Archives for the month of: June, 2015

Neuroscience and neuroplasticity. Surely these are the buzz words of the moment.  I seem to be seeing articles in the paper or online about the brain’s ability to change, no matter your age or circumstance.  There’ve been heaps of shows on TV of late as well – I tuned into Todd Sampson’s “Redesign My Brain” a few weeks ago and was fascinated by some of the techniques he was shown and by what he was able to achieve in a fairly short space of time.  And I try not to miss Michael Mosley each week talking about different aspects of health, last night he investigated different ways to keep fit and burn calories, (that was after his episode entitled “Pain, Pus and Poison” – yum, it was actually a doco about the discovery of penicillin).

Why I’m writing about this is because last weekend I attended a conference in Melbourne held by Dr Joe Dispenza on Understanding the Power of Your Mind.  Dr Joe first came to prominence in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know.  Here’s a brief outline of what was covered in the conference:

The science of changing your mind
Why you keep repeating the same patterns in your life
Why change is so difficult for most people
How disease is created and how you can heal many physical conditions
How to break unwanted emotional states of mind
The common thread underlying spontaneous remissions
How to create a new personality and new personal reality
How to access your subconscious mind
How neuroplasticity and epigenetics are the key to changing your destiny
The power of mental rehearsal to change your brain and body
How understanding different brain wave patterns can demystify meditation
The neuroscience of creation
The quantum model of reality

Heady stuff … literally.  I had attended a weekend workshop held by one of Dr Joe’s trainers here in Sydney last July and had made many changes to my daily routine and had some amazing things happening on a regular basis but seeing Dr Joe in the flesh was definitely something I had wanted to do, so when the conference was announced I was quick to sign up – think I booked it way back in December!

I have sat here and tried to put into words what I learnt over the weekend and I found it impossible to paraphrase, so I have found an interview Dr Joe did with Nova Magazine in 2011 and I’m going to use what they’ve written, as they have direct quotes from him (the benefits of having a tape recorder handy!).

“If you can’t think greater than how you feel, you’ll keep creating the same conditions in your life,” he says. “Ninety five per cent of who we are by age 35 sits in a subconscious memory system.” Our bodies have memorised who we are, and how we think and react has just become a habit. This is why so much of disease appears to be genetic, because we are relying on our hereditary circuits and we develop the habit of being our genetics. So the question is, “How can we change?”

“If you can hold your attention on a future possibility and you can make that thought more real than anything else, you can make that thought an experience,” Joe tells me. If we can make our brain work differently, we are changing our mind.

“As you begin to think about a new way of being, the brain looks like it is already having the experience. If you can emotionally embrace that event, ahead of the experience, to look like the event has happened, then the universe organises the events in your life to reflect your thoughts and emotions.”

Finally, I ask Joe if he has a message for NOVA readers. At the beginning of each day, he says, ask yourself: “What is the greatest expression of myself that I want to be today? Next, remind yourself of what you don’t want to be and get conscious of that. Then give some time to thinking about and mentally rehearsing how you do want to be. Do this on daily basis and the effects will be profound.”

To me, the last paragraph is the most important.  This is a practice that has become part of my life over the last year or so and I can attest to the benefits of thinking in this way.  I’d add that Dr Joe constantly reminds us to add gratitude to the mix, in other words, be grateful for being the greatest expression of yourself, be grateful for the life you have created in your meditation, as if it has already happened.  Couple that with becoming aware of when you spiral into your negative thoughts and interrupting them, again and again and again, so that eventually the thoughts stop coming (or at least reduce in frequency and by that time you have learnt to recognise and change them pretty quickly) and you’re on a path to more happiness, calmness and control.

Sounds pretty easy doesn’t it?  Let me tell you, it takes WORK.  There are times when you don’t want to meditate and you can’t focus.  And there are challenges that come along the way, almost as if on purpose, trying to get you to spiral into your old ways of thinking.  Those old ways of thinking are comfortable, you know how they feel and you recognise and feel “safe” in them and it’s easy to slip back there.  Changing how you think is difficult, radical and confronting.  But the benefits are so worth the effort.

Here’s a brain map Dr Joe put up on his Facebook page the other day, might give you a little peek into how his brain works.  Pfft, I don’t think anyone can get a peek at his brain!

Partial summary of "Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself", posted by Dr Joe on Facebook

Partial summary of “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself”, posted by Dr Joe on Facebook

If you’d like more information on Joe Dispenza please go here.  And to find out how to do his work here in Australia with one of his trainers you can go here.

I was reminded the other day that I do actually do other forms of massage, not just Lymphatic Drainage.  I mean, of course I knew that, but a colleague sent me a message to ask if I did “normal massage” because she’d been reading my blog and it all seemed pretty specialised and she wanted to buy a gift certificate for someone for a relaxing massage.  Could I do that?

Yes!  Of course.  But somehow it’s much more exciting talking about the dramatic results with Lymphatic Drainage.  That’s not to say that I haven’t achieved some beautiful results while giving a “normal massage”.

Here is a beautiful comment that one of my clients, a naturopath, posted on her own business Facebook page …

“I just have to give a plug because this woman is the BIZ for massage. It takes a lot for me to rate someone in the massage stakes but after a particularly stressful time, I relinquished and made an appointment after about a year since last seeing her. Nothing short of spectacular in energy, flow, technique and physical genius. Lisa Higgins, Massage and Lymphatic Drainage in Brookvale. Do it.”

For me, it’s very much listening to what the client wants when they walk through the door.  We discuss how they would like to feel at the end of the session so I can tailor the massage to their particular needs at that time.  And I do have regulars who come in and say, “well, today I think I need something that’s going to energise me” or “I really need to relax and let go of some stress” or “I’ve had some intense workouts this week, you’ll need to get your elbows out”.  Each day is different.

It’s quite funny when I’ve had someone who’s only experienced me with Lymphatic Drainage then they ask for a Remedial Massage because they have some pain and could I really work the area.  It can be a real shock when I do “work the area”, it’s nothing like the gentle Lymphatic Drainage they are used to, but it’s effective.  Of course, I am sensitive to their needs and don’t apply more pressure than they can cope with (I check in regularly to see if they need more or less).

I’m also sensitive to having the right music playing in the background while I’m working as that can enhance a massage tremendously and I have a wide selection available so that I can chop and change between clients.

And I let the client lead in the talking.  For some people a massage is all about zoning out and relaxing and that means shutting the eyes and not talking.  Others talk the whole way through.  Or start off at a pace then after some time the words just trail off into silence.  If someone talks to me I always answer but I never initiate a conversation.  For me it’s all about creating the best environment for you to relax in.

So do I do “normal massage” – absolutely!



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Recently I was contacted by a local chiropractor after I treated one of his patients for swelling in her foot.  She’d had treatment from him, from a podiatrist and had been to see a foot specialist but after two sessions of Manual Lymphatic Drainage her condition had improved significantly.  He wanted to know more and to see if there were ways we could refer to each other to enhance our individual treatments.  We did a “body swap” – he gave me a chiropractic treatment and I have him a lymphatic treatment.  And he offered to write a guest blog for me on a subject we both deal with – sinus.  Here’s what he has to say about using chiropractic for sinus treatment.  And here’s a link to a post I wrote a while back about Manual Lymphatic Drainage for sinus (among other things).

Are You Having Sinus Troubles? – Dr Andrew Ullo (Chiropractor)

Do you wake up with a stuffy head and mucus in your throat? Do you have a headache behind the eyes? Do you suffer from cold like symptoms frequently? Then you may be suffering from sinusitis.

Your sinuses are eight hollow cavities in the bones of the forehead, cheeks and temples. Although they help you to breathe, they also prevent breathing sometimes, when they get inflamed and blocked with mucus.

Healthy, open sinuses are lined with mucus to help ensure that the air you take into your lungs is moist, warm and free from dust, dirt and other pollutants. Without this filter, the lungs, kidneys and blood can become permeated with toxins.

When the sinus lining is inflamed, swollen and full of mucus, the condition is called sinusitis. Sinusitis can commonly occur when you’ve had a cold and it clears up when the cold ends. However, if the drainage is blocked, pressure increases and can cause pain, discomfort, sinus headaches and swelling around your eyes, cheeks and ears. There are also some subtle signs of sinus difficulties, such as snoring, sore throat, coughing, sleep disturbances and a running nose.

How can Chiropractic care help with sinus issues?

Chiropractors understand the importance of a properly functioning nervous system and the mechanics of the body. So, decreasing the stress on the nervous system and removal of obstructions for the proper drainage of the sinuses, specifically in the neck and back, will help your body work more efficiently and allow the bodies fluids to drain without interference.

When you have restriction in your joints in your neck or cranial bones, you will find the muscles that attach to them to become stiff and the joints also become swollen and when these areas are restored from chiropractic adjustments, you can find it will dramatically assist with the recovery from the condition.

There are also specific chiropractic techniques designed to free up the sinus area from blockage. This generally involves a gentle massage of the nose, forehead and cheeks to release the pressure on the sinus cavities and allow the area to drain properly.

The other way that chiropractic can markedly help these problems is through increasing a person’s general health, and the strength of their nervous system. Evidently, when your body is in a better condition, it will have a stronger immune system and be able to fight infections and sicknesses more easily.

Consequently, if you get issues with your sinuses, whether it be sinusitis, regular colds, congestion or stuffiness, consult your Chiropractor or give the professionals at ABSOLUTE HEALTH SOLUTIONS a call today and see how they can help on 9948 2826.