Could this be you?

Could this be you?

And, the Vision is this…

One day a woman with a chronic physical problem had a vision.  It was of having an alternative health center to go to for pain relief and to gain the knowledge she knew she needed for lifestyle changes. She was ready to not only work on relieving her chronic pain but to get to the root cause of all of her concerns.

She knew she needed a place where she could work on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. She also knew that there needed to be collaborating experts in these fields to give her the support, motivation, andthe self-awareness / education that she so longed for.

“When the time is right, the teacher appears” is a saying in the spiritual world.  She was ready to work at a deep level. Her desire was realized when she found Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center.  Now, she had collaborating experts in the different fields to help her with the psychological root cause, help her to be more relaxed, teach her how to eat healthy, and most of all teach her how to move in an effortless way to relieve her physical pain. 

How exciting to have expert practitioners in their fields give her the support, motivation, self-awareness, and all the education she needed to empower her ”self” so that she can be pain free and successful in all areas of her life.

Could this be you?

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center is your place for natural health and lifestyle changes!

Especially Athletes! and All Others!

Diligent practice of hip stretches—what in yoga we often call “hip openers,” as though they are key to unlocking thesecrets of the hips—can dramatically increase your flexibility and range of motion around the hip joints. If you are athletically minded, this can be a good thing. But as with many good things, too much can be overdoing it.

The key for athletes is to develop or maintain balance between stiffness and openness: a balance of strength and flexibility in the muscles around the hips.This balance can change depending on both the athlete’s body and on sport-specific needs.

Depending on your sport, too much flexibility can be detrimental to your sports performance, as it can reduce your snappiness. Consider, for example the stiffness a runner needs for efficient transfer of energy to the ground. A floppy runner, one whose hips sag with each step, will have to work harder than one who springs lightly over the ground. But you need enough flexibility to move fluidly through your stride, without a hitch that can lead to an overuse injury. Poses that mimic the running stride, like lunges, can help you stay flexible through the range of motion used to run, and hip stretches that target the external rotators can help avoid overuse injuries like Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Piriformis Syndrome.

On the other hand, athletes need vastly more flexibility in the hips for engaging in activities like rock climbing, curling, or playing positions like catcher in baseball or softball.  A yoga practice for athletes in these activities can look very different from a practice for athletes who require more springy stiffness in their bodies; athletes who need to take deep squats can enjoy the full range of hip stretches, including poses that move deep into flexibility.

Consider where you fall on this spectrum. There may be a very good reason hip openers frustrate you, or a good reason for you to love and enjoy them. Either way, the process gives you an opportunity to consider what you can change and what you can’t, and to practice focusing your energy on creating useful change and accepting the unchangeable.

For all those who would like to improve balance and flexibility, reduce pain, increase range and ease of movement, and reduce habits of tension, consider becoming a student of one of the following: Yoga, Coordination Pattern™ Breakthru Training, Feldenkrais Method® of Movement Education, Personal Fitness Training, Pilates, Tai chi or Qigong,

What in the world is a CranioSacral Therapy and can it help me?

There are many who have benefited from this fascinating healing modality. Here are two success stories.

Mary had beensuffering from migraines for months with no relief. Life was filled withstressors including long days on the job without breaks and often times without even time for lunch. The demands of home and work were overwhelming and medicine was no longer providing relief. Now what? She heard about CranioSacral bodywork and thought she’d give it a try. What could she lose?  After four one-hour very gentle yet precise sessions, the migraines were gone.

Susan woke up one daywith ringing in her ears, commonly known as tinnitus. She had heard about this condition from others and recalled that they had little relief from traditional treatments. She considered her options and decided to try CranioSacral bodywork.

The session was totally different than anything else she had experienced. Her session began with the practitioner placing her hands lightly on Susan’s head to feel into her body’s tissues and determine where the greatest blockages might be. This was followed by an hour of gentle palpations and manipulations designed to facilitate the opening of tissues that were stuck in Susan’s body restoring her body’s natural ability to move.  At the end of the session as Susan spoke with the practitioner, tears began to flow, which is common as emotions are released. Susan left the session feeling relaxed with a much clearer head and the tinnitus was weakened a bit and lowered in pitch.  Susan continued for three more session. By the fourth session the tinnitus was nearly gone. She plans to continue with the CranioSacral treatment for general overall health. She feels the sessions not only impacted the tinnitus, but her wellness, on many levels.

Life’s experiences…physical injuries, emotional and psychological stress, and even birth trauma leave an impression in our cells and tissues creating blockages that may hinder our ability to achieve optimal health and wellness. CranioSacral bodywork is an effective treatment option for a range of illnesses that integrate the body, mind, and spirit to promote health, healing and overall well-being.

Diane Griffin, Doctor of Natural Medicine, Licensed Massage Therapist