PANIC ATTACKS + DISSOCIATION‼️ Ever had an experience where you go sort of “absent”? (If you’re familiar with absence seizures you might even describe it as looking similar) ... Triggered by worry

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

PANIC ATTACKS + DISSOCIATION‼ Ever had an experience where you go sort of “absent”? (If you’re familiar with absence seizures you might even describe it as looking similar) ... Triggered by worry and/or sensory over-stimulation, you go into this weird “freeze” mode. It can be hard to talk and even hard to breathe. It might last just a few seconds, or minutes, or maybe longer. I recently read a friend's thread where she described having this experience periodically, and she asked, “Do I need to be looking deeper into this?” Here’s my take on it (from someone who has been there personally *and* seen this professionally): If your brain is living in a chronically elevated fight-or-flight response aka Persistent Stress Mode, the threshold for over-stimulation may be hypersensitized. If that’s the case, it’s absolutely an indicator that there might be something deeper happening, and is worth investigating. You may find some...

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The sleep struggle is real 😴 Do you sometimes feel like the Mayor of Struggletown?? Especially with everything happening in the world right now, and everything feeling like a bit too much too often

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

The sleep struggle is real Do you sometimes feel like the Mayor of Struggletown?? Especially with everything happening in the world right now, and everything feeling like a bit too much too often … tensions are running high (obv).  Here's the #1 most common reason for sleep struggles: a brain running in Persistent Stress Mode doesn't want to sleep soundly through the night (understandable, since that fight-flight response is meant to deal with life-threatening situations … which might not go away just because it’s nighttime ;) But this can mean difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up exhausted rather than well-rested This week for my email insiders, I've put together quick action items you can use to handle the most common health challenges I've seen over the years… starting with sleep!  Here's one of my favs to manage energy naturally: Drink red tea (aka rooibos aka redbush tea) . This tea is adaptogenic, which means that...

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May the Forest accompany you when you feel alone / May the Wind be a song that sings you to sleep / May the Fire keep you warm and set your soul free / May the River be a guide that carries you home

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May the Forest accompany you when you feel alone / May the Wind be a song that sings you to sleep / May the Fire keep you warm and set your soul free / May the River be a guide that carries you home / Words by my incredibly talented sister @graviteesgala

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I heard this statement recently and it resonated like WHOA. The full declaration was actually: “I’ve learned so many skills just to prove that I have value ...

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

I heard this statement recently and it resonated like WHOA. The full declaration was actually: “I’ve learned so many skills just to prove that I have value ... to make up for all my flaws.” I was struck so deeply from a place of recognition that this lucid self-reflection may be (at least in part) accurate for me as well. People have been commending my skills for as long as I can remember. I’m known for my capacity to accomplish and achieve remarkable things. I’ve got a wall full of diplomas and plaques (my “wall of glory” as I jokingly call it) And this last year, cancer forced me to downshift from my constant state of DOING and PRODUCTIVITY to just BEING. But it never occurred to me before a few days ago that the motivation behind my accomplishment-driven personality could be tied to a deep sense of “not enough”. Of “flawed”. Not least of which comes from over a decade as a teen and young adult of believing my...

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So you know I'm kind of obsessed with fascia, right?! 😂 Well get excited because I'm delighted to share that I've been invited on as a speaker for the @worldcongressoffascia ! This incredible event

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

So you know I'm kind of obsessed with fascia, right?!  Well get excited because I'm delighted to share that I've been invited on as a speaker for the @worldcongressoffascia ! This incredible event, happening Sept 24-27, 2020, is part of our global deep-dive into the fascia-nating world of our body's energetically-charged scaffolding ... the true future of healthcare!  There are going to be so many incredible speakers delivering amazing content over this three-day event ... and even though it's based in Brazil, the whole thing will be online (don't you love these silver linings to the craziness happening right now? I know I do!) Here are a few of the sessions I'm most looking forward to:  Biotensegrity - Unifying Bio-Architecture, Open Anatomy, and Bio-Communication (Stephen Levin) Elastic Storage Capacities of the Fascial System (Robert Schleip) The Pathogenesis of Adhesions, Fibrosis, and the Dynamics of Pain Perception (Susan Chapelle) The...

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Are you (or a loved one) struggling with mysterious health challenges that no doctor has been able to give you real answers for? Maybe you've tried specialists who just want to write a prescription,

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

Are you (or a loved one) struggling with mysterious health challenges that no doctor has been able to give you real answers for? Maybe you've tried specialists who just want to write a prescription, or maybe even tell you it's all in your head? And sometimes you feel like you're throwing wet spaghetti at the wall to see which therapy or supplement or exercise or specialist is gonna finally "stick"? Maybe you're even doing a million things that DO help you function, but it eats up your energy to juggle everything and you are EXHAUSTED from being the Mayor of Struggletown Oh love, my heart goes out to you! While our stories are not identical, I suffered with mysterious chronic illness for a long time as a teen and young adult. I was passed from doctor to doctor who could never figure out what was wrong (and I've taken about a million supplements, tried all the different healing techniques, been told it's 'just stress' and it's all in my head ). Veeerrrrry long story short, I've...

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Sooo being that I avoid most grain (and especially corn) for health reasons

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

Sooo being that I avoid most grain (and especially corn) for health reasons ... I'm pretty enamored with making cassava tortillas from scratch (it's easier than you think!) Combine that with my love for tiny things, and tonight I christened my new miniature tortilla press and made these adorable goat gouda quesadillas Tiny perfection level 3000 unlocked with the accompanying mini avocado courtesy of @jackieknechtel and @justin_faerman 's avocado trees! #paleo #grainfree #antiinflammatoryfood #cleaneating #simplefood #realfood #foodasmedicine #comfortfood #foodporn #yummy #miniatures #foodphotography

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Alright I'm coming in hot with two food posts in a row 😂 I found out that my fav baked lentil chips by @saffronroadfood have been discontinued ... but if you've met me, you know that I don't take limitation well 😂

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

Alright I'm coming in hot with two food posts in a row I found out that my fav baked lentil chips by @saffronroadfood have been discontinued ... but if you've met me, you know that I don't take limitation well Sooooo I figured out how to make them myself! Here's what I did: Soaked 1c red lentils (rinsed) in about 2c water, overnight Put them in the blender (liquid included) with about 1/2c chickpea flour + 1/4c potato starch + 1/4c avocado oil + 1tsp salt + 3Tbsp @beyond_broth yummy tummy broth ... Liquify everything to the consistency somewhere between pancake + crepe batter Pour 1/4c batter onto a medium-low heated cast iron pan + spread with the back of a spoon to pretty thin. Cook until dry on top (1 min?), then flip for another 30-60sec cooking On a cutting board, cut tortillas into bite size pieces. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet at 250 for about 45 min, then turn the heat off and leave them in the oven another 10 min... Then let them sit on the counter to cool to...

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Reflections on pushing, rest, and my current fav life hack

Uncategorized Aug 24, 2020
 

Reflections on pushing, rest, and my current fav life hack

I've been immersed in editing videos from the last time I taught my signature Resilience Training™ workshop, and this gem really resonates with my current life situation. So I'm sharing it with you in case these words might be for you, too (I'm lookin' at you, my high achieving friends)

 
The longer you push, the more rest you need. And if you don't make the time, your body will take the time! It's remarkable how much easier life becomes when you let the swing go the other way sometimes.

 

 
 

* You'll hear me begin this clip with "Core Principle #4" - it's an excerpt from a discussion about the foundational principles of Fascial Flow Method™: the body-based brain-hacking exercises + strategies I designed to quickly and easily downshift from chaos / survival mode to calm / healing mode. Stay tuned for an online course I'm creating to share more of this work with you at home ;)

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How 'not treating cancer' is helping me heal

Uncategorized Aug 24, 2020

How 'not treating cancer' is helping me heal

For the last month, I have been on hiatus from my work in clinical practice helping others heal. Beyond that, I've taken a conscious pause from planning, deciding, or even thinking about the future. In reflecting on the cancer cells growing in my body, I recognized that I have lived my entire life (as far as memory can go) in a state of achieving. I've done this by pushing with sheer fortitude of will, and let me tell you: I am POWERFUL! But this constant achievement (of which I am super proud don't get me wrong) has come at the expense of constantly engaging my body's survival mode to keep going. Something had to give, and my body certainly called me out.

So in all of my best thinking and research and consulting with the smartest people I know and meditating and praying...the one thing that I was CERTAIN of is that I needed to stop.

 

Stop having commitments. Stop trying to accomplish things. Stop future-pacing...

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