Did You Move?

Did you just move your office?

Yes I did. I am now located in the Lewis and Clark Square. To the right of Pattee Creek market

700 S.W. Higgins Ave. Suite #105, Missoula, MT 59803.

Parking is free and plentiful. There are six cient spots right in front of the door!

This is an exciting move. A lot to look forward to!

However I am still at the same location in Stevensville, MT.

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Keeping Unwanted Energy Out

I have been asked several times: "How do I keep other people’s energy
out of my system or how do I keep from absorbing other's negative energy
into myself?"

First thing I say is: there is no such thing as negative energy.
There is only energy that no longer serves us or others. Then I explain
several ways they can keep other's unwanted energy out.

1. Ground yourself. 2. Center yourself. 3. Place a bubble of energy
around yourself.

Then the followup question is usually: "How do I do these things?"

1. Ground yourself: there are many ways to do this. In grounding
yourself you stabilize your energy and are able to release other's
energy that you might have taken into your system.  I will share some
    - You can use a tree meditation where you visualize roots coming
    out of your feet going deep into the ground like a tree. You are very
    stable and grounded, one with the earth.
    - You can picture yourself with your feet firmly planted into the earth
    up to your calves, thus grounding your energy and releasing the unwanted.
    - You can have a grounding cord coming out of your sacrum (bottom of your
    spine) going down to the center of the earth. The cord can be of any
    color and any material you chose. Mine is made of gold. This allows you
    to let go of anything that is no longer serving you and/or that is not

2. Center yourself: This is where you bring all of your energy back into yourself.
    - This is accomplished by focusing on your body center which is
    located at the navel or just below. While focusing reach out and
    bring all of your energy that you have scattered around. Example:
    you are thinking about the fight the kids had this morning, the work
    you have to do tomorrow, your conversation you had with the teacher,
    wondering when you can pick up the car from the mechanic, etc...
    Bring all of that scattered energy back into your center. Feel it
    all arrive and settle into your center and how this feels. I always
    feel more complete when I am truly centered and not so scattered all
    over the place. 
3. Placing an energy bubble around yourself: When you have the above two completed, you get to put a bubble around yourself. You might ask what does this do? It truly is a barrier to unwanted energy from the outside and it helps keep your energy from leaking out. 
    - The bubble can be of any color or material you can imagine. While
    concentrating imagine the bubble completely surrounding you even under
    your feet. The cool thing about the bubble is when you feel like you may
    have pocked a few holes in it yourself or someone else has or it has
    gotten too dirty from other's energy trying to get through just snap your
    finger and it will pop and be replaced by a new one right then.

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It is best that I let John Upledger, DO, OMM and Tad Wanveer, LMT, CST-D explain this.

This article was published in the magazine 'Massage Today' March, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 03. I have permission to use it here.

Helping the Brain Drain: How CranioSacral Therapy Aids ADD/ADHD

By John Upledger, DO, OMM and Tad Wanveer, LMT, CST-D

CranioSacral Therapy can have a profoundly positive effect on brain and spinal cord function. It has been used successfully in the treatment of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) since 1975.

Our clinical experience suggests that structural restrictions in the body, especially in the bones and membrane layers surrounding the brain and spinal cord, may be the primary factor in a significant number of such cases.

These restrictions can interfere with the normal movement of fluids and vital nutrients into and out of the brain, which enable it to function properly.
In a gentle manner, CranioSacral Therapy can help release restrictions to naturally enhance brain function, decrease levels of ADD and ADHD, and in many cases, alleviate the disorders altogether.

Fluid Movement Is Essential to Optimal Brain Function

For each task a person undertakes, multiple sites and integrated pathways within the brain are required to operate in harmony for normal function to occur. Often, in cases of ADD and ADHD, some of these areas actually are performing at abnormally high (hyperactive) and/or low (hypoactive) levels.

What could cause such a dysfunction? It might well be a lack of fluids moving within the brain tissue. It's essential for fluids to move in an unrestricted manner throughout the brain for it to perform optimally. Fluids (blood and cerebrospinal fluid) transport the vital and essential elements required by the cells, while also removing harmful waste products. When the delicate cells are unable to receive what they need, or they are unable to live in an environment free of toxic waste products, dysfunction may occur.

Abnormal Strain Upon Openings and Vessels Can Compromise Normal Fluid Flow Into and Out of the Brain

Traveling through openings in the base of the skull are vessels that supply blood to the brain, and vessels that drain blood and cerebrospinal fluid from the brain. Approximately 85 percent of this drainage occurs through two vessels that pass through two openings (jugular foramina) and become the jugular veins.

Sometimes stressful physical events such as the birth process, trauma or whiplash can cause the base of the skull to jam forward on the top segment of the spine. When this occurs, it places strain on the bones at the base of the skull and the membrane layers within the skull, especially in the area that forms the fluid-drainage openings. The neck muscles also chronically contract to prevent further jamming. This often will maintain the compromised positions of bone and membrane, even for a lifetime.

What happens when such adverse strain patterns are placed on the jugular foramina and the jugular veins? Abnormal vein pressure can occur, which decreases drainage and causes fluid back-pressure to build up in the brain. Such pressure can lead to cell congestion, intracranial toxicity, abnormal pressure on cells and diminished blood flow to the brain. Stress such as this placed on the brain cells may cause them to react by becoming hyperactive in response to the strain, or hypoactive due to the injurious condition; or the same cell or cell groups can be hyperactive at some times and hypoactive at other times. Any of these responses can lead to a myriad of conditions, such as headaches, motor planning issues, speech issues, and one or more of the principal characteristics of ADD and ADHD: inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

CranioSacral Therapy Relieves Strain Patterns and Enhances Fluid Flow

CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch manual therapy that addresses restrictions in the craniosacral system, which consists of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This vital physiological system extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area.

This gentle, hands-on method of care is highly effective in relieving adverse strain patterns and restrictions, thereby enhancing the movement of fluid throughout the brain, spinal cord and the body as a whole. The stronger fluid motion helps brain cells receive normal levels of essential nutrients so they can function efficiently and in synchrony with other cells. It also creates a brain environment that is constantly flushed of waste products and toxic irritants. When the stress of compromised fluid flow is relieved, the areas of the brain that have been overactive and/or underactive can normalize.

The results often are a central nervous system of greater balance and mobility, and a body that is able to return to its peak levels of performance. By helping the body make the biomechanical corrections necessary to allow the brain to function at its best, CranioSacral Therapy can help relieve ADD or ADHD that can cause great difficulty at any age.

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Fidgeting in Class

K. Asked how can she help her son who often gets in trouble for fidgeting in class? You see he was diagnosed with ADHD last year and the doctor wanted to put him on drugs and I do not want anything to do with the pharmaceuticals.

There are several things that can help your son Mrs. K. You can give him something that he can have in his pocket that he can pull out and squish when he starts to feel the need to move. In the past I have suggested cutting a plastic fishing worm in half, this was not my idea I borrowed it from another practitioner, Julie Cook at, that way it fits in his hand easily and his pocket when not in use. Hopefully since it is small enought to fit his hand the other kids will not try to get it from him and if you talk to the teachers about this in advance, he will not get in trouble for playing with it in class.

Another item you can use is a vestibular disc which he puts in his chair. It is easly carried from class to class. This will engage is core and allow movement in the lower half of the body and allowing him to still stay focused in class while his body gets the movement it is craving. Most teachers will allow this in class as long as the parent has discussed it with them first.

Here is a picture of what a vestibular disc looks like. 

The third item that can be used is a kids sized excersice ball that he can sit on in class. Like above this allows his body to get the movement it craves while alowing him to sitll stay focused in class. This is the better option if the teachers wil allow him to have on in the class room. Of course it is not as eas to move from class to class if he has to change rooms.

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