Beyond Pain into Ease, Growth & Bliss: The 3 Stages of Network Care

Network Spinal Analysis care is unique in its application and progression. It charts a very specific path that goes through stages as your body begins to change. It is not a “fix it up” technique, meaning, you are not necessarily “done” when you are no longer experiencing the original pain or discomfort which prompted you to seek out care in the first place. In fact “feeling better” or having “less pain” is often just the beginning of the process. It is pretty easy to help someone feel better in their body; many techniques and tools can do this. It is an entirely different process to help someone not only “feel better” but also expand their inner resourcefulness, create more efficient patterns in their body/life and help people reach higher stages of wholeness, growth and evolution.

Many people think that they just want to get out of pain, but the truth is pain is just a symptom of a bigger issue going on in life. What people really want is more freedom, joy, happiness, vitality, flexibility, presence, love, connection, authenticity and bliss in their lives. We often have the idea that if ‘this or that’ changes then we will experience those things, but that is not the case. While relief of pain, though temporarily feels amazing, if nothing in a person changes at a fundamental level then they will recreate those “painful feelings” in another way. This is actually a smart thing that our bodymindsoul does for us. It is our internal guidance mechanism of sorts that tells us to stop, pay attention and make a change. Life is try to get our attention and it will do it in a variety ways until we listen to it.

The 3 stages of Network Care walk people through this process in an embodied and sustainable way. I call the first stage Ease, the second Growth and the third Bliss.

Ease: Most of us are tense most of the time, whether we are aware of it or not. This can be bodily tension, emotional tension, mental tension and even spiritual tension. When we are tense we are not receptive to life. Instead we are inwardly resisting. The first step in the Network Care process is to create a state and eventually a stage of Ease in the body. I differentiate between a state change (which is temporary) and a stage change which is a sustainable state change. In the Ease stage your body moves from “Fight/Flight/Freeze” mode into “Rest/Relaxation/Openness” mode. This is vital if you are to move forward in life. Many people stop at this stage because they feel so much better when they have more ease. This is great, and there is more. For many they want more than just feeling better, they want greatness, limitlessness, to know their power and resourcefulness beyond what they have ever experienced before. That is when they are ready for the next stage which I call Growth.

Growth: The growth stage requires commitment, dedication, and passion for yourself and your life. You must value yourself to be in this stage. When you are ready to grow it requires that you change habits, patterns or behaviors. In order to create the change that you desire you must make that choice over and over and over again until it becomes your new pattern. This requires that you be more aware of yourself, catch yourself when you fall into old habits and patterns, and make a conscious choice of what you now desire to create for yourself in this moment. This is the stage of empowerment and consciously becoming the creator of your life. You take responsibility for and value how you feel, what you think and the actions you take. Feelings, thoughts and actions are no longer random occurrences but instead deliberate choices that you make in each moment. Network Care develops neural patterning that coincides with this level of conscious commitment to your life. Growth stage neural patterning allows for an empowered stage of consciousness to become your baseline foundation so that even when you find yourself in lower thought and feeling states you can more quickly and with greater ease reset to what state you want be in at that moment

Bliss: Ahh, yes, bliss, it is indeed a stage of Network Care. Who doesn’t want to experience more bliss? Bliss is complete agreement and alignment with all parts of yourself with all other parts of creation. It is a coming togetherness, community, connection, integration, or how I like to think of it – a soulgasm. It is a stage beyond the mind, but the mind can be informed from Bliss; meaning you can live an integration of this stage in embodied form. It is the stage most often striven for, especially in spiritual communities, but you don’t have to be “spiritual” to want to live in more bliss and joy in your life. Most people have only felt temporary bliss state changes. These are common when you hear something inspirational or you have an encounter with a spiritual teacher. People often associate those experiences as being created by an “outside” force, person or presence and therefore they can’t create the stage change in their life. This occurs because people jump from Ease right into Bliss without going through the Growth stage. It is entirely possibly and quite easy to do this, however it does not create a sustainable shift in your life. This is because you don’t yet realize your power and who you are, which you develop in the Growth stage. You subsequently disown or project your power to create bliss on an outside figure/force. When instead you go through each stage you can sustainably be in any stage of your choosing. The Bliss stage requires advanced communication in your nervous system. Network Care upgrades the neurological software that connects the heart to the brain in the Bliss stage. This means your heart informs your brain more and more and you make choices in your life with your heart leading and head following

It is my joy to facilitate this process with/in others. To create Ease in the body, support people as they wake up to their power and simultaneously upgrading the neurological “software” and communication in the body so that higher level consciousness states can more easily be sustained in a person’s life. I have the honor to watch people move from pain, suffering, and disconnection into their empowered self who is living the life that they want to be living in joy, love, grace and gratitude. Please ask me how I might be able to support and serve you in this process

Dr. Amanda Hessel, DC, MS, L.Ac

Empowered Internally Informed Living

These days we often hear that we should be still and listen inside. For many this is a huge leap. We have so many thoughts, ideas, emotions and feelings running around in our consciousness that we can’t hear our own inner voice. If by chance we can get still enough to hear we frequently don’t trust our own thoughts, feelings and inner messages.

Culturally we have learned to receive affirmation and acknowledgment for what we think and feel from outside of us. This may have been in the form of parents, teachers, children, friends or partners. We require external validation for our internal experiences. This leaves us feeling powerless inside to the outer circumstances in our life. We give our power away to those things external instead of deciding for ourselves.

Beginning to live an empowered life requires you to trust yourself and know who you are. It starts with knowing your preferences, your likes and dislikes, and knowing those things that are important for you and those that are not important. It also requires you to see how you create your life and how you feel in each moment. Most people want to feel joyous, elated, kind and loving yet many times during the day or week they find themselves not feeling that way. Instead feeling frustrated, unhappy, angry or sad. We attribute our feelings, both the ones we like and the ones we don’t like, to our circumstances and often feel like when the “outside” circumstance changes so does the way that we feel.

The truth is you have the power in each moment to feel how you want to feel regardless of outer circumstance. You get to choose. There is no one else in your head doing the choosing. Embodying this is empowerment. It is living congruently to you, to what is important to you and trusting that inner voice that is you. It requires that you focus and refocus and bring to the forefront that which is most important, uplifting and energizing for you.  I am not saying that this is an easy process. When things seem to be out of control and not going how we want them to be we often get “hijacked” by our thought and feeling patterns that take us into a downward spiral of feeling less than how we want to be feeling.

This hijacking happens through activating pathways in our nervous system that have been activated over and over again. These engrained patterns are often reactionary in nature unless we consciously begin to change them. These patterns are also bodymind connected, meaning you must address both the mental program and support your body’s physiology. People often tend to do one or the other. They may take a meditation class or repeat affirmations, choosing mental reframing, while other may participate in body-centered work such as massage or yoga but pay less attention to what is happening in their mind. Since the body and mind are integrally intertwined both must be addressed to shift the neurological patterning and programming.

When we support our bodymind and its neurological patterning we begin to be able to hear our inner voice more clearly and trust its messages. Living in an empowered, internally informed state is to live in alignment with what is important to us, not what is important to other people or what we have been taught should be important to us. This is a liberated state where we realize that we have had the power all along.

Dr. Amanda Hessel, DC, MS, L.Ac

Preconception Care: Creating the most Nurturing Inner Environment for a Healthy, Happy, & Empowered Baby!

Are you an Aspiring mother or father?
Have you had trouble Getting or Staying pregnant?
Are you a couple who wants to plan a Conscious pregnancy?

Preconception care is a natural way to optimize fertility and ensure a healthy pregnancy. The basic premise is that a healthy body is a fertile body and will support a healthy baby. It aims to have both prospective parents be as healthy as possible prior to conception attempts.

Preconception care helps couples who are experiencing functional infertility, those having had recurrent miscarriages or couples who are proactively planning a pregnancy. There are 3 basic components to preconception care. 1: regulating your body’s response to stress and creating a safe inner environment in your body for a baby, 2: getting the proper nutritional requirements needed make healthy eggs and sperm, and 3: lifestyle changes that support a healthy body.

There are two types of infertility, structural and functional. Structural infertility implies a challenge in the structure of your body that impairs your ability to get or stay pregnant. Functional infertility is an inability to conceive that is related to physiological difficulties such as hormonal challenges, regulation of the stress response, age, nutritional deficiencies, inflammation, and weight. Preconception care is helpful for those with functional fertility challenges.

Even if you have no known difficulty getting or staying pregnant preconception care is extremely important in helping create the healthiest baby possible. In the U.S. 17% of children are diagnosed with a learning or behavioral disability according to the CDC. Over 10 million children wake up and take a schedule II psychotropic drug to control their behavior and diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and allergies in children are on the rise. Also many now common conditions such as low birth weight, premature birth, malformation, breastfeeding difficulties, asthma, eczema & poor resistance to infection are often preventable with proactive care.

The health of you, including your energy levels, sleep patterns, thoughts, habits and what you focus on are incredibly important during preconception time and after conception as well. Supporting your body’s physiology to be in a receptive, safe, and empowered state is key. The quality of your egg and sperm at the time of conception is also vital in creating a cellular template that creates a healthy baby. There is a 4 month window prior to conception where it is pivotal to support your body’s response to stress, get the proper nutritional requirements, and engage and/or avoid certain lifestyle habits so that you create the best eggs and sperm possible.

Through these basic, yet essential 3 components, you create the safest and most nurturing space inside your body to foster the growth and development of a healthy, happy and empowered baby!

Dr. Amanda Hessel, DC, MS, L.Ac

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Also if you live in the Boulder, Colorado area Dr. Hessel will be providing a free educational class on Preconception Care on Thursday April 2nd at 7p-8:30p at Studio Be Yoga, 1676 30th Street, Boulder, CO. You must call 303-587-9437 to reserve your spot.


Symptoms: Your Body’s Reorganizational Wisdom

What if your back pain wasn’t just this annoying symptom that you wanted to get rid of? What if it held inside of it the wisdom you needed to become the next better version of you? What if your low energy, mood swings, irritability, headaches, allergies, etc. are telling you that something needs to change in your life? Would you want to learn how to listen to your body’s reorganizational wisdom and make that change or would you choose to ignore it, get rid of it and stay the same?

Unfortunately all too frequently we choose the later. Something goes “wrong” in the way our body is expressing and our first instinct is to get rid of the “problem.” There is an underlying disconnect in our culture between our body and our life. We believe that if our body is expressing itself in unhealthy ways that it is our body’s fault and we go to address the physical structure to correct the dysfunction.

What symptom and disease expression really is, is the body’s attempt to reorganize itself. It means that way your life and body has been functioning no longer works. You need an upgrade so you are destabilizing. Think about when you get a new computer and how fast and well it works. Overtime, if you didn’t upgrade your software programs then your computer would slow down and malfunction. It needs an upgrade. Your body works in a similar fashion. If you don’t upgrade your system then your system slows down and malfunctions. We label this disease.

Destabilization is necessary in order to allow something new to replace it. Back to the computer example above. Let’s say you have an old computer from 1992 and it still works. It never broke down per say, it still turns on and off, you connect via dial-up and it’s slow but you don’t really notice.   It sits on your desk because it is too large and heavy to move. You cannot communicate with any of your friends on chatting systems or send word documents out because your software is incompatible with the newer versions that everyone else has. With all of that said you don’t really notice because it is the same computer that you have been using for 20 years and it still works. If it did breakdown (destabilize) or it quit turning on then you might notice and you would be faced with the decision to upgrade to a newer, more advanced model or to try to fix up the older model. You might try to fix it up once or twice, but it keeps having new problems and eventually you need to upgrade.

Your can think of the body the same way. You can fix it up a few times, meaning take a pain medication to numb the pain or have a surgery to fix the problem, but if you don’t upgrade you then that same energy and out of date software that created the dysfunction in the first place will create new dysfunction and there is a downward spiral to disease and illness.

There is great reorganizational wisdom in how our body expresses symptoms. Symptoms are our body’s little messengers and when we utilize them instead of get rid of them they can be incredible sources of fuel for creating change and sharing our gifts and selves with the world in ways that are important to us. It is simply a matter of how long we wait to make the change that our body is telling us that we need to make. We don’t always know “what to do” or “how to change” or “what is required of us.” Sometimes we are simply too overloaded by life stressors that we can’t pay attention even if we wanted too. Most people haven’t developed the skill set to learn to listen to our body and make the connections between our body and life.

We must start the process exactly where we are, which isn’t necessarily always where we want to be. It is in being with “I have ‘xyz’ and I don’t like it, want it or don’t know what to do about it.” This begins the exploration and the process of reclaiming and reorganizing your body, life and health.

Amanda Hessel, D.C., M.S., L.Ac

What is BodyMind Alchemy?

BodyMind Alchemy is the transformation process of you through your bodymind. The body and the mind are not separate. This is mostly common knowledge but many people are not aware of just how intimately they are connected. For healing and transformation to occur bodymind must be addressed holistically and seen as two expressions of you affecting and interrelated to each other.

Alchemy can be thought of as transformation however it goes even beyond. Alchemy is concerned with finding the preciousness in what seems ordinary, it finds meaning in the meaningless, and it illuminates that which appears dark or dull bringing it to new life.

What does this mean for you? Often when something goes “wrong” in our body or we have a life situation that feels unpleasant or unwanted we want that expression of life to be fixed or eliminated. That symptom or life situation is often very charged and when things are charged they are full of energy, energy that can be harnessed and used to create change and transformation.

Instead of getting rid of problems, bodymind alchemy helps you connect with and harness that energy to be used to get you where you want to be. Symptoms and unpleasant life situations occur when life is calling us to move into a new part or expression of ourselves. It doesn’t mean that something is “wrong” with us, but instead that life is asking us to grow, expand, evolve, accept and rise into something even more beautiful and profound than we already are.

Dr. Amanda Hessel, D.C., M.S., L.Ac