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Get naked.

You know how children love running around naked when it's sunny outside?

Actually, if allowed, kids would simply rather be naked anywhere. 

They just don't have that filter set in by social standards.

Even my 11-year-old seems not to have this filter fully set in yet.

There comes a time eventually that we lose the art of loving nudity, loving our bodies.

Stay with me here.

The other day walking through Brixton (a very busy area in London) I saw a woman who looked totally depressed, angry, and miserable.

Her posture was horrible, she looked like she hadn't showered in a few days, and her body was out of shape by about 30 kilos (66 pounds)

I suddenly got all existentialist and thought,

"What happened to this woman? Why is she like this? What in her life lead her to this point?"

And then strangely, I thought about what her spine looked like and how it directly reflected what her life is like.

It's like I had x-ray vision.

Sometimes I feel like I have x-ray vision.

Yes, that's my secret.

I can see through your clothes.

I can see your naked body.

Like Superman and Supergirl.

(Why is she not called Superwoman?)

They have x-ray vision.

I think I do too.

Seriously though, when was the last time you took a good hard look at your naked body and felt carefree about it, just like when you were a little kid?

I wonder, when was the last time that miserable woman inspected her naked body?

Her posture?

Her health?

It saddens me to know that people can get to this state, to neglect their health and their bodies.

Because when you neglect your body, you're definitely not going to look at yourself naked in the mirror.

Are you?

And you're just not gonna care about your health.

My theory is that if you just start paying attention to your body, your naked body, by standing in front of a full length mirror and inspecting your posture, the way you stand, the way your shoulders slouch and the way your butt sags and tucks in, you're gonna notice some things that need changing.

If you pay attention and become more aware of your posture, especially when you're naked, you're more likely to do something about it.

Right?

Listen, I'm not saying you need to get into ship-shape, and look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Cindy Crawford.

I'm not even expecting you to like what you see in the mirror. 

We all have flaws.

Nobody's perfect.

Not even Cindy Crawford.

But you have to start somewhere.

Pay attention to your body.

Get naked.

And then do a dance.

Shake that naked booty!

Start taking care of it too!

See you at your next adjustment.

— Dr MaryAnne

It's called the whip nae nae, mom.

Spending time with my girls in Paris has been a chock full o' fun.

(And lots of learning about the latest trendy stuff. My daughters talk even more than I do.)

My 11-year-old is practically a teenager and she's teaching me a lot of songs, dance moves, and new ways to speak.

Frankly, I don't remember being like this when I was eleven.

(I probably was though.)

Kids these days seem to grow up much faster than when I was a kid.

(Is it technology that accelerates it the maturity process?)

Anyway, since we used to live in Paris, I still have a few friends living here so we went to have lunch with a close dear friend of mine.

She's a little bit younger than me, and my daughter really loves her too.

I hadn't seen her for a couple years, so it was great to see her.

The last time I saw her, things were a little sketchy in her life, and she was not doing very well causing her to resort to anti-depressant drugs.

When she told me this at the time, I did whatever I could to help her remotely, chatting with her online, texting, and emailing. 

I always told her that I knew she had it in her to fight this tough time in her life without using the drugs. I was confident that she didn't need them.

Unfortunately, so many women (1 in 7 women in the US) are taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs for their emotional states of depression.

And these women have no idea that almost all cases can be remedied and healed 100% naturally.

Take a look at this awesome interview with Marie Forleo and Dr Kelly Brogan.

Dr Kelly is a board-certified psychiatrist, who specialises in women's health, specifically depression and anxiety.

She just released this book all about healing depression naturally through exercise, diet, mindfulness, and meditation.

It's a phenomenal book.

I love it.

She's a big supporter and advocate for chiropractic care as well. 

I highly recommend learning more about what she teaches, how diet, foods, exercise and meditation can help clear and heal so many diseases, including depression.

As for my friend, over lunch with her, she was glowing with happiness, and she was so proud to tell me that she was doing fantastically well and she was able to get off the anti-depressants and heal herself naturally. 

Awesome. 

It is absolutely possible to make this happen. I know this and I'll always stand by that truth!

Healing naturally is how you will be healthy. Not the drugs.

Check out Dr Kelly Brogan's website to see what she's saying about it.

In the meantime, make sure you book your massage at this amazing price of £25 for one hour!

Remember, you can book the massage now for a date later on in the future.

You pay now, and have the massage in a few weeks if that makes it easier for you!

See you next week!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

— Dr MaryAnne

People are wondering what the heck is happening to them

Here are examples of changes that some of my practice members experience:

  • A woman starts going to the gym for the first time in eight years and loses 35lbs (16kg). (She looks 10 years younger!)
  • A woman who was miserable, yet very dependent, in her job quits to find something she wants to do. (She also got rid of the boring relationship she felt stuck in.)
  • After being mostly bed-ridden from pain and fatigue on and off for 10 years, a woman has not only started exercising, and lifting weights, she's traveling, has her own business, and is enjoying life.
  • A woman who was trying to get pregnant for years, experienced failed IVFs and miscarriages, gets pregnant and has her first baby.
  • A young man, who finds his job dull and boring but doesn't really know what else he can do has found inspiration and insight in possibly going to chiropractic school. He's discovering a new passion that gets him hopeful and excited.
  • For the first time in 10 years, a woman who is scared to go to the gym, starts a program and goes to the gym regularly!

These are just a few of the examples of the changes that happen with regular NSA chiropractic care. 

Anything is possible, and it's up to the individual for these things to happen.

How does it happen?

Well, let's just say that your body, brain, and system are one river, with lots of flowing water. Over the years rocks and sticks, debris, and mud accumulate into the river which causes the water not to flow easily.

The chiropractic adjustments are like getting rid of those rocks and debris stuck in the river.

Helps the water clear up.

The water flows faster and better.

Also, sometimes, the chiropractic adjustments shift the rocks, moving them around to change the flow of the water. 

It creates a different flow.

A better flow.

The river is constantly changing and growing.

It has to adapt.

It makes sense that moving the rocks around will create change.

Anything is possible for that river.

I've said this before and I'll say it again: it's not just about the pain in your back, folks.

The pain will eventually reduce and go away, but only if you make changes in your life.

Chiropractic adjustments help your body function better.

Change is inevitable in the way you feel, think, and move.

That will have an impact on your life for sure.

And it's almost always a welcomed positive impact.

See you at your next adjustment!

— Dr MaryAnne

I have a new baby

No, not that kind of baby.

It's a new project.

Something that's been brewing in my mind for a while.

(Not in my womb.)

My trainer probably sensed it, which is why he invited me to co-host his podcast which is more about fitness and many topics related to fitness and health. 

But it's mainly HIS podcast.

This baby is mine.

It's all about women and motherhood, pregnancy, birth, and everything related to it. 

My inspiration was from all the women in my life, friends, patients, teachers, mentors, and family who have shared their experience with me about motherhood, as well as their choice not to be a mother. 

There are all walks of life with motherhood, and with everything out there for information, I thought this would be a great platform to inform women, help them and support them through their journey.

So, check it out, subscribe, and let me know what you think!

www.youredoinggreatmum.com

— Dr MaryAnne

I don't think you're ready for this jelly

Oh yeah.

It's happening today.

My trainer and I have been talking about this for months.

See, each week, at nearly every training session, we have these in-depth conversations about everything.

Well, nearly everything.

We don't talk about astronomy and how many moons Jupiter has.

Well, at least not yet.

(That's my 8-year-old son's job to discuss that.)

The discussions with my trainer range from totally silly to downright controversial.

In fact, most of them are controversial.

Debates ensue.

And with his passion and stubbornness combined with mine, sometimes it gets loud.

So the rest of the girls in our group just stop and listen. Because we don't let much more get another word in.

That's why we decided to start podcasting.

We'll talk about nearly everything. 

(Except about Jupiter's 67 moons and how big the Universe is, and all that jazz.)

It's called "Confessions of a Personal Trainer".

This is going to be fun, because at the end of the day, why not do anything if there isn't even a little fun in it?

Some topics will probabaly piss me off, and I know some will piss him off too. We'll get at each others' throats, and maybe one of us will storm out because it's just too much!

As Beyoncé chants, "I don't think you're ready for this jelly." 

That could very well apply in these territories of podcast debates!

So stay tuned for our first episode!

We're recording today!

Don't forget to get adjusted in the meantime!

See you soon.

— Dr MaryAnne

She said she forgot to get adjusted!

She said she forgot to get adjusted!

'Normal' for someone might look like this:

1. To wake up feeling energised.
2. To wake up feeling happy.
3. To be able do an activity with pleasure and not feel worried about how you'll be in pain or not afterwards.
4. To be able to socialise without feeling anxious or self-conscious.
5. To exercise and experience accomplishment and satisfaction after a workout.
6. To laugh 10 times a day, and feel the effects from it hours and days after it.
7. To have thoughts of pleasure and contentment that come in waves throughout your day.
8. To be in action about something you want to achieve.
9. To be able to deal with stress with control, calmness, and relative ease rather than panic, worry, and anxiety.
10. To be able to say that you love your life.

Magical Silver Man at Covent Garden

The other day I took my daughter to the Covent Garden Apple store. We don't really go very often, and I can't even remember the last time I went with my daughter.

It was a Saturday, at midday, so you can imagine how crazy the area was, packed with tourists, performers, and people enjoying the sunny summer day.

If you know Covent Garden, then you'll probably know about those street performers that are painted in either gold or silver, dressed in strange costumes, and magically suspended on a platform. 

"How do they do it?" I asked out loud, not expecting my daughter to respond.

"Oh, simple. That box underneath them has 4 big magnets, and they have a few magnets hidden in their clothes. That's how they do it. I saw a video on YouTube."

Right. Now I know what my daughter does when she uses my computer.

Anyway, I couldn't help but notice one performer who happened to have the most impressive and talented presentation. He also had the most horrible forward head posture I've seen in a while. Now, I gave him the benefit of the doubt, chalking it up to it being part of his performance. But still, it was remarkably bad posture, and I didn't want to think about how uncomfortable he must feel at the end of each day after hours of doing this. 

What a pain in the neck he must have!

I absolutely love what I do, adjusting people every day, helping people feel better and be healthier with chiropractic. It's the best job in the world.

But, if there is any one bad thing about it it's that I walk around noticing people every day with fantastically bad posture. In fact, every day at least a half a dozen times a day, I just want to walk up to a person with bad posture just to help them straighten up.

What is it caused by? Well, it is the defence posture, which is a response to stress.

When something negative happens in our lives, whether it's an accident, or an emotional trauma, or an ongoing stressful situation, the body goes into a stress response. That stress response creates a defence posture.

Head forward, shoulder muscles tense, shortness of breath, tail tucked in, heart rate increased, and many more things that we don't even know about. Just think about a scared dog. That's pretty much what we do when we're stressed.

Imagine years and years and years of that, stressful event after stressful event, starting as a child, and WHAA-LA! Chronic severe bad posture. And most of these people have no idea how bad it is. No self-awareness.

Bad posture creates a whole lotta problems with your health including poor concentration, spinal cord impingement, headaches, poor lung capacity, fatigue, low immune system function, depression, etc. 

I bet that silver man hovering over Covent Garden has no idea how bad his posture is. I even took a picture of him. Take a look!

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Body awareness, exercise, proper sound and regular restful sleep, wholesome nutrition, and regular chiropractic care will not only prevent you from developing bad posture, but it can also help reverse it. But start by being aware of it. 

And unless you're married (because you know your spouse is telling you to stand up straight), you probably don't even know it.

So book yourself in for a chiropractic check-up and start getting adjusted. 

Roses

Do you ever stop to smell the roses once in a while?

 

Do it. More often.

We were dog-sitting last weekend, and on sunny Sunday morning I took him out for a nice quiet walk (without the kids).

I needed a break from the circus in my house.

At the neighborhood park down the street, I met a friendly woman who also happened to be a fellow New Yorker.

So, as you can imagine, we got to talking and it felt good to connect to her.

It seemed like she needed the conversation.

I'll confess: at first, when I noticed her walking up to me (we were the only two people that early morning in the park), I thought,

“Oh shit. Here goes. I have to be nice.”

But then I immediately realised how much of a bitch I was being inside and I chose to instantly take off those 'bitch specs' and gave her my full open and undivided attention.

I just cleared my ears, cleared my mind, relaxed my face, and started to listen to her.

I'm usually the one doing the talking (because I'm an extrovert and I like to be the life of the party), but this time I just let myself take it all in.

The green plush grass, the warm sun, that light breeze, and this very interesting 65+ year old woman. She had a lot to say about life. And I think she really loved the happenstance that I was also a fellow New Yorker. Even from the same neighbourhood!

She seemed like she lived a lonely life and just needed some company for a few minutes. And we ended up chatting for about thirty minutes.

What did I get out of this?

Well, as cheesy as it sounds, it's the simple things in life that make a difference for me. 

People say, "Don't sweat the small things in life." 

Yet, it's the simple things that can lift us up and open our eyes and our hearts.

And that's how children live. Every day. They live through their days moment to moment. Event to event. From one hug, one smile, one laugh to the next. 

After that chance encounter with this former fellow New Yorker, I felt so much gratitude and appreciation for bumping into her. I felt so much more aware of who I am, why I choose the things I choose, and how I want to move forward in my life. 

That clarity gave me a burst of energy and happiness. What drug does that for you? Hmmmmm, not one.

Living life in the moment, allowing yourself to have your heart, eyes, and mind open - that's all within your natural abilities. 

Tap into that inner child of yours. 

Practice it.

Treat yourself.

Smell the coffee.

Or the roses.

Let the inner bitch be there when you need it to, but then also be willing to let her go.

Oh, and guess what? Yup.