Being Stuck

I saw a cool quote online this morning. This is what is said: I told my friend I was emotionally hitting a wall and she said, “Sometimes walls are there so we can lean on them and rest”

What if being stuck was not always a bad thing? What if being stuck in life was the universe saying that we need to stop and reevaluate the direction we are trying to go. That the direction we are trying to go is ultimately not the right direction for us. A repeated forced pause is a great opportunity to discover other options or directions.

Stage 3 in Donny Epistein’s Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) is all about being Stuck in a Perspective. The classic stage 3 experience is: I am stuck or blocked in my body (shoulder or back for example) or in my life. I keep looping or coming back to this same stuckness in my body or life. This occurs in middle to late discover care, and this is where we start to take personal responsibility for the way things are. We begin to see how we are contributing or causing our troubles and stuckness. Some times, the stuckness is simply us trying to force something that is not right for us.

The stuck in stage 3 is what allows energy to build up for a breakthrough (often this breakthrough is the stage 4 experience we talked about last week).

The goal with this stage is a peaceful waiting while the energy needed to breakthrough builds over time. I am not saying stage 3 feels good or is a fun experience in any way. However, being stuck is a part of healing and life, so we might as well get the most out of it. A good way to do this is to pause and AAA your stuckness. As a reminder, AAA stands for being Aware, Acknowledging and Accepting the way things are. Doing this and knowing that being stuck can ultimately be part of your path, can help us be more comfortable in the uncomfortable place of being stuck.

Network Spinal care can also help you move through the 12 Stages of Healing /SRI stages.

Let us know if you feel stuck and would like to do stage 3 breathing at your next visit- 14200 Midway Suite 110 Dallas, Tx 75244.

Is more energy always better?

Having more energy is usually better than having less energy. However, more energy is not always better. More energy is only better when it can be efficiently and coherently used.

Here are some simple examples of more energy NOT being better:

Too much energy at bedtime and not being able to sleep.

Cooking Dinner at 1000 degrees instead of 350.

Drinking too much coffee

Having too much energy manifesting as anxiety

Lighting a birthday candle with a welding torch

Network Spinal care helps you have more energy AND more energy efficiency/ coherence.

Most of the time people feel relaxed immediately post entrainment and then find themselves with more energy shortly after. Sometimes, a different response is needed from your body and you will find yourself tired or with seemingly less energy. During these times, it is likely you were operating very inefficiently with too much energy, and your body needs to recover/ balance. We recommend listening to your body during these times and taking the rest you need. Doing so, can help you avoid breakdown and sickness. Come see us at Next Level Chiropractic in Dallas Tx for Network Spinal care! We can work together to help increase your energy and energy efficiency.

How big is your system

How big we see any system, affects our energetic relationship with that system. The bigger the system, the larger amount of energy is required and vise versa.

Like most fortune cookies and cool quotes from Donny Epstein, the creator of Network Spinal, this sounds cool but is not always easily applied in today’s busy world.

Let’s look at a few examples.

What do you see when you look at your partner, child or friend?

In space, do you see just their physical body? What happens if you also take notice of the space around their body? Research has shown time and time again that the heart field extends multiple feet off the body, What if you focused here for a moment before interacting with them? Notice what happens as you expand your view of the system/person to include the super energy rich heart field? What happens if you also expand your awareness to your heart field and the space in-between the 2 fields?

Where do you see your partner, child or friend in time?

Do you only see the present moment, or do you take into account the past (what have they been though) and the future (a higher vision of them)? Multiple perspectives allows for more energy and a greater range of response.

There has been a lot of AAA for me over the last week. My family system has changed and grown from just myself, Sarah, Max and Atlas to also include my paternal family. Somewhere over time, I had consciously or not, moved my parents from my system. Expanding my view to include them, increases my bandwidth for love and heart connection. I had to AAA that my heart had only been growing in 1 direction in time which was forward (with Sarah and my boys). This ongoing experience has allowed my heart to grow backwards in time as well (Its hard to grow where you are not open and its hard to be open if you are not aware you are closed)

This post was originally sent out as a newsletter to our practice in Dallas, Tx in March 2021.

Nervous system health and emotions

One of the unseen benefits of having your Nervous System in growth mode (instead of stress mode) is a greater ability to trust and have faith.

If you stop to think about it, trust and faith are not usually the first emotions felt if you are running or fighting for your life. Fear or anger are more appropriate emotions to keep you alive in the face of immediate danger.

This is one of the biggest changes that happens over and over again in Network Spinal Care. Subconscious or automatic patterns of fear and anger are transformed and/or awakened to patterns of trust and faith. This allows for an expansion or deepening of your own personal belief system, and trust in both the macro and micro parts of life. Come experience Network Spinal Care for yourself at Next Level Chiropractic -14200 Midway rd suite 110 Dallas, TX 75244.

How light contacts make a big difference

We are often asked how such light Network Entrainment contacts can make a difference in the body. 

Here is one way we answer:(the wording is borrowed from our friend Dr. Matthew- a fellow Network Spinal Practitioner)

We are not actually adjusting the bones. 

Bones aren’t smart, so we don’t adjust those – you have to push hard to move bones, and they tend to go right back where they started.

Muscles aren’t smart, so we don’t adjust those, either – you have to push hard to stretch muscles, and they tend to go right back to where they started.

Nerves ARE smart, which is why we adjust those – they run everything in you and can learn to sustain your results when they’re adjusted properly. 

Nerves respond best when you adjust those with a gentle force. Like a touchscreen, a tiny touch to specific nerves elicits big change. Like a touchscreen, different qualities of touch elicit different kinds of change. Like a touchscreen, the touch only works if the proper apps are open, which is why we do an in-depth analysis as to where and how to apply a gentle force. Infact, Network Spinal used to be called Network Spinal Analysis.

When you bang on a slow touchscreen, does it actually work any faster – or does it sometimes go even slower from the overload and can you damage the wiring?

 The body works the same way! 

That’s why we’re gentle, precise, and patient – and why we get such amazing results. Come get Network Spinal care at Next Level Chiropractic- 14200 Midway rd suite 110 Dallas, TX 75244.

Primary order 1

There is something called a primary order that you can use on the Network entrainment table or in life. It is a model that can help you know what to pay attention to while being entrained. Using it correctly can help you be more energetically resourceful and efficient.

It has 3 parts or areas of focus and they are: breath, movement, and energy.

Explore paying attention to each of them (B,M,E) one at a time. One of them should stand out as easiest to focus on, and one might stand out as second best. To effectively use your primary order, pay attention to the one that is easiest for you to focus on or feel first and primarily. After that stops, or at the same time, focus on the one (B,M,E) that is second easiest for you to focus on or feel. Add the third in the same manner on occasion when possible.

Side note: Past initially exploration, this is only really relevant when you are not sure what to focus on. Do not pace a lot of time or thought into this. Simply do what works in the moment and have the model as a backup to use when you don’t know what to do.

Breath- sensation of air moving into and through your body. Focus is on the inhale and exhale and specific to the breath.

Energy- can be called Prana, Qi or simply energy. It is hard to describe because it can be different for everyone. If it feels tingly or weird, that is probably energy.

Movement- This is the physical movement the body. Movement can be felt on the joints and muscles.

Let us know if you have any questions about this via email or by dropping into Next Level Chiropractic at 14200 Midway rd suite 110, Dallas, TX 75244.

Primary Order-2

Last week, we talked about the primary order which was basically our awareness of and ability to connect with breath, movement or energy to varying degrees. We then use the Goldilocks method of doing the ones that are just right for us. This week we will look deeper at breath, movement and energy relative to the respiratory wave- really big breaths you take during an entrainment.

At the beginning of Network Spinal care, you will most likely only notice that you take big breaths. Over time, your breath will increase. Just as importantly, your awareness of your breath will increase. Our awareness of our breath often lags behind our actual breath. Let us know how far you think your breath goes and we will let you know how far it actually goes!

Breath- This is the actual air or breath moving into and though your body. In Network Spinal, one of our goals is to create a respiratory wave or really large breath that goes all the way to your tail bone to the base of your skull. It is the largest and most complete breath you will likely ever take.

Movement– Movement is the physical movement of your body. Where as someone more aware of breath might focus on the air flowing in their body, someone more movement oriented might focus on the muscles firing during the breath.

It takes muscles to breath- we have primary breathing muscles such as our diaphragm and eternal intercostals (rib muscles to expand and contract), and we have secondary breathing muscles which include or back muscles, stomach muscles and neck muscles. These muscles work together to fill your lungs will air and expel waste. A healthier automatic nervous system, is better able to coordinate these muscles to create bigger and more efficient breaths.

Energy- this is the actual energy that rides on the breath wave (it also rides on the somatophysic wave). Its hard to put this into words. Basically, you are either aware of energy or you are not. You can think of it as our life force. In some traditions, they call it Qi, Che, or Prana. In Chiropractic, we call this energy light.

Everyone experiences breath, movement and energy on the table and throughout life. The primary order is simply a way to better pay attention to our bodies by focusing our attention on areas we are naturally more aware of and resourceful.

Going back to the respiratory wave:

The respiratory wave is a product of Network Spinal care and the automatic part of your nervous system. It can not be recreated without Network. This means that you do not have to try and make your breath bigger or deeper while you are on the table. You simply need to be increasingly aware of your breath.

This wave allows you to connect to and release stored stress. It also stimulates your parasympathetic system as well as rocks each bone in your back to help it reset. On top of this, it gives your organs and other inners a nice micro massage. These are all reasons why it feels so good to breathe on the table!

We use and help people find their primary order while practicing Network Spinal in Dallas, Texas,

Face up or face down?

Someone reacently asked why we sometimes have you go back face down after being faceup on the table, and I figured more people might have this currisioty.
Face down care is typically Discover care where you are able to connect to and release stored stresses in your body. Its goal is to add stability to your body/ Nervous System. (Early transform care is also done facedown). If you come in with lots of stored stress/ tension, we will typically work in Discover or discover integrate to increase the ease and flexibility (decrease tension/stress) in your body/Nervous System before potentially going on to work in Transform or Awaken. Discover care helps you process stress to have more fuel for transform and awaken care.
When we have you lay faceup, we are working with either late Transform or Awaken care. The goal of these seasons is radically different than in discover care. These seasons are about growth and making effective change. They add a temporary reorgazational instability to your body/Nervous System. This combined with the new energy your system has from processing stress allows your system to reorganize to a higher level of function. As a practical example of processing stress, think about the energy that goes into holding a muscle spasm being redirected in a more useful way as your body relaxes during an entrainment.
The reason we might have you go back face down, is so we can recheck your spine, muscles and how everything is moving to make sure you are in better shape than when you came in, especially if you experienced a lot of instability or had really big changes in your body that day (ie: came in with a lot of stress in your body.)
As a reminder – instability with a new energy source or more energy = upgrade the system. Instability without a new energy source or more energy= downgrade the system or dis-ease.
If your spine is has large amounts of instability after going back facedown, we will usually do 1 -2 quick discover contacts to help your system organize to a higher level of stability.
Here is a video of Donny talking about the seasons of wellbeing from 2010. Donny is much healthier now than he was in this video. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=seasons+of+wellbeing+donny+epistein&view=detail&mid=6C1DC4B985C5E15D82976C1DC4B985C5E15D8297&FORM=VIRE

Network Spinal and Headaches

This is a great video I came across last night discussing 3 common headaches types and how to alleviate them using acupressure. Acupressure is a great way to help yourself when secondary conditions come up and work great in conjunction with Network Spinal Analysis.

The video goes into a general overview of the cause of three types of headaches. It describes each type of headache and tells us what might cause or trigger each one as well. The video states that these types of headaches can be triggered by things like sensory stimulus, tension, weather changes, stress, and muscle strain. What I noticed while I was watching was that many of these of these are just another way of describing a Central Nervous System that is unable to adapt to change effectively.

Network Spinal Analysis, soon to be rebranded Network Spinal, can help people suffering from headaches by upgrading their Human Operating System (CNS). A better functioning operating system will allow for quicker and easier adaptation to stresses resulting in fewer secondary conditions such as headaches. Below are the types of headaches featured in the video and how NSA helps with each of them.

Tension headache
Improve the health and integrity of your spine and Central Nervous System.
Upgrade human operating system
Reduce tension
Improve structure of spine and behavior of postural muscles.

Migraine headache
Help your nervous system adapt to changes faster and easier.
Reduces stress
Upgrade human operating system
Improve health and integrity of spine and central nervous system

Sinus headache
Help your immune system function properly
Upgrade human operating system
Improve health and integrity of spine and central nervous system

DR’s Homer and Sarah Johnson have been providing Network care to the Dallas since 2011. Contact Next Level Chiropractic to learn more. We hope you have enjoyed this article and video!

VIDEO

Counteract sitting: Guest speaker Josh Amora

What a great class we had with Body Mechanic Josh Amora this month!

Some of the highlights were:

Hold each stretch for at least 2 minutes!

When adding up the hours you sit, don’t forget driving and eating!!

Taking into account how many hours you sit, make sure you are stretching multiple times throughout the day. If you are sitting for 12 hours stretching for 2 minutes is not going to cut it.

Here is the video of the class and link to his website.

All the best,
Your Next Level team
Dallas’s premier source for Network Spinal Analysis

http://bodymechanic.pro/