Author Archive | Dawn Spiegelberg

Life Moves

IMG_9540Life Moves:  Breathing, metabolizing, circulating, even thinking, is movement.  There is beneficial movement and movement that doesn’t serve you (causes pain).

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you and a necessary part of a healthy life, but what ‘kind’ of exercise and how often?

When kids learned to walk, they wiggled, wobbled and fell, got up, wiggled, wobbled and fell, and got up again.  The beauty of their efforts was in finding the place of balance.  At this point you’ve been balancing your body around injuries, experiences, and habitual patterns.

Get your wiggle back and strengthen that body around a balanced pattern.

YOUR body is designed to move, and move well it’s entire life!

BODYWISE is offering 3 months of twice weekly movement to keep you living well for the remainder of your life!  Starting with a detailed BodyMap, you’ll discover where you’re strong and what specifically needs work.  You’ll learn the movements that rebalance your body and keep you healthy.

Let BODYWISE Move You

6 Days of Merry will Move You

A study performed last year linked physical INactivity to more than 5 million deaths. That’s more than death by smoking. One out of every 10 deaths is due to a person lacking physical activity. And here I sit at my computer writing about this to you.  Guess what?  It’s easy to move!  If you’re having trouble with it, BODYWISE specializes in getting clients moving again. Aging is NOT a foregone and decided conclusion of inactivity and physical demise.

I’m getting up. I’m going outside. I make every action that I DO, a mini workout of it’s own.

To MOVE YOU, I’m offering 6 Days of Merry to Move You specials every day from now until January 1.

Join BODYWISE in making 2015 the year that will MOVE YOU.
www.bodywisebodywork.com/merry

Holiday Cheer

 

BannerHorses   Dawn-Horse

It’s the holidays.   And speaking of holiday cheer, I’ve been particularly, and amazingly, cheerful recently.  I discovered the reasons why, which are not entirely surprising!

According to Psych Central, research has demonstrated the positive effect on [one’s] happiness as social interaction and taking part in voluntary work.  I get a 2 out of 2 working with Sue Moore.

1)  Sue has become a strong business partner and has invited me to join her Medicine and Horsemanship program.  Through her amazing coaching skills and positive perspective, she has earned herself a place in my business and in my heart – fulfilling social interaction, too.

2)  Through Sue, I found a not for profit, Empowerment Through Connection (empowermentthroughconnection.org).  ETC is dedicated to providing education, improving communication skills, and promoting personal growth using horses as co-facilitators.  Volunteering for ETC is an incredible experience!

Being with horses on a regular basis,  learning the ins and outs of running a stable, as well as providing bodywork services has given me the opportunity to find my source of happiness.

I urge you to increase *your* happiness this season – try volunteering or make a donation!  The pay-out is exponential!

Wishing you a Happy holidays!

(To find out about opportunities at ETC or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit their website or contact Sue Moore 425.328.7107)

Fast Reproaching

Shore_overcastWhen Seasons Change:

What to do when time conspires against you

The weather is cooling and the rain is menacing.  For many, that means very little  time outdoors.  Less time outside begats less exercise.  Less exercise invites weight gain.  Add ‘The Holiday Season’ and the pounds spike up to numbers we’ve never  believed possible.

Studies indicate an average of 5lbs will be gained by people already carrying more weight than is optimal.  http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/22/the-skinny-on-holiday-weight-gain/

And what’s a few more pounds?  Yet, if you gain what’s typical (5lbs) every year, that’s a whopping 50lbs after 10 years.  And to take it one step further, will it be easier to change 10 years of habits in order to take off the weight?  Most people have a hard time making shifts that create change.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there is a very specific determinant that affects how quickly the aging process takes place.  Thoughts turn to genetic predisposition, environmental exposure, available food sources, etc.  However, the

Lifestyle choices are the single most important factor in reducing age-related body changes.  And it’s not just the choice of which desserts to choose from during the holidays – it’s the choices you make everyday of the year.

Most everyone knows what they should not eat and that exercising is good…

But how does one know  what should be eaten and what exercises to do?

  • First, understand what you don’t know.
  • Second, decide the goal.
  • Third, choose a plan of action.

If you need help, BODYWISE specializes in assessment, manageable exercises, and supporting your progress.  And because of the holidays, there is a special to celebrate you getting where you want your health to be…

www.bodywisebodywork.com/specials

Let me help you!  Make 2015 the year you do it right.

…and all the King’s Men

Did you ever wonder where the children’s rhyme Humpty Dumpty came from?  I’m still not sure…

Was it about drinking alcohol?  Or was it about a lost battle?  And what are the horses doing, attempting to put a cracked egg together?  Tell me if you know… There are so many riddles about kings.  More jokes about horses.  (And not so many about eggs, though.)

As for me, I’ll be making more equine related parallels in the coming posts.  Work is bringing me into more horses.   And more horses are bringing themselves to me.  While their alignment is complex (four legs, and all) there is more to them than a body with imbalances.  While observing how deeply patterns of imbalance stay ‘stuck’ in our structure, and (perhaps) less ‘stuck’ in horse structures, they present as more than the sum of their parts.

The especially exciting part is working with both clients together:  Horses and People.  Stay tuned.  The best of BODYWISE is yet to come…

Healthier & Wealthier: July 31

Optimize Your Health and Wealth

I’m excited to present this workshop where you will

1  Learn how Health and Wealth are closely connected
2  Discover what is keeping you stuck and preventing you from moving Forward
3  Understand the 3 Keys to Integrating your Health and Increasing your Wealth

Meet guest presenter Lynn Brown, Intuitive Financial Planner and creator of Winning
at the Game of Life.  Read more about her at http://raanessoflife.com

I would be honored for you to attend.  You will take away more value in this workshop
than you will spend in time and money – guaranteed or I’ll refund you immediately!

   Thursday, July 31, 6:30pm-8:00pm
The Brew, Main St Bothell

   $25 – Bring a friend $20 each
Light refreshments served

  rsvp   dawn@bodywisebodywork.com

I’m like Peas, my husband’s like Beans

 

New Peas

New Peas

While starting seeds, I noticed something quite fascinating.  Peas are all vertical while germinating – one immediately sees the leaves pushing skyward from the seed.  Much like me, peas are animated and showy, announcing their presence with a ‘Here I am’.

Bean seedlings on the other hand make roots first.  They seem to be dormant and the leaves are much slower to show.  If you had planted the seeds directly, you might think that nothing was happening, when in truth a lot of foundational support is being established.  This is very much like my husband.

What’s also fascinating, is that both Peas and Beans catch up, growing  the right amount of leaves and roots to balance the plant:

The same way that TIME balances people who are married.

Give yourself and your partner the space and patience to become wholly yourselves, it’s worth it!

Meal of the Year

I love squash.  My kids do not.  I see Thanksgiving as a time of year when I am justified in serving squash and making them taste it.  The day they decide it’s really not so bad afterall is worth all the complaining.

Is there something you don’t like that you haven’t tasted in a while?  Be adventurous and try a new flavor this holiday season:  You never know, you may decide it’s really not so bad afterall…

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Heal your Body and Mind – Workshop

Heal Your Body and Mind:
Essentials of Essential Oils

Workshop, Monday 9/9/2013 –  6-8pm

Join me for a discussion about Essential Oils and how they can heal your body and mind!!

In this information filled discussion, you’ll learn:

  1. What makes an essential oil, well, essential
    (You’ll discover why pure is potent)
  2. How essential oils really work
    (Understand why pharmaceuticals have side effects)
  3. The single most important use of essential oils
    (Why you won’t want to live without them)

Invite your family, forward to your friends.

Attend the free Heal Your Body and Mind Workshop

Can’t wait to share with you

Location:
10116 Main St, Ste 103
Bothell WA  98011
RSVP info@bodywisebodywork.com

Simple Pain – Astounding Solution

Like most, I feel it when I bend over.  The back of my legs aren’t as loose and free moving as I want them to be.  Don’t get me wrong, I can bend over and touch the floor with my fingers so my hamstrings aren’t short by any means (most people have trouble touching their own ankles with a straightened leg).

But I have been woken up at night by my stretching because the backs of my legs have felt tight.  And interestingly, the right has felt tighter than the left.  So, what is a massage therapist to do?  I already get regular massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy and those haven’t addressed (or identified) the CA– USE.

I decided to spend time in objective observation, alongside sessions of regular stretching.  And there it was, I found it!  I found the pattern that made the right hamstring and calf tight.  The same pattern that caused a muscle that controls my big toe to get sore after walking around DC for four hours while on vacation.

Now wait a minute.  Tight calf.  Tight hamstring. But she can still touch the floor.  Sore toe muscle.  It doesn’t appear connected, or does it?  What’s really going on here is an exercise in *induction*.  One must understand that if a muscle is sore, it has been overworked – so the muscle responsible for moving my toe was working hard after I walked for so many hours.  That muscle(s) is in the calf so that makes sense because it’s been tight.  And the calf is a part of the ‘flexor chain’ on the back of the leg so if it’s tight, the hamstring may also be tight.

And where there are tight muscles, there is also a change in the structure (posture).  So what about my alignment is promoting this shortness?  The answer:  My right hip shifts forward.

This may sound funny or strange or incredulous:  How can a healthy person who receives regular bodywork treatments end up with a condition that went unidentified for months?  Patterns reveal themselves but often take time to develop noticable symptoms.  Follow the symptoms and don’t stop until the cause reveals itself.

This is the same process I use for resolving chronic and acute pain in clients.  It works… every time.