I forgot where I put my keys…. Then I forgot where I put my wallet. Where did I put my glass of water again?

Overwhelm.

Anxiety.

Analysis Paralysis.

A high speed life, can lead to anxiety and panic. This activates the stress response which believe it or not can work against you when it comes to finding clarity and solutions for problem solving.

Clarity Emerges from a Grounded Mind.

Dr. Blessyl Buan

Grounding is the act of slowing down.

Return to your breath.

Return to your senses.

Reset your mind.

Stop the stress and defensive response.

Ignite creativity, innovation and flow.

Chronic pain, headaches, upper body tension, jaw pain and hand and wrist pain are physical manifestations of stress. In my practice, I prescribe the following grounding exercises to help my patients to find inner piece and to free their brains from the stress response. This in turn, promotes their power to heal.

1. Get your hands dirty

As adults, we don’t do this as often as we should. Planting, baking, painting, working with clay are all examples of ways that we can bring the tactile experience back to our life. Being tactile, allows us to be fully present with the experience. Perhaps this is why the slime craze is so popular among kids and adolescents. They need the slime for stress relief!

2. Immerse yourself in nature

It’s often advised the walking in nature is healing. It prompts you to look, listen and feel what is around you. They don’t call it “forest bathing” for nothing.

3.Surround yourself with art for a dose of inspiration

Beautiful objects and images inspire. They make your heart sing. They give you ideas of what you want to manifest for yourself. Beauty is everywhere if you open your eyes to it.

4. Journal on paper

Typing thoughts don’t have the same tactile experience of writing it down on paper. You are forced to slow down. Feel the ink interact with the paper. Doodle. Draw. Avoid writing inside of the lines. See the magic emerge.

5.Turn on Music and Dance

Music is like a portal that can take you to another world where all things are possible. Allow your body to embody the music. Feel the down beat, the crescendo and decrescendo of the music. Where does breath lie in the music? How does the rhythm allow you to breathe?

Try it out. Embrace your inner child and note how you feel. If you have children, it’s also important they have a chance to feel grounded.

Grounded families are happy families.

The past few weeks have been very educational for me in defining my life’s work.On the surface I am a mother, a wife, a chiropractor, a teacher, a dancer and the list goes on. But this list is driven by something deeper. My intention is driven by our inherent right to be free to move.

If you’ve met me, you’ll know that I speak with analogy, I take my time to make sure that you understand what’s going on with your body and that you feel connected with the healing process.  It is this patient-centred approach that creates results. In treatment, patients speak to me about personal things that they may feel are unrelated to their injury. They have emotional releases when muscle tension is effectively loosened. From there they depart from their muscular holding patterns (ie. grinding teeth, clenching hands, gripping hips) and move forward to better alignment and improved quality of life.

Teaching and healing others to be free to move is my life’s work.

This is why being a dancer and a healer go hand in hand. I move when I work. There is a rhythmic movement that I do when I treat each patient. I am basically “dancing” and breathing as I heal others. The meticulous body awareness that I developed as a dancer was an important milestone for teaching others to reconnect with their bodies and to understand the importance to get return them to freedom of movement.

ImageIf you don’t know what I’m talking about with regards to freedom and movement, observe a horse running freely with no rider. The horse’s hair falls gracefully to rhythm of its bounding legs. The horse’s speed is exhilarating to watch and I am reminded of the wind that hits its face and a child running barefoot outdoors.

As humans, it is our inherent right to be free to move.  As we get older, we get stuck behind computers, become sedentary and frown upon running in the rain.  Our inner child is repressed and that is a shame. This inherent desire to move knows no socioeconomic class which is why children all over the world do not need expensive toys to be happy. They find ways to use their bodies and find that freedom.

It is very powerful to know your life’s purpose. It is when you discover that your ability to reach out is enhanced.

I am very grateful to have known my intention at a young age and through my journey I’ve met many passionate and talented people who inspire me and help me to navigate the path that I design on my own.

 I hope this strikes a chord with you.

Be young, Be free. Move.