Acknowledging the Pain to Heal

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Blog, CranioSacral Therapy, natural childbirth, SomatoEmotional Release, Uncategorized | 0 comments

When we consider the concept of evolution, we often think about change happening over generations.  We look at Darwin’s work meticulously charting changes in beak size and other factors that can help a species adapt to their surroundings.  We debate over whether the digestive tract of the human body has evolved to adequately process the increased consumption of grains thanks to the Agricultural Revolution.  But, what about the evolution of each of us as individuals during our human experience? The human brain reaches full development around the age of 25.  That is not to say that the kitchen timer rings and suddenly our growth is complete.  There is always an opportunity to grow, change, and evolve towards our greatest potential.  What matters most is the ability to let the ego go and be open to change.  This may be easier said than done.  When I talk about evolving in your human experience, I am not referring to adding an inch to your height.  I am referring to literally allowing pain to destroy that which no longer serves you on your journey.  (I am in no way endorsing seeking out pain, staying in a volatile relationship, or inflicting it on others.) We as a culture shun pain.  If someone tries to talk openly and honestly about pain, we say they are complaining, they are weak, they are self absorbed.  The over-medication of our escapist society with a surge in prescription drugs, alcohol consumption, and any other feel-good substance do nothing more than numb us from that which is there to help us.  These tools do have their place, but we are all individuals.  We each have our own body chemistry, physiology, life experience, beliefs, situation, & outlook that can affect the role of these medications.  Prozac may work great for one person, while another may respond better to CBD oil.  It is important to find an Integrative Functional Medicine practitioner to help manage supplements and medication. In the Army, we were constantly told (and it trickles down to the lowest rank) to, “Suck it up, and drive on!”.  The most common cure-all was 800mg of ibuprofin and water.  It was ingrained to put mind over matter and just keep pushing through.  I understand that the mission comes first, and sometimes we do need to FIDO (F*&k it, drive on).  But, when it is all said and done, restoration and reset are paramount. Soon-to-be mothers often choose an epidural or an elective cesarean section because they are afraid that they cannot handle the pain.  When I was 9 months pregnant, a friend gave me the best advice for labor.  “Savor the exquisite pain,” she said.  She went into a story about with her...

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Reaching the Invisible Wounds

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Blog, drug-free, PTSD | 0 comments

Everyone knows the cliché about holding emotions in our bodies. The most common one is, “I carry my stress in my shoulders”. What if I told you that emotions tied with a physical, mental, or spiritual trauma can remain in the visceral body? This can be from both acute (that one firefight in Mosul) or chronic (the day in day out life during a deployment with a horrible commander) events. I have noticed with my clients that unless properly addressed and freed, this stuck energy can manifest into a multitude of issues. I am a CranioSacral Therapist (using Upledger techniques). I believe that all bodies can heal as designed. I am also an Army veteran with two combat tours. I cannot tell the stories of my clients, but I can tell you mine. I can tell you why I do what I do now with such passion and hope to improve the lives of those affected by PTSD. TRAUMA AND THE BODY When a trauma or emotional event occurs, it stimulates the release of cortisol, i.e. adrenaline, causing a chain reaction to recruit the fight, flight, or freeze response (in women, it is considered tend & befriend) in our bodies. This surge can be life-saving by enhancing the senses to focus, aim, and fire at the right moment or providing a surge in power to carry a wounded comrade from danger. But, what happens when the fight is over? Wild animals have been observed “shaking it off” after surviving an attack from a predator. Edward Tick, Ph.D, author of War and the Soul: Healing our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, mentions a soldier’s need to cleanse and purify the body after returning from war. Like recovering equipment upon redeployment, our bodies must be cleaned out or the emotions can remain stuck and build up. During a deployment, our bodies are constantly on guard. This puts tremendous stress on the adrenal glands as they are the main cortisol-producer in the body. Any additional stress from home or simply missing family just compounds the stress hormones. Chronic stress and/or a singular traumatic event can take a huge toll on the body. This can manifest into a variety of symptoms I have witnessed from the psychological (anxiety, depression, hyper-vigilance, irritability), physiological (panic attacks, hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue, autoimmune diseases, insomnia), and physical (chronic aches & pains, fatigue, reduced libido, headaches, asthma, allergies, and even heartburn) realms. That’s right. That lingering energy can run your body down and affect it for years if left unresolved. According to Peter Levine in his book, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, “post-traumatic stress symptoms are, fundamentally, incomplete physiological responses suspended in fear.” The body literally needs...

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The Control Touch- From Helicopters to the Craniosacral System

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Blog, brain health, CranioSacral Therapy | 0 comments

In aviation, a pilot’s control touch can be the difference between a smooth ride and a bumpy one.  Flying helicopters requires a certain type of finesse.  Back in flight school, the Instructor Pilots (IP) used a lot of similar cues to teach us how to fly.  The one that has been coming to mind recently is how minute our control inputs were to hover.  To get to this level of calm, you had to completely relax and “think” the aircraft where you wanted it to go. I have always loved hovering.  Literally floating ten feet above the ground.  During our first couple weeks of flight school, that was a big focus.  Just learn how to keep the helicopter still in the air.  It sounds easy, right?  Well, it took most of us about 10 hours in the cockpit before it finally clicked.  Ten hours can be a long time when you’re just trying to focus on not going anywhere.  They would start us off simple, giving the student one of the three controls at a time to get used to it. While the IP had the helicopter under his control, we just hovered, rock solid, over the same spot.  It looked effortless.  I looked over at the way he sat, his hands moving slightly, his feet gracefully working the pedals, yet we remained still.  “You have the pedals,” he said.  “I have the pedals,” I replied and put my feet out on the pedals.  To complete the three-way positive transfer of the controls, he responded once more before giving me full control of our yaw, “You have the pedals.”  Almost immediately, the helicopter started to yaw to the right.  “You need more left pedal,” he instructed.  I gave the left pedal a little kick, and we violently swung 120 degrees to the left.  “A little less than that.”  We continued rocking from right to left until my quads started burning because I was pushing too hard.  The IP took the pedals back to give me a few seconds to shake out the lactic acid built up from my legs fighting themselves.  After some time of doing little more than working the pedals, I learned how to lighten my control touch and stay relaxed.  One by one, I practiced with the each of the controls until I became more comfortable and accustomed to the helicopter’s response to my inputs. It took some time and a lot of patience, but eventually, I learned how to hold the helicopter still, 10 feet above the ground.  Stillness.  When it came time to start moving, I was instructed to just “think it forward”.  Any movement of my hand holding the cyclic that could be visually noticed was too much....

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Get Balanced- Back to School Special

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

This past weekend was incredible! I completed the Upledger Institute CranioSacral Therapy (CST) 2 Course here in Austin.  44 highly skilled practitioners in several medical and health disciplines converged in a single room for four days with Tad Wanveer, one of the best in the business, and several teaching assistants with over a century of experience between them.  So many of us there are already Reiki masters, and the energy in the room was nurturing and powerful. I learned a whole slew of new techniques to broaden my offerings.  More importantly, I had the opportunity to experience the next level of care in the CST series, SomatoEmotional Release.  This technique goes deeper than any needle or therapist could ever get manually.  I want to keep the focus on now, but let me just say that this is where I am headed as a therapist, and it is going to be a great journey. Right now, I am in a place of offering.  As autumn approaches, we are all preparing for getting the kiddos back to school.  The city is buzzing.  Now is the time to prepare your body for the upcoming demands.  Regaining an internal balance, resetting the clock, and taking a final deep breath before plunging in are essential to starting off on the right foot. With a touch lighter than the weight of a nickel, CranioSacral Therapy can engage your parasympathetic nervous system to process stress, injury, and illness out of the body.  Subtle manipulations to the cranial bones, spine, and joints to free impingements in the CS system give the body a chance to heal itself. HONOR YOUR BODY, HONOR YOUR BUDGET CST is not an inexpensive treatment option.  Many therapists charge over $100/hour.  My current rate is $95/hour. From August 17- September 14, I am offering your first CST session at a reduced rate of $50 WHY?  Because I am that passionate about your holistic wellness.  It is important that you try this for yourself and see if it works for you. Don’t miss this exclusive offer!  E-mail me now to get on the books:   Wishing You Best in Health,  ...

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The Summer Sizzle Seminar Series (S4)

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Blog, brain health, CrossFit Mom, essential oils, Nutrition, Paleo, post-partum, post-partum weight management, Wellness coaching, Zone | 0 comments

I am so excited to offer a seminar series out of my new office location! The first in the S4 series is Hormone Balancing 101. Here are the details: $10 entry fee will automatically submit you for a drawing for a FREE bottle of Young Living Essential Oils​.     WHO: You! WHAT: Learn the basics of leveling out your body’s hormones with food, supplements, essential oils, breathing, and movement. This is an ideal introductory class for: new moms, athletes seeking to improve performance, anyone looking to shed a few pounds, those interested in holistic wellness and disease prevention. WHERE: 3008 Bee Caves Rd, ATX 78746 WHEN: 6/14 at 3pm RSVP: to me at or on the FB event page HERE   Wishing you best in...

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What’s a Wellness Coach?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Blog, Videos, Wellness coaching | 0 comments

I believe that there is a place for Western medicine.  I believe that in certain instances, real medical intervention is necessary.  I also believe, that many ailments and health issues can be remedied by our own actions and health behaviors. It is time for us as a society to focus on prevention and total body wellness instead of zeroing in on symptoms alone. Take this short fable for example:   WITH A TRADITIONAL MD Patient: hits hand with a hammer “Doctor, my hand hurts.” Doctor: “I see it is broken, let’s put a wrap on it.” applies appropriate dressing 1 Week Later Patient: hits hand with a hammer, again “Doctor, that helped a little, but my hand still hurts.” Doctor: “Let’s try something stronger.” puts a cast on the hand The Next Week Patient: hits hand with a hammer, cracks cast “That’s a little better, but my hand still hurts.” Doctor: “Your hand needs to be amputated.” Cuts hand off.   ALTERNATIVE OPTION Client: hits hand with a hammer “Coach, my hand hurts.” Wellness Coach: “I see you are hitting your hand with a hammer.  Have you tried not doing that?” Client: looks at hammer “But, I’ve always had this hammer.  I’m not ready to let it go.” Wellness Coach: “Ok. Let’s try not hitting your hand so hard this week and we’ll see how you feel.” 1 Week Later Client: taps hand with hammer “My hand is feeling better, but it’s still a bit tender.” Wellness Coach: “Great progress!  Let’s see if we can switch to a plastic hammer this week.  Keep lightening up on your hand.” The Next Week Client: “My hand feels better than it has in years!  I think I’m ready to put the hammer away for good.” Wellness Coach: “That was all on you!  Great job and enjoy that fully functioning hand.”   As a Wellness Coach, it is my  intention to work with you one-on-one to correlate your health concerns with your lifestyle habits.  Those habits may or may not be exacerbating some symptoms that can be remedied by your own actions.  I am not claiming to be a healer or magician, but an objective third party to help give you a new perspective on your health behaviors.  Together, we will discuss several options and alternatives that may just be the fix you need in order to enjoy your life to the fullest. Changing lifestyle habits can be exhilarating and terrifying.  As a Wellness Coach, I work with you step by step and offer support along the way to ensure that these changes become a part of your daily life. I am that voice that can help you see the nail that needs to be removed so you can remove it yourself.  (In the event that you...

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