In the Meow Cat Yoga

April 26th, 2017

Fern will begin seeing patients in our office next week.  You can visit our Facebook page or the About Us section here to learn more

 

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Vacation Details!
NFC will have limited availability for July
Lisa will be out of the office 7/11/15-7/26/15
Deleen and Caressa will be available for massage appointments.
Dr. Norris will be out of the office 7/22/15-8/1/15
Meghan will be out of the office 7/24/15-8/1/2015
Dr. Russell will be available at Russell Chiropractic for chiropractic appointments.
His number is: (216) 221-1788

Please plan accordingly!

We will do our best to answer and return phone calls but, please be aware it might take longer than usual to be contacted back.
We thank you for being understanding in these next couple of weeks!
Also, be on the lookout for our annual
X-mas in July Massage Special!
The special will run from 7/13/15-7/18/15.

Yesterday marked the first day in many months of warmth, sunshine, and temperatures worth not wearing a coat.  It’s as if a freedom in the body returned to us.  This winter was long, hard, and cold.  Many of our clients and acquaintances were voicing complaints about the bitter, frequent cold.  Many felt a need to hibernate and stay close to home.  We each struggled with a seeming sluggish energy, even though we agreed we were not depressed.  Eating well, taking vitamins, working out, and other activities continued, yet still our experiences seemed somehow to reflect a lowness.  So, what is it about January to mid March that makes us cocoon away?  Weather, life transitions, lulls related to normal waves of life?  Even if the answers to those questions are not apparent, can we embrace the different energy rather than jump to a conclusion that something is wrong if we don’t feel like being busy?

 

We connected in early February to write our next piece.  We set a loose date of mid March to have something on paper.  The date approached and then passed and neither of us said a word to each other.  We were both there, static, feeling the lack of motivation to do more than exist.  We connected again last week and as we enjoyed a marvelous local omnivore lunch, both of us felt more energy for writing.  Both of us felt creativity and were energized talking with each other.  We agreed this experience of low energy is what we should write about next.

 

Allison’s View
Piggybacking on our first writing duet, what comes to mind is do less, stay in the moment, and be present.

 

If we acknowledge our desire to do less during the depths of winter and we stick to that and commit to less, it would make sense we would be more content, right?  So, why doesn’t it always feel ok and safe?  One answer is we aren’t used to doing less.  Perhaps, if we practice this and respect our bodies’ needs during the seasons, during our own personal time crunches, and just daily, then we will get better with the stillness of doing less and the bigger spaces between activities.

 

Staying in the moment.  Have you ever just looked out at freshly fallen snow and marveled?  It’s beauty is unreal!  Or is all you see the shoveling and hassles of tomorrow’s commute?  If we can truly stay in the moment we will share more of these beautiful moments with the cold winter days (and also the hot sticky summer ones).

 

Being present is essential to accomplishing the two above but I think it is even more than that.  It’s acknowledgement of staying in the moment and doing less.  It’s consciously saying it’s ok to stay in on this snowy day.  It’s not rushing to the store for bread and milk since the snow is predicted.  It’s the awareness that our bodies do slow down in the winter and this is ok and can even be very healing.
I think I am only just beginning to have this shift in perspective as the days are lengthening and it isn’t frigid every day this week.  But I am hopeful that I can take some of what I have observed about this very long winter and apply to future winters.  The shifts of seasons are a time for reflection, repurposing, and opening to what is ahead.  I am optimistic this winter has given us all a lot of time to think and now we can move ahead and take action HGH!  Or not. Only when you’re ready.

 

Darla’s View

What I kept doing in these last few months, is give myself permission to simply be.  If I didn’t feel like doing something, including writing, I didn’t do it.  If I didn’t feel like socializing, I didn’t.  If I didn’t feel like reading, I didn’t.  I ate things if they called to me, if I didn’t feel like eating, I didn’t.  What I did do was consistently be mindful of my mood and emotions, and exercise daily (running, weight training, martial arts, or yoga).

 

There is a skeleton of discipline of taking care of myself that I have maintained for many years.  I think this framework helped me to process the mental or emotional “low” that I was experiencing, or rather the louder volume of my sad, mad, or worry feelings.  I kept giving myself permission to feel this low energy and told myself it was temporary, I’d feel different when I was ready to feel different.  I reassured myself even when I worried and considered something was “wrong” with me.

 

I’m aware that many people avoid emotions with being busy.  I work with clients who have spent a lifetime avoiding feelings and then they come crashing into their lives, unavoidable no longer.  These can be big emotions that form a picture of anxiety and/or depression, or settle into the body as back pain.  They are scared of the big emotions.  Perhaps this is why I make it a practice to be friends with the subtle worry and sadness when they arise. This winter mix of lowness and heightened emotions called for maintenance, like exercise of my body, it included being with subtle emotions when they arose, not avoiding them with some kind of busy-ness.  With intention, I did the maintenance with a lot of reflection.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Perhaps cold winter months could be considered a time for emotional maintenance.

Emotions require time and attention.  We lead our “busy” lives year round, but maybe this busy-ness is code for “avoid present moments and avoid emotions.”  January to March seems like a natural recalibration period, even if activity levels are the same, there’s a low that calls for “slow” action, or more accurately, reflection.  Non-busy-ness.  In this way, winter is spring, it’s a time of renewal in attention to a full range of emotions! It’s a perfect time to do less and be present.

 

“I was so non-busy last week and felt a lot of emotions.” We’d like to hear people say this more often in response to the questions about how they’re doing, and say it without feeling guilt for not being “busy.”  Perhaps we can encourage steady emotional maintenance with non-busy-ness year round… we’ll see how it goes next January.

 

Dr. Allison K. Norris, is a chiropractor practicing in the Lakewood, OH area for the past 10 years.  Her focus in practice is on the entire family from birth to the aged.  She thoroughly enjoys teaching her patients about health in a variety of ways including: chiropractic, nutrition, massage, exercise, and acupuncture/energy work.  She also lives in Lakewood with her husband, 3 kids, and dog.

Darla Sedlacek, Ph.D. is a Psychologist, Fitness Trainer, Coach, and avid athlete.  Dr. Darla provides a menu of services to adults and youth including psychotherapy, fitness training, and seminars for various topics.  She addresses sport performance enhancement, energy management, weight and body image, obesity, recovery from injury, mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment issues, spiritual development, relationships, family issues, trauma, grief and loss.   She was faculty at Cleveland State University in the Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Department and the Counseling Department.

Deleen has been practicing massage in salons, spa, and clinic environments since 2010. She is skilled in deep tissue therapy as well as moderate and light pressure techniques that bring lasting relief. Deleen is certified in pregnancy and fertility massage and is passionate about hgh first week working with women’s health issues. She is a Reiki Level II practitioner and has also received training in Cranio-Sacral therapy and Thai massage. She is excited to continue her work here at NFC and looks forward to meeting some wonderful new people!

 

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Happy Anniversary

March 5th, 2014

This year celebrates our 10th year in business.  March 5, 2004 was our Grand HGH Opening so we use this as our Anniversary date!  Here’s to 10 more….

time off

February 24th, 2014

Dr. Norris will be out of the office Friday 2/28 and Monday 3/3 electronic cigarette. If you need to get in please think ahead and schedule today!

Stressing to Make Change

December 3rd, 2013

There is no shortage of articles about managing stress during the holidays.  Lots of commercials on TV seem to play to the idea of the stressed shopper or caretaker who could benefit or find relief from whatever product is being marketed.  Similar to shopping lists, tips for coping with stress might include simple things like “say no” to certain commitments or take a bath or a time out.  While these things may be helpful, there are more lasting things to put on a list.  We would like to suggest that you make changes in how you perceive stress and how you manage it by making friends with it.  Managing stress is really about managing your energy.  Stress has negative connotations, energy is neutral.

When we discuss “stress” with our patients and clients, many will identify physical and emotional manifestations, things they notice in their bodies such as aching or stiffness, and things they are feeling such as sad, lonely, or angry.  Despite these signs and symptoms, many folks will say “but I’m not stressed!”  Let us break the news gently- we are ALL stressed.  If your heart rate ever increases, you will have stress.  We don’t want to be stressed, or rather feel upset.  More often than not, when people say they are stressed, they are having difficulty managing energy: thoughts, emotions, physical body.

This world moves quickly and we tend to get wrapped up in schedules, meetings, and expectations.  The holidays, for some, seems to add to the weight of responsibilities.  This isn’t necessarily bad.  Maybe it demands more energy, and if you are not adapting to the increased demand, you may start to feel upset or “stressed.”  You might feel stuck or your body will start to “talk” differently.  For some, the adaptation to the added demand for energy can feel natural while others get stuck in the process.  The physical and emotional effects of unmanaged energy or “stress,” when left unaddressed, will eventually affect our internal homeostasis and organ systems as well as our external homeostasis in relationships with others.

Changes in thinking and activity get attention, remember that stress also comes from emotions and our perceptions of them. It comes from feeling frustrated, sad, angry, etc. and then perceiving the emotion as bad, uncomfortable, or something to hurry up and get rid of in order to get back to some ongoing mythical happy place.  Rather than really feel our emotions, noticing them in a very mindful way, or be present to the ones that are uncomfortable, we tend to “do” something else in order not to feel.  We distract ourselves.  Shopping, eating, drinking, facebooking, baking can all be fun activities, even exercising, and they can also be distractions that serve to numb uncomfortable feelings that arise.   In the meantime those feelings are held in the body, waiting to be processed.  Left unprocessed, they create discomfort or stress that manifests in a myriad of ways.  Over longer periods of time, they create louder discomforts, louder imbalances.

So how do we manage energy, cope well, and stay unstuck?  Most of our responses are intuitive and fluid, even without thinking or control at times.   We cope and just keep going without efforting too much.  We can cope with what we perceive as stressful situations in all sorts of ways, some helpful, some not so helpful.  If you are coping in unhelpful ways, you might notice pain in your body and mind to varying degrees.  If you want to reduce pain, you might decide to make some changes in your routines, changing how you manage your energy (thoughts, emotions, physical body).

If you like to-do lists and the structure they provide, here’s a list that gives suggestions of mind-body-spirit practices that will help you manage your energy.  Combining different ways to bring awareness to your body and mind and practicing this awareness often may seem simple, but not easy.  The diligence you give to it will pay off with more energy during the holiday.  Manage holiday demands in these ways: Be aware, Move, and Feed.

Be Aware

Use awareness the next time you feel “stressed.”  Pay close attention to what happens to your breathing, your muscles, your body and mind.  Do you reach for food?  Do you flee? What do you think about?  What emotions arise?  Use your breath to create awareness of the thoughts in your mind, especially thoughts about emotions.  This is a gift to your body.  Recognizing that you are in a stressful or high energy demand situation, you can “talk” to your body, letting it know that it isn’t alone.  This awareness of your mind/thoughts and body/emotions connects them Electronic Cigarette as partners in this process of coping. Knowing how you are responding to stress gives you the ability to make changes if what you are doing, thinking, or feeling isn’t working for you.

Noticing your emotions is an action and is enough.  You don’t have to move your body, you don’t have to go anywhere, you don’t have to talk about it.  You simply stop and pay attention for as long as needed.  You put your attention on what you are feeling, what is happening in your body, and what thoughts are running through your mind as an observer.  What is happening inside of you?  Just notice and then let your observations either lead you to more noticing, to quiet and doing nothing, or to doing something about it or some other task.  It is very simple, but not easy.  Many people have difficulty stopping to notice what they are feeling in any given moment, the default seems to be think, think, think, or go, go, go action.  Over time, the more you stop to notice your feelings as they arise, you may feel more “clear” or “light” as you are processing them along the way.  You give them valid voice so they don’t turn to those louder discomforts in your body or a barrage of thinking that feeds a cycle of more stress.

To expand your ability to be aware more of the time, it can be helpful to engage in practices that help you connect to the present moment, and connect mind, body, and emotions.  Yoga, meditation, or sitting quietly are helpful ways to practice reminding your mind that you are here for your body.  It gives time for your mind and body to “converse,” listening to your emotions.

Move

People who move, hurt less.  This is true in our observations with patients/clients and there is ample research to support this.  Take a walk, choose the stairs, go running, do strength work, or do some stationery kick boxing.  As you move, endorphins are released from your brain and these are powerful natural relaxants for the mind and body.  Stressors and adaptations to them stop, even if momentarily, when the endorphins are flowing.  This gives you a break and some time to recover.  The more you make moving a regular part of your routine, the more you manage your energy.  By connecting with your body, you connect with thoughts and feelings, as long as you are aware.

Feed

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” says Michael Pollen.  “Diet” is not a helpful word but most food plans out there will be effective if you eat more veggies!  When we feed our bodies good nutrients, they will perform and adapt to stress for us much better.  There is not a one way ticket to good nutrition, you have to pay attention to your body and use good sense and science.  Being aware of your body’s energy and how it responds to certain foods is another part of managing stress.  Additionally, feed yourself with good relationships, with meaningful activities, meaningful work, and constant learning about things in which you are interested.  These are all ways to “feed,” ways to add to or deplete your energy.

This holiday season, we would like you to give yourself the gift of presence to your experience- thoughts, emotions, and physical body.  Embrace them with a big holiday hug and give your full attention and some time to notice what you are really feeling at any given time.  Especially when you anticipate stress, such as in response to family gatherings, or paying bills, stop and notice with full attention what is going on in your body, what you feel, how you feel, and where you feel it.  This is a gift that will certainly keep giving you more insight into yourself, and quite possibly birth a new you.

Dr. Allison K. Norris, is a chiropractor practicing in the Lakewood, OH area for the past 10 years.  Her focus in practice is on the entire family from birth to the aged.  She thoroughly enjoys teaching her patients about health in a variety of ways including: chiropractic, nutrition, massage, exercise, and acupuncture/energy work.  She also lives in Lakewood with her husband, 3 kids, and dog.

Darla Sedlacek, Ph.D. is a Psychologist, Fitness Trainer, Coach, and avid athlete.  Dr. Darla provides an array of services to adults and youth.  She addresses sport performance enhancement, energy management, weight and body image, obesity, recovery from injury, mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment issues, spiritual development, relationships, family issues, grief and loss.   She was faculty at Cleveland State University in the Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Department and the Counseling Department.

21 Day Boot Camp in October! Who wants to do it? We electronic cigarette demo are sorting the details but pretty sure monday evenings, beginning October 7th.

Dear Patients and Friends of NFC,

Spring is in the air and so are some changes at Norris Family Chiropractic.  We wanted to take a few moments to keep you all informed.

First, we are happy to announce we have hired a 2nd massage therapist.  Her name is Sarah Williams and she comes to us with 10+ years of experience.  We look forward to all of you meeting her!  Lisa Zito will continue to have the same availability to all you loyal fans.  Call the office if you are interested in setting up a massage appointment with either of them.

Secondly and sadly we will be saying goodbye to Cassandra soon as she transitions into her new role as first time mom.  Meghan will be joining us in her place.  These two plan to jointly work the front end reception for Payday Loan June so as to make this transition smooth for all.

Lastly, Stacy Cantlin, nutrition, is leaving the office this month.  She is no longer taking patient appointments but if you need to be in touch with her, contact the office for her information.  Dr. Allison Norris will be taking over all nutritional patients.  Stacy and Dr. Norris have been working together to make this transition seamless.  We also have some options for patients who may desire care Dr. Norris cannot provide.

Please note that your care is our utmost concern and we plan to do our best to not let these changes effect your experience.  If you have any questions or concerns we are happy to answer them.


In health,

Dr. Allison K Norris

Lisa A Zito, LMT

Sarah Williams, LMT

Stacy Cantlin, Phd

Cassandra Sirl and Meghan Carroll, reception