Wellness Event, Healthy Movement


020616_1717_WellnessWor1.pngJoin James Farkas, D.C. and me at the Fairfield Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic for an afternoon of Wellness, with technique demonstrations and Healthy Movement sessions, on February 13, 2016, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

Chiropractic is more than just spinal manipulation. It is a comprehensive, hands-on wellness practice that can improve many aspects of body function to positively impact overall health.

Healthy Movement Therapy, a practice I created as a student of yoga, movement therapy and Chiropractic science and philosophy, is a wonderful companion practice to Chiropractic and can support and improve response to Chiropractic care. Moving and breathing with good habits can make Chiropractic adjustments more effective and longer-lasting. It can also improve mood, energy level and overall well-being, which supports every kind of healing.

This is the 30-Year Anniversary of Fairfield Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic. A this Open House event we will serve Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, answer questions, and present information about the clinic and the practice of wellness. James Farkas, D.C. will be demonstrating several Chiropractic techniques, including How Lasers Can Reduce Pain, and How to Find the Primary Mis-alignment, as well as a Total Health Scan to reveal hidden keys to better health.


1:00 PM How Lasers Can Erase Pain – Demo
1:15 PM Finding the Primary Misalignment – Demo
1:45 PM Finding the Primary Misalignment – Demo
2:00 PM Total Health Scan – Hidden Keys Revealed
2:15 PM Healthy Movement Self-Care Workshop
3:00 PM Finding the Primary Misalignment – Demo
3:30 PM Healthy Movement Self-Care Workshop


Call us at the Clinic, 112 W. Broadway Ave., Fairfield, Iowa 52556, 641-472-4924, to pre-register for your free session and let us show you how to use Chiropractic and Healthy Movement Therapy to improve every aspect of health and well-being. We look forward to seeing you there.


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How to Start Healing Now

Healing is not as hard as it often seems, regardless of the complexity of the issues you may be facing. I believe all healing starts with movement, from expanding and softening with breath to stretching and strengthening with pressure for bigger activities. Joints and muscles function best when hydrated and holding just the right amount of tension for their job. If you have or have ever had joint or muscle pain, you can probably feel the truth in this statement. With all the recent attention in the health world on hydrating and detoxing the body, this sounds important for joints and muscles too – and it is. Fluidity is natural part of being alive. The body is a fluid system. It is also capable of self-healing, especially when moving.

That is not to say that we will never become ill or have pain if we practice movement and breathing regularly. Everyone experiences pain and illness on occasion. But, we can know that we have tools within us to address illness and pain and that we are able to do more that we might have thought to prevent and address these concerns without resorting to drastic measures.

So,  where do we start. As a movement therapist, yoga teacher and chiropractic student I believe the best place to start addressing wellbeing is with a regular movement practice and simple processes that help the body do what it does best; namely move and breathe. This doesn’t have to be a radical undertaking with expensive equipment, the latest brand of athleisure clothing, or expensive gym and fitness club memberships. Actually, it can be very simple and even fun. Yes, fun.

I often see students and clients come to their activities with lots of stress, fatigue and even fear. What brings me back to the practices over and over is that I also see these fade away and often get replaced with ease, relaxation, inspiration and even laughter. Being healthy is not about being free of what bothers us or removing ourselves from our day-to-day lives. It is a process of doing what we do best and allowing ourselves to feel happy and relaxed within the environment we have created. Maybe there is much we want to change. I can certainly think of many aspects of my life I am working to improve. This is part of being alive and is not an obstacle to the peace and joy I also want in my life. Actually, the peace and joy are always present and available to me, if I take a deep breath, relax my body and allow them to be a part of my experience.

I know. Easy for me to say; I do this for a living. Actually, I don’t  always move with ease and I have not always been free and easy with a smile or a deep breath. I still have to work at it every day. But, it’s easier than you think.

Try this. Stop what you are doing. Close your eyes…but, only if you are not driving! Take a deep breath in and pause to feel the breath filling your torso. Then, breathe out, completely. Let your shoulders drop, your jaw relax, your forehead soften. Pause again and feel the possibilities in the “empty” space within you (Really; feel the space.) Repeat twice more.

After three or so breaths, become aware of how you feel. What do you notice? Great. It doesn’t matter what you observed it could be a positive, happy feeling or it could be sadness, fear, anxiety, etc. That you are noticing means you have become aware of your body and breath. THis process is no longer an unclaimed part of you, and now you can manage it, enjoy it or just feel it. You might also become aware that the part of you who noticing the feelings is just that, a part of you. You are noticing you – hmmm. Interesting. There might be more to you than you previously thought there was.

This is a simple exercise; deceptively so. If you are a living, breathing human you can do it. What is amazing is that this simple process begins to release stress-relieving hormones into your system, activates your healing parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system and deactivates the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system. This is the first step, and the most important step towards healing that we must all take, regardless of how we choose to approach movement and activity. With a few relaxed breaths we free the energy needed to begin to move the body, ease muscle and joint tension, detox tissues, heal joints, and generally improve our health as much as our bodies are able. Add stretching, strengthening, healing touch, and clean eating to this equation and you have a recipe for wellness that is both ancient and the most modern thing in the world. No fancy gym membership or tight shorts required!

So, the next time you feel “stuck” or just ready to begin or return to a healing state take a  few deep breaths and notice what happens.  Whatever you notice is fine and what is supposed to happen. What comes into your awareness is what needs to be healed, simple. That’s it. With this short easy process you have begun a healing process, entered a healing “space” within you that you can return to any time. Use this practice whenever you feel tired, stressed, angry, sad, happy, excited, nervous…fill in the blank! No matter where you start you will move towards ease and healing every time. It’s what every body is designed to do.



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I was thinking about the musicians and bands that would be on a “Soundtrack of my life” earlier today. As I created the list in my head I jumped from scene to scene, recalling events, places and  people I have known. I have always loved music and found that music expresses for me what I am often unable to express verbally, even to myself. That being the case, I have listened to and loved nearly every kind of music I could get my hands on. I spent much of my youth nearly attached to a speaker or next to an amplifier at a show, soaking in all I could. As I began to practice yoga I found call and response chanting, Kirtan, and expanded my interest to include music from all over the world. I was often profoundly moved to feel that I was connected to something larger than myself, a world consciousness of sorts. I couldn’t understand when others didn’t feel what I felt. How could anyone not be so moved? I still find that hard to understand, but we each have our unique ability to listen what we are designed to hear.

So, as a David Bowie line popped into my consciousness when I typed the title for today’s post, I see that I need to add him to my Life-Soundtrack. As I type this now a dance tune has come on on another computer in my house and I find myself tapping my foot in time with the beat, my mood shifting to become more upbeat and energized.

Recently, I realized that my life-soundtrack lately has been kind of like elevator music. It’s been playing, but its been mostly quiet and pretty bland. Other than a few punctuations of beautiful chanting and imprompue songs around a fire, not much has been happening of note. Clearly it is time I put some thought into this soundtrack thing. I still love music and I frequently listen to new music and purchase what moves me – literally. I am a yoga teacher and continually amazed at the power of music to inspire both movement and breath.

I know of no one who can’t name a song they have loved or a band or musician they have spent many hours listening to. Music characterizes generations, cultures and people’s all over the world and has for thousands of years. Your life-soundtrack can characterize and define you. So, what is your life-soundtrack?

Here is my list (at least for today), in no particular order.

Led Zeppelin, Cat Stephens, David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, The Vandals, Misfits, The Damned, Gen X, Live, Metallica, The Cranberries, Sarah McLaughlin, Loreena McKennett, U2, Concrete Blond, Tori Amos, Chris Isaak, Cowboy Junkies, White Stripes, Deva Premal, Hole, Jimmie Hendrix, Stray Cats, Duran Duran, Mazzy Star, David Grey, the Skatellites…

I know there are at least two dozen more I am omitting. The thing is, each artist and song is the most important when I discover them or find a song that really speaks to me. The list changes daily, hourly, minute to minute. I love it all. I could probably tell you exactly where I was, with whom, and what time of day it was when I was listening to each artist on my list at the time when I realized that particular artist or song spoke to me in a powerful way. Music is power, made fluid. It can sooth the soul, activate the heart, ground us in an experience and connect us to the rest of the world like no other thing can. It removes barriers and heals what hurts us.

So, what is your life-soundtrack? When have you been powerfully moved by music? Who is on your list?



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Monarch in cocoon

Ever make a decision to change or start something new, only to find yourself bogged down in feelings of apathy or boredom shortly afterwards? You start with great energy and passion to spare, and then…wham, nothing. Me too. Most of us reach this point far faster than we would like, and it feels like a problem. Usually, we decide it’s a personal problem; a failure of our will or determination. We must lack the gene for follow-through that the successful have.

Not so much, says Spiritual Life Coach Danielle LaPorte in her latest book, The Desire map. Science has uncovered another interpretation all together. Science calls this resistance. And, before you go saying that resistance is bad, let me explain. Resistance that follows the feel-good effect of starting something new is actually part of the change process. It’s not bad at all. This type of resistance is the body integrating the new knowledge into its state of being. It’s an inevitable, and necessary part of change, which is why you may notice this happening every time you start something new. It’s also a signal (Your mission – should you choose you accept it) that slowing down, focusing on your desired outcome, and turning your attention inward are the next steps to take.

That you noticed the resistance in the first place is a good sign. You have already taken the next positive step forward, becoming mindful. Now, breathe into it. Breathing is the only involuntary act of the body we can control, and it is the key to releasing fear, resistance, doubt, and many other unpleasant emotions.

Then, focus on your desired outcome and remember that you are creating internal as well as external change. All changes are really both.

Next,visualize your desired outcome and imagine how you’re going to feel as it happens. This can be challenging, especially if you’ve never done it before. You may feel silly, or like nothing is happening. But, it’s worth the effort. If you can see your desired outcome in your mind’s eye, you can feel what it will be like to achieve it. Your mind doesn’t know the difference between experiencing a feeling and imagining experiencing a feeling. In other words, feeling is feeling. Whether you experience the event in real time or in your head doesn’t matter. And, if you can feel it, your mind can believe it. This makes you much more likely to see opportunities that arise in support of your goal and to take action on them when they come up.

And, finally, keep refining your work and process, improving it along the way and allowing it to grow. Being flexible about how your goal is achieved, and sometimes even when it is achieved, allows you to see the bigger picture. Sometimes what you end up accomplishing, from a flexible open-minded point of view, is far greater than you even imagined.

So, each time you start a project, make a plan or set an intention, enjoy the rush of energy that gets you started. And, then, when you feel your enthusiasm slipping, remember that it is time to breathe, focus, imagine the outcome and let your next steps flow from there.


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Yoga is…

United Consciousness

Yoga is the uniting of consciousness in the heart. I abide in my true nature – joy.       – Nischala Joy Devi

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Bakasana ~ Crane Pose

My students and I played with Crow pose in class this week. This post is a great explanation of what happens in the pose both physically and mentally. Learning to trust in our ability to fly is both fun and scary and this pose is a great way to learn.


My Human Experience

One of the first arm balancing poses typically taught in a yoga asana class is bakasana, the crane, also known as crow pose. Arm balancing is scary for many people. The first time you take both feet from the floor and put your weight into your hands, trusting yourself to not face-plant, can be quite exhilarating and empowering as well. We often put our faith in others abilities to hold us up, whether emotionally, spiritually or physically. We are willing to make ourselves vulnerable to another. Putting faith in ourselves can be quite a different ball game. Taking an arm-balancing pose, when viewed in this way, is just another life lesson found on the yoga mat. Do you trust in your ability? Are you willing to take the chance of falling, but come back the next day and believe in yourself all over again? Do you trust yourself to know…

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We cannot manif…

We cannot manifest that which we have not become.
Marianne Williamson

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