Moving your body on a regular basis is 100% an absolute must in order for you to express health and maintain homeostasis. There are no shortcuts or substitutes for this required nutrient. Looking back at how our genes were formed, in order for a human being to survive, we had to move in order to provide shelter, hunt and gather food and procreate. The more movement a person did, the more likely they were to survive and create the next generation. Due to thousands of years of evolutionary encouragement for regular movement, your genes have become hard wired this way. Through advancements in healthcare and technology, we now understand that movement must occur in two different categories in order to express optimal health. The first type of movement is called “global movement.” This is movement of the entire body, which is typically accomplished through full body exercise such as running, swimming or hiking. The second type of movement, which is not commonly understood by the general public, is called “segmental joint movement.” This type of movement takes place at one individual joint. It has long been understood that in order to keep each joint of the human body healthy, they must move through a full range of motion and on a regular basis. This is due to the body constantly adapting to the environment we put it in. The scientific community is able to document scar tissue formation occurring within 30 MINUTES of lack of movement at a joint! This means while you watch a movie, go on a long car ride, take a flight across country or even sleep, your body is laying down adhesions in your joints to stabilize and adapt to this lack of movement. In order to eliminate the progressive and eventually permanent rigidity, maintenance of segmental joint movement is an essential. In the modern world this type of movement is best provided through regular chiropractic care. Without constant upkeep to continue the full range of motion at our joints, the body becomes more likely to incur sprains, strains, disc herniations, fractures and radiating pain. Besides receiving regular chiropractic adjustments, providing your body with on-going self-care such as massage therapy, yoga, and other stretching techniques is necessary to decrease muscle rigidity. Despite the challenge of committing to a lifetime to taking care of the physical body, there are no other options if you wish to live a life that is relatively free from pain, disability and regret. In hopes of providing an easy, convenient and
Marriage and Family Therapist, Kristy Malone joins The Aligned Life Podcast to chat all about love, connection, navigating relationships and the different adult attachment styles. In order to survive as human beings, we need a secure base in which we derive comfort and security from. From an evolutionary perspective, the need for closeness is embedded in our genes and being close to others provided a survival advantage. In our modern world, the need for closeness and intimacy is sometimes viewed in a negative light and can be perceived as weakness. Kristy, Rachel and Dr. Shea dive deep into discussion about the different attachment styles (anxious, avoidant, secure) and how these attachment styles are formed. They discuss the benefits of secure relationships and what to do if you have an insecure attachment style or are in a relationship with an insecure partner. They also share personal stories of their own attachment styles and how they have navigated their own relationships. If you interested in learning more about adult attachment styles and the importance of human connection, give this episode a listen! Check out Kristy on Instagram @uncommonwellness. Visit her website www.uncommon-wellness.com for more infomration about her nutrition services. For more information about her therapy practice, visit www.coastalcounselinggroup.com.
We have a fun and light episode this week as Dr. Shea and Rachel chat all about their favorite things right now! They share their “must haves” and recommend products/activities in the categories of nutrition, movement, self-care, books, apps, and more! This episode is packed with recommendations and good laughs; you won’t want to miss it! Find out what Dr. Shea and Rachel’s guilty pleasures are and what they have been doing to live an “aligned life!” Please subscribe and leave a review!
Special guest, Ellie Shortt joins The Aligned Life Podcast to chat all about mindful movement, listening to your body, having fun with food and so much more! Ellie is a former journalist, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and the creator of the blog, Whole Happy. She has a love of food, eating and nourishing the mind, body and soul through mindful living. Ellie’s ultimate goal for others is to feel whole again and to achieve health and happiness from the inside out. To learn more about Ellie, her practice, and how you can overcome fear of food and repair your relationship with your body, be sure to listen to this episode and share with a friend who could also benefit from this information. Check out Ellie on Instagram @ellieshortt or via her website www.wholehappy.com
Have you ever heard your friends or clients say the words, “I’m all or nothing- I can either eat all of the cookies or none of the cookies?” Or maybe this is you. On this week’s episode of The Aligned Life Podcast, Dr. Shea & Rachel are chatting about the “all or nothing” mentality and where we believe this limiting belief system stems from. Dr. Shea and Rachel both share personal stories and provide tools and resources to empower you that change is possible and that you don’t have to subscribe to the "all or nothing" identify for forever. Through mindfulness, routines and systems you can begin to cultivate long term-change and create a life of balance and moderation
With the spring season newly upon us, it’s not uncommon to hear people discussing their plans for an annual “spring cleaning” of their homes and offices. When it comes to my own spring cleaning, I go for simplicity in the process: I ask myself: “Does this thing add value to my life?” If it does, I keep it. If it doesn’t, I let it go. The less excess and meaningless things I have in my physical space, the more room I create for that which inspires me, makes me feel healthy and creative. Similarly, we can apply that same concept to our minds and bodies. Learning how to observe, assess, and shed what no longer serves us mentally and physically is a powerful process of self-discovery. It empowers us to surround ourselves with more of what brings us joy and fulfillment and shed the layers of what distracts us or prevents us from connecting with who we truly are and want to be. So, how can you spring clean your body and mind this month? -Swap screen time for “me” time: Technology is a wonderful tool, but it can easily consume our lives and distract us from discovering what truly brings us fulfillment. Prioritize time for the things that make you feel good and bring joy to your life. Like picking up that guitar you’ve been meaning to practice, showing up at the dance class you love but make excuses to not go to, or taking a long walk around the neighborhood with a dear friend. If you don’t know what that is for you, make time to experiment and figure it out. When we swap out screen time for “me” time (even just 10 minutes a day), we swap out what is often mindless consumption for mindful stimulation. We can better connect with and discover that which inspires us and makes us more healthy, creative, and fulfilled individuals. -Go outside with a beginner’s mind: Leave the phones at home and go for a walk around the block, try a new hike or bike ride, picnic in a favorite or new park. With spring flowers in bloom and new generations of animals hopping around, it’s a perfect excuse to get outside and discover your immediate physical environment. Undistracted time outside allows us to get in touch with our five senses and experience the present moment. It’s an opportunity to discover your own inner landscape of