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SUMMER 2019

IN THIS ISSUE

I love my car and enjoy driving (especially alone!) and have been thinking about how similar our bodies are to the cars we drive.

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Your Body as a Car

After several busier than average weeks at work and juggling the rest of life, I had a lighter than average week.
 
So, I took advantage of the time to take my car in for service and also to receive a much-needed Craniosacral Therapy tune up session. 
 
Have you seen an online quiz that tells you what kind of car you are? I discovered I'm a Ferrari!
I love my car and enjoy driving (especially alone!) and have been thinking about how similar our bodies are to the cars we drive.
 
Both need just the right combination of air and fuel for maximum performance. A clean-running circulation and filtration system is needed to keep things moving smoothly - in our bodies and cars. Managing spent fuel and other waste by-products is vital to the function of both.
 
The car mechanic and the therapist might recommend ongoing preventative maintenance to avoid bigger problems down the road. The question is, how often?
 
As automotive technology improves, cars become more robust and service and maintenance intervals become extended - oil change intervals stretch from 3,000 to more than 10,000 miles.

Regarding performance - most people don't know what their cars are fully capable of when you open them up down the country road or motor-speedway.
 
Similarly, many people don't fully realize the optimum functioning of their bodies and their brains.
 
Nobody can control what has happened in the past, which may have caused certain genes to switch on, but everyone has the power in this moment and going forward to choose their behavior and perspective, which causes different genes to express themselves.

Even though medical technology continues to advance rapidly, our bodies don't 'auto-magically' keep getting better. Advances in medical science improve the outcomes of illness and injury, but don't build sturdier models requiring less service. Too bad!
According to the article "How Trauma Can Damage the Brain for Generations and Can Be Reversed", (and my comments in parentheses), an enriched environment for a human includes:
  1. Healthy Diet: Eat more nutritious foods and limit processed and junk food. 
    What you put in your mouth has everything to do with what goes on in your head.  (The gut-brain relationship is vital!)
     
  2. Physical Activity: Move your body. After sleep, exercise is the best thing you can do for your brain.  (Exercise revs up the body like a free-breathing engine, with the lungs filtering and processing the air we breathe; kidneys and liver cleansing our essential fluids like so may oil filters and the heart pumping blood like the engine of your car.)
     
  3. Challenge: Regularly push your brain out of its comfort zone. (Try some of the online brain games and apps.)
     
  4. Novelty: Enrich and grow your brain by exposing it to new things daily. (Join me for Zumba or ballet barre sometime!)
     
  5. Laughter: Be playful and have fun. Your brain loves to laugh and it’s good for it!
     
  6. Connection: Maintain intimate close-knit human bonds. Your brain needs to be connected to others.
And my addition to the list,

     7.  Rest, nature, slowing and stillness

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Here’s to optimal performance on your journey!



 

ABOUT SARI...

Sari has participated on the Teaching Team for multiple introductory and advanced Craniosacral Therapy courses, and a series of Concussion courses with Michael Shea PhD, including International courses in Switzerland.  Sari was on an international teaching team in Switzerland in the Spring of 2018 for a Neonatal Cardiovascular Craniosacral Therapy course.  
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