For me It took years of inner work, yoga, meditation, body work, myofascial release, energy healing, quality time spent alone and journaling to get deeper and deeper into my own self. Dealing with chronic pain demands care, self-love and compassion, and a commitment to the hard work of changing what you can and cultivating mindful self-acceptance of what you can’t. The clients I help the most are committed to truly being present in the moment and kindly embrace life.
I am a very fortunate person, now able to fully live my truth, to speak my mind from my heart, to express my feelings, my desires, and my dreams. At first it seems counterintuitive, like putting your oxygen mask on before helping others, but choosing self-love, self-care, and self-nurturing has enabled me to offer my best professional help in supporting my client's healing journeys.
My many years of experience in holistic healing and listening to clients while helping them with their unique healing journeys have taught me these 9 best personal practices:
Why are these 9 things important?
Because our emotional and psychological states of being are intertwined with our biology. Saying YES when you mean NO tenses the body and releases stress hormones. Staying in such emotional and psychological states for a prolonged period of time, being unhappy with one's self and life maintains the body in a state of tension with cortisone and adrenaline floating in the body, which prevents healing from taking place.
If you have been unhappy, tense and dissatisfied with your life and health, it will take some time to create a new state of being. The key to healing is to live from the space of our heart and soul. It’s the source of how things flow to us . . . fulfillment, joy, bigger and deeper love, abundance, fulfillment in relationships and friendships, total health and prosperity. When we are internally relaxed and happy and we make better choices for ourselves, the body is more relaxed and can heal itself. The brain releases happy hormones like dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins, enhancing internal well being.
Authentic life, from the INSIDE – OUT, is the life that’s worth living and is the first building block of your healing journey. I appreciate and am grateful for the thoughts of those clients I have helped along their way.
With winter being here in Chicago, cold temperatures, snow and icy conditions, it may be a worthy idea to practice winter awareness for maximum enjoyment along with fall and injury prevention.
Winter, cold and snow are neither good nor bad. It is part of our four seasons and the rest depends on our perspective, interpretation, awareness and attitude. We don't need to dread winter. We can adjust ourselves to it and find value and enjoyment in cold conditions.
I personally love winter with its short days, long nights, cold and snow. Reading, writing, healthy cooking, staying in, watching movies and sleeping in more, are just few of the things that can add joy in my winter months.
Just last weekend, I traveled with a few friends to Starved Rock and we had a blast hiking trails and watching frozen waterfalls. We even spotted a few bald eagles. With the right outdoor conditions, proper and warm clothes, I also enjoy cross-country and downhill skiing, or skating in an outdoor ice rink with music; followed up with hot chocolate, of course!! There is so much beauty and enjoyment in winter . . .
Did you notice that?
Fall prevention and awareness in the winter months is a crucial key in keeping you safe from injury. Many people end up in therapy and rehabilitation after winter injuries, so shining some light of awareness, and not fearing may help us to shift our awareness about winter safety.
Always evaluate the situation in front of you before you proceed.
Ask yourself, is it the right thing for me to do now? Let's say is it walking, shoveling snow, or driving; we don't want to live in fear, but rather have a healthy discernment about the situation. We need to practice wisdom.
Be fully present and aware with your activities. It is the greatest tip for life as well, but let's just focus on winter safety for now.
Many times, being absent minded, preoccupied mentally or emotionally with other things (which are not a present moments), keeps us disconnected from our bodies. We become more prone to injuries that way. On a personal level, I have had a few injuries with falls and ended up with right hip surgery in my twenties because I was not fully present in the moment. Being distracted can lead to injuries. Below are 8 tips for a more empowered way to take full responsibility for our bodies in winter:
Appreciate and enjoy the winter wonderland!
Please review our Testimonials on conditions helped through Myofascial Release
This month I interviewed another one of my clients, Linda, who has benefited from Myofascial Release (MFR).
I have been painting now for a couple of years . . . in a playful mood, I recently created the painting shown in the photo below. I hope you enjoy the spirit of the snow woman blowing kisses to you and yours!
This month I interviewed one of my clients who has made tremendous progress in his life, health and wellness through Myofascial Release (MFR).
1. What was the original problem that brought you to seek Myofascial Release therapy? What was your diagnosis? I was diagnosed with D.I.S.H. Syndrome/Forestier's Disease (calcification and ossification of my neck and spine), with no hope of recovery. It is a rare condition (in its severity) that has taken me through the Loyola Medical system, the Rush Medical community In Chicago and I was turned down for treatment at Mayo Clinic. I very much endorse the traditional medical system and still see doctors at both Loyola and Rush. However, through Myofascial Release, I came to realize that while my diagnosis was rare, and the cause unknown (as I found out there are many other no-cause, no-cure conditions), the cause/diagnosis was not important. Myofascial Release taught me that paying close attention to how my body and mind reacted to my condition was going to lead to the best possible outcome. I had tried traditional medicine and learned through Myofascial Release that healing is a thoughtful process that requires awareness.
2. How much pain did you have before coming to see me? How much pain medications did you take? I experienced consistent pain levels of 6-10, living hour-by-hour trying to extend the time between taking Opioids to make my 5 to 6 pills a day last 24 hours.
3. How was your lifestyle? What could you do or not to do? How did you feel both physically and mentally, emotionally? My life was totally consumed by managing my pain. I would use thermal pool exercises, shiatzus, therapeutic canes, neck braces, heating pads or most any device/activity to try to help manage my severe chronic pain. Nothing worked to ease the pain for more than a few hours until I increased my awareness and focused my efforts on Myofascial Release (MFR), self-myofascial release (SMFR), breathing more fully and meditation.
4. What sort of services or therapies did you receive before you started MFR? What was your outlook for your future? I have seen many physical therapists, chiropractors, rheumatologists and other medical professionals over the past 6 years. My outlook was feeling lost in a maze that had no way out.
5. How long have you been receiving MFR? What was the difference between other forms of therapy? I have been receiving MFR for almost 3 years. Unlike other forms of therapy that I have tried, MFR is the only approach that has helped in managing my no-cause-no-cure condition. It is a full-body, hands-on technique that releases the fascial system. MFR works to reduce tightness while restoring balance and movement. Using MFR you have helped me tap into my own body, improve my awareness and given me a feel for what is truly holding me back from healing.
6. If you do not mind sharing some of your insights? What did you discover was holding you back form healing? The most challenging part of healing is letting go. I still struggle with it. I was taught to fix things, take medications and look outside of myself for causes and cures. What held me back was not completely embracing that healing is largely an inner journey, and not fully recognizing that the body, from its organs to its individual cells, has wisdom. I think it is all complicated by the fact that MFR (and other forms of treatment) can produce autonomous physiological responses that can complicate your interpretation of results from therapy. The insight I can offer is that through awareness and self-acceptance, we can empower ourselves to heal from the inside out.
7. How long did it take for you to start experiencing like something was shifting in your body and how you felt? Myofascial Release started to reduce the overall tension in my body within the first month of treatment. After a year of unwinding that pressure, and also discontinuing a prescription medication that may have contributed to bone ossification, there was a marked difference in pain. I will have been a client of Wholistic Therapeutics for 3 years in December of 2018, and it is within the past year that I feel in good control of the managing discomfort from the recurring tightness associated with D.I.S.H. Syndrome. As I get more skilled and disciplined in awareness and meditation (I am particularly fond of the meditation Deep Meditation for Healing) the shift toward well-being advances. Over time, while I still need to manage my tightness which can cause pain, my pain levels have re-markedly diminished to consistent levels of 1-3 without Opioids. I feel that I am doing extremely well!
8. How much home program (Self MyoFascial Release - SMFR) have you been doing? How much you were committed to feel better in a natural way? I was introduced to Jon Kabat-Zinn's "Mindfulness for Pain Relief" CD 3 years ago this past July and have been under your care since December of 2015. There are many exercises and devices I have embraced, and each has had some benefit in managing my condition when I maintain awareness. Through Myofascial Release I have undergone an "at home" transformation in developing that skill, discovering the power of self-acceptance, the importance of listening to one's own body, and the excitement that comes with taking responsibility for my wellness. My commitment is endless, to embrace life, doing what I need to do at home to seek the highest quality of life within each day as it unfolds. It is my growing skill of awareness that has enabled me to manage the subtlety of touch while using a variety of SMFR tools and exercises, including the recent introduction of vibrating plates which has helped enable deeper breathing by loosening my rib cage. With MFR you learn over time that less is more, while putting your (and the therapists') energy to the best possible use. Using conscious awareness to tap into the natural wisdom of one's body is key. The most important advice I can pass along when you perform SMFR is that truly less is more!
9. How are do feeling those days? How many medications are you taking? How are you feeling physically, emotionally and physically? With the help of MFR, awareness and meditation I am feeling very positive, calm and powerful in dealing with this last phase of healing. My pain has been drastically minimized and I am no longer taking any prescription medications.
10. What made you never quit? Do you feel the correlation between the way you feel physically, emotionally and mentally? I never quit because I have always embraced change and believe that while pain and discomfort are unavoidable, suffering is optional. Through Myofascial Release, and my own efforts in gaining knowledge, a joy-centered transformation of my being has occurred, setting the stage for further healing.
11. What is your outlook now on your future, health and wellness? Working with Myofascial Release has taught me that self-acceptance, patience and intentional living with positive emotions freeing energy that can be redirected at healing. My outlook on my future, health and wellness is one of an empowered sense of well-being and gratitude for an improved quality of life.
Please review our Testimonials on conditions helped through Myofascial Release
Izabela Adamus | Wholistic Therapeutics | (708) 525-4640 | www.whl-t.com
Many times, people ask me how I started practicing Myofascial Release. As I was recently reminiscing on the 11th anniversary of Wholistic Therapeutics, I was overtaken by appreciation of my own personal and professional journey with Myofascial Release.
At the end of my 20ties, I was working as a Physical Therapist at a local hospital, struggling with a chronic right hip pain that would radiate all the way down to my leg with occasional numbness and tingling. Through my adult life, I was always very active, living a full, athletic and travelling lifestyle, which I greatly enjoyed.
So, when I started experiencing daily pain which limited my activities, I realized that it made me feel old, annoyed, sad and irritated. I felt like I was 90 years old person inside my own body. I did not like it! I was afraid of my own future. I was so young and was so unsure about how my future would look. I believe that whoever lives with chronic pain, can understand that.
At the time, working in a traditional medical setting and consulting with good, orthopedic doctors, I was convinced that surgery was my only option. Even though the severity of my pain was quite diminished, still a year after surgery I was still experiencing a significant amount of regular pain, which I was not willing to accept.
Maybe it was a synchronicity, but at the same time, I started noticing that I was led to start taking John Barnes Myofascial Release seminars for healthcare professionals. I was intrigued, curious, open and willing to try anything to change my regular pain pattern,
From the very start those seminars were different, they encouraged us to look at every human and not to view them only as a physical body, we learn a lot about the mind-body connection and how it plays a significant role in healing chronic pain.
Over time, I was receiving a significant amount of Myofascial Release treatment myself, and I was taking John Barnes classes regularly, as I wanted to learn as much as I could.
Over the period of about 2 years, I was significantly shifting my body, my mind, and my chronic pain was practically gone. I noticed great impact on both my personal and professional life.
In 2004, I made a very clear decision that I wanted to open my own private PT/MFR practice as I wanted to be able to spend quality time with my clients. I saw evidence of how the mind- body connection affects our chronic pain, and life in general, and I wanted to share it with others, so they can heal, not only their body, but their life.
Living with chronic pain is not easy or fun. Healing is a process. Those who are fully committed to take full responsibility for their own body, health and life know that it takes time.
It took me close to two years, between receiving treatment and my own self- treatment program.
But it was totally worth it!!
I am almost 50 years old and I look forward to my future with anticipation and not a fear.
I now enjoy biking, yoga, ski and traveling. I compete in Swing and Hustle dancing and can plan my life ahead without fear of how I am going to feel as I have Myofascial Release to help me along the way.
I am not saying that I do not have any pain at all. As we get older things are not the same, but Myofascial Release has many elements to use to help us along the way.
Learning and understanding the principals of Myofascial Release and the mind- body connection totally changed my personal and professional life. I am forever grateful for it and maybe even for my original pain which took me to places I never knew existed.
It is not a magic pill as we know those things do not exist. We all need to set goals . . .
If you are ready to challenge your chronic pain, work hard enough to avoid surgery (I wish I knew about this work before my surgery), and want to learn more about your own mind-body connection, please do not hesitate to give Myofascial Release a try and take that first step toward your own healing.
It will be totally worth it to you as well.
Please review our Testimonials on conditions helped through Myofascial Release
Izabela Adamus | Wholistic Therapeutics | (708) 525-4640 | www.whl-t.com
It's our 11th anniversary of Wholistic Therpeutics!
As our client you are very important to us and we greatly value your business. We truly hope that you have enjoyed your experiences at Wholistic Therapeutics and will continue to in the future.
As always, if you have any suggestions, comments, or requests about future services, then please let us know.
Hope to see you soon!
Izabela Adamus | Wholistic Therapeutics | (708) 525-4640 | www.whl-t.com
The main tool that we use when we are initially treating chronic pain and symptoms is learning to connect and feel the body as it is in the present moment. Most of the time chronic pain is so loud and overwhelming that all we want to do is get rid of it and not feel pain any more. That is totally understandable. We go to a doctor who gives us a diagnosis, which in most cases is just a description of symptoms, but not the cause of pain.
In order to do it effectively, to get to the root cause of the pain, we need to learn and develop the skill of body scanning. Learning how to feel and become aware of the underlying causes of pain are the important keys to effectively treat it.
Many times chronic and persistent pain is just a symptom of deeper issues and restrictions in our body. Expanding our awareness and sensing the body beyond and underneath the pain is the next step to properly connect with root issues.
We can do it in a standing position, sitting or initially the best approach is in lying down.
Developing the habit of doing it daily will help us to learn a new skill to connect with our body. Initially it may feel uncomfortable or like we are not sure if we are doing it correctly, but if you stick with it, it will become easier and more effective.
So just start first with lying down. Take a few, deep, cleansing breaths into your belly. Ask your mind to become quiet, simply allowing the attention to stay on the body and not engage in thinking or mind chatter.
Slowly start scanning the body from your feet, to your pelvis, into your belly, chest area, and all the way up towards the head. Stay non-judgmental and simply become curious.
Observe, breathe, take your time, notice.
As we are scanning the body, we want to become aware of symptoms, but also, and more importantly, pay attention in 7 areas:
Remember, we are not here to analyze why it is the way it is. All we need to become aware of is the difference, as this is a crucial part of healing.
So, happy body scanning and let us know your progress in establishing a better mind-body connection.
If you want to be guided through the process, Schedule an appointment and we will walk you through an inner awareness session.
I had the opportunity recently to see an old friend and share a nice, Turkish lunch. As we became comfortable and relaxed, we connected with each other, and started sharing our past, including a few not so pleasant life experiences . . . things that were disappointing, hurtful, painful, scary and some you might even call devastating.
As our stories were embraced with undivided attention, empathy, non-judgmental openness, curiosity and care - there was a sense of flow and easiness. As a result, I personally felt lighter in my heart, and in my being, as I realized that I gave my story room to breathe, to be, to flow, I did not hide it inside of my being. I felt SEEN and HEARD. It is a beautiful feeling. I realized that we all have those hard and painful stories and sharing them makes our human experience easier and lighter as we realize that we are not the only ones that have gone through challenging times.
We all want to live happy and healthy lives. Many times, in pursuing that, there can be a tendency to attach to and focus on only the positive aspects of life, and to want more pleasant experiences. Yet, it is healthier not to completely ignore your negative feelings and simply give them air to breathe and release.
Life is like a rainbow, it has many colors. The year has 4 seasons, not only summer. There is day and night, light and darkness.
Embracing and expressing all our experiences, feelings and emotions is vital to live a life that is whole, real and authentic. It brings lightness to our soul and relaxation to our bodies.
As humans we feel a tapestry of emotions as the result of situations that we are in.
Being true and authentic to yourself and your feelings is the highest form of self- care. It takes courage to speak your own truth:
The act of self-care may be to have that difficult conversation with your spouse about the big, pink elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about for decades.
We all want to be seen, heard, validated, and understood. So, let's have courage to open part of our hearts to one another, to share our story, to uncover the corner of our soul.
Is it scary?
You bet it is. It takes us out of our comfort zone. There is fear.
Fear to open-up.
Fear to ask for what we need or want from others.
Fear of rejection.
Fear of being ridiculed.
Fear of judgment.
Being authentic and real may feel quite difficult and not pleasant, and like the least thing you want to do or face. Being authentic is to love oneself unconditionally with all the good, bad and ugly.
But when we do it, we don't need to escape. We don't have to medicate or over-drink or over-eat.
Being authentic is like being your own hero in your life versus being a victim.
It is being at real peace with yourself every day, so you are enough to yourself.
It is so worth it. You are totally WORTHY of being your own hero!
That creates a sense of wholeness within your own being, your own heart.
That is the only real place from which you can give and offer love to another.
Otherwise, we risk operating from a place of emptiness, lack or need.
As a physical and myofascial release therapist, I try to lead by example and relate to my clients as the authentic me. Since healing begins with an honest relationship and understanding of yourself, both physically and mentally, I also teach how to help my clients relate better to their bodies and help themselves. In our hands-on sessions, we may discover places in your body where you are holding yourself back, release tight muscles and fascia related to pain, and suggest ways to manage the return to an authentic state of well-being!
The mind and body cannot be separated.
Since 1991, the Heart-Math Institute has researched heart-brain communication and its relationship to managing stress, increasing internal body harmony and deepening our connection with others and ourselves. Based on their studies, it is safe to say that our heart radiates a much greater electromagnetic field around us versus our brain.
It is there that I recently attended a seminar with a friend of mine that was about self-love and connection to our own heart. Since I practiced that skill for many years now, it was easy for me, but my friend asked very legitimate questions after the class was done; What does it mean to connect to the heart? How do you do that?
So, for the beginners, just sit or lie comfortably, relax your body by breathing gently, allow your mind to be quiet from all the chatter, place your hand or hands on the area of your chest and breathe into your chest, keeping your attention on that area. Give yourself about 5 minutes a day to do just that. In that simple way, you will start connecting with your own heart space. As you do that, allow the sensations, feelings, and emotions to surface naturally. This is the easiest and most gentle way for you to be in touch with your own feelings.
Some of you may know that I lost someone very close and special to me 6 months ago due to sudden death following extended physical illness. Going though the process of grieving and allowing myself to feel all the emotions associated with such a loss is not easy.
There have been days that feeling that pain, loss, grief, and anguish felt like an unbearable ordeal to go through. When it happened, I allowed myself to feel it fully down to the bones. When I felt like I could not take it anymore, I asked Spirit/ God to help me. Peace and deeper serenity came after I allowed all of my pain to simply go through my heart. It is a process, and at some point, it gets easier and easier. You don't want to bottle it all up in your body.
We have such a strong emphasis in our culture that we are supposed to only have good times. It is normal and natural to gravitate towards pleasant experiences, but human life encompasses the wholeness of feelings. No matter if we go through pleasant or painful parts of our lives, feeling it fully and letting it go through our hearts is the healthiest way of living. The bottom line is to fully feel it and let it pass, without clinging to the pleasant times and repressing or resisting the unpleasant times, all without judgment. This is the very best definition of acceptance.
We can't have a rainbow without the rain and the storm. When it comes to our emotions, pain and unpleasant feelings are as part of the wholeness of our human heart as are joy, laughter and fun. Allow yourself to fully feel it without running away from those feelings. Oftentimes in our culture we are trained to mask the pain with drugs, alcohol, and different distractions. I believe that feeling our own hearts is both scary and brave at the same time.
It does take courage to live from the heart space, and to fully love yourself and others. It is OK to be fully you. If you grieve, love the one who grieves. If you are upset, love the one who is upset, YOU. If you are angry, that is OK, love the one who is angry. Just love and accept your own emotions without blaming anyone for causing them.
Own them. Oftentimes we put such a pressure on ourselves, looking back with regret on how we acted or what we felt. Our goal is to always get into a higher level of harmony and balance within ourselves, and, in the process of doing that, rebuild our heart space to again radiate joy and love to others.
Open your heart to yourself and others. Be vulnerable. Feel life. The best way to keep your heart open and enjoy the ecstasy of life is to never close your heart, no matter what life brings you. Bask in the sunshine of unconditional happiness.
What if heaven is not a place where we go, but the state we are in? What if heaven is the way we think and feel in relation to ourselves? A slight change in perception may change our experience in life. We can all define our purpose of living by answering the question Who am I? But, I believe, and many will agree, that our purpose is to be happy and healthy in life, right? Is not the essence of life the journey itself, not the destination?
For me to work with people, serve and heal, first of all, I need to take care of myself. Otherwise, I am not helping anyone. Isn't it true about all of us? Who is responsible for your happiness? Nobody, but you!
I created, and turned into habits, chunks of time that are devoted to cultivating that sense of feeling peaceful, loving, blissful, warm, and at ease with total comfort. Those moments when I find my piece of heaven simply by cultivated quality time with my physical myself, my higher self, God or Higher Intelligence (whatever word resonates with you).
I love my daily routines which I call morning infusions of joy. I set aside 30 min of my time. I prepare my warm water with lemon, nice cup of French press coffee with a favorite Hazelnut creamer. I sit comfortably, being fully present with myself, breathing into the body, keeping it more and more relaxed and soft.
I may take this time to pray, meditate, journal or simply being with myself. Sometimes I put on some music that makes me feel good,or diffuse an essential oil that stimulates my sense of smell in a pleasant way. Or I cover my body in a cozy and warm blanket to give me that sense of love and nurturing.
When I am consistent with my routines, I feel grounded, balanced, centered, and happier, and so I bring that part of me to the world. So, what is your Heaven? What brings you joy and peace? What is your passion? Make it unconditional about you, not people in your life. Perhaps unbelievably, it is not dependent on anyone else.
It is good to be learning baby steps toward unconditional happiness. Although, when it comes down to it, do you want to be happy and live a life of heaven on earth or not? It is a choice of saying to yourself that NOTHING is important enough to diminish your sense of well-being. Stuff happens all the time, some trivial and others, serious, mind challenging events. But is ANY of it worth your personal joy of life? Practice acceptance, which is the art of letting events pass through you, bad ones without resistance, and good ones without clinging.
When you learn to feel happy inside yourself, there is a sense if relaxation and ease in the body. This allows the body to start healing and return to equilibrium. Your body has tremendous wisdom inside, and all you need to do it to align with that by being easy and gentle with yourself. The more you cultivate the feelings of peace, compassion, and joy within yourself, the more your body will respond to those elevated feelings.
What is your heaven? It is not outside of you. It is always inside of you. Only you can find it, or even better, only you can create it, cultivate it and anchor it inside as yours.
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