Generations in the Clinic

Generations

Healthy Generations

One of the most satisfying things in my Chiropractic clinic is seeing several members of the same family come for treatment. This past few weeks I have had two or three retired men come to see me, and within a couple of treatments, they are coming back and saying that their wife would also like an appointment with me. That is always a good sign that I must be doing something right. Same generation.

Today I saw three generations of the same family. The first member to come was actually pregnant with the next generation when she came to see me. After giving birth, her son was brought to me for a check up, to see if his birth had caused any misalingments. To read more about how birth can cause a baby problems, please have a look at my website.

Today Grandma came in to see me for her first treatment. It was the first time in 17 years of being a Chiropractor that I had to do the questioning for the consultation and explanation via an interpeter, as Grandma is from Poland. She is over in the UK to help her daughter adjust back to work. To those of you who know me, you will wonder how I managed to get through a whole treatment without talking. It was strange to say the least, but the look of relief on her face was enough to know that despite not being able to verbally communicate, her pain was much diminished, and the hug was in a language that anybody could understand.

What do each generation in your family share, as a common ground?

Blessings Joy

 

 

S is for Sacred Spaces

Mama 2016 Conference

OK so how many of you noticed that I posted W instead of S on Friday? It was a scheduling mis-calculation, or was it? I had been pretty up together on my AtoZChallenge, writing so much of it over the 4 day Easter Holiday and scheduling them, although I have to admit that as the month has gone on, posts have been edited and re-edited as things have happened that I wanted to include as my way of journaling what effect this challenge has had on not just me, but my practice as well. But S just wasn’t coming to mind, and now I know why.

I have just been on an amazing 2 day Conference called the MaMa Conference, which was held right on my doorstep, right here in Ayr. It is organised by the most amazing woman, Cass McNamara, who is an Independent Midwife, the inventor of the “CUB” a unique “seat” which encourages women to birth upright and organiser of MaMa Conferences. So what has this got to do with aromatherapy and S.

Well for those of you who have ever been around a birthing woman, you will know just what a sacred space you are in. It is a space that we must keep holy, for the birth process to play out. The dance of Mother and Baby as they work together to bring the baby Earthside, is a very sacred thing indeed. When the Space is allowed to remain Sacred then a wonderful thing happens. When it is upset and becomes a place of Science rather than Sacred that is when we have women feeling disempowered, disappointed and failures. As I sat and listened to all these people, mainly women, talk about the things that they are doing to return the birth environment to a Sacred Space, I felt priviledged to be among them. I must admit I have not always felt part of the female half of the species. I have never really got the whole “women together” thing, but as I took part in the tribal, hip swaying I began to experience what unites us. As I was mesmorised by the buttocks in front of me, doing the pelvic movements, whilst on our hands and knees, I glimpsed a thin veil of connectedness to all the birthing women who had gone before me. I felt the Earthly pull of the female spirit calling me to join them.  I am truly becoming a Wise Woman as I get older, and looking forward to developing my skills in many Sacred Spaces.

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Thank you for joining me in this Sacred Space.

Blessings Joy

 

 

 

W is for Wise Woman or Witch

When I began the AtoZChallenge I struggled to find a word beginning with W. For most of April I was going to do “Water” and talk about taking a bath, and adding an essential oil or two under the running water, but about a week ago, one of my regulars came to see me for Chiropractic treatment. He had had a very painful big toe the last time he had been to see me, and as the McTimoney method of Chiropractic is a whole body technique, he asked me to avoid touching his toe that day. Well a month later I must admit I had forgotten about it, and inadvertently pulled his big toe. He yelped. I apologised.

We met the very next day, at a business networking event, which is when he said that I was a witch! I had healed his toe which had been painful for months!

So thank you Bobby for giving me my W.

Wise woman or Witch, Witch or Wise Women. In most cultures in antiquity it was the Wise Woman who was the keeper of the herbs, and knew exactly which plant to use to make the compress, to keep her family and the rest of the community healthy. It was the Wise Woman who sat with the birthing Mother, who brewed tea of the herbal variety when a child was feverish, it was the Wise Woman who sat with the dying, helping the Soul to birth into the next world, using her skills and knowledge to make that journey as peaceful as possible. It has been many a year since I left the Nursing profession, when I took great deal of pride and satisfaction in caring for the dying, even without a bag of herbs to help ease their journey. It was not needed, we had 20th Century drugs to do that instead. And so I watched many a tortured body fight it’s way out of this world and into the next, wherever that is. I have my faith, but understand that not everybody reading this has the same belief, so I leave it to you to imagine where the next world is.

In researching for this post I came across the work of Susun Weed and Corinna Wood, who express the sentiment that Wise Women are still around, caring for their families, cooking healthy meals for them, and mopping fevered brows when their child has a fever, but to my mind they are far more likely to be reaching for the calpol or ibuprofen rather than trusting their knowledge of local woodland plants or herbs that they are growing in their herb garden. But it made me realise that all my life I have been a Wise Woman. Yes I have tried to feed my family healthy nutritious meals to keep them from getting sick. I did my best, they did not always appreciate what I was trying to do. As I write this I am in the middle of a Nutrition course, I am still adding to my knowledge all the time. My family have left the coop, and I have more time on my hands to take care of others, and become even wiser still.

I am so grateful to the AtoZChallenge, for giving me the opportunity to gain an even deeper love and appreciation for my smelly friends than I had when I started the challenge. I have invested in different oils, oils that I have discovered, ones that were mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible. I have been given the opportunity to work with people who have been given the diagnosis of cancer. I pray that God will give me the Wisdom to work gracefully with this people. I have another blog called This Pilgrims Progress. I started it years ago, but never really kept up with it. Maybe now is the time to write down my learnings from this next step on the journey with aromatherapy on that blog, and who knows maybe next April I will be writing my AtoZchallenge from there. Here are a few more Wise Women that I discovered as part of the challenge.

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For now I will leave you, my Nimbus 2000 is waiting to take me up to bed, where the Wise One is sleeping. Must be the potion I gave him earlier.

Blessings Joy

I is for Intention

This past weekend I have had the absolute priviledge to hear Dr Sondra Barrett PhD speak about the Intelligence of our Cells. If you have an interest in health and healing and want to know what is going on at a cellular level, I suggest you take a look at this lady’s work. She has taken some wonderful photographs of our cells, this is just 1 example.Strings of Our Cells

It was fascinating, and has set me on a mission to do some work with Sondra if she will accept my offer to work in collaboration together. I don’t want to say too much at this point, but I am stating an intention, so watch this space.

 

Blessings Joy

 

Ayr Seaforth Athletics Sponsorship

Well after months of hard work by one local videographer, I am pleased to announce the launch of the promotional videos of my local athletics club, Ayr Seaforth. I am extremely happy to have been allowed to sponsor this video, as I am a firm believer of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle, and this club has a very good reputation locally for bringing on young athletes and promoting a sense of belonging between the members.

So what are the Health Benefits of Physical Exercise?

  1. Running Makes You Happier: Exercise releases the bodies own “happy” chemicals, endorphins, even after a reasonably short burst of activity. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in 2006, showed that even 30 minutes on a treadmill was enough to lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive disorder. Physical activity is an alternative to anti-depressants for treating depression, according to a study in May 2013, in the same journal.
  2. Running Gives You Better Body Shape: Running will give you a more defined body, as any excess body fat is developed into muscle. When you exercise, you will burn more calories than when you are sedentary, and this continues for quite a while after you stop, the length of time dependant on activity. Prof Greg Whyte OBE recommends short sharp bursts of activity throughout the day, rather than 1 long session, such as an hour at the gym. Activity above exercise. Doing a 1 hour workout and then sitting down for the other 23 hours is not the way to do it, so incorporate star jumps or skipping into your day. get up from your seat every 20-30 minutes and do some on the spot jogging. Stop right NOW and JUST DO IT! Post in the comments below what you did and how it made you feel please.
  3. Running Will Keep You More Mentally Alert: Regular exercise helps defeat mental decline associated with age. A study in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review published in Dec 2012 came to the conclusion that regular exercise helps with particular functions such as task switching, selective attention and working memory. Fitter elderly people scored better that their unfit peers. 1 amazing benefit noted in stroke victims was an increase by 50% in memory, language, thinking and judgement
  4. Running Reduces Your Risk of Developing Certain Cancers: Epidemiological studies in the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers, and can help people diagnosed with cancer to cope with treatment, when they feel able.
  5. Physical Activity Prolongs Your Life. Just 30 minutes, 5 times a week increase your life span, but if you read point 2 you will know that short sharp bursts are better than longer periods. Even smokers can add years to their lives by doing some form of regular exercise. Cancer survivors increased their life expectancy by 5.3 years. Now isn’t that worth knowing?
  6. Running Strengthens Your Bones: Any weight-bearing activity strengthens your bones, and is better for you in preventing osteoporosis that drinking a pint of milk a day. Weight-bearing exercise increases bone mass and has the added bonus of stemming the age-related bone loss. Science has proven that the old adage “running is bad for your knees” is just not true. According to Boston University, the opposite is true and it improves knee health, probably due to the increase in muscle strength to the muscles that are attached by tendons, around the knee-joint. What they may experience more, is damage to the soft tissue, in the tendons or the ligaments, which is why I recommend a collagen supplement for those people who come to me for treatment, who are keen runners.

So now that the Spring weather is here, with the clocks Springing forward this weekend, can I encourage you to increase your physical activity. I would love to know how you are getting on, and how you are feeling.

Blessings Have a Lovely Easter

Joy,  Leader of #TeamJoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Did I Decide to Become a Chiropractor Day 2 #GetAdjusted

I am not sure if I ever told you this, but here is the reason I decided to become a chiropractor. Hope you enjoy! #GetAdjusted

I was in my early thirties when I commenced my training to become a Chiropractor. I took a year out from my studies to have a baby, and was a month shy of my 38th Birthday when I qualified. I have never regretted making the decision to retrain. Have you had a career change? Tell me about it, how did it go? Was it a good move or not?

Thank you for watching and please leave a comment. Blessings Joy