self-care

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

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No one can decide who you are and what you should do and who you can be. Only you can.

The Womanly Arts

Self-care.

A few weeks ago I sent out an email asking you if you’ve said, “I love you” to someone recently.

Many of you responded to assure me that you had said a few ‘I-love-yous’ that morning. Excellent! It’s so important to say that regularly to the people you love.

Now, what about you? 

How well do you treat yourself? How selfish are you? What have you done today that gives you, and only you, pleasure?

You know when you’re in a plane and during the flight safety presentation they tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you reach over and put it on anyone else? Yeah, that's because you can't help anyone if you’re having a hard time staying alive. Pretty common sense, right?

But that’s not automatically something we do on a regular basis.

Self-care. That’s more important than anything else.

Back when I was single and living in New York, I discovered a fantastic, brilliant institute which held seminars for women.

It’s called Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts.

I learned so much about myself and about what lights me up and gives me pleasure and happiness in my life. 

The ‘Womanly Arts’ didn’t come automatic to me, yet as I learned them, they became more and more natural to me. That's because they are.

It gave me the tools and understanding about me in these ways:

  1. Live and lead my life through my desires.
  2. There’s always a choice in life, and those choices have to be driven by pleasure.
  3. Focus on what what lights me up, puts a smile on my face, and makes me want to dance.
  4. Take care of myself with the highest level of care and respect.
  5. Do something everyday that gives me pleasure and allows me to see how grateful I am for my life.

What? You say? This is totally NOT what we're used to. That’s because we live in a culture where we're taught to hold back, put ourselves second or third, we judge, we make excuses, and we end up becoming miserable in the process.

Alongside that misery is usually poor health, pain, and low energy.

An essential part of self-care is knowing how to keep yourself healthy and feeling good. 

Chiropractic fits into this equation pretty damn well.

Chiropractic is about keeping your spine balanced. Making sure your central nervous system, the master system of the body, clear of interferences.

Getting adjusted regularly enhances the functioning of your whole body because everything is well connected. 

And, an added bonus: good posture is attractive.

Stop making excuses. Stop putting yourself second. Do something for yourself. Choose what you desire.

And we all desire good health and feeling great.

See you at your next adjustment!