Checking in with your body

We often hear people say that they did not hurt until they laid down on the table. This happens to me all the time. Here is part of why that happens,

We tend to disconnect from parts of our bodies that hurt when we are going about our days. In other words we are too busy to stop and check in with our bodies, and we are unaware of things that have misaligned or tightened.

When we lay on the table, this is a chance to intentionally check in. We become aware of things that need attention.

Make sure to pay attention to your body and breath. Notice where you feel your breath and if you feel it moving up your spine. Try your best to be present.

You will likely become aware of more areas that need attention during your entrainment. We encourage you to feel whatever comes up and to try to listen to what your body needs. For example, if you become aware that you are laying crooked on the table, it is up to you to straighten your body out. If you become aware that your neck is really tight, you might want to stretch a certain part of it. If you notice one side of your pelvis is higher than the other, you might lift your pelvis and move it around to let it adjust itself.

Overtime, our bodies learn that laying on the table equals self care and healing. The cool thing is that this learned ability to check in and heal can be activated anytime we stop and pay attention to our bodies with focused attention, breath, and movement. Over the years, many people have reported that their bodies started to unwind during mediation or breath work as if they were on the table.

AAA vs taking Action

This post was originally written in late 2020. 2020 sure has been an interesting year. I think it is probably safe to say that this year has been too much for all of us.

We have all had to deal with normal life stresses compounded with massive amounts of uncertainty and fear surrounding Covid and polarity surrounding the election. For most people, this combination has been too much many times over.

When life is too much over and over again, it can start to shift our Nervous System to “survival mode.”

If we fail to notice, or if we are not willing to acknowledge that we are overwhelmed, it is easy for our subconscious or auto pilot to become stuck in survival mode. It is at this point that people tend to stop doing their healthy habits and default back to old bad habits. Once healthy habits stop, forward healthy momentum will slow and eventually stop before beginning to slip backwards.

If we are able to realize when we are overwhelmed, and we are able to acknowledge it, it becomes much easier for us to accept it.

Sometimes this magic formula of AAA (aware, acknowledge, and accept) is enough to let you feel and process everything in real time. This allows your nervous system to dissipate the extra energy instead of storing it as stress.

Other times, action is needed after AAA’ing. Some great action steps include:

Kick starting healthy habits even when you don’t want to.

Doing something that makes you happy.

Workout (vigorous if you can)

Increase meditation time and/or frequency

GET ENTRAINED!!! Not only will getting Network entrainments help to instantly shift your body out of stress, but it will also help shift your brain function back to where it is easy and enjoyable to do our healthy habits! Our habits help determine our long-term health.

Movement post Network Entrainment

People often need to move or stretch post Network entrainment to more fully feel the effects. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out the “right’ movement. Luckily you don’t need to if you let your newly calibrated auto pilot do the work.

Start by doing anything simple that is at least minimally physical. This can be as simple as making a cup of tea or getting a glass of water. You could also go for a short walk or go stand outside.

As soon as you stop thinking about your pain or discomfort and start focusing on your simple task, your auto pilot can kick in easier. You might find your self stretching or holding a position. The key is to notice what you are automatically doing/ what feels good, and then consciously do more of it.

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 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,

Practicing emotions

What emotions have you been practicing consistently?

Emotions are largely pre-rational which means that they occur before the conscious mind engages (emotions are faster than thoughts).

This also means that we do not get to choose our initial emotions or reactions to things.

Emotions come from the automatic part of our bodies, and the quality (positive or negative) largely depends on the health of our Human Operating Systems.

A system stuck in chronic stress mode will have more emotions consistent with the Fight, Flight, or Freeze response (anger or fear). This means that even if you are not consciously stressed, your initial pre-rational reaction to things will be more affected by subconscious stress.

A system operating normally or not in stress mode will also have a different set of pre rational emotions that are not based on fear and anger. These emotions will range from neutral to loving and empathetic depending on the level of energy available. If you notice yourself here, try pausing and taking a few breaths into your heart and/or using Donny Epstein’s AAA formula.

Network Spinal care is one of the best ways to get the Human operating System out of stress mode, and back into growth. Regular entrainments give you a better chance or having positive pre-rational emotions. Said simply, if you notice you are grumpy, it might be time to come get entrained.

We can also choose what emotions we practice! We get better at anything we practice including positive or peak emotions. You can practice anytime by bringing up an emotion you want to feel more later- joy, love gratitude are some good ones. With practice, you will be able to quickly AAA pre-rational stress emotions, and then you can choose to focus on more positive emotions.

Willingness vs willfulness and Network Spinal

This morning we will take a quick look at the consciousness of “willingness” and how it applies to your Network entrainments.

“Willingness” ranks just above neutrality in the David Hawkins “Model of Consciousness.” It helps open the door to higher levels such as acceptance, joy, and love and it also helps you move away or release levels such as shame, anger, fear and guilt.

Willingness is about being open (to receive or experience). It can range from limited such as “I am willing to receive abundance” or pure willingness such as “I am willing.” The broader your willingness is, the more energy/bandwidth it will have.

Willing vs willful

Willing is opening while being willful is a form of resistance. Being “willing” is about going with the flow, being willful is forceful. Something you will hear in our office often “flowing not forcing.”

Examples on the Network Spinal table:

Willful- I want to feel a certain way during or after this entrainment

Willing- I am willing to feel

Willful- I need this area to pop or release

Willing- I am willing to let my body do what it needs

WillfulI- I need this pain to change now

Willing- I am willing to listen to my body/ the pain

Body relaxation during Network Entrainment

Have you ever felt part of your body melt while on the entrainment table?

It might feel like a drop in tension or sudden relaxation of part of your body or your whole body.

Here is a closer look at what’s going on when this happens.

The automatic or subconscious part of your body is letting go or processing a past stress or trauma. This stored stress was being energetically held in the part of your body that you felt relax. This is why we sometimes say Network Spinal care is like therapy for the automatic or subconscious part of your body.