I recently found out that my cat has stage 4 kidney failure. After processing the initial shock that my almost 17 year old cat who I’ve had since he was just a baby is sick, I’m embracing the cat way of being in the moment and learning how to not worry about the future so much. This video was originally posted as a Facebook live video. Click on the plus sign above to watch.
My client, Anne Friddle, passed away after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of ALS earlier this year. In honor of Anne, I am raising money in her name for the ALS Foundation. Learn all about the great donated items and how you can support this great cause and win some amazing prizes! ALL the money raised will be donated in Anne’s name to the ALS Foundation.
I recently found this blog and reposted it on my Back to Life Facebook and Twitter pages. It got me thinking though and I wanted to add a few of my own thoughts. Self-care is one of those ideas that can be challenging. With our busy lives sometimes it’s hard to find even a few minutes to really focus on just yourself. When I make suggestions to my clients I try to make sure that what I suggest fits into their lifestyle and the activities they are already doing. For me it’s easy to do a couple of yoga stretches after each massage session while I wait for my client.
“Happiness is your job — the brain’s not gonna do that” – Tony Robbins Whoa! Mind-blown! I really resonated with this video because I have such a busy brain. Just ask my friends how much I worry about all kinds of stuff that I have no control over or no business worrying about! Tony says that our “minds are not designed to make us happy, they are designed to help us survive”. He also reminds us that our brains originally were designed to keep us safe from dangers, like saber tooth tigers. I don’t know who is fighting saber tooth tigers anymore but my mind certainly can make me feel.
I have a new client who has been coming almost weekly to alleviate some back pain that he has been experiencing. He said, “My back doesn’t hurt anymore. Maybe I shouldn’t come in as often.” I said, “Well, you don’t want to wait until you hurt to come in!”. So much of what I and my massage colleagues do is help PREVENT pain from being a PROBLEM. Pain is an indication that your body is unhappy and needs you to stop what you are doing and heal. Of course, there can be pain when you exercise or do some new activity that you haven’t done in awhile because you are.
How good are you at balancing the things you value in life? Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus has some great advice on how to prioritize the big rocks so you can live the life you want to more fully! What tips to do you have for making more time for the things you love? http://www.drjennsden.com/blog/balacing/2016/3/8
Most people hate being laid up or in pain and will typically tackle an ache or injury very aggressively to hopefully heal quickly. While some injuries respond well to that strategy, I had a recent experience that showed me less effort can sometimes be more beneficial when it comes to relieving pain in the body. And what I mean by less does not mean doing nothing, but to approach the body in a more gentle, softer way. In 2014, I took an amazing class called Wilderness Basics offered through the Sierra Club. I went on 3 overnight hiking/camping adventures around the San Diego area. It was an incredible experience and.