Resolution for 2018: Make Confusion a Joy!

Resolution for 2018: Make Confusion a Joy!

Patterns-Training-Center-Loby Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

Do you ever find confusion, disturbing or just plain wrong?  Many people have an essential need to:

  • get data in order, with a “cause and effect” correctness, and
  • to move from one correct step to the next with “think first” as a priority. 

Others have a fierce need for clarity. The USA culture for the most part looks down on confusion.   Even speech is pushed toward political correctness and clarity. BUT, To be our best self, everyone needs randomness and playful confusion as well as correctness and clarity. 

Why It Happens and  Helps Us:

Randomness, paradox and thus “confusion” are aspects of reality.  Ignoring and avoiding them is a dis-service to ourselves and others.

Life changes and the correct structures we build often crumble or shift suddenly. Accepting confusion as good  gives us time to change and improve.

Sometimes people important to us (especially children) impose their randomness and play on us. Our acceptance of this confusion leads to better communication and relationship?

In certain behaviors such as change management, forgiveness, and mourning, confusion is part of the process and can be a useful and healthful tool.

Though we are genetically programmed to prefer certain ways of functioning (personality types and styles), we all need all our biological, movement-mind Dynamics and Style Types to utilize our full brain and movement abilities.  (Driver-Thrust-Sensating,  Organizer-Shape-Thinking, Collaborator-Swing-Feeling, Explorer-Hang-Intuition).  The Collaborator and Explorer Patterns both function with essential randomness and confusion.  These “confusion” abilities are in us all, although many have been trained to ignore them.

Some of Confusion’s Abilities and Joys:

Using randomness and chaotic playfulness is fun and childlike. It can help everyone be younger at heart. It is one reason why young children learn with such speed and ability, and can improve adults learning abilities as well.

Acceptance of confusion can help people let go of anger towards people functioning the “wrong” way.

Holding and playing with confusion and paradox leads to increased and productive creativity.  This is true for science as well as the arts.

Total correctness and order leads to immobility. Our brain gets into a habit of correctness.  We can constantly do and think the same things, the same way, over and over again.   Accepting confusion, especially playful confusion, can free us.

Learn more about Coordination Pattern Breakthru Training with Betsy Wetzig. Classes held weekly.

 

Un-Forgiveness Hurts

Patterns-Training-Center-Loby Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

Un-forgiveness hurts us both physically and mentally because the whole forgiveness process ( from the moment we receive the injury or loss, until the moment we can finally forgive) is a bio-electric process of our basic self. We each have a neuromuscular, bio-electric nerve-muscular-brain system.  It is our body-mind link.  It is what makes us psychosomatic, but its “not all in your head!”

1) We receive the hurt and react with our habituated stress reactions >. Might be tightening ribs, or back of neck or any place in your body you have often reacted to stress.  Our brain is put on alert… “Danger, Danger.”  Plus our old chronic pains often show up.

2) We are reminded or think of the hurt. > Our “gut” reacts. Emotions are both physical and mental. Our brain may get stuck in a loop of anger, depression, and fear.  Ye old chronic pains act up…backache, headaches or more.

3) We try to will our forgiveness but it doesn’t work because all behavior is both physical and mental and willing won’t make a difference without the physical half of our ‘self.” Un-forgiveness gets stuck in our whole being.

>>>GOOD NEWS…. Our forgiveness process is part of our DNA and can be fully accessed with the same bio-electric processes that get us stuck. Your Coordination Patterns and Dynamics are the bio-electric system of the mind-body and movement-mind link.

The Forgiveness Workshop on Dec. 2nd at Twin Ponds will teach you how to use this system with fun, simple movement exercises and understanding.

“For 10 years I could not completely forgive two friends who hurt me during my husband’s funeral,,,    but within the 3 hours of Betsy’s workshop the deed was done!” *Seattle, WA Workshop Participant.

 

Walking and Exercise Can Injure YOU!

Patterns-Training-Center-Loby Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

Doctors often recommend walking for all kind of health reasons including overweight, anxiety, depression, and fitness.  But over time walking and exercising the wrong way can injure you. In fact you may be experiencing these injuries already especially if you have chronic pain (which may come and go) in any joint.  Even headaches and pain in your lower back, neck or shoulders can be caused by improper walking and exercise.  It can also make you less able to handle stress, cause you a lack of energy, poor immune system, aging before your time and more.

Constantly going back to the Chiropractor or Massage Therapist with the same set of tight muscles and pain is a big red flag!  Who taught you how to walk? What IS the correct, ergonomic way to walk and how can you achieve it?

Coordination Pattern™ Training is THE Answer!

You have built into your movement-mind-body neuromuscular link,  a system that can bring you an ergonomic walk and movement.  Simple, easy, exercises, that work at the neuromuscular level, WILL improve: posture, balance, coordination, core strength, joint mobility, and the way you walk and exercise.

Classes meet each Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 pm

Meet Betsy at the Twin Ponds Center 10-Year Anniversary on

Sunday, October 22 from 10 to 4 pm.

Read more about Coordination Pattern Training.

A Gut Feeling

Twin Ponds celebrateLaunches a Decade of Growth

by Carolyn J. Reese                 

Listening to my “gut feeling” ten years ago has helped many people with stress, physical aches and pains, along with mental and emotional challenges.  The message I received from my gut was that it would be very convenient to have highly-trained holistic practitioners collaborating under one roof for natural health and wellness. This was very appealing to me because I not only knew that I needed it, but I felt as though our community could also benefit from such a place. This realization wasn’t slow, but an “aha moment” that came like a bolt of lightening – a gut feeling, an intuition that I knew I wanted, and needed to act upon it.

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center was opened with a hand full of holistic practitioners and over the last ten years has grown to more than twenty experts in their various fields of natural health modalities. This Center has become one of our country’s most diverse holistic health centers. It continues to grow and always welcomes additional practitioners to join our team.

Our holistic practitioners are committed to facilitating a way of life that moves one towards vitality, optimum wellness and awareness. In our safe, supportive environment, people can learn natural healing techniques to address:

  • pain, joint and muscles
  • stress, sleep difficulties and relaxation
  • optimal brain function
  • nutrition and lifestyle support
  • emotional distress of anger, fear, guilt and sadness
  • disease and illness
  • success in all areas of life

The real blessing of the Center is not only the dedicated practitioners, but all the clients and patients who have come to achieve health maintenance, improve their lives and recover from illness or pain.

Our “Coming Events” to help with these issues are:

 Our future looks bright with New Events in the planning:

  • Retreat Days: Programs designed for Individuals, Corporations and Organizations
  • Food & Lifestyle Support Program

Our practitioners believe in holistic health that considers the whole person – body, mind, emotions and spirit and collaborate to help our clients become healthier.

Albert Einstein once said that intuition is our most valuable asset, and one of our most unused senses. He described it as “a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance of something.” Sometimes it is referred to as gut feeling, sixth sense, innate wisdom, inner sense, instinct, inner voice, or spiritual guide.

If your “gut” talks to you, don’t ignore it! It is a powerful message and can be a big blessing to you and others as well.  I believe my whole life prepared me to open Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, but it was listening to my “gut” that launched this amazing place for healing.

Join us to Celebrate our Decade of Growth

Sunday, October 22, 1:00-4:00 pm

FOOD ▪ LIVE MUSIC ▪ DANCING ▪ RAFFLE ▪ KIDS GAMES ▪ CONVERSATIONS ▪ DEMONSTRATIONS

 

Is There Untapped Power in Your Voice?

VoiceDo you know that you can increase your energy, become more calm and focused, and release pain and tension – all with the sound of your own voice? 

Make Sound!

We are wired for vocal expression; we’re supposed to make sound. As infants we came into the world wailing and then spent years learning to be quiet.  Sometimes, those lessons were less than ideal.

How many times in your life was there a command to be quiet? How well did you learn to stuff your feelings? How often did hold your tongue because it wasn’t safe or because no one would pay attention anyway?  And, were you someone who was told you can’t or shouldn’t sing?

Toning is a process to begin to free your voice – to free your bodyvoice.  It starts with audible sighs, yawns, and groans. Letting yourself make sound, giving yourself permission to sound sends a message of freedom to your body. You may be surprised by what comes out.

frustrated_at_my_desk_800_clr_8478Creating a resonant sound with your voice can relieve pain.  The next time you feel a headache coming on, instead of reaching for a bottle of pain reliever, find a pitch that resonates or vibrates in your head and gently tone on “ee.”  If you’re feeling grouchy, add a smile, even if you really don’t feel like smiling, and see what happens.

Your journey to free yourself begins here.

 

 

Help for My Muscles – Finally!

With the Multimaster Pilates Table

by Carolyn Reese

The warning from a Polio specialist in the 50’s was to not over-tax my muscles or I would lose the strength of the muscles affected by the Polio virus. But, as most of us do, I went on with life not believing that would happen to me.  However, the weakness crept up slowly and is now to the point that I need to use an electric scooter if I want to go any distance; for short distances I use a cane.

An amazing electronic table called the Multimaster Pilates, a power assisted exercise and rehabilitation machine, is now giving me the hope for stronger muscles and easier walking that I thought I would never have again.

Physical therapy couldn’t help. It was too strenuous and I wasn’t able to improve fast enough for the insurance to cover it.  I have tried other exercises and always seemed to end up in pain and discouraged, and consequently stopped doing them. So, where does that leave me?  I have admitted that I’m tired of trying and just want to go on with life the best I can – even working daily at my business of owning and managing a large holistic health center.  I have jokingly been accused of building my own old-age rehab.  Even with all the good intentions of the practitioners, I still have major muscle weakness in my legs and core muscles.

Recently, I found out about toning tables. One of the practitioners, who has helped me over the years, and I did some research and found a company in England that makes the Multimaster Pilates Table.

What a coincidence that the table was developed in the 1930’s by Bernard Stauffer, a physiotherapist, whose wife suffered from Polio. He wanted to find a way of improving her mobility, flexibility and circulation without having to spend a lot of time massaging and manipulating her each day…and it worked!

Since then it has been on the cutting edge of health care – especially in Europe.

The unbelievable advantage of this table is that it provides power assisted exercise and rehabilitation.  It works at my ability, passively or actively at multiple speeds with no muscle strain and no fatigue.  Wow!  For my needs, one can’t get any better than that.  I just lie on the table and for 3 or 6 minutes, depending on which program is I choose, the table moves me.  How can that help if I’m not doing the “grunt work?”

On this electronic machine, the muscles are exercised in a semi-passive state, known as Continuous Passive Motion or CPM, which works through repetitive, isokinetic movements to isolate muscle groups.  These slow, continuous, smooth, and controlled workouts can even improve my overall health – physically, mentally and emotionally.

This Multimaster Pilates Table is suitable for people who

  • Lack or want to improve muscle tone, strength, endurance and range of motion
  • Want to lose weight
  • Use cross training to improve their favorite sport or exercise approach
  • Need to manage or rehabilitate physical challenges
  • Want new innovative ways to deal with stress and improve their mind

Over the years, the benefits of this machine have been proven again and again.

This way of exercising can help manage and rehabilitate many health conditions, including MS, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, mobility issues, post-stoke, issues of aging and so much more.

Research at Oklahoma State University showed that 78 year olds exercising on this equipment for just 30 minutes, 2 times a week for 10 weeks resulted in

  • 34% increased leg and 30% arm strength
  • 50% improved muscle strength,
  • 22% increased mobility, agility
  • 33% increased balance
  • improved emotional benefits

 This shows an amazing amount of improvement in just 10 weeks.

I have been on this table now a couple times a week for several weeks and when I get off, I walk so much easier. People have noticed that my gait has improved and I’m just getting started.  I can say that the Multimaster Pilates Table is on its way to giving me back a much more productive, fun and healthier life.  There is nothing greater than “hope” for the future and that is another gift the table is giving me.

FREE Multimaster Pilates Table Demonstration

March 21, 7:00-8:00 pm

Betsy Wetzig, Coordination Pattern™ Training

Pre-register 610-395-3355

Help for Parkinson’s − the Natural Way

Tai chi, Macrobiotics, Shiatsu, Acupressure

Scientific research recently has indicated that people with Parkinson’s who take Tai Chi classes have excellent outcomes for reduction of symptoms and increased mobility. This is very positive for those with this condition. It actually has more far reaching possibilities than was recognized in the report of the following study. Science has been slow to recognize some of the principles of Oriental Philosophy and Medicine and it is indicated in their interpretation of the results.

OREGON RESEARCH INSTITUTE: 2012 − PARKINSON’S REPORT

195 people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s were randomly assigned 2 per week sessions of either Tai Chi, strength building exercises or stretching.

After 6 months, those who did Tai Chi experienced:

  •  Stronger, improved balance − 2 times more than the strength building group & 4 times more than the stretching group
  • Half the falls of the strength building group and 2/3 of the falls in the stretching group
  • Slower rates of decline in overall motor control

The report says that clients took Tai Chi and gave the results. The report did not recognize the fundamental nature of what Tai Chi is and what is happening when one is performing the movements.  The basic aspect is that of Chi energy − a fundamental life force.  Tai Chi is a movement exercise that changes and alters chi flow in the body, helps to build chi energy and balance the flow of energy thru the meridians (channels thru which the energy travels).

If this manipulation of chi aids the Parkinson’s patient in gaining increased mobility, then it must be affecting the brain − improving its ability to regulate the neuro-muscular system and possibly affecting the nerves which stimulate dopamine production. 

The next thing to conclude is that if this form of energy manipulation can be successful, why not other forms such as Macrobiotic or          Traditional Chinese dietary theories, Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Amma Massage, Chi Qong exercises, and more.

As a Macrobiotic Way of Life Counselor, I make use of energetic signs and symptoms in the face, on the tongue, in behavior and in reading pulses, etc. to determine what a person needs.  All foods have various energetic properties such as contacting/expanding, warming/cooling, and moving upward/downward, inside/outside.  The foods may have energetic relationships with each of the 5 major solid organs − heart, spleen, pancreas, liver, lungs, kidneys.  By assessing the energetic landscape of a person, we counter by recommending the foods which are going to do the opposite of the condition. This will bring the body into balance. Too much contracting needs expansive foods or styles of cooking.  Too much fire needs foods with cooling energies. The fundamental principle behind Macrobiotics is to manipulate chi (energy) to find balance.

DIET HIGH IN VEGETABLES PROTECTS AGAINST PARKINSON’S

In an experiment at Yale University, 11 patients with Parkinson’s who ate a revised diet experienced reduced movement fluctuations and less need for drugs than patients following the standard modern way of eating.

Their healthy diet consisted of:

  • Whole grains
  • Green and yellow vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Low in protein from animal and vegetable sources

They avoided:

  • All meats
  • Egg white
  • Gelatin
  • Dairy food
  • Beans and nuts
  • Chocolate and pastries

“On this diet, patients, can predictably expect daytime mobility, thus permitting near normal function and independence at home or on the job,” the researchers concluded.

 −J.H.Pincus and K.Barry, “Influence of Dietary Protein on Motor Fluctuation in Parkinson’s disease,” Archives of Neurology 44:270,1987

 THE MACROBIOTIC WAY, A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER             

In order to follow the Macrobiotic Way of Eating, proper food preparation is vital. It is possible that a cook could come to the home to prepare meals. But a caregiver or the Parkinson’s patient could get individualized cooking training so that an understanding of what goes into the preparations can be developed. In Traditional Oriental Medicine, Parkinson’s is usually defined as a Liver Wind condition (extreme toxic exposure) so healing the liver becomes a major component. Diet wise that may involve eating a lot of leafy green vegetables like kale and collards or eating shiitake mushrooms. Minimizing oil and extreme sweets is also a key factor. Sea vegetables in the diet like kelp and arame are helpful for discharging toxins from the body. There are numerous foods that can benefit the liver. Getting a full scale consultation can provide specific recommendations to insure good results.

SHIATSU TREATMENTS MOVE CHI TO REBALANCE BODY ENERGY

Shiatsu and Acupressure involve pressing points on the body which in turn affect how the internal systems are functioning. Shiatsu is a full body treatment done by a practitioner. Acupressure can be learned and points can be pressed by the Parkinson’s patient or a caregiver. For example: there is a point  on the foot that is in the webbing between the big toe and second toe which relates to the liver meridian. If that point is sore it means the liver meridian is out of balance and there probably is a liver condition that needs addressing. Pressing there also changes the flow of energy and regular practice helps heal the liver.  But each individual could also have other underlying conditions which should also be dealt with. Both Macrobiotics and Shiatsu can address all of these conditions to improve overall mobility and functioning.  Combine this with Tai Chi and your chances of improving the condition are highly increased.

Parkinson’s Retreat

Saturday, March 18, 2017 • 9:15am-4:30 pm • $35

Pre-register call: Dr. Tom Wachtmann 610-841-3395

 

Call Steve Hoog for an appointment or more information

on the Macrobiotic Diet • Shiatsu • Acupressure

610-756-6867