Category: Chronic Pain

Being Heard is a Requirement for Healing

The other day I spent some time with a new client who suffers from a chronic health issue. She had some trouble finding her way to me, and was 30 minutes late to her appointment. Still, we spent 15 minutes longer than her allotted appointment time, and I didn’t get through everything I’d planned for…
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Let Go & Never Give Up: A Poem about Chronic Illness

I’ve experienced chronic pain and illness Worked with clients who have no spoons left Watched friends who have struggled enough We are: Ambitious. We have dreams. Goals. We want to do good in this world. We embark on our journey, following our dreams, looking to live our calling. Something happens. Nothing happens. Our systems say,…
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Why Do Mind-Body Wellness Coaching Programs Work?

As a Mind-Body Wellness Coach, I’m often asked questions like: “What makes you different?” and “Why can you help me when [other technique] didn’t work?”  These are very good questions to ask, and I enjoy answering them. One answer is: each of my clients receives a customized movement and breathing practice as part of their…
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Green Smoothie Party

This New Year is Hot! Flax Seed Green Smoothie for Hormonal Help

Happy New Year! I spent the last few days of 2018 experiencing the wonder of hot flashes. A friend soon turned me onto the idea of seed-cycling for hormonal balance. In my opinion, the hardest to use is the flax seed; yet its potential benefits for fighting inflammation and hot flashes is worth the experiment. Smoothies are a great–and a somewhat obvious place–to sneak in a little flax seed. Here’s a recipe . . . .

The Mind is a Powerful Force When it Comes to Pain

Last time I discussed how stress “feeds” migraines / headaches, and shared something you could do about it. As you might expect, the stress-pain loop also applies to other types of pain, such as back pain. Dennis was a former supply manager who was on disability due to his chronic bad back. He’d experienced multiple…
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How Stress Feeds Migraines: & Something You Can Do About It

The American Migraine Foundation1 states that “stress is a trigger for migraine in almost 70% of people, and one study revealed that 50-70% of people had a significant association between their daily stress level and their daily migraine activity.” Whether you suffer from headaches, backaches, joint/muscle aches or something else, chronic pain has a way…
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What is your health challenge here to teach you?

If your challenge with your health–or your career, or your relationship(s)–was here to teach you something, what would it be? Stop and ask that question for a brief moment. What arises within you as an answer? While this lesson likely has different specifics for each person, I invite you to consider that at the highest…
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Standing Up for Yourself When You’re Feeling Down

My clients often see doctors and other practitioners to help them manage a long-term illness or chronic condition. Some of these practitioners are considered complementary, alternative, or integrative, and some are of the more conventional variety. Regardless of who my clients see, part of my job as a Mind-body Wellness Coach is to help them…
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That ouchy, achy, uncooperative body!

This is the sixth in a 7-part series in why you might consider doing a Technology Detox (a “Techtox”). I hope it gets you thinking about your use of technology and how it may be impacting your health and well-being. Do You Experience Frequent Aches & Pains? If you frequently experience aches and pains around…
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How to fall out of the self-improvement trap

I love words that seem to sing what they’re about. I often find these words in other languages, including Sanskrit, the language of yoga. One of my favorite Sanskrit words is svādhyāya. Svādhyāya is translated into “self-study”, or “self-inquiry”. Perhaps I like this word because I ROCK at self-improvement. One of my former company’s core…
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