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Episode #96- Becoming More Satisfied

Episode #96- Becoming More Satisfied

June 3, 2022

Get out of living in survival mode and start to regulate your nervous system by becoming more satisfied!

 

Many of us have an underlying belief that we need to be hard on ourselves to improve.  So we train ourselves to look for problems or flaws, rather than feeling satisfied.

 

But what I want to propose is that feeling more satisfied is actually the best way for you to evolve and grow!

 

Looking for problems to fix puts us into a survival state, whereas the parasympathetic/calm state (where you feel satisfied) is where the nervous system is regulated.

 

When the nervous system is regulated, you are more receptive, creative, able to learn, and able to connect with others.

 

True growth does not come from beating ourselves up or looking for things we dislike in the world and then finding more problems to fix.

 

When we feel more satisfied and aligned with our true selves, we will be able to move on the path of growth and evolution with less resistance and with more ease.

 

Plus being satisfied feels so much better in your body!

 

Listen in to learn about becoming more satisfied!

 

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Episode#95- Expand/Contract

Episode#95- Expand/Contract

May 18, 2022

Expand- Contract

 

This is a principle of growth I first learned about from Peter Levine and Trauma Healing.

 

He talks about how expansion is followed by contraction, and that this is the normal process of growth.

 

When I found out everyone who had been with me at the Peter Levine retreat had a week of contraction when we came back to real life, I started noticing this principle other places.

 

With chronic pain this principle can be called “symptom imperative” (Sarno) or “extinction bursts” (Alan Gordon).  Basically when you start healing, there can be a flare up or a new symptom that shows up.

 

The Upper Limit Problem, as described by Gay Hendricks in “The Big Leap” is an example of how we may sabotage ourselves when we reach levels of success that are uncomfortable for us.

 

There is a way of stretching in Physical therapy, called contract-relax.  And yin yoga is a restorative yoga. 

 

There are many examples of expansion and contraction as a normal way of growing, so be compassionate with yourself along this journey when there are natural ups and downs!

 

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Episode #94- Acute Back Pain

Episode #94- Acute Back Pain

May 4, 2022

This episode is all about what I did (and thought) when I had a sudden incidence of severe back pain a few days ago.

I talk about kinesiotape, how to handle a new pain, and all of the ways I could see it was neuroplastic despite feeling real.

 

Right after my back pain ended, I got sick.  So I talk to you about the judgement of myself I had with that more than the back pain.

 

All in all, I am glad to be on the other side of it!  But I learned a lot!

 

If you ever wonder what to do with a new pain or symptom, this episode is for you!

 

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Episode #93- How I Cured My Incontinence

Episode #93- How I Cured My Incontinence

April 30, 2022

I wanted to share this episode about the techniques I have found helpful in getting rid of my urinary incontinence. 

 

As well, you can see the process of my journey- being curious, open to information, taking what worked for me, and being open to my own inspiration for new ideas.  

 

For me, there were a combination of physical and mental techniques I used to get this result.  

 

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Episode #92- The FIT Criteria- How to ”Rule- in” Neuroplastic Pain

Episode #92- The FIT Criteria- How to ”Rule- in” Neuroplastic Pain

March 23, 2022

Here are the FIT Criteria- From Dr Howard Schubiner's book "Unlearn Your Pain".

 

The FIT Criteria are general ways that neuroplastic pain behaves, that are different than if pain was structural.

 

You do not have to answer yes to all of these, with just one there is a good chance your pain can be rewired with this method.

 

When you start proving to yourself that your pain is neuroplastic, you can retrain your brain and nervous system to produce less pain.

 

Here are Dr Howard Schubiner's FIT Criteria:

 

FUNCTIONAL: (Symptoms do not fit with known structural conditions)

-Symptoms began without a physical precipitation 
-Symptoms persist after an injury has healed (3-6 mo)
-Symptoms are in a distribution pattern that is symmetric
-Symptoms occur on one whole side of the body or occur on half of the face, head, or torso
-Symptoms spread over time to different areas of the body
-Symptoms radiate to the opposite side of the body or down a whole leg or arm
-Symptoms that occur in many different body parts at the same time
-Symptoms that have a quality of tingling, electric, burning, numb, hot or cold

INCONSISTENT: (Symptoms vary in ways that the structural condition would not)

-Symptom shift from one location in the body to another
-Symptoms are more or less depending on the time of day. Or they occur first thing in the morning or in the middle of the night
-Symptoms occur after, but not during, an activity or exercise
-Symptoms occur when one thinks about them or when someone asks about it
-Symptoms occur when stresses increased or one thinks about stressful situations
-Symptoms are minimal or nonexistent when engaged and joyful or distracting activities, such as when on vacation
-Symptoms are minimal or nonexistent after some kind of therapy, such as massage, chiropractic, Reiki, acupuncture, an herbal or vitamin supplement

TRIGGERED: (Symptoms are brought on by stimuli that would not actually cause the symptom physically, but they activate the brain to generate the symptom)

-Symptoms are triggered by things that are not related to the actual symptom, such as foods, smells, sounds, light, computer screens, menses, changes in the weather
-Symptoms are triggered by the anticipation of stress, such as prior to school, work, a doctors visit, a medical test, a visit to a relative, or a social gathering; or during those activities
-Symptoms that are triggered by simply imagining engaging in the triggering activity such as bending over, turning the neck, sitting or standing
-Symptoms that are triggered by light touch or innocuous stimuli, such as the wind or cold

 

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Episode #91- Making Peace with Food- with Elle Mace

Episode #91- Making Peace with Food- with Elle Mace

March 15, 2022

Today I have a great interview with Elle Mace, who coaches people on making peace with food and their bodies.

 

I was drawn to her work because of my own journey with dieting, hating my body, developing and eating disorder, and then finding my way to intuitive eating.

 

The diet culture is based on unworthiness, scarcity and restriction.  All of which tend to perpetuate overeating and nervous system dysregulation.

 

As you start to accept your body and heal your relationship with food, you can reach a place of peace and calm- learning to trust your body.

 

I am an intuitive eater now and love my body- and it actually seems to be getting better with age!  Listen in, especially if you want to heal yourself from obsessing about weight and food.

 

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Episode #90- The Rest and Repair State

Episode #90- The Rest and Repair State

February 16, 2022

Today I talk about the Parasympathetic/calm state- the nervous system state where our body can rest and repair.

 

When we are in survival states (Fight/Flight, Freeze/Fawn), we use more energy and compromise the organ systems of the body.  

 

But in the calm/ rest and repair state, we have increased circulation, digestion, and immunity. 

 

We have more activation of the prefrontal cortex- so we are more collected, present and creative.

 

It is a learning state, and we are more receptive AND intuitive.

 

This parasympathetic/calm state takes less energy for the body.  It is a place of more ease and flow.

 

Your cells are either in defense mode or  repair mode, they can't be both. 

 

So by giving yourself a chance to rest or play, you are "Doing something" very important!  You are letting your body heal!

 

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Episode #89- Teaching Your Brain it’s Safe- Interview with Dan Buglio

Episode #89- Teaching Your Brain it’s Safe- Interview with Dan Buglio

February 10, 2022

In this episode, I interview Dan Buglio from “Pain Free You”.  He has been doing daily YouTube videos about becoming pain free for almost 3 years, and has over a million views!

He explains chronic pain as “Perceived Danger" pain.  The danger isn't real, but the brain PERCEIVES it is, and amplifies or produces pain.  Chronic pain is not a sign or true danger, but an issue of misinformation/ bad data.

 

"If danger is what is feeding this, safety is the solution."  We talk all about what this means and how to do it!

 

Here are some highlights from our discussion:

 

8:49- Your Brain’s primary job is safety and survival  

11:33- What if you don’t yet 100% believe?

13:05- How to teach your brain you are really OK

16:08- Symptom imperatives like anxiety, insomnia

20:26- Principles to reduce pain- Knowledge, Acceptance, Teach Brain it’s Safe

27:22- Don’t believe your thoughts

32:19- Do you push through the pain?

41:38- Insomnia

43:49 Coughing up the phlegm analogy

45:50 Survival states and calming 

 

You can check Dan out on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/c/PainFreeYou

Pain Free You Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PainFreeYouNow/

Thank you Dan!

 

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Episode # 88- Nervous System Basics

Episode # 88- Nervous System Basics

February 1, 2022

I am so excited to bring you more information about something that has changed my understanding of somatic work completely- and that is understanding the nervous system.

The nervous system is our body's threat detector, and will put us into survival states which physically effect all systems of the body.  

These survival states are helpful if we are being chased by a tiger. But living in fight/flight/freeze or fawn will take it's toll on our body.

We can learn to identify these states by noticing our body's reactions.

Increased heart rate, breathing, tension in the jaw and arms?  You are probably in "fight".  

Scattered thinking, anxiety, can't sit still, trying to fix, always doing?  You are probably in "flight".

Lethargic, confused, dissocaited, space, overwhelmed?  You are probably in "freeze".

People pleasing, no boundaries, over apologizing, worried about what others think?  You are probably in "fawn".

Getting into a survival state is normal, it is part of growth.  But we just want to be able to return to the PARASYMPATHETIC/CALM state as much as possible to give our bodies a chance to rest and repair.

This "VENTRAL" state is also called our window of tolerance.  It's where we are calm, collected, connected and creative.  

Each time we are triggered into a survival state and return to the window of tolerance, we resolve a little piece of trauma from our past. 

Getting into this window of tolerance is our place of alignment- where we can tune into our inner voice and be our best selves.  

And getting into alignment will be the focus of my coaching group starting 2/22/22!

 

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Episode #87- Chronic Pain and Perfectionism with Dr Andrea Moore

Episode #87- Chronic Pain and Perfectionism with Dr Andrea Moore

January 4, 2022

In this Episode, I interview a pain coach and fellow Physical Therapist, Dr Andrea Moore.  

 

We talk about her story with chronic pain and perfectionism, and why it doesn’t work to try and fight the pain.

 

We often can’t wait to get out of pain.  But the frustration and urgency to change are actually what can keep us stuck.

 

We retrain the brain through acceptance, and allowing what is.  As we develop our ability to sit with discomfort, our brain becomes less reactive to the sensations in our body.

 

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Andrea’s parents were refugees, so we talk about the impact ancestral trauma can have on the nervous system.

 

And we have a fun conversation about mom guilt (Andrea has never had it!) 

 

If you have chronic pain and are “fighting your pain” without success, you will definitely want to listen to this episode!

 

You can find Andrea on her podcast, “Unweaving Chronic Pain”, and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drandreamoore/

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