Nanaimo Chiropractors

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

Thursday, June 28, 2012

How Do You Start Your Day? ~ The Beacon for June 28, 2012

How you start your day largely reflects how your day will go.  Understand that we are the cause for our days.   Our internal resonance that is created by the thoughts we think and the actions we take attracts or repels our external experiences much like the energy of a magnet attracts or repels objects around it.  

If you start your day touching your snooze bar more often than your partner, dragging yourself out of bed, being sluggish and slow as your day begins, one step behind, rushing for a breakfast which consists of a coffee and a lump of gluten (which instantly throws your whole system into a state of fight or flight), your resonance is set.  Your external world begins to assemble itself accordingly following you direct cue. 

Alternatively if you begin your day in peace and take the time to envision your day according to your ideals, to your heart’s desires and then thank your beloved for being a part of your life, it’s a different story.   Arising out of bed with plenty of time to nourish your body, mind and soul to prepare for your day with nourishing foods, energizing exercise and some peaceful meditation/journaling and/or prayer your day will be grateful to align itself with you.

For me I was never a morning person.  I was that person who hit the snooze bar 10 times, and was always a step behind schedule before the day even began.  My mornings were a stress.  And that stress energy acted as a great energizer to help me deal with all the drama my day was about to offer.  As I have matured, listened and implemented the wisdom of my teachers, all who suggest the importance of a daily morning practice I have learned to change my ways.  For me now my morning practice is something that I truly enjoy and see the value of immensely.  This is why I encourage you, if you have not already done so, to begin consciously creating your day through a healthy morning routine. 

I call it my ‘Morning Power hour’.  It is a time for me to clean and nourish my body and mind, just like I take a shower each morning to wash away yesterday’s grim, my daily power hour is an opportunity for me to cleanse and clarify my body, mind and spirit as well.

I have just come across a fabulous video by Dr. Joe Dispenza, a chiropractor, featured in the movie “What The Bleep Do We Know”.  He outlines just how important conscious choices are throughout our day.  You can view here

Have a wonderful week.
Dr. Norm

Friday, June 22, 2012

Chiropractic And Kids ~ The Beacon for June 22, 2012

This week I was invited to speak to a group of 50 of my colleagues about Chiropractic and Kids.  Which gave me a great opportunity to reflect on why I am so passionate about adjusting children, as I was once a kid too and it is easy to see just how different my life would have been had I been under regular chiropractic care growing up.  

Although most of the pictures of me as a child are with me smiling, my parents tell another story.  Baby Norm was born into this world unhappy.  In fact I cried most of the first 5 months of my life.  I was born a colicky baby.   I had a lot of emotional energy to digest and integrate as the first part of my life was overwhelming.  While I was inside my mom’s womb, my grandfather (her father) was dying, in Edmonton.  We were in Prince Albert, which left my mom with a difficult choice to make: to travel with me at full term and separate herself from the farm during our busy summer, or miss saying good bye to her dad in person.  She chose to stay on the farm.  Lots of grieving, guilt, anger, and disappointment and I got straight lined it all.  And my first subluxation pattern developed.

About a year later my dad had a serious back injury which left him bed ridden and scheduled for surgery.  Luckily someone suggested that he see a chiropractor and the rest is history.  The chiropractor helped him heal and regain his strong back. 

As my dad was healing, the effects of my subluxations were compiling.  Although I outgrew my colic, the subluxations in my low back still existed which meant that the connection between my brain and my body was interfered with.  This left my legs weak and uncoordinated as the same nerves that innervated my tummy also innervated the muscles in my legs.  I began crawling the best I could by pulling myself around on my hands with my legs following limply behind me.  As many of you know, crawling is an important developmental period for the neurological development of all children. 
Unfortunately my dad’s chiropractor never suggested that he check the whole family for subluxations.  I often wonder how different my life would be had the
chiropractor stepped forward.  For the next twenty years my healthy continued to spiral having digestive problems, skin rashes, low moods and emotions and insecurity (especially in sports).   Years later I began rebuilding my health which has been a cumulative process as the effects of subluxation layer in complexity as life goes on much like the layers of a tree build concentrically as the tree matures. 

Of course there is a blessing in my story as it has deeply engrained within me the importance of chiropractic for all people especially children.  If we want to support our children, allowing them the opportunity of growing up in a healthy body, developing to their full potential, a clear spine and nervous system is paramount.  I will say what should have been said to my father years ago, “I encourage you to have your whole family checked for subluxations to ensure their optimal health.”  

Yours in service
Dr. Norm

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Upcoming Events ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thursday, June 28th - 7-8 pm
Complimentary Health Essentials talk

Thursday, July 12th - 7-8 pm
Complimentary Health Essentials talk

Call 250-740-0333 to reserve a seat for you & a friend.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

15 Things You Could Give Up To Be Happy ~ The Beacon for June 14, 2012

In our busy lives it is very easy and also very common for people to add more and more to their lives.   At our finger tips we have access to more information, more tools, and more processes than ever before.  The wise person looks not only for new things to add to their life but also for things to remove as well.  This creates space, time and energy.  I recently received a valuable list of 15 things you could give up to be happy.  I have printed this off and it is something I review regularly, I encourage you to do the same. 
Dr. Norm

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:
1. Give up your need to always be right
There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?
2. Give up your need for control
Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.
“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu
3. Give up on blame
 Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.
4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk
 Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle
5. Give up your limiting beliefs

about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!
“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle

Monday, June 11, 2012

"Practice your practice - the art of setting intention" ~ The Beacon for June 11, 2012

This past month has been an incredible journey for myself and many other's during our Second Annual Innate Intensive.   The I.I. was an opportunity for people to take part daily in meditation, journaling and movement.  Add chiropractic adjustments along the way and weekly informative sessions with moral support and you've got a spectacular chance to tune in to Innate and hear the guidance and wisdom from within!

Thank you to all our "Innate-ers" for your enthusiasm, energy and your willingness to take on the challenge of 30 days to slow down, be still and listen.

It takes real commitment to set an intention and follow through.  I'm so proud of our group for their determination, open-ness and shifts they are already making because of the time they dedicated to themselves.  I am truly inspired by their beaming faces and the insights/awareness they made.  Holding the intention and commitment to self is really powerful, especially in a group dynamic.

Some of our Star-powered shares:
- When I give to myself I have more to share.  I am ready to shine my light.
- Make my dreams reality!!  I'm doing it!
- "Be" gentle with myself
- Acceptance
- When I get my tail out from between my legs I stand taller in every way.
- Beee yourself
- i crave meditation
- I am at PEACE!
- I have learned to live in the present.
- When I nurture myself my life flows with ease and grace.
- When I practice my practice everything falls into place.  When I don't practice - my day is full of struggle.
- OMG!  It's a retreat centre - finding my inner passion - healing hearts from the inside out! Don't limit yourself to the 'practical/normal' side of your work.  Focus on the spiritual and healing hearts.

Some of our participants felt the commitment of time for themselves each day gave them more direction in their life and allowed them to integrate rituals (meditation, journaling and exercise) which promoted self-awareness and growth.  Many mentioned their plans to continue these rituals as they recognized the positive and uplifting effect it had on how they dealt with life and how they loved themselves.  One shared, "I felt greater inner peace inside with myself and the world around me.  And I have created sacred space in my yard to go to daily."  Others noticed beautiful, empowering and inspiring changes both in themselves and their partner.

The Intensive came at the perfect time for a number of clients to sort through some personal patterns and for others to build the momentum from the I.I. to springboard forward into the next chapter.
Here's to turning the page...

What would shift in your own life if you took the time to listen to the wisdom within?  What if you committed to yourself for the next two weeks to participate in mediation, journaling and exercise and really set the intention just to see what is possible for you.  Then explore. 

Innately in Health,
Heather & The Lifehouse team

Friday, June 1, 2012

Can Drugs Make You Healthy? ~ The Beacon for June 1, 2012

I’d like to share a startling fact I came across the other day that took me a few weeks to fully comprehend.  There are two different people who both have the exact same blood pressure which is in the healthy range of 120/80 mm Hg.  One is on medication to achieve those reading, the other one isn’t.  Did you know if they both applied for life insurance they would each be offered a different policy?  Life insurance companies, of course, do thousands of dollars in research to know the life expectancies of different groups of people.  These companies know that the medicated people, even if they have normal blood pressure, are not as healthy as someone who has normal blood pressure without medication. 

Now on some level this may seem obvious to you.  But if you extrapolate this out over our society, how many times and how many people feel that they are healthy as a result or even healthy with their medication?  The truth is that medication does not make you healthy.  It can however, suppress the symptoms of poor health, it can make life more comfortable and it can prolong life.  However drugs do not make you healthy.  Nothing can replace a healthy life style other than action steps that include a healthy diet, active living, a healthy mindset, and a clear and optimally functioning nerve system.  Nothing created in the lab can do this.  Nothing!  

Have a great healthy weekend.
Dr. Norm

Upcoming Lifehouse Events:

Wed. June 6th - Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) Level One (Including Stages 1-43)  $30, 7-10 pm

Thurs. June 7th - Complimentary Health Essentials talk, 7-8 pm

Thurs. June 14th - Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) Level Two (Including Review and Stages 5-8)  $30, 7-10 pm

Wed. June 26th - Complimentary Health Essentials talk, 7-8 pm

Call 250-740-0333 to reserve a seat for you & a friend.