This past weekend, I got to do what it is I enjoy most... I got to teach and talk to a group of individuals ready to step out of the box. The "New Science of the Human Body" workshop is now my favorite two-day experience. Before me sat 30 individuals who are educators, teachers, students, and entrepreneures of "learning the body better". We spent 14 hours together looking deeper into the body than most models go. We defined by viewing microscopically this dynamic supporting, communicating system in the body that I call the "neurofascial system". This is the science that combines neuro-science and connective tissue research and shows why we all need to learn more about these two components of our body if we are going to maintain an active, healthy, pain-free lifestyle... not only better... but longer.
It is the profound work of Gil Hedley, Robert Schleip, J.C. Guimberteau, Elaine DeBeauport, along with my own empiracle study and passion that I am able to talk about this system as an expert of neurofascial application and research. This October I had the pleasure of speaking to 30 not only brilliant but diverse individuals spanning the fields of personal trainer, manager, and consultant to acupuncture, massage therapist, and chiropractor to expand their knowledge on how to help a body achieve greater efficiency and longevity.
Each person in the room stayed so present and in the moment, day one flowed without a hitch. A new model presented, and the embodiment begins! Day two began with profound quetions,(and long-winded answers on my side) to build on the ideas and impress upon them the importance of knowing more about the connective tissue and what I define as the "autopilot" providing every human body support, protection, and whole-body communication and is functioning out of our conscious control. We learned how to tap into this sytem without "over loading" the network that links our parasympathetic nervous system to our connective tissue.
To me, a weekend like this is a gift. The students, a treasure, the learning... priceless. As the months progress and the work sinks into the bodies of the participants, I can only wonder what the results will be. More on the evolution of the learning soon!
Every year I try to do at least 3 surveys on line to gain more information about those that have crossed my path in order to help figure out what more I can do to help those who seek long-term wellness. It's only been about 5 days since I sent out the survey. So far, only about 200 people have responded so the jury is still out until I get more responses...
Last week I sent out a survey with 3 questions, one of which isn't easy to answer:
Over my lifetime it is most important to me that my body remains
Required In the past year, I have had a chronic or reoccurring pain in my body. (A chronic pain is a pain that has been present for a minimum of 5 weeks. If you would like to add what it was, please do so. ex: foot pain or hamstring strain or back ache or if it went unremedied by traditional medicine or treatment.)
I feel I take a proactive approach to maintaining the longevity and efficiency of my body.
Of course on #1 we want ALL of the things listed, but the 3 most important were what I asked for. The number one answer was healthy (whew!) followed by active and only slightly behind was pain-free. I mean let's face it, who cares how muscular and lean you are if you are unhealthy, in pain and in active? What's the point? And really, you can't have any of the others if you are in pain, in active, and unhealthy. They really are the most important 3 elements in a long happy life.
Now here's where it got interesting. The second question about pain. A little over 70% of people said they had a chronic or reoccurring pain in their body however even with pain, 94% said they felt they take a proactive approach to maintaining the longevity and efficiency of their body.
Is it me or does there seem to be a little issue with this? If 70% of people who feel they are proactively trying to maintain their efficiency and longevity are in pain, it sounds to me like we really need to evaluate how people are staying proactive. Whether it be yoga, Pilates, stretching, running, eating clean, lifitng weights... the majority of people trying to stay well are still in pain.
So what's missing? Certainly not the attempt or desire! Really, not many people understand why pain arises or where it begins. Most don't get that the very things we do to stay active could actually be causing some of the imbalance that down the road can create pain.
Now the more important question is, how can I help you help yourself get what you want? I have started with the hand and foot treatment. Soon I hope to have downloads of the full body treatment along with some webinars (on-line seminars) to teach you what I have learned about aging, longevity, and the preservation of a pain-free body.
Until I can offer you more, remember these quick ideas:
1. Stay hydrated. Drink more water, especially upon awakening.
2. Eat whole grains and high fiber foods
3. Sleep in a DARK room. No light, even clocks with bright faces can alter your sleep cycle.
And most of all, if you are in pain, don't ignore it. It's a sign your body is in need of your help! If you have a chronic pain, send us an email and we will offer some specific advice. It's time to truly get the resolve you want from living a proactive lifestyle for longevity!