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3 Ways to Cultivate More Gratitude in your Life

At times we can get caught up in our heads and easily fall blind to the rest of what’s going on in the world.  By taking the time to step back from what’s going on in our lives and focus on being present, we start to see and feel more.  The earth is moving all around us, with us.  By focusing on the positive in life we can shift our mindset to feel and be a part of this great universe! Here are a few tips on how to cultivate more gratitude in your life and find that connection:


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  • Create a gratitude journal.  Start the day off right by writing five things you’re grateful for everyday.  This practice can make you realize how much you do have in your life to be grateful for.  If you’re already into this daily practice, kick it up a notch by writing out a description of why you’re grateful for these things.  Focusing even a little more thought will create greater awareness and reinforce the gratitude on a deeper level.
  • Stop thinking and EXPRESS your gratitude.  Take the time to express to the people in your life how grateful you are for what they do.  People truly appreciate authenticity.  By allowing yourself to speak from the heart it’s easy to find something to be grateful about.  If you’re feeling too shy to tell them in person, handwrite a special note.  You’ll not only make their day, but seeing their surprise and appreciation will give you an extra boost of positivity for the day.
  • Use a daily affirmation.  Choosing a daily mantra such as “I am enough”, “I have more than enough”, etc. can go a long way in reaffirming one’s blessings in life.  It’s also believed that the use of a mala with 108 beads allows the mantra to activate the 108 nadis or energy channels in our body.  This not only reaffirms the mantra in our minds, but also within our energetic being which can be felt by others.

Integrating these tips into your daily life will set you on a pathway to a more positive mindset.  And remember, practicing gratitude can go a long way not just in your own life but those you share it with so get out there and give thanks!

- Rebecca Zulueta has worked in the field of wildlife ecology for over 10 years, studying everything from chimpanzees to brown bears around the world. She has a joint Master’s of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development.

She is also a certified Wilderness First Responder, Bear Safety Instructor, Certified Yoga Instructor (200-RYT), and Reiki Practitioner.  Rebecca is currently designing creative approaches to help connect people to nature and themselves.  

If you're looking to realign your energy and remove stress, find peace in your day to day life by calming the mind, or release tension in the body with a relaxing yoga sessions. Call 307-699-7480 to book a session with Rebecca.

PS. You can also join Rebecca on her adventures through the natural world by visiting www.naturallywildandfree.com

Deep Powder Turns & Structural Integration


Summer eased into fall and winter is upon us , well almost. I share many of my clients anticipation for making effortless turns in deep cold powder as my practice is informed by my passion for snowboarding or as the French aptly say ‘Surf La Neige!!!!’

I love riding in the mountains whether I earned my turns on Glory, hitched a lift on the tram or I’m putting in a day on patrol at Grand Targhee. To be truly ready for winter means putting in a lot of hard work to reap the rewards. I demand a lot from my body both at play and as a practitioner.

The years of having fun have taken their toll with a resurfaced left hip, an ACL repair and a shoulder surgery. My self care routine includes receiving Structural Integration bodywork, swimming , yoga and easing out the kinks with a foam roller.

I feel so alive and ready to meet the world when I keep on top of my routine with the benefits of Structural Integration bodywork being the foundation that keeps me moving and pain free. I understand how difficult it is to keep fit and meet the many physical challenges after injury so I  use that knowledge as a Structural Integration practitioner to help my client’s achieve their goals.

Structural Integration = Snowsports Success

Let me explain how Structural Integration can help you realize
your deep powder dreams.unnamed A twisted ankle will lead to imbalance in the knee and hip and therefore pelvis which in turn will throw off the torso leaving misalignment throughout your entire structure.

The sense of not being truly in your body can become more and more frustrating and affect your ability to cope with daily life revealing how vulnerable we can be. The thought of not being able to perform at the top of your game gives way to even more setbacks as you struggle to find balance and an acceptable level of fitness.

Structural Integration sessions will help restore your body to a more balanced alignment with greater flexibility, ease of movement and an enhanced ability to cope with stress. My ability to invite change in the human structure is based upon
25 years of studying the healing arts and utilizing the most effective techniques to help you live a pain free life.

I listen to your body with my hands asking permission of your nervous system so it can relax , not feel threatened, and able to be open and receptive to unwinding years of compensation and protective armouring. When your body enters into this safe environment healing the effects of old trauma , both physical and emotional, is truly attainable.

The layers of stress, pain and guarding fall away as you realize that you can breathe more deeply and move with an effortless grace. The series of sessions are taken in sequence each one building upon the last so there is a lasting core structure to work with as you then move into specific training for your sport.

To Book A Session With Jared call 530.386.8343 or visit http://www.jaredpower.com

Enhance Athletic Performance from Jared on Vimeo.

Enrich your Yoga Practice from Jared on Vimeo.

Injury Rehabilitation from Jared on Vimeo.

Chronic Pain Relief - Jared Power from Jared on Vimeo.


Why You Should Train Movement, Not Ego


Unless you plan on competing in a strong man competition, or at a crossfit event, why would you train as if you are?gymnastics-artistic-gymnastics-gymnast-gymnasts-silhouette-Hoodies


You most likely want to exercise so that you will feel better, perform better in your activities, have more energy, live pain free, reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, and looking better is a nice benefit as well.

Exercise as a whole will help reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, weight training will reduce the risk of osteoporosis and make you look better.


But...

What makes you feel better, perform better, have more energy, and live pain free? 

Movement!

 

You see, humans are designed to move, we are the greatest machine ever created. Look at a gymnast, their athleticism and ability to move efficiently is incredible. 20110907-gsovhikg1-08


In order to move better, you must practice movement. I'm not just talking about walking around type movement. I'm talking about moving your body through all its ranges of motion with proper form.

When you train movement, such as yoga, you're in a constant state of re-training your brain to move efficiently in all activities.

When you weight train movement, you're applying yoga-esk movements under load. 

Think about a baseball player right before they go to bat. They are "on deck" and put a bunch of weights onto their baseball bat and swing it around.

Then, once they're up to the plate, the bat they are swinging feels effortless and light. 

Treat training your body for your activities the same way, practice movements that you are DESIGNED to perform under load. 

Then, in your sport, many of those same movements, or even surprise moments, will feel effortless and pain free.

How do you train movement?



There are many options. My personal favorites are kettlebells, the steel mace, battleropes, sandbags, steel clubs, and medicine balls.

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1: Yoga
2: Pilates

Why did I not chose barbells you may ask. Well, Barbells are incredible way to build strength, but not necessarily a way to train movement.

You are stuck in one plane of motion. You can get strong, yes. But will it help you move efficiently? No. 

So why not train strength and movement at the same time? Why would you not want to be strong AND move well?

Well you can, with those options I told you before.

The thing is, if you're not a well paid athlete that spends most of their day stretching, eating well, and exercising in all aspects, then you most likely have a few kinks or old injuries.

Think now about your body like a soda can. If you stand on a soda can when it's fully in-tact, it will accept quite a large amount of weight. Similar to a professional athlete who actually could use the benefits of heavy lifting.

But, if you maybe work a regular job, aren't taking at least 2 hrs a day to stretch, do fascial release, or any other number of body treatment practices, your body is more like a soda can with a couple dents in it.

So, what happens now? The soda can crushes. So if you aren't fully aligned to emphasis proper movement always, what are you doing by lifting so heavy? You are emphasising error!

Now, you may not feel the effects of this damage right away, but down the road, it's going to manifest in evil ways that could take many, many years to fix.

The problem with our society is everyone is living in such instant gratification that nobody thinks about the future.

Our bodies are no exception. Train your body for movement, look better, feel better, get ALL the benefits you're looking for that will last you a long time well into your later years.

If you're unsure of which modality is best for you. Stop by Medicine Wheel Wellness today or call 307-699-7480 to speak with one of our movement specialists! 

-By Adam Dowell







Featured Athlete: Kelly Halpin

Determination


In 2014 Kelly became the first woman to do “The Picnic” (carrying all of her own gear, nonetheless). The Picnic entails biking from the Town Square to Jenny Lake (about 19 miles), swimming 2 miles across Jenny Lake, and then climbing the Grand Teton. And then doing it all in reverse. Kelly did it in 23.5 hours. 

The Moranic Picnic: an epic Teton triathlon from Unicorn Picnic Productions on Vimeo

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Food For Thought

Enjoy these fun food facts!


"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." —Hippocrates

Best Date Ever: Dinner & Massage at home 
The best date
in the valley is at home—your home: JH Mobile Massage and Unprocessed Kitchen. While Alicia Brieger of Unprocessed Kitchen prepares a nutritious, delicious, organic dinner, enjoy a couple’s massage from Amanda Martin and one of her other JH Mobile Massage therapists.

Healthy_Being"I've seen first-hand so many positive results with clients, I'm a real believer in the power of juicing," says Jessica Vandenbroeke, the founder of Healthy Being Juicery. "I've seen it give people more energy and help with food cravings and also reverse disease and heal the body."



"Every 35 days your skin replaces itself. Your liver, about a month. Your body makes these new cells from the food you eat. What you eat literally becomes you. You have a choice in what you're made of. EAT WISELY!"


Try working with Jenny Carr one on one to formulate an individualized plan that will remove inflammation from your body with clean eating, movement, and & elegant thinking. You can contact Jenny from her website http://www.jennycarrhealth.com/

The professionals at Simply Health of Jackson Hole offer Medicine Wheel Wellness clients personal health consultations and provide a variety of treatments to optimize wellness including: pharmaceutical-grade supplementation and foods tailored to support your needs.

Rosemary Lemon Hummus Recipe!hummus-1057998_960_720
1 can organic Garbanzo Beans (1/2 liquid drained)
2 cloves Garlic, peeled
2 tbsp of organic cold pressed Olive Oil
2 tbsp of Tahini
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
2 drops doTERRA Lemon Essential Oils
1 drop doTERRA Rosemary Essential Oils
1 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
Directions:
1: Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth
2: Chill in refrigerator 30 minutes and serve with sliced organic cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes and brocolli


Needles Everywhere

Acupuncture is an ancient medicine that currently requires a master’s degree to practice. Acupuncturists are required to pass a national certifying board exam, as well as become certified in clean needle technique and spend over 1,000 hours in a supervised, hands-on, clinical setting.

Dry needling has been around since the 1940s and has recently begun gaining in popularity at PT clinics, where licensed physical therapists use it as an additional tool in their bag of healing techniques.

During dry needling, needles are placed directly into the location of pain (usually soft-tissue related). This causes a lesion in the tissue small enough to avoid damage but big enough to cause the body to release and send its natural anti-inflammatory chemicals to the area to expedite healing.

Acupuncture also targets injured tissues this way, but includes many other points on the body correlated with energy flow referred to as meridians. The whole body approach to treatment allows the practitioner to look beyond the local pain. Acupuncture has a wide scope that includes acute and chronic problems such as sports injuries, post surgical pain, swelling, inflammation, headaches, stress, digestion, sleep, Ob/Gyn issues including infertility, and much more.


Yes, both acupuncture and dry needling involve needles and help relieve pain. But that’s about all these two treatments have in common.


Most insurance companies reimburse for dry needling services under physical therapy benefits but if it is not covered, an out-of-pocket single session can cost up to $200. Excel Physical Therapy offers a monthly donation based dry needling clinic at Medicine Wheel Wellness the last Wednesday of every month. Call 307-699-7480 to book!


Treatments from Taug Bosche, whose practice East of the Tetons Acupuncture, is inside Medicine Wheel Wellness, are $50 each. Wyoming insurance does not usually cover acupuncture. Patients wanting an aggressive course of treatment can purchase a 2-week package (up to 10 treatments) for $200. Call Taug at 307-690-6275 to book.

Our other in-house Acupuncturist is Susie Rosenberger, and her business is Crown Roots Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Susie currently offers her services at Medicine Wheel Saturdays and Sundays. Contact her directly at 646-753-0742 to book today!

Client Close-Up: Bill McClure


A fused back. Knee replacements. A shoulder replacement. An ankle replacement. At 74, Bill McClure has had more than his share of orthopedic issues. Still, today he skis, golfs, hikes, fishes, road bikes, and hunts. Last fall, out hunting with his grandson he shot an elk. This winter he’s skiing in Switzerland and Italy for two weeks. Then he’s going fishing in Argentina. “If I didn’t have Excel and Medicine Wheel to help with my rehab, I know I wouldn’t be doing lots of the things I am able to do,” he says.

After his back surgery several years ago, Bill climbed both the Grand Teton and Gannett Peak, the highest mountain in Wyoming.



Bill started like many clients do, with physical therapy. His PT even included trigger point dry needling (TPDN), a modality often used by PTs to aid with recovery. TPDN uses small needles, like those used in acupuncture, to calm localized muscle tightness or spasms by releasing the self-healing natural chemicals in the body.

“I’ve done all of my rehab for all my surgeries with Francine,” he says. After Medicine Wheel
Wellness was founded and Bill had graduated from PT for his shoulder replacement, Francine suggested he try some of the center’s fitness classes.“ She said they’d be a good progression from PT to help me continue to get fit without having to worry that I’d over do it,” he says.

Bill did Medicine Wheel’s knee rehab classes for some time but today is more into TRX and Mat Pilates. “I’ve found that TRX is the best thing for
my back and upper body,” he says. “In all the classes, the instructors tailor it. They start off by asking, ‘What do we want to work on today?’ or ‘Where are you sore?’ and then they listen to what you want. That is terribly important.”

Every couple of weeks, Bill follows a fitness class with a session on the BioMat in the Tranquility Room. The BioMat is an FDA-approved modality that emits far-infrared therapy rays and negative ions. The amethyst crystals inside the mat increase the depth heat can penetrate into your body, to 6- to -7 inches. This is 80% deeper than electric heat penetrates. “I’m laying there and I sweat a little bit and have this overall good feeling,” he says.

“When I’m done, I feel like I’ve been cleansed and I’m totally relaxed.” BioMats have been shown to reduce stress and can help with minor muscle pain, stiffness, and joint pain. “I sort of
look at Medicine Wheel Wellness as graduate school for well-being,” Bill says. “You go through one-on-one therapy at Excel and then you go downstairs to classes or use the BioMat and continue what you’ve been doing.” 

Medicine Wheel Wellness offers affordable, cash-based injury care services along with a variety of small group classes that emphasize injury recovery, fitness, and increasing function. Classes stress personal attention to ensure you use proper movement mechanics and achieve maximal results.


Level 1-2 classes require mild-moderate levels of effort and are designed as a progression from injury rehab, for those who are new to fitness, or for athletes who are looking for a lighter workout to focus on the essentials of alignment, stability, and mobility.

Level 2-3 classes are moderate-high effort and designed for those who have a healthy foundation and are looking for a dynamic workout to enhance fitness, sports performance, and prevention of injury.

Ready To Sleep Better?


Experts have differing opinions on exactly how much sleep we need a night but none doubt the importance of it. Study after study have shown that people suffering from sleep or wakefulness disorders. An estimated 15-20 percent of U.S. adults are more likely to suffer from chronic disorders including depression, substance abuse, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and stroke. Resilience to stress, emotional regulation, and interpersonal relationships are impaired by sleep deficiency. “A surefire way to increase happiness is to get better sleep,” says Sharene Garaman, Psy. D. “Nothing else works as well to increase someone’s well-being. No application, no treatment, no medicine, better than sleep. If someone isn’t getting good sleep, everything looks worse than it would with sleep.”

What Can Help?

  • Massage: Studies done on behalf of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) have shown that massage improves sleep in infants, children, adults, and the elderly, as well as in individuals with psychiatric disorders, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, lower back pain, cerebral palsy, and breast disease. Some types of massage can be more helpful with sleep issues than others. While a deep tissue or sports massage is great for healing and relieving pain, its stimulating effects may not always be conducive for sleeping. For a gentle approach to massage, The AromaTouch Technique® integrates calming essential oils such as lavender with a hot stone massage, which uses heat (versus firm pressure) to reach deeply into tissues.

  • Meditation: Kickstart your meditation practice and learn to live mindfully with any of our Meditation, Mindful Movement, Intuitive, or Energy Healers at Medicine Wheel Wellness.

  • Snowball Effect: Stress can interfere with deep sleep, which can increase stress. While sleep medication provides temporary symptomatic relief, it does not always improve the quality of sleep.

  • A report by the National Institutes of Mental Health found depression rates were 40 times higher for patients with insomnia than those without sleep problems. Mental health experts increasingly view depression or anxiety as an effect, rather than a cause, of insomnia.

  • Guided Imagery: “I do guided imagery and meditation at night,” says Nick Krauss, a personal trainer, class instructor, and certified imagery guide at Medicine Wheel Wellness. “It’s then that I’m trying to pull the day together. I do some of my best thinking at night. I’ve found that if I don’t use imagery or meditate, all this thinking will keep me up.” Research backs Nick up. Studies show that Interactive Guided Imagery (IGI) does indeed help establish healthy sleep patterns.

  • Biomat: The BioMat’s unique medical and therapeutic properties are based on Nobel prize-winning research into ionic channels and the same infrared technology that NASA identified as the safest and most beneficial type of light wave. By producing deep-penetrating, far infrared rays along with negative ions that activate the body at the molecular level, the BioMat is capable of administering deep soothing stimulation.

    Instantly feel the warmth of the infrared rays deeply penetrating your body as the negative ions deliver healing signals to your body. Because the BioMat’s unique technology penetrates at the cellular level, it is capable of addressing a wide range of health issues.


Stop by or call Medicine Wheel Wellness today so we can help YOU sleep better!






More Than Can Be Explained


Words by Francine Bartlett

Nearly a decade ago, a friend gifted me a session with an astrologist for my birthday. She was going to “read my chart.” I wasn’t sure what that meant. When setting up the session, I was asked for the exact time and date of my birth. The idea that there was meaning in how the stars were aligned at the exact moment of my birth wasn’t something I was familiar with. But this session got my attention because my chart told the story that I was meant to be a healer. How did the stars know that?

Intrigued by knowing there’s more out there than science can explain, I continued to seek out similar experiences. My first “intuitive reading” was about my body’s “frequencies.” I had heard as much about body frequencies as I had about star charts. In college, I studied physics and astronomy, but never thought about frequency as it pertains to the human body. In that session, the numbers in the date of my birthday were added together to tell my story. And yes, as skeptical as I was that those numbers had meaning, this reading was spot on. The idea that we are a flowing energy source of frequencies that can be manipulated negatively and result in disease or that we can open energy blocks by changing our breath, was beyond anything I had been exposed to before.

Energy healing is not widely known or accepted in American culture. But it is out there in the world, and even the norm in places like India, Peru, and Bali. It is growing in the U.S. though and people are starting to hear about Deeksha and Reiki, which uses subtle hand positions to alter the vibrational energy field thought to surround and penetrate the body. Even our own hospital here now offers patients energy healing sessions.

What I have learned working with friend and holistic intuitive Jennifer Pepper for the last three years is to recognize patterns of behaviors. And how to shift them by changing perspective, or by shifting the energy being placed on them and by staying in the present moment. Jennifer has taught me that our thoughts and reactions to stressful situations affect our inner energy, alter health and emotions, and can certainly make or break how something is perceived and handled.

Need more convincing? The sounds and sensations of crystal sound bowls and the meditative vibrations of gongs bring you to the present moment, allowing you to forget your wonders and worries while filling you up. You literally vibrate with these instruments, which are set at specific frequencies to cause specific effects, such as relaxation or concentration. This isn’t woo-woo. It is physics. It is music that heals and makes you feel wonderful, like that amazing feeling we get when we sing a favorite song.

Enjoy monthly sound healing gong meditation workshops at Medicine Wheel Wellness. A weekly restorative YogaTouch class combines restful yoga poses with essential oils and singing sound bowls.

(For the record, a reading with an intuitive or astrologist does make a great birthday gift!)

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Far-Infrared Therapy Biomat

The Far-Infrared Therapy BioMat in the Tranquility Room is a FDA-approved medical device. A study at a clinic in Toronto, Canada (reported in Prime Journal) showed subjects received an average of 78% improvement in stress reduction, as measured by cortisol levels, when using a BioMat. While relaxing on the BioMat you keep your clothes on as you rest between two layers of amethyst crystals emitting far-infrared therapy rays and negative ions; you feel nothing but comfortable warmth while you listen to music infused with binaural beats, which further aid in stress reduction.
Learn More HERE

AromaTouch

DoTERRA’s signature AromaTouch Technique is a specialized light-touch massage using essential oils along energy meridians and visceral contact points in the back and feet to thoroughly relax your mind and muscles, improve circulation, and soothe sore or inflamed tissues in your body.
Learn More HERE


Electromagnetic Radiation Protection

If you watch TV or surf the web to alleviate stress, invest in Gia Wellness' Cell Guards and Universal Cell Guards created to mitigate the electromagnetic radiation these devices emit that can have harmful effects on our health.
Call 307-699-7480 or stop in to learn more!

Sound Healing

In sound healing sessions, either with crystal sound bowls or gongs, vibrational frequencies fill the room absorbing into your body, mind, and soul. Their rich sounds create a deeply calming effect and have been used for healing since being accidently discovered over 4,000 years ago. 

These are just a few examples! At Medicine Wheel Wellness we have a large variety of ways for you to de-stress. Visit www.mwwjh.com to learn more, stop by 120 W. Pearl Ave in Jackson, Wyoming. Or call 307-699-7480!

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