Thursday, March 30, 2017
Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! On Pain, Patience, Practice and Process
I am incredibly blessed and grateful that two years ago I found my way to Dr. Ryan Means and Jeffrey Spratt,MT. Dr. Ryan is a chiropractor and a healer in every sense of the word. When he practiced in Cambridge, MA, he had Thomas Edison's quote on his website. Rather than focusing on fixing me, he partnered with me to help me unleash my body's natural capacity to heal. During his training, he heard Candace Pert, Ph.D. speak which led him to go "Down the Rabbit Hole" exploring the world of quantum healing. He told me I just HAD to read Dr. Joe Dispenza's book, "You Are the Placebo." While I was waiting for my copy to arrive, he sent me a photo from a page in Dr. Joe's book, "Changing the body by thought alone."
I was so excited to think and to believe that I could grow a new gastroc muscle, dissolve bone spurs, reverse osteoarthritis and heal the devastating effects of paralytic polio and trauma!
Shortly after meeting Dr. Ryan, I found my way to Jeffrey's table where he practices the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy, an innovative method of muscular therapy that we discovered is powerful medicine for healing trauma and anything else that happens to be ailing me.
There are many people who email me or call me who see the results I am experiencing and much like that scene from "When Harry Met Sally" say, "I want what she's having."
They don't see the pain, the process, the patience or the effort of practicing new beliefs and new behaviors until the new habits become stronger than the old habits and beliefs.
In Candace Pert's book, "Everything you need to know to feel Go(o)d," another book recommendation by Dr. Ryan, she talks about how we interpret pain in our bodies. The way we perceive and interpret pain is the way that our bodies will respond to the pain. She talks about if a person is experiencing knee pain and they focus on the pain and believe that it's a recurrence of an injury, then the body responds as if in fact it is a recurrence of an injury. However, if the person believes that the injury is healing and the pain is a sign of healing then the body responds with doing what it needs to do in order to heal.
Early on in my work with Jeffrey, I told him how I don't focus on the pain in my left knee fearing that I will get injured again referencing a once very serious knee injury in December of 2014. It takes practice and persistence to create new beliefs and feel them deep inside so that the body responds with messages of healing. Jeffrey's response was to use an old house analogy (not that he was calling me old mind you).
"If you're in an old house that you haven't visited before, every little sound seems alarming to you. But as you get to know the sounds of the house you don't even pay attention and say, 'Oh that's just the furnace.'" We go on to say that we are making everything, "factory new" healed from the once devastating effects of paralytic polio and trauma through the power and magic of positive touch and compassionate presence.
I refer to the pains I experience in my body as "phantom pains." I used to experience a lot of phantom pain - pain that wasn't happening in the here and now that needed medical attention but pain that had been hard wired into my body as a result of polio, trauma and numerous surgeries. Running has been a game changer for me in alleviating those pains in my legs.
Recently I have been experiencing a lot of pain in my arms and upper body. As we unearth the traumatic memories, the body releases the physical pain of those memories to be healed. With care and tenderness, Jeffrey works his mojo partnering with me and my intention to heal to bring relief and restore mobility and neuromuscular functioning to my arms that were paralyzed, then pinned down repeatedly during childhood rape and then as a teenager were nearly wrenched out of their sockets during savage beatings.
I remind myself that I am safe, that I am free and that I have everything I need inside of me to heal however the pain may be manifesting itself. Jeffrey is so adept at knowing exactly what is needed to flush, to heal, to restore balance and to create new neuromuscular pathways; a new neural net. I practice embodying the person I imagine myself to be. I conjure up muscle memory from what seems like another lifetime when I was a graceful ballerina before polio and trauma happened to me. Jeffrey seeks out the restrictions and frees up the congestion from these old wounds with his trailblazing Spratt Method.
There are times when we need to seek out assistance from physicians but we also need to be mindful of the miracle of our bodies. Divine Intelligence created us and resides within us; a most powerful Force that helps us to ride the waves of pain, be patient as our bodies do what they do naturally to heal, believe in the power of the Force and practice becoming someone new and different from the memorized self.
To your health and wellness!