Chiropractic will NEVER do this…

Chiropractic will NEVER do this…

Sometimes when we engage in a healing experience, there can be a perception that everything “stressful” will simply wash away. Whether it be chiropractic care, acupuncture, a healing retreat in Mexico, Shamanic Medicine, massage, etc., these types of services often times portray the message, “Engage with “xyz service” and ALL your worries will wash away.” Yes you can feel more relaxed, but this message goes way deeper...

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Life Lesson: How to Make Choices (Guest Blog from Paul Boehnke)

Life Lesson: How to Make Choices (Guest Blog from Paul Boehnke)

I awoke multiple times that night. Always with an uneasy feeling. The last time I woke up it was 4:00 am. I could tell more sleep for this night was not in the offing. I was obsessively ruminating about a choice I had to make that day. A choice that triggered all sorts of patterns for me. Patterns around making the “best” choice (as if there was one). Patterns around responsibility, uncertainty, judgment, money.

Why is it some decisions are so easy and others so difficult?

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Are you lucky? Or are you ALIGNED?

Are you lucky? Or are you ALIGNED?

As you may know, my fiancé and I are just days away from traveling to the green landscape of Ireland. And it got me thinking about LUCK versus ALIGNMENT. 

We all know those people in our life who we claim to be "lucky." They win raffle prizes all the time, find the perfect parking space at the exact right moment, manifest dreams into reality often, etc. Some may call it LUCK...but I'm going to challenge you this week on that belief.

Perhaps it's more than just luck. Perhaps it's conscious intention and focus on a desired outcome. Perhaps it's mental, emotional, and energetic awareness on a dream they are intending and acting on into reality. 

See, the brain LOVES creating consistency between our internal experience and our outer world. When our thoughts and emotions are out of alignment with our physical reality, our nervous system experiences what we call cognitive dissonance. This can be both serving AND sabotaging if our actions and/or beliefs don't change. 

Supported by neuroscientist Dr. Joe Dispenza's work on the placebo, the mind, and healing, this dissonance within the mind if not acknowledged becomes physical tension and misalignment within the body. These misalignments within our spine, body, and nervous system can lead to a myriad of symptoms including high blood pressure, fatigue, indigestion, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, trouble sleeping, brain fog, headaches, low energy, chronic pain, and even mental/emotional imbalances including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more. 

So with all this being said, consider that people we perceive as "lucky" in elements of life (health, finances, family, relationships, etc.) are more than just, well, lucky. Consider they are truly aligned not only within their physical body, but with their beliefs, thoughts, actions, mindset, emotions, and spiritual self.

How are you staying in alignment this spring? Comment below AND share this blog with someone you know you could use some more alignment strategies this season. 

Yours in health and alignment,

Dr. Mel

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You Know Your ABC's... What about (Vitamin) D?

You Know Your ABC's... What about (Vitamin) D?

Winter in Minnesota is full of snow, ice, cold temperatures, slow traffic, short days, long nights; you get the picture. On the flip side, one thing Minnesota winters often lack is sunshine. Besides energy, warmth, and light for visibility, sunshine provides us with vitamin D, one of the most important nutrients AND hormones for bodily function. The majority of us are deficient in Vitamin D, and the effects, though subtle, can be devastating. In this article, we will explore what Vitamin D is, why it is so important, and how to make sure you are getting adequate amounts year-round.

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Health and Wellness Coaching: A Gateway to Sustainable Behavior Change

Health and Wellness Coaching: A Gateway to Sustainable Behavior Change

Do you struggle prioritizing your health and wellness? Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I could kick this habit,” but are unsure how to eradicate it? Do you desire having more control over your urges, more energy daily, and more peace of mind? 

 

What would a life free from detrimental habits look like? How would creating healthy habits change the lives of you, your family, and those around you?

 

If you answered yes to any of the questions in the first paragraph, or desire to make lasting behavior change, working with a health and wellness coach may be what you need.

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When it comes to results, this is what it really takes...

When it comes to results, this is what it really takes...

When it comes to results, consistency always beats perfection.

Yes, my friends, it really is that simple.

It is the consistent commitment via taking ACTION towards your goals that ultimately brings about the results we dream of.

What does that commitment look like, you ask?

Well, when it comes to transforming your bodymind, you better believe we'll be here ALL 2019 to hold you accountable. 

From classes, to workshops, to care in our office...from social media posts to health tips in our blogs and emails...

My friends, we are WITH YOU every step of the way this 2019. We promise you we have your back in more ways than one. :)

All you have to do is consistently show up and engage. Whether it's reading your email, attending our monthly classes, drinking 20oz of water every morning when you wake up, going for a 30min walk 3 days a week, or even showing up for your regular appointments to connect to your greater healing potential...

The baby steps each day MATTER SO MUCH. YOU MATTER more than you know.

Here's to more magic, commitment, consistency, and manifesting your dreams this 2019.

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Why you WON'T hit your 2019 goals...

Why you WON'T hit your 2019 goals...

Now is the time of year when companies, businesses, friends, etc. are hosting "New Years Resolution" workshops, classes, and gatherings. Now is the time when we reflect on 2018, what we did, what we didn't do, and what we desire to accomplish in 2019 come midnight, January 1st. The energy in the air is that of excitement, novelty, and motivation.

In fact, I recently attended an intention setting class with a few colleagues of mine just last week. I felt this playful, inspiring energy moving through me as I wrote down exactly what I wanted to achieve this new year.

So - how long do you think that energy is going to last? Until Jan 10th? Until Feb 10th? MAYBE even until March or April?

I call it the "Honeymoon Effect." Similar to when you're in a new relationship, everything is NEW, FRESH, and exciting! Your brain LOVES new things, my friends. However, unless you consistently remind yourself of that initial, deeper WHY behind your actions, goals, etc. (you know…that warm, exciting rush of energy you got when you first said YES to your partner OR started thinking about all the cool things you want to do this upcoming year), that motivation will fizzle. Period.

So how DO you hit your goals in 2019?

My dear colleague and professional TRANSFORMATION coach, Betsy Koepke, laid it out so brilliantly at her latest workshop (check out her amazing work here).

Everything we desire in life begins with our WHY, sprinkled with our core foundational beliefs.

To put it simply, to help be consistent in reaching our goals throughout ALL of 2019, we MUST remember WHY we MUST achieve the goals in the first place. AND we must remember the PAIN of NOT achieving them as well as the PLEASURE we will experience when we do.

What do I mean by WHY?

Take your family or kids for example…how will they be impacted if you reach your goals? How about your career? Your physical body…what is the FEELING you experience when you imagine reaching your goals? How does it feel when you imagine NOT hitting your goals?

Turn your goals from a WANT into a MUST - this can make a tremendous difference during those moments when doubt creeps in, you’re tempted by others around you, you want to hit the snooze button, or you’re simply losing internal motivation. Remember that pain/pleasure FEELING and practice that FEELING daily.

BELIEFS

Whether you are conscious of them or not, beliefs about yourself dictate your life. YUP. Let’s be honest - we all know what it takes to be healthy. It’s pretty simple - eating real foods, avoiding sugar, sleeping 6-8 hours a night, drinking plenty of water, moving/exercising often, keeping your body in alignment, etc.

And yet….we STILL don’t do it…WHY? That which is simple to do is also simple NOT to do.

The deeper reason? Because we don’t truly BELIEVE we can. Our subconscious mind runs deeper thoughts and beliefs that have been engrained in us since childhood - maybe that we are not worthy of ridiculous financial abundance OR that we do not deserve the marriage of our dreams. Perhaps we tell ourselves how much we dislike our body or look in the mirror and say “Yeah, right.”

Think about it…if you are constantly telling yourself these kinds of beliefs, imagine the types of actions you’ll take (or NOT take, for that matter). ACTION follows BELIEF. A person who BELIEVES they are strong, confident, successful, worth, and abundant WILL take action that aligns with such beliefs in order to help our nervous system feel a sense of congruency with reality. Our brains are always working to match our outer world with our inner experience.

Changing your inner beliefs and dialogue

My dear coach Dr. Lacey Book, taught me this one powerful strategy that has helped me shift my entire belief system (it’s still a daily practice, by the way).

For every negative belief you have about yourself, write down the exact opposite of that belief.

For example, match the belief of “I hate my body, I’m never going to lose weight,” to instead, “My body is getting healthier and healthier every day. I LOVE giving my body what it needs to be more vital and whole.”

A key point here is to write it out in the PRESENT tense. That way, you affirm to your brain that it’s happening right now. Repeat these mantras and new beliefs day in and day out and I promise you, your ACTIONS will change.

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