With 5 months cigarette-free under my belt, all the major withdrawal effects had eased (e.g. sleep changes, touchy digestion, sensitive skin, circulation issues, etc. - for more information about the physical effect of quitting smoking check out www.healdove.com) and my new orthotics were being utilized on the daily. I still wanted to actively help my healing along so I booked an appointment with Susie Price, RMT at NIHC.
The journal entry below was my resulting image(s) from Tasha's yoga series and it really helped me answer that question. I felt her weekly themes, her words, her presence and the physical practice complimented my current intention and focus well. In those moments I craved a ciggy-break, my journal was beginning to hold many comforting and inspiring reminders that I didn't really need it anymore.
Inspired by the final session in Tasha's yoga series, I took the opportunity to reassess my priorities in life. Taking time to reassess periodically, like re-grounding or re-centering, is never a bad idea. Using the same rainbow bulls-eye image (above) I filled each layer with a focus; starting with myself, each layer slightly larger than myself, all guided by the question,
'Who/what do you practice for?'
If you've ever wondered what the 'integrative' of Northwest Integrative Healthcare Centre looks like, here's one glimps. In my last acupuncture session with Dr. Griffith she mentioned that if I booked an appointment with Susie I should book a follow-up with her. I gave permission to both Dr. Griffith and Susie Price to chat about my case. The result was several 20-minute nebulizer sessions in a quiet private room at NIHC. The image to the right is the resulting doodle completed during one session.
What was the image drawn on the other side? Well, in the context of change, I had been trying to experience life with radical openness, a willingness to consider environmental and/or social feedback that I may need to change. This required courage and was the opposite of complacency, passivity or resignation. It was freedom from being stuck, it was finding my edge, and gaining confidence to make active and empowered choices.
The next NIHC clinician I visited was:
Lana Greene is a new resident to Terrace, and the latest edition to our professional team here at the Northwest Integrative Healthcare Centre. She is a lifelong resident of Northern Alberta, recently relocating here from Peace River, AB. She is an RMT in Alberta with 9 years experience as a practicing registered member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada.
Previous to studying massage therapy she had always worked in the healthcare field, as a Nurse's Aide as well as a Medical Office Assistant. Lana is very passionate about helping others and learning about the human body. She is currently in the process of becoming registered with the College of Massage of BC, and plans to remain here for the rest of her career. She is now providing holistic treatments here at the Clinic and is currently accepting new clients.