Posturing Yourself for Amazing Sleep

We all do it!  Most of us enjoy it!  Not many of us do it well.  I’m so excited to help you learn how to use your sleep posture to feed your parasympathetic nervous system (needed for quality sleep) and allow you to wake up feeling loose, relaxed, and rested!

#1 Sleep on your back

I hear a lot of reasons why patients can’t sleep on their back…..I can argue why they CAN with a few exceptions.  It is possible, and it is best.  Most people have a hard time sleeping on their back because they can’t get “comfortable.”  I argue that the comfort is not a physical obstacle but an emotional one.  Laying on your back is a very vulnerable position and our unconscious subconscious cues you to move to a safe position (most people choose fetal or stomach).  You can train your brain – just mindfulness, as well as use a weighted blanket, pillows, etc to support your physical body in a way that allows you to find comfort!

#2 Support your spine

We have 5 curves in our spine that need support while you are sleeping.  This is huge, especially if you are getting quality sleep – fully relaxing.  To accomplish this, a pillow under your knees will create a supple low back by relaxing your hips.  Palms face up while keeping a gentle bend in your elbows.  Shoulders have a gentle external rotation – think of tucking your shoulder blades under you.  You can use a pillow under your head but keeping your neck neutral is important.  I talk about the chin a lot!  The position of the chin determines if your spinal fluid is flowing freely, pulled tight, or compressed while you sleep.  Tucking your chin is the worst – side sleepers beware!  Keep your chin neutral as best you can.  My favorite is using a TriCore pillow or several pillows to have support around each cheek to keep your neck neutral while your chin is mid-range of motion.

#3 Thought dumping and more

Prepare your body and mind for sleep.  Allow 30-60 minutes before you want to fall asleep for your body and mind to transition from busy-day mode to heal-and-repair mode.   This is more important than you might think.  If you fall asleep quickly from exhaustion, your quality (and probably quantity) of sleep will be compromised.  This time could include prayer, meditation, deep breaths, journaling away your thoughts (thought dumping), self-massage (only very gentle touch), hot bath, essential oils, gratitude, gargling water, BioMat, and much more.  The concept is to initiate the conversion of function in your body to the resting state.  You could look up ideas online that surround “activate your parasympathetic nervous system.”

I wanted to include reasons why sleeping on your back add to your health, but I’ll save that for another time 😉  Hopefully you can practice the posture, and then find those benefits all on your own!  Until then, I hope your journey in healing and health is fruitful!

In Love and Service,

Taryn Lowery, DC

hOw We MeT HaLcYoN vIlLaGe <3

So today marked the beginning of the next season for Peace of Life Chiropractic!  Looking back at the journey – we have had so much fun, served many lives, inspired change in our community, created a culture of love & connection.  Looking ahead……WOW!!  The vision we have for our patients and our community is coming ALIVE!

Part of me is exhausted….physically and mentally.  Our village has worked 12+ hour days over the last five.  We started early and stayed late.  We faced opposition while we crawled through the trenches.  We fussed at each other.  I had a melt down….LOL….one single, but very large, melt down.  Plenty of moments where bystanders made the statement of, “when are you opening…oh, wow, good luck with that.”  They weren’t trying to be mean or pessimistic, there was just literally an unimaginable amount of work to be done!

The other part of me feels exhilarated!!!!  I really feel like God has given each of us tools, and then combined us for this amazing mission –

Connection – Help our community feel like they are supported and loved.  Give them a place to come together in heart, philosophy, parenting, healing, grieving, thriving!

Movement – Facilitate a well-skilled, passionate, and compassionate group of professionals to help our community move!  Keep them moving 🙂

Healing – Give our community access to professionals and tools to help them restore harmony in their body.  Relieve the effects of stress and trauma.  Invite the mindset of endless possibilities!

Balance – Bring awareness to the need for emotional balance.  Encourage our community to seek care for the needs of their mind, as it relates to stress response and the body.

As we find our hearts filling with purpose, fulfillment, and joy, we continue to refine how we combine what we do with how we do it.  That sounds so simple, maybe cliche, but the how is really what has set us apart.  I think the how is what will propel our community into well-being and vitality!

Drum Roll……Here’s How We Met HALCYON VILLAGE

About 3 summers ago I went on a girl’s get-away with some friends from high school in Hideaway, TX.  After a fun night of wine, dinner, and games, I woke up the next day feeling rested, relaxed and nostalgic.  I sat out on a quiet porch and watched the morning roll by.  I began to jot down some thoughts.  One thing led to the next, I had the vision for a community of people with hope and love, working together to create a place where healing and joy could be cultivated.  I journaled, googled, and brainstormed until the vision had a name.  Halcyon Village was born.

halcyonHalcyon is a type of bird.  It is referenced in Greek mythology.  They represent love, commitment, peace, and calm.

Village to us means the people, not necessarily the places.  “It takes a village” is a proverb of unknown origin.  It’s truth transcends all cultures.
We have incorporated an olive branch in the logo as well.  The branch is classically known to represent peace.  The tree has even more significance.  The tree is hollow – ministers teach that, like an olive tree, you must fill yourself with the Holy Spirit.  It is resilient – if the trunk is cut, its roots will continue to grow.  Its heartiness and strength are qualities that justify its symbolism for righteousness.
As you can tell, these are not just words to put on a sign or business card.  These are words that represent who we are.
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WHAT ABOUT TODAY
So today….it was a really good day!  For somewhere around 1,095 days, we have been planning some ingredient of today.  Today, our insides were seen on the outside!!
1) Dr. Joey Lowery (my Shoog) came to serve with us
2) Expansion is complete (we have an additional 650sqft)
3) Jayme Fletcher, LMT joined our village
4) Reception got a face lift
5) New equipment – cold laser, percussion, and arthrostim
6) Countless memories with our current village so we could grow our vision
I hope this tells you a little about this evolution of change in our service, culture, and staff.  I hope you come by soon to check out the feeling of our space and the amazing people that are there to serve you!
We will be publishing an updated “Body of Services” soon!!
In Love and Service,
Taryn Lowery, DC
AKA “Dr. T”

Creating Happy 2015

April 1st marks the beginning of the Creating Happy movement at Peace of Life Chiropractic!! The full outline is available on our website @ wwww.peaceoflifechiropractic.com. JOIN US!!!

21 DAYS IN APRIL
THREE GRATITUDES

Each day you will write 3 new things that you are grateful for. Writing them down is important. Writing them allows them to become a conviction or confession, whichever applies. Over the course of 21 days, you will have 63 things you are grateful for!!!

Here is a little helper you can print or share to Create Happy in your life and in the lives of others 😉
3 Gratitudes

Inclement Weather

Hello to our patients scheduled tomorrow wink emoticon Weather consistently shows 90% chance of precipitation and temperatures below freezing. In the event forecast proves true, we will follow the advisory of MISD. We will also be sending out a text in the morning if indeed we need to confirm changes to your scheduled appointment.

Make-Over Your Medicine Cabinet with Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils – December 2nd

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Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination. 
Want to learn how you can put these essential oils to use in your home and in your family’s well-being, JOIN US!!!!
Dawn Bowden will be instructing a class on just that!  Monday, December 2nd @ 6:30pm at Peace of Life Chiropractic 🙂
Have you peeked inside your medicine cabinet lately? Chances are its contents are synthetic, toxic, addictive, expensive, and even dangerous.  Do you want safer, cheaper, more effective resources? Learn how essential oils can safely minimize symptoms, address root causes, and even eliminate expensive over-the-counter medications and doctor’s visits.
Come learn about some effective, affordable, safe, and natural alternatives for… • Allergies • Cold / Flu • Earaches • Fever • Asthma • Chronic Pain • Weight Loss • Cough, Congestion • Arthritis • Headaches • Depression • Mood • Viruses • and SO much more
We have limited capacity for this class to ensure everyone in attendance has access to this quality information!  We have an in-office sign-up.  You can call us at 972.775.4344 to be added or you can sign-up in person.