How can such a light touch type of chiropractic (i.e. Network Spinal Analysis) help me?


I hear this question frequently, “How can such a light touch do anything?”  Typically after people receive one or two sessions they begin to experience just exactly how profound light touch Chiropractic is, but today I am going to demystify it for those who have never experienced it before.

Network Spinal Analysis works at the level of the spinal cord and effects nervous system function and communication.  Through thorough analysis of the body’s spinal-neural integrity systems from a skilled practitioner, the precise location is identified where the body says “yes, this is the spot to place a precise, gentle touch in order to make the most effective global response throughout my entire body.”

Now that may seem impossible to some but our body’s nervous system is actually wired for this degree of subtlety and communication.  Think of a time when someone gently kissed your neck at just the right time and place and how that gentleness created a response throughout your entire body.  At a neurobiological level that feeling creates a cascade of feel good neurochemicals (how your nervous system communicates) which promote health, enhance your body’s innate immune system, and produce feelings of overall well-being.  This is one of the ways that a light touch can create a global healing response throughout your entire body.

“In a system of considerable complexity (such as the human body and nervous system), there is a precise point where even a small amount of energy applied (light touch) brings about a major change.” ~Dr. David R. Hawkins

These gentle touches also cue your brain (particularly the frontal part of your brain) to pay greater attention to your body.  This is how healing becomes an inside out approach.  What I mean by that is that parts of your brain begin to “wake up” and create connections to parts of your body.  Sometimes these are parts of your body that hold tension or have pain, other times these are parts of your body that feel peaceful or experience bliss.  Often times when something hurts (or yes also when it feels too good) we tend to try and protect, guard or avoid feeling it in order to decrease what we believe will feel like greater pain (or joy).  What this effectively does is decrease the communication between that part of your body and your brain and you actually lose some of your internal resources for being able to heal and connect to that part of you.

For sustainable healing to occur you must be the one making the changes and connections from the inside.  Nothing done outside of you, to you, will create a lasting change.  Network Spinal Analysis in conjunction with Somato-Respiratory Integration helps you become more aware of you so you can make the necessary shifts from the inside.  Benefits of this type of care are:

    1. You become more aware of your body by enhancing neural communication to parts of your body on the inside
    2. Creates ease in your nervous system so that you can heal and grow instead of being in survival mode in your body’s communication system
    3. Develop new neural pathways and strategies to help you become more adaptable to life stressors and this creates greater health and well-being
    4. Feel more empowered in your ability to navigate whatever comes to you in life (including physical dysfunction, pain, disease or other everyday life events)
    5. Expand into versions of yourself that are more healed, whole and experience more joy and fullness of life expression

Sound good to you?!  Let’s get started!  I can’t wait to help facilitate you connecting to more of you and your self-healing and self-regulating abilities so that you feel more empowered in your health and your life!

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