Getting a good night’s sleep is critical for good health. Many experts now recognize sleep as being as important for good health (if not more) as nutrition and movement. So many things factor into whether or not we get high quality sleep – our emotional and spiritual health; what we consume – food, drinks, substances, music, news, social media; our lifestyle and daily habits; our physical health; our sleep environment. continue reading
In addition to the 12 main acupuncture meridians that flow along the surface of the body, there are also deeper channels of energy in the body called the Extraordinary Vessels. You can understand the relationship between the primary acupuncture channels and the Extraordinary Vessels by thinking about what happens when it rains: first, small ditches become full – these are the collateral vessels that break off of the 12 main channels. Next, the reservoirs become full, which are the 12 primary channels. When they are full, they overflow into the Extraordinary Vessels, which are deep and vast lakes of energy within the body. continue reading
Most acupuncture points are located on the 12 primary channels that flow along the surface of the body. However, there are eight Extraordinary Vessels that flow more deeply in the body, and are perhaps even more powerful that the 12 primary channels. The Extraordinary Vessels regulate the 12 channels, and are deep lakes of energy, which can feed the 12 primary channels when they are depleted. continue reading
“I get so busy sometimes chasing the extraordinary moments that I don’t pay attention to the ordinary moments – the moments that if taken away I would miss more than anything.” Brené Brown in her Netflix special “The Call to Courage”.
When I was watching Brené Brown’s Netflix special this weekend, this statement stopped me in my tracks and I had to listen to it a few more times. I’ve had some beautiful extraordinary moments recently – and they get addicting. This was a wake up call to remember to be present with the beautiful ordinary moments as well – because that is what makes up our lives and what we miss the most when it changes.
Nate and Zoe turn 18 on Wednesday and will be moving forward with their lives (away from home) this fall. Since I know some of the ordinary moments will be ending for me, I can focus on being present and fully experiencing them as they happen. The moments like walking to CVS to feed Zoe’s chocolate fix, listening to Nate and Zoe argue about something that they are actually in agreement on but just aren’t listening closely enough to catch it, driving them to Howard Auto to pick up the Buick after yet another repair, Nate excitedly sharing what he learned from a podcast, another rainy softball game.
It reminds me of the question Muneeb Ali asks himself “When I’m old, how much would I be willing to pay to travel back in time and relive the moment that I’m experiencing right now?” That question always reminds me of the value of the little things.
Suzanne Aceron Badillo has over 20 years of experience in the field of physical therapy and is board certified in Women’s Health Physical Therapy. She served as Clinical Program Director of Women’s Health Rehabilitation at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab prior to co-founding Link Physical Therapy, with Judith Florendo. Suzanne is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Women’s Health (SOWH). She has served as member and Chair of the SOWH CAPP-Obstetric Committee, developing and teaching the post-graduate certification curriculum on PT pregnancy and postpartum rehabilitation. Her clinical, research, and educational interests include pelvic health, pregnancy/postpartum rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal care, and she lectures locally and nationally on these topics. Suzanne and her husband have three young children.
Farah Hussain Baig, LCSW is the Founder & CEO of InnerVoice Psychotherapy & Consultation, a group private practice with locations in downtown Chicago and Skokie, Illinois. She has 20 years of experience in the field of mental health. Her clinical experience ranges from community mental health to employee assistance and has been in private practice since 2007. Farah is frequently asked to speak on mental health related topics and has been interviewed as a clinical expert for various publications and television programs.
Jodie Baudek is the founder and owner of Essence of Life Integrative Wellness Studios, an entrepreneur, busiess woman, author, speaker, coach and more! She is known for her niche of yoga, pilates, meditation, and breathwork, but there isn’t anything she hasn’t taught because of her love of physical fitness. She certifies in yoga, meditation, pilates, and barre. More recently you can find her coaching, speaking on forums, and creating online courses. Check out her daily nuggets on Instagram. She is an international best selling author, YouTube host, Podcast host, and blogger. continue reading
Michelle Bobier has been studying Tai Chi and Chi Gong for 24 years with Master Hongchao Zhang, one of the leading Chinese martial arts masters in America; Master Zhang awarded her a Sixth Duan in Chi Gong in 2015. Additionally, she is a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist who completed the 700-hour BCST training at 3rd Coast Craniosacral of Evanston. Additionally, she studied lymphatic work at the School of Inner health in Manitou Springs, Colorado. The three modalities come together in her wellness practice, reSource Wellness, in Wilmette. Her mission is to create a space where people can feel a sense of safety, peace, comfort and support; tap into their resources for healing; and achieve deep rest that can lead to profound change. continue reading
Dr. Tony Breitbach is the founder of Wellness Revolution. It is his mission to be able to help as many people as he can get out of pain quickly and reach their full health potential through chiropractic care. He wants to help people without the use of drugs and surgery, the two usual options within the medical profession. He offers conservative solutions for neuromusculoskeletal conditions with chiropractic care. He is certified in Full body Active Release Techniques®, The McKenzie Method®, and dry needling. continue reading