Nanaimo Chiropractors

Welcome to the Nanaimo Chiropractors blog of The Lifehouse Chiropractic Studio and Dr. Norm Detillieux, Chiropractor in Nanaimo, BC

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lessons from the Garden ~ The Beacon for June 28, 2011

Last week I was working in our garden tilling the soil and watering the plants when I came across a disappointing sight.   All around me were numerous thriving plants but there was this one that was shriveled and weak.  Why when in the same garden, with the same soil, with the same amount of water and sun where all the others plants thriving and this little one was dying?  I leaned forward to further understand what was happening and I noticed the source of its problem.  There was a tiny kink in its stem. Apparently when it was transplanted this kink must have happened.  How fascinating.  Even with all the right nutrients and proper growing conditions this tiny little kink was causing such significant blockages of life force the plant was failing to thrive. 
This story is a perfect analogy for life as humans as well.  So many people work so hard to be healthy, eating all the right foods, exercising, thinking positive thoughts and yet are still failing to thrive.   Many have tiny kinks in their spine that are creating blockages in their flow of life force in their bodies.   With this tiny kink they will never fully blossomed to be the grandest versions of themselves that they were intended to be. Just how many people in our community are dying to know the vital truth about the importance of a healthy spine and nerve system?
“I desired to know why one person was ailing and his associate, eating at the same table, working in the same shop, at the same bench was not.  Why?  What difference was there in these two persons that caused one to have various diseases, while his partner escaped?”  Dr. D.D. Palmer, D.C.
The other lesson I have gained from the garden is the wonder of planting seeds.   Have you ever looked at a tiny tomato seed, it bears absolutely no resemblance to the plant itself and all the fruit it bears?  I find it just so amazing how one little seed grows up to be such a wonder of nature.  There is so much potential that lives within those seeds wouldn’t you agree?   The same potential lies within each one of us.  We all have the potential to sprout to be the grandest versions of ourselves.  Unfortunately many people lay dormant, living their lives only as the small forms of themselves, just getting through their day.

Many people are just waiting for a gentle nudge or simple suggestion from those around them to expand their awareness of what else is available to them and the true possibility for their lives.  For the next two weeks we are offering you a chance to plant seeds of health in our community.  We will be gifting complimentary initial visits (a hundred dollar value) to all those in your life.  This is your way to pass on good health to those you care about (friends, family members, neighbours, co-workers, grocery cashier, bus driver, etc).  It’s also a chance to share your own benefits of care and celebrate the potential within.  And it is our way to save and transform more lives.   We have attached a gift certificate that you can offer to those you care about.  (Expiry date to book is July 31, 2011) 
So until next time may you plant seeds of health by encouraging others to grow to be the grandest version of themselves.
Growing our healthy community one seed at a time.

Dr. Norm

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Gift ~ The Beacon for June 22, 2011

 The next two weeks in the office we are offering Somato Respiratory Integration workshops where we will be outlining the archetypes of the first four stages in the 12 Stage of Healing model that was created by Dr. Donald Epstein.   Many of you have already stepped into Dr. Donald Epstein’s work and some of you are completely new to it.  The work of Donny’s outlines the journey of healing where we learn to transform our wounds to our gifts, deepen our mind-body connection and body-mind connection, and develop tools and resources that we can use for the rest of our life.  “What does all this mean to me?” you ask.   Well…..

Do you want to have a better understanding of what your body is trying to tell you beyond “it hurts”?

Have you ever wanted to be able to better release your daily stress and tension in as little as four or five breaths?  

Do you want to know what you can do in between your adjustments to deepen your healing?

Are you haunted and disempowered by perhaps some of the things you have done or some of the things other people have done and you don’t know how to let them go?

Do you want to know a simple road map to experience more light and personal power in your life?

Incredibly Donny has not only mapped out a healing journey and written a book about it but he has also developed simple breathing exercises to help deepen our experience and connection to the wisdom of each stage.   

So what is the gift you ask?  Well it sprouts from the manure of your wound.  For some this seems impossible.  For others they are already living it.  If you are interested in finding out more see below for details or call our office today.

Make it a great week.

Dr. Norm

SRI—Somato Respiratory Integration at The Lifehouse $30, 7-10 pm
Wed. June 22nd 7-10 pm – Sold out
Thurs. June 30th – A couple of seats still available

The 12 Stages are an expanded model of your healing journey.  Using hands & body, through breath, to connect with the stage you are in; releasing and evolving to the next stage.  Expect shifts of consciousness that are typical of a journey out of fear and defence into wholeness and growth.  Simple to do anytime, anywhere, to create greater awareness of your journey and bring more ease into your body.  Perfect when you are feeling stuck, overwhelmed or uncomfortable.  (“12 Stages” written & developed by Dr. Donny Epstein, D.C.)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Recent article about Dr. Norm in the Nanaimo Daily News ~ Chiropractor offers services to city's homeless

Danielle Bell, The Daily News
Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It had always been a dream for one Nanaimo chiropractor to help less fortunate people.

The idea was born one day years ago while in college in Toronto, when Norm Detillieux would cross paths with homeless people in the big city and want to help them with something other than cash.

It has been six years since he began practicing in Nanaimo; at first in the downtown area where some of his future clients would frequent.  Never forgetting about his dream to help others, Detillieux approached the Salvation Army to offer his services for free to those in need. Within two weeks, he was helping heal people.

Now practicing at the Salvation Army every week for three years, Detillieux has his regular clients of men and women who come to visit him; often sharing stories or struggles of their lives.  His aim is to help people help themselves through an approach based on healing and wellness.  "For me, it's been a real blessing," said Detillieux. "In a community, there is much more value in giving services."  He has helped people in Nanaimo who sleep on the streets and others who are down on their luck.  For most, his services help those who otherwise would not have been able to afford a chiropractor.  Detillieux sees approximately 15 to 20 people in his weekly two-hour sessions.

His help has been life-changing for some, say Salvation Army officials, who report stories of clients now able to work again after debilitating pain has lessened. Nagging pain can affect someone's entire outlook on life, said Detillieux, from altering moods to shifting lifestyles.

"Having something like that has been phenomenal for them," said Anderson. "It's definitely been an added bonus."  The thought of looking for work for one Salvation Army client was daunting with a messed-up back, said Salvation Army spokeswoman Dawne Anderson.  He is now in far less pain since sessions with Detillieux and is able to contemplate the notion of being able to work again.  "It's totally life-changing for him," said Anderson. "Because of Norm and helping him, he's able to think of looking for work."

For Detillieux, helping people heal, especially those who may need it most, is thanks enough for him.  The best part of his job, he says, is getting to see people get better.  It also strengthens a sense of community, said Detillieux, by fostering friendships and building other relationships.  In his Nanaimo studio, he has helped everyone from families the elderly, including expectant mothers to a six-year-old boy who was suffering from migraines.

Several other professionals also offer their services to help people in need at the Salvation Army, including a hairdresser and acupuncturist.
© The Daily News (Nanaimo) 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What was your biggest gain or insight from the Innate Intensive?

Shared Intentions for the Innate Intensive
Innate Intensive tracking boards


Innate Intensive Insights (shared by our participants)  

* I am a Success Story, I always have been.

* I have the tools to do what I need to do.

* Everything is happening exactly as it should be.
I am worth it.

* My emotions are my internal caretakers, not enemies.

* I realized when I am alone with nature, time seems to stand still.

*  Love and forgive myself.

* Connecting with Innate brings inner peace & wisdom & beauty & appreciation.

* Making time to listen & expand my connection... Body-Mind-Spirit.  In gratitude.

* To sit with myself and be alone.  It's ok to take time out to nurture me.

* Open Martin buffet

* I have discovered what it is like to be with myself.  Really with myself.  All the time.  And in that time I love myself.  So there it is.  Love all the time.

* I discovered the pure joy of being.  Just being.

* I have found greater openness in many aspects: patience & failure, connection with others & forgiveness.

* My body will be my guide if I listen to it and trust the messages.

* That I need to be my own biggest fan and how important it is to be easy on myself and celebrate the little and big successes.

 * Laughter is one of the very best medicines.  My favorite.

Congratulations on all your dedication,
hard-work and commitment to yourself...
from the Lifehouse Team

Practice our Practice ~ The Beacon for June 14, 2011

The 30 day Innate Intensive wrapped up just a short while ago.  Although the program itself has come to a completion I know many of you have developed skills and rituals that will serve you for the rest of your lives.  Some have continued their daily commitment to themselves to continue with regular meditation, journaling and movement.  Many others have gained new insights and breakthroughs that have lifted them to the next level of their being-ness.  Congratulations!

For me I am incredibly grateful firstly to have heard from Innate an invitation to host the Intensive and to be gifted with the rough outline that acted as the foundation for our work.  Secondly, I am grateful for so many, to have stepped up to the plate, and to have participated so fully both at the meetings and via our blog.  Lastly, I am grateful to see so many of you shining brightly, listening, trusting and honouring Innate.  This is the biggest gift we can give ourselves.

One participant described the Intensive as, “A good opportunity to challenge myself to do consistently the things that I usually just wish I was doing more of.”   Anyone relate to this?   Another participant described it as, “An inner journey to see my soul and potential.    What a great meeting it was.”

May the echoes of the Intensive remind us: that we truly have everything we need to be healthy and happy inside, to take action and follow through to walk our talk, and may we continue to practice our practice as the Intensive has really just begun :)
Dr. Norm

Wonderful to see the commitment each participant had to listening to the wisdom within. Well done!

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth
the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
that the moment one definitely commits oneself, and then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance
which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."

~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Little Ol Ivy ~ The Beacon for June 7, 2011

For the past two years I have had the good fortune of working with this most delightful lady at The Salvation Army Office weekly. Ivy has come to see me faithfully once a week, always with a smile, never a complaint, and often with a story to share. This past week she mentioned how she was a little tired as she had just returned from a mainland excursion for a taping of The Price is Right, in her words “It was really quite exciting!”

As I adjusted her, I continued asking questions about a topic that she had shared with me about a week ago. It had taken me a full week to fully comprehend. “So Ivy, when you jumped out of that plane were you with another person?”
  “Oh yes, there was a guide who was tied to me.” Ivy replied.
I continued, “And just before you jumped were you afraid?”
  “No, no I wasn’t afraid. I was with a professional; he knew what he was doing.” Then she added, “I was really excited though, that’s for sure! I had never done anything like that before.”
  “So what was it like?” I asked.
  “Oh beautiful… just beautiful!” She gushed. “And when I got to the bottom the guide asked me if I would do it again. I said, ‘Well maybe for my 90th birthday.’ “ with a twinkle in her eye.

I politely asked, “I know I am never to ask a woman her age but do you mind me asking how old you are?”
“I am 88 now.” (Ivy made the original skydiving jump when she was 80.)
“Wow!” I remarked.

I have replayed this story a number of times now, each time feeling more excitement and more potential of what’s possible in my own life. It certainly has brought up some ideas and has set a challenge for me. I share this story as an opportunity for you to set a challenge for yourself.

“What experience would you most like to have?”
“What do you ‘put off for another day’ that you’d like to take on now?”
“What possibility in life excites you?”

Stay tuned for part two of the story…

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Be well…

“Go Canucks Go!”

Dr. Norm & the Lifehouse team