Oh, Your Back Pain

Oh, Your Back Pain

There is so much that can be done to help someone gain mobility and release tightness in their back. Sadly, many people neglect their back pain until it is a chronic or a debilitating problem. My suggestion is preventative care in the neck, back and pelvis. Everyone has an area that is vulnerable in their spine. Why not look at these issues now? I can help alleviate your pain. You’re not alone in your suffering.
  • In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.1
  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. 2
  • Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. 3
1. Jensen M, Brant-Zawadzki M, Obuchowski N, et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People Without Back Pain. N Engl J Med 994; 331: 69-116.
2. Vallfors B. Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms Absenteeism and Working Environment. Scan J Rehab Med Suppl 1985;11: 1-98.

3. Rubin Dl. Epidemiology and Risk Factors for Spine Pain. Neurol Clin. 2007; May;25(2):353-71.
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Celebrating 20 Years of Bodywork

20 Years of Bodywork and Entering a New Phase

After 20 years of practicing bodywork this July, I am still asking questions and refining what is working and what isn’t. After the last 10 years of primarily offering subtle cranial work, I am moving into integrating more physical bodywork to help clients get out of pain faster.

I have been fortunate to have so many master teachers in my life. In January, I began studying with a master teacher who is cutting edge in bodywork, Curtis Turchin D.C.

For years in my practice, I was seeing patterns in people’s bodies. For example, I observed that most people’s sacrum was anterior on the right side. There are some classic patterns that many people suffer with in body symmetry. And then you add injury into the stew and things get rather complex pretty quickly.

The key is mobilization.

It is brilliant to use the innate movement of the client’s muscles to unglue areas of one’s body that feel like cement. I am able to facilitate mobility for the client in a rather short amount of time. By watching what is moving or testing joints, I can access what exercises to send one home with to keep the movement forward into a pain-free life.

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Healthy Micro biome = Prebiotics & Probiotics

Our body is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and other microbes, collectively known as our micro biome.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria, while prebiotics are food that will feed these good bacteria. Foods like kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha drinks, yogurt and fermented vegetables are good source of probiotics.

Probiotics can be like an expensive supplement that can pass right through your system if prebiotics are not included into your diet. This is the key to keep our healthy flora in our body and have a balanced micro biome.

When one takes antibiotics, it can take a year to rebuild your micro biome. Other things can compromise your micro biome like: fluoride, chlorine, pesticides, GMO crops, white sugar and chemical cleaners and soaps.

A Healthy Gut = Healthy Immune System

Our whole digestive system from mouth to rectum is 30 feet long when stretched out. We have 3-5 pounds of bacteria living in our gut and 85% has to be beneficial bacteria in order to maintain balanced micro biome. This will protect you from the harmful bacteria and fungi. Micro biome produce nutrients like vitamin B12 and vitamin K. They assist in the digestion of food and elimination of waste. And they help to regulate hormones and aid in detoxification.

Here are some prebiotic foods to integrate into your diet, always choose organic – raw honey, garlic, onion, artichoke, carrot, chicory, asparagus, banana, mango, beet, carrot, cucumber, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, ginger root, coconut flour, hemp seeds, quinoa, radish, jicama, sun chokes, cabbage, sweet potatoes, dandelion greens, leeks, apples, beans, berries, barley, oats, burdock root, flaxseeds, yacon root, wheat bran, seaweed, ancient wheat’s (like durum, Kamut® Khorasan). It is the undigested fibers that the probiotics feed off in these foods.

A healthy micro biome sends out signals to your immune system and helps regulate inflammation. Symptoms of an imbalance in the body include being addicted to sugar and processed foods, struggling with your weight, a poor immune system, brain fog, memory issues, lack of focus and concentration, sensitivity to foods and a wide variety of inflammatory health conditions for example allergies, MS & depression.

Unfortunately, modern diets high in sugar, refined grains, additives and preservatives, along with chlorinated water, pesticides and antibiotics support the growth of hostile bacteria.

The key to healthy micro biome garden is a diversity of prebiotics foods in your body and moderate supplementation of probiotic foods.

Bodywork has an amazing quality to repair our damaged digestive system by reducing levels of stress and chronic inflammation.

Inflammation = Pain in Body

I had the pleasure of going to the Body Worlds Exhibit in Amsterdam, this April during my last homeopathic seminar trip. I spent a lot of time geeking out on the imbalances caused by diet and injury and how to initiate healing in the body.

Are you suffering from chronic pain? Do you have injuries that haven’t resolved themselves? Inflammation can be caused by so many different reasons. After 20 years of doing bodywork, I have seen clients that are out of alignment from injuries and poor lifestyle choices which causes major inflammation. It is never to late to deal with something that has caused you pain.
There is brilliance in the body to find balance even when it seems impossible. Relieving people of pain is my greatest joy. Choose health as your gift to yourself.

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Watching the Musicans Play…

I had the rare opportunity to see the Santa Rosa symphony last week. It is hard for a structural bodywork to not look at how each person in the symphony is holding their bodies. There was a passionate guest pianist who I am sure has neck pain in how she was holding herself playing. I was so lucky to have center balcony seats. And my friend brought the little bionoculars to view the muscians close up. I could see that one of the base player had a severe tork in his upper back in the way his neck was cocked in relationship with his shoulders.

It is hard to turn off the level of observational skills I have developed over the last 20 years of doing bodywork. I was a distance runner in college who will never run again because of all the damage it caused my body.

I think and dream of a day people can treat their body’s as the most important job there is in this life. So that we all can be like that passionate pianist, but think about the ergonomics of our crafts. This way, like myself,  I will be passionately pruning fruit trees into my 90s, as I am all about how I use my body. What am I doing that can be altered to live safer in my body.


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Symphony of Symptoms…

I see the symphony like a persons body. One must look at all the symptoms of the body, the whole symphony as  the many instruments that make up the body totality.  If a health practitioner just looks at just one symptom or a few symptoms without treating the whole symphony of symptoms, then we just get partial relief. As one is not seeing that the symptoms are the sign posts to tell the person that the body, the life force, is out of balance.

I am constantly having people coming up to me and ask me what homeopathic remedy do you use to treat this kind of skin rash, this type of anxiety, this kind of cold, this kind of backache? The answer is the same for any symptom you toss out to me.

I say, I don’t treat individual symptoms. I treat the whole person. I treat the whole symphony of symptoms not just this or that symptom you don’t like nor want. As a homeopath, every person has had a different life journey to get them to their state of dis-ease. Our aim in homeopathy is to go to the root of the problem. Where did it start? What was the trigger? What have you not recovered from?

In the last few weeks, I have had two different people calling and wanting homeopathy because their children are getting colds every month. And the question I ask is not the symptoms of the cold in the phone screening, but what was going on in your child’s life when these colds started. The cold is just a vent like a tea pot blowing off steam. It is not the problem.

And when one gets a good homeopath to look at their entire case from birth to now, you can see the patterns. The grief, the shock, the stress, the suppressions of symptoms that drive the dis-ease state deeper into the organism to cause more issues.  Unraveling the case takes a good eye and a detective mind to look deeper than what we see on the surface. The homeopaths aim is to address the larger issues of why the symptoms exist. And then to get the balance of the symphony of all the parts of the person. Then harmonic balance is achieved. And oh, how delightful that is…

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Muscle Tears and Chronic Pain…

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of working on a young lady that had an old backpacking injury. She came in because she was ill for a week and was now experiencing pain shooting into her legs that she thought was nerve pain. I had a feeling that it was probably a muscle tear. So, I had her feel the muscles with me to show her the dent in her muscle where the old tear was causing her pain. Old muscle tears are easy to feel with a trained hand once you know what you are searching for.

How can you tell a fresh tear from an old tear? Old muscle tears have a ridge of scar tissue that you won’t feel on a fresh tear. Sadly, it could take 6-8 months to heal a muscle tear. Adding some kinesiotape on the area where the tear is acts like a muscle instead of the muscle. This way the torn muscle can rest and repair itself. And even though its hard to believe, one can have muscle tears that are very old that are causing chronic pain. In addition using an infra-red LED light on the skin daily can add in the tears healing more rapidly. Tape alone will heal the tear. Its really important to know why one is in pain to put you on the right path of getting out of pain.

And though muscle tears seems like a common thing for most PT and doctors to diagnosis, it is rare they do it. Some of the nagging pain that just will not seem to resolve could be a muscle tear or a ligament tear. Come in for a session…


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Adulterated Modern Wheat vs. Sacred Ancient Wheats…

Avoiding modern wheat has become the going rage. Many people have a variety of symptoms from modern wheat which are quite well written about. What I want to focus on is how ANCIENT wheat has gotten a bad name because of this modern wheat.

What are folks really reacting to anyway? Is it the gluten? Modern wheat was altered to make more loaves of bread fluffier with high levels of gluten and build a higher profit. It was breed for that.

Lets go back to the ancient wheats – einkorn wheat (Farro Piccolo), emmer wheat, durum wheat, khorasan (kamut) wheat and spelt wheat. These ancient wheats are an amazing form of protein, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. What ancient wheat being an anti-inflammatory? Yup…

The Montana khorasan wheat farmer, Bob Quinn, who I was lucky to sit in on his lecture on ancient wheat at the The National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, CA this past summer. Bob’s company Kamut did tons of double blind studies and research comparing ancient wheat and modern wheat. Here is the link to some the research his company produced and you can email him for more double blind studies if they are not listed https://kamut.com/en/health/research. The bottom line is if you don’t have celiac disease than you can benefit from eating ancient wheat. You won’t have any reactions even if you have reactions to modern wheat.

What I want to talk about is my experience with this ancient wheat. I like many people had avoided wheat as it seemed like the healthy thing to do. I was heading to Italy before my bi-annual homeopathic seminars in Belgium. I said to my colleague that I wasn’t going to eat wheat in Italy. This Russian colleague of mine said that we were going to Italy and I was going to eat wheat. After a bit of arguing with her, I caved in and said what would it harm.  I know I can be quite rigid about things and perhaps she was right. I mean how often do you get to go to the region of Tuscany in Italy. The interesting thing I noticed was that my body craved the wheat once I started eating it. My body felt so good eating it unlike the modern wheat I would occasionally eat in the United States. Granted I have never had any ill symptoms of eating wheat. Well it turns out, Italy imports 80% of Kamut wheat from this Montana farmer. That said it was many years later that I got to hear Bob Quinn speak at heirloom festival. All I really knew was something was very different about the wheat I ate in Italy but I could not explain it.

I used to bake bread in a Co-op in Southern Illinois. After I heard the lecture on ancient wheat, I decided it was time to shake off the rust and start baking bread again. I had just acquired a grain attachment to my vitamixer so I could mill my own grain. Now the challenge was to source all these different ancient wheats and start playing with them. I have currently played with Kamut (khorasan) wheat, Emmer wheat and Spelt. I have a 22.5 lb bag of Einkorn wheat coming in the mail that I am so excited about.

The next step for me will be making a sourdough starter with Einkorn wheat. And then sprouting and dehydrating the ancient grains before grinding them. A bit of an extra step but a good dehydrator machine is pretty easy to come by and we have plenty here on the land. When you sprout the wheat the growth inhibitors are deactivated which leads to a greater availability of vitamin C, folate, and minerals like iron. The sprouting process creates reduction in carbohydrates along with an increase in protein, lowers gluten and creates more soluble fiber. All around sprouting the grain makes it healthier food.

So getting over the hurdle of sprouting and dehydrating will be a journey well taken…

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Flu season – are you susceptible?

Why is it that some people fall ill in flu season and some don’t? Is it more than just luck?  Some people fall ill in epidemics and others don’t like with mononucleosis, swine flu or malaria.

The answer to this puzzling question is our susceptibility, our ability to react to outside stimulus.  How strong is our life force or energy?  How do we close the gap so that we are not as susceptible to anything that is blowing through our town?

This is one of the lovely focuses of homeopathy – to close down the window of susceptibility and strengthen the energy and life force of the patient.  When this susceptibility is closed, one is not susceptible to things that are a theme in their lives beyond just the mere cold.  Each of us has something that keeps running through our lives like fear, anger, grief or heart-ache.

When working with a classical homeopath, a patient gets a remedy that covers every aspect of themselves, which is brilliance for strengthening the entire person.   The goal is that susceptiblities are closed and health is achieved.

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I ask you to look deep inside yourself.

How deeply can you love yourself? As the month of Love approaches us, make a shift and shower yourself with the needed attention and care your health deserves.

Give the gift of deeply loving yourself.

Four 90 minute sessions for $475 ($125 savings) or eight 90 minute sessions for $900 ($300 savings).


How Long Does it Take?

People often ask me this question. When we have neglected ourselves as our most important priority things get thrown off. Aches and pains become a regular part of daily life that we just adjust and live with. That is why I encourage doing a series of sessions to find your place back into balance. Let’s find out what your most nagging issues are and help you make sustainable shifts in your life that work for your progress back home to yourself.

Looking inside deeply…

The pace of life is too fast. The list of things to do is endless. When we get quiet enough to hear our intuition, we can realize where we need help in our lives. Many times it is much easier to have a supportive practitioner along for your journey, so you can get in touch with yourself again.

Why now…

If not for the first step of the journey, where else is there to begin. One of my teachers used to say, “if you don’t take care of yourself who will?” We are all imperfect in our own ways. The tides of stress, worry and daily life wears on our being. The point is to start where ever you are in this moment. To look deep in yourself and ask, “what do I need help with?” Not looking with shame, resentment or anger, but to look inside with deep compassion, love and understanding. There is where you open your heart to yourself and learn where you are ready to take your next steps forward.




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Cleaning up the Toxicity of your Products…

A simple point I wanted to express is the levels of toxicity in most common products like shampoos, conditioners, perfumes, soaps, bubble bath, fabric softeners, processed foods, deodorants, make-up, laundry detergent, toothpaste, facial cleaners, dishwasher soap, nail polish, body care products and cleaning supplies, for example.

But the solution is quite simple. That’s right folks, just READ the labels. That’s it, it doesn’t need to be a complex process to clean up some of the toxicity in the every day household. Start reading everything. If you can’t pronounce the word on a label or don’t know what it is, like a long chemical word, then you don’t want to eat and you don’t want to use it on your skin or household. It is just that simple.

Even if the packaging on a product is lovely and it says it is nature, beware. Advertising is key to making one just buy a product without thinking nor reading labels. Read the labels.

Your skin is your largest organ, therefore, you don’t want to put cream or lotions that have toxic ingredients on your precious skin. And of course, you don’t want to eat products that when you read the label it isn’t even really food. It all seems like common sense to say our great-grand parents but somehow the majority of folks have lost this simple common sense choices in our lifestyle. We can’t control much in our lives, but we can make healthier choices about what products we use and what companies we support. I always advocate buying local handcrafted products when ever possible. And we live in a day and age where you can replace anything you must use with a organic product.You just want to make sure you can read the label  and understand what is in the product or food.

Also, when someone has a compromised immune system you need to be aware of toxic building syndrome. We don’t want to install a new carpet or flooring that will off gas toxic fumes for years. New furniture that are made of non-nature materials will also off gas. As well as a new car that will off gas for years. Beware of regular household paint and wood stains are pretty darn toxic. There are many choices that are more “green” and less taxing on your precious body.

One of my most precious teachers said to me once, “You only have one body, if you don’t take care of it who will?”

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