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When I woke up this morning, I felt something amazing!

When I woke up this morning, I felt something amazing!

How did I forget about this?!

 

Good morning, world!

Whew!  I feel like a whole new woman today!  What a surprise!

And what’s crazy to me is that I can’t believe how surprised I am.  I’m surprised that I’m surprised!!

What’s this all about?  Why all the exclamation marks?

Well, yesterday after co-hosting an event with another Network Spinal chiropractor, Dr. Susan Gullion, she had time to adjust me before leaving New Day.  So yes, I got adjusted!

Some of you know that I don’t get care anywhere near as often as I would like, due to there not being another chiropractor who does this work living in the Chicago area.  So even though I preach the benefits of this life changing care, I don’t always get to experience the benefits of it for myself.

This morning when I woke up and was laying in bed, I found myself suddenly moving and stretching in a new kind of way.  It felt sooooo good!  It was like all of a sudden, after weeks of being in the dark, the lights were turned on.

I spent about a half an hour laying in bed, focusing, breathing, and moving in whatever ways my spine and body wanted to take me, the changes from the adjustments made the night before continuing to work their way through my system.

Then change in my nervous system has been profound.  I got up and went to work out with a completely different sense of my body.  Gone were the aches, pains, and tight muscles that I’d become so accustomed to managing.  The changed awareness directed me to do more with some exercises at the gym than I normally do, and less of some others.

I then came home and began work more focused and productive than I’ve been in weeks!

It’s often said, “you don’t know what you don’t know.”  In this case though, I did actually know.  But somehow I, of all people, forgot.  We can get used to anything, I guess.

 

 

We can get used to anything, especially when things get less good little, by little, by little.  The scary thing is how much more is going on than just aches, pains, and tension in our bodies when our spines and nervous systems aren’t functioning optimally.

Your nervous system — your brain and the nerves that run through your spinal cord — has the task of juggling the health and functionality of your entire body. Your heart, your lungs, your muscles, and even your thoughts and feelings, all function the way they do because of the signals sent between your brain and body through the nervous system.

If you’ve found a way to manage, get by, be “pretty good” (as long as you do this, that and the other stretching and other healing modalities and DON’T do a bunch of other things), I totally understand how that is.  It happens to everyone (apparently even me:))

Even if you really think you feel great, but you also remember what it was like to feel those lights turn on inside you through Network Spinal, you really probably owe it to yourself to experience the benefits in your health and your life again.  

We hear over and over again from our practice members that our care helps with so many things that it’s difficult to even measure the value it has in their lives.  At New Day we love helping people shine their brightest through optimizing the health of the nervous system and ensuring that there is nothing interfering with you being at your best.

We are sending this letter to you today to remind you that it is time to have your spine checked. Included is a special gift to make it easy for you to get going again that will expire June 15th.  

The gift and the expiration date are to encourage you, since most of us can be procrastinators. 🙂 As BJ Palmer, founder of chiropractic, said, “Procrastination is the thief of health.”

If now feels like the perfect time to get those lights turned on so that you can be a whole new you, we want to encourage you!

We look forward to helping you again!  Call 773 340-2225 to schedule, or email our front desk. It is an honor and privilege being on your team 🙂

Shine brightly today,

Dr. Katie and the New Day team

 

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Introducing our Practice Member of the Month for May 2019!

May 2019

 

We are so grateful for who you are, the progress that you continue to make,

and the commitment you have made to your spinal health and wellness.

You are making the world a better place!

We honor you this month and thank you for being both a part of our amazing New Day community!

 

Tina O. has been in care with Dr. Katie since February 2018

 

Why I came to New Day:  

I am a complete chiropractic conversion story! I avoided chiropractors like the plague as I spent 7 years as an injury claims adjuster for car accidents. I was responsible for hiring medical experts to refute chiropractor’s testimony in court. So when coming to support long-time practice member, and all-around fabulous human Julie Breckenfelder as she co-hosted a networking event, the last thing I thought is that I’d become a card carrying member of the New Day fan club!

At the time, I was doing intuitive energy healing work and had been receiving it for a few years so I thought I had my bases covered. I didn’t even realize I had low-level constant soreness on the right side of my back from scoliosis I didn’t even know was there – I was so used to it. When I first met with Dr. Katie every part of me wanted to say “no” to starting care but my soul was screaming “YES,” and I’m so glad I listened.

My chiropractic results:

One of the most interesting aspects of my journey with Network Care is what it has taught me about embodiment on the spiritual journey. Most of us have experienced trauma, whether it’s as simple as being conditioned to not express emotion or something much more complex, trauma causes us to energetically leave our bodies. What the adjustments and SRI have done for me is brought me back into my body, aligned my nervous system, and taught me a way to experience energy release somatically. I have come to believe that a combination of ways to move energy including somatically, through energy healing, and through verbalization make for a happy set of levers that can be pulled depending upon the situation, the stage, and what is for our highest good in any given moment.

Why I continue my care with Dr. Katie:

The community, the care, and the journey! I love the permission that New Day gives for being open, emotionally honest, and the encouragement to step into our best lives. New Day feels like a family where we come together to take care of ourselves, release what no longer serves, and expand into what is new and possible. And of course, my very favorite is letting it fly in Stage 3 SRI, because in any other environment we would be considered crazy!

 

  • Tina O., Chicago, IL

 

 

“Fixed” in 6-8 visits?

“Fixed” in 6-8 visits?

It depends on what you mean by “fixed”

 

Good morning, New Day!

This week I’ve been thinking about something I heard from another chiropractor a few days ago at a networking meeting here in Chicago.

At the part of the meeting when each guest introduces themselves, this doctor told the group that his work “fixes” patients in 6-8 visits.

I certainly do not presume to know all about this doctor or his way of practicing, but as you might imagine, I have some opinions about this statement 🙂

It’s not that I don’t think it’s possible to experience real, tangible change in a short amount of time.

As I tell clients to prep them for their first adjustment at New Day, although there is no such thing as a one adjustment “magic wand,” it is certainly possible, if not likely, to be aware of a change in the functioning of your nervous system after just one adjustment.

If you’ve ever heard me speak or describe my own first experience of Network Spinal, this won’t surprise you.  Many of our clients report a significant change in their awareness of their symptom or complaint after one, or a small number of adjustments.

If you can get a change right away, why keep coming in for care?  Aren’t you “fixed”?

It really depends on what you mean by “fixed.”

Let’s take, for example, the contestants on the show “The Biggest Loser.”  Here are a bunch of very overweight people, now working out more than they’ve ever worked out in their lives, while making significant dietary changes as well.  At the end of every week, the contestants have a weigh in.

Is the person “fixed” when they lose 5 pounds at the initial weigh in?

Of course not.  Anyone would agree that they each have quite a bit of weight to lose to get into the neighborhood of healthy.

But what about when they lose 10 pounds?  20?  It’s a really noticeable change!  Depends on the person, you might say.

What about when they meet their goal?  Surely at that point, the person is as close to “fixed as they’re going to get, right?

Not if they go back out into their normal lives thinking the same thoughts, experiencing the same emotions, and otherwise reacting to life in ways similar to what lead them into unhealthy habits in the first place.

The fact is, who we show up as today in our health and our lives is a function 1) of every day we’ve lived and choice we’ve made up until now and 2) how we live and make choices every day going forward.  “Fixed” in the narrowest sense of the term is when we experience a change that makes up for all the weeks, months, and years in which we’ve been living in a compromised state of health.  But even after that, you’re going out into life facing some of the same conditions that lead to the issues you were experiencing in the first place.

6-8 adjustments is as likely to fix you as 6-8 workouts, 6-8 healthy meals, or 6-8 prayers.  As in it can certainly make a significant difference in your health and life compared to the past.  But what happens after the 6-8 (or even 20-30) interventions that are needed to get your symptom to it’s “goal”?  Now you need something to bring you into the future.

When the pounds have been lost, or the shoulder stops hurting, or the lower back pain stops, you are still a person with a brain connected to the body through nerves, regulated by the responses in your nervous systems, living in a world of physical, emotional, mental, and chemical stressors.  Network Spinal has been shown in research to help people not just feel better, but help them make the changes in their lives and habits that lead to sustained improvement.

Has your idea of what “fixed” means changed while you’ve been in care?  Please comment below!

 

 

“I should be past this!”

“I should be past this!”

 

Do you ever feel frustrated that after all this time “the same problem” keeps coming up?

 

Good afternoon, New Day lovelies!

Whether you’ve been in care for your spine and nervous system at New Day for years, or are brand new to the game, it probably won’t surprise you that an experience of being “stuck,” or “still” working on the same issues, can be one of the most dreaded (and important) experiences in our healing.

Some of us would rather jump from program to program, doctor to doctor, healer to healer, modality to modality– anything to keep us from pausing to face the fact that some fundamental aspect of our experience remains unchanged.

We have a lot of judgements about “stuckness.”

  • “This means this isn’t working”
  • “This means I’m not getting better.”
  • “This means there’s something wrong with me.”
  • “This SHOULDN’T be happening.”

Sound familiar?  No matter how much improvement or transformation we may have experienced, if If we’re honest with ourselves we probably have some baggage around something that “still” hasn’t changed.

Because this is bound to be a fruitful and juicy topic for so many of us, I am thrilled to announce my next Healing Intensive, co-lead by Dr. Susan Gullion.  “Discovering with Grace.”

 

Join Dr. Katie and Dr. Susan Gullion on Sunday, June 2nd from 12-5PM.  Dr. Susan will draw on her 30+ years of experience of being mentored and trained by Donny Epstein for a powerful afternoon of experiencing.  Leave with greater self awareness and tools to direct you during your adjustments, and in your life outside of New Day.

This afternoon of awakening, experiencing, and community includes:

  • 2 Network Spinal adjustments
  • Somato Respiratory Integration breath work
  • Personal attention and guidance
  • Discovery, Transformation, and Awakening!
  • Self love
  • Community
  • Healthy food and refreshments

Not sure if this intensive is for you?  Here’s how you can decide:

Do you . . .

. . . identify on some level with a feeling of stuckness or lack of progress physically or in life?

. . . love New Day, Network Spinal, and would be excited about working with a master like Dr. Susan?

. . . find that when you recognize an opportunity and take a leap, you are always rewarded?

If any or all of these are true for you, I urge you to take the opportunity NOW to register for the intensive!

Dr. Susan Gullion, DC

 

Here are what some of our recent Healing Intensive participants had to share about this experience:

“Love yourself and your journey enough to say yes to this! At one point during the intensive, I thought to myself, ‘Oh, I almost said no to this. I almost missed this!’ You’ll never regret the healing that will happen.”

“The impact for me was that I was able to let go and cry in front of everyone. It’s always been hard for me to share personal things about me even to my closest friends. To me that was a BIG breakthrough. After it happened it it was hard to believe for me, that I really let go and cried.”

“Do it! A healing intensive is a great way to concentrate on you and what you need.”

This opportunity is only available to a small number of practice members.  Don’t miss out!  CLICK HERE to email our office and reserve your spot before it’s too late!

Ever wonder if and how you’re undoing your adjustments between visits?

Ever wonder if and how you’re undoing your adjustments between visits?

 

 

Getting the most out of Network Spinal

 

Good afternoon, shiny New Day 🙂

I see it over and over again.  You’re new in the practice.  Starting care.  And you’re super motivated to have Network Spinal be THE THING that makes a difference for you right now.

Therefore you come to all your adjustments.  You watch the video I send you.  You read the newsletters.  You come to the workshops.

And you have a lot of questions for me.  “What should I be doing or NOT doing to get the most out of my care?”

Later on, after you are confident that the care process is indeed helping you, you may become a bit more blase.  This is when we might think we have it all figured out.

That workshop?  “Haven’t I been to that one already?”  Or, “I’ll have to check my schedule.”

None of this is to scold you or anyone.  It’s just to recognize a fundamental fact that we are not all always going to be maximally engaged all the time.  For most of us, it’s when we experience something as new that we are the most engaged and participate most.

Other times, we might be in a comfortable routine with how we experience something, a routine that works just fine for us.  There is a season to just relax and enjoy how well something works to support us in our health and lives.

BUT.  There are also seasons when we are ready for MORE.  That’s what our Bright Souls Gatherings are all about.

 

 

Whether you are a practice member who identifies as a leader, someone who participates and contributes, and someone who wants MORE, or you find that you at a point in your care and life when you could use added energy and perspective, our next Bright Souls Gathering is for you!

Because even after we get to the point where Network Spinal and New Day are no longer “new” to us, WE change.  If you’re doing care and life right, ideally you’re learning and growing in the process.

You might want to give yourself the opportunity to engage with your care process as the person you are now, the whole new you, rather than who you were when we met.  It’s called “New Day”– not “Old Day” 🙂

Next Wednesday’s Bright Souls Gathering is on the topic, “What should I be doing or not doing to get the most out of my care?”  The conversation  is great for newcomers and more experienced practice members.

Come learn from Dr. Katie, other practice members, and share your own experiences.

RSVP for the May 8th Bright Souls Gathering at 6:30PM by clicking here!

Introducing our Practice Member of the Month for April of 2019!

Introducing our Practice Member of the Month for

April of 2019!

We are so grateful for who you are, the progress that you continue to make, 

and the commitment you have made to your spinal health and wellness.

You are making the world a better place!

We honor you this month and thank you for being a part of our New Day community!

 

 

Lucy W. has been in care with Dr. Katie since December 2018

-Practice Member of the Month-

April 2019

 

 

Why I came to New Day:  

I had been in traditional chiropractic care for 5 years in San Jose, CA.  I had some good results, so I wanted to continue on my path. Dr. Katie was recommended to me by Rev. Mark Anthony Lord.  My brother in law had also been to a healing seminar at her office and he was very impressed with the seminar, and the office.  My husband also told me about Dr. Katie’s method of chiropractic care, so I was quite intrigued. I came to a seminar one evening in December, 2018, and I really liked what I heard. I had a gift certificate for the introductory evaluation; based on that evaluation, I elected to go for the 3 month practice starting in January of 2019.

 

My chiropractic results:

  1. No more pain in my knees.
  2. Increased energy and vitality in my core and throughout my body.
  3. Increased flexibility in my body and spine.
  4. Able to stretch and lengthen w/o any pain.
  5. Neck and upper shoulders are more flexible than ever. Even though I still hold some tension in my upper shoulders, I have more movement and greater insight/awareness into how I can release the tension.
  6. Effective Breathing. Using my breath to decrease my stress.
  7. Less Reactive Behavior, and more centered thought during situations that could have become “inflammatory”.  I am using my breathing awareness (SRI) to deflect the negativity that I was carrying.
  8. My blood sugar is now at a manageable range from 97 to 100. Also, my A1C was lowered to 5.1, which is the lowest it has ever been. My doctor encouraged me to keep coming to New Day, because I firmly believe that this practice has assisted me tremendously with my blood sugar management. I hope and pray to completely reverse my diabetic condition.

Why I continue my care with Dr. Katie:

I absolutely have become a devotee of this practice. I love the community, and the people I’ve met here in the community are great!  

Thanks to Dr. Katie and the staff for this splendid and sacred experience. It works!!

 

 

  • Lucy W., Chicago, IL

 

 

You have the ability to heal yourself in just minutes

You have the ability to heal yourself in just minutes

But it does take practice!

 

Good morning, New Day!

If you’re anything like me, you might have read the subject line of this email and felt an initial sense of curiosity and interest.

But then you read “But it takes practice” and thought “UGH! There’s the catch!”

Maybe this has always been the case for humans, or maybe it’s just more the case now in our zero-attention span society, but I notice a tendency within us to think that for something to “work” it should “work” IMMEDIATELY.  If not, we’ve already lost interest and moved on to our next thing.

We become, as I call them, “healing hoppers.”

The moment we aren’t having a completely effortless experience that meets our need for certainty, we suddenly decide we must need some new treatment, approach, or practitioner.

What’s missing in all of this is self awareness, so that we won’t be stuck in an endless cycle of seeking out more and more new modalities and techniques.  Having self awareness takes dedicated practice.

But the good news is– you are ALREADY in a dedicated practice!

If you were already learning Spanish, and had a goal of mastering a foreign language, would you then stop and start learning Greek instead?  No!  You would hopefully keep learning and building on what you’d already learned.

You have already dedicated time and energy to your care at New Day.  And you’ve made such a great investment!  Getting more and better results for where you are in your health and your life right now may require putting in a little focused effort at times, so that you can build on the work you’ve already done.  This is a lot less effort and much more effective than healing hopping 🙂 Even if you’ve been out of the practice, out of care, or haven’t been to an SRI workshop since you were new in care, you are in a perfect position to do that.

SRI was created by Donny Epstein, creator of Network Spinal.  SRI furthers the goals of Network Spinal by giving us another tool and a practice for increasing our awareness in our bodies.

This work is so important that we have a once monthly workshop at New Day, and have for most of the last 6 years, for you to learn and practice . If you haven’t been to the SRI workshop yet, or if you have and are ready to take another opportunity to further your progress, please RSVP at your next visit or by clicking here.

 

Win a $100 gift certificate!

Win a $100 gift certificate!

Just for showing up and spreading your sunshine!

 

Good morning, shiny, happy people!

6 years ago when I moved to our beautiful Lincoln Square Chicago (or Ravenswood or Northcenter depending on who you ask) and I was preparing for my grand opening celebration at New Day, I hit the streets to get the word out.

When I look back now, I am shocked and a bit embarassed at my naivete that bordered presumptuousness.  For example, I would show up at a local business and start talking to the people who worked there about how I was opening a new chiropractic office in the neighborhood.

Many greeted me warmly.  Others regarded me with a fairly dismissive air.  And who can blame them?  Businesses come and go.  And chiropractic is something the public generally has a neutral to slightly negative connotation for.  Why should they have cared?

One of those places I stopped into at the recommendation of a friend was Gather restaurant, where I was greeted warmly.  I purchased a gift certificate for the raffle I would have at the grand opening.  The place has become one of my favorites in the years since!

This Saturday, April 13th from 12-3PM at our Appreciation Day, you could win a $100 gift certificate to Gather just for showing up and spreading your sunshine 🙂

 

You, or your friend or family member, could win THIS!

 

Also, don’t forget, while we won’t be open for adjusting hours this Saturday, there will be FREE mini-adjustments for our practice members with Dr. Virginia.

Because it is important for us to be responsible with the work we do and its profound effects, it is important to remember that the free mini adjustments are for practice members only, not for the public.

BUT the Appreciation Day is a GREAT opportunity to share our community with friends, loved ones, and random acquaintances 😉  Please bring guests to help add to the energy.  They’ll be entered into the raffle and will have the opportunity to see and experience what New Day is all about.

RSVPs are not required, but do let us know if you are definitely coming by emailing or letting us know at your next appointment.

We should have more fun

We should have more fun!

I’m back!

 

Good morning, New Day!

I’m back!  After a week of vacationing in Aruba, which of the following do you think I am?  A) Happy and grateful B) A bit exhausted from travel C) LESS tan than when I left OR D) All of the above?

D (All of the above) is the right answer (I’ll explain about the tan if you ask me when I see you this week) 😉

Aruba is so beautiful!  Every day is partly sunny and 80 degrees.  And most of what you do is lay around on the deck of the hotel near the pool.  There were some other adventures too, involving nature, ATVs, paddleboard yoga, a party bus, and the beach.  And the restaurants are amazing!  I ate soooo much.

When I saw this photo as an ad in the Aruba airport, there was no question that I had to get on this bus!

 

Having fun is definitely part of a healthy life.  And I was so happy to share a bit about this trip with so many of you through my blogs and through social media while I was away.

I really can’t say enough about how sweet I think it is that so many of you were keeping tabs on me in my travels.  When I got back on Saturday, I went up to Lincoln Square Athletic Club to a wonderful yoga class and ran into a practice member there.  The first thing out of her mouth was, “You’re back!!  How was the trip!”

I remember when I was in chiropractic school, soon to graduate, and I was reading the website that one of my mentors had created for his Network Spinal office.  I just wanted to get a feel for how I would organize my future website.  I read something there that I never forgot.

In the “About the Doctor” section (the part where the doctor usually has a detached-sounding paragraph or two about their credentials) he instead had this super congenial statement as part of his bio: “You can call me Dr.  Or Dr. Brian.  And as time goes on, maybe just Brian.”

When I read this, it felt bold.  And brave.  The idea that your clients would be such a part of your life that they would simply call you by your first name.  Claiming the role of doctor involves a lot of responsibility, but there is some safety in it as well.  The roles are clear.  There is certainty, and significance.

Doctor describes the amount of schooling and training I have done.  It also describes an important aspect of my relationship with you.  But I appreciate that we are more than our roles with each other.  As Donny Epstein creator of Network Spinal describes, when we can be more than roles, when we can be souls with each other, we bring more energy richness to the field.

I am so excited that one of the, if not THE, most fun party for the souls of the New Day community is coming up Saturday, April 13th!  That’s right, our 6th anniversary party and Appreciation Day is upon us!

I am not exaggerating in the least when I say that our party last year was the pinnacle of energy richness that I had experienced with our community.  Being together for food, drink, conversation, FREE mini-adjustments for our practice members with Dr. Virginia, and an unveiling to celebrate some of New Day’s brightest lights was incredible.  I am so happy we are doing this again!

Photos from last year, our 5 year Anniversary Party

This day will include food, drink, joy and laughter, activities for kids, and FREE mini-adjustments for our practice members by Dr. Virginia.  We will also be raffling off a $100 gift certificate to Gather Restaurant in Lincoln Square. You are encouraged to attend and bring friends and loved ones!

We will be talking to you about this more in the coming weeks, but for now please mark your calendar for the 13th from 12-3PM at New Day.  RSVPs are not required, but we would love to know if you are definitely coming so that we can better plan.

Thank you for reading, and I look forward to the fun we will have in the office this week <3

 

 

Introducing our Practice Member of the Month for March 2019!

Introducing our Practice Member of the Month for March 2019!

 

March 2019

We are so grateful for who you are, the progress that you continue to make, and the commitment you have made to your spinal health and wellness. You are making the world a better place! We honor you this month and thank you for being both a part of our outstanding New Day team and our amazing New Day community.

 

Eyad S. has been in care with Dr. Katie since April 2018

Why I came to New Day: I had a friend who had severe back pain and he was in this form of care that had “totally changed everything for him”– so he told me about Dr. Katie’s office and her work. In some ways it didn’t make sense to me that Network Spinal would work. On the other hand, my trainer in college educated me as to the importance of the nervous system and how it relates to athletic performance. The fact that the prime focus was the nervous system lead me here. Due to a history of sports, sports injuries, and concussions– I played football in college and have taken many hits– I got to a point where I had exhausted many of my treatment options without investing a significant amount of money into it. And so I figured I would at least come into New Day and check it out. The first initial visit had me leaving here with more questions than answers. But, I decided that I might as well just try this, and if it didn’t work it would just be on the list of the many things I’ve tried that didn’t work out.

My chiropractic results: I have gone from a state of general anxiousness about reaching too far or landing a certain way playing basketball, to now having a fair amount of confidence in everything I do. I used to experience back spasms on a regular basis when reaching for something at home. I limped out of bed. Now I have overall confidence about being in motion. I also have a constant, conscious approach to my breathing now that I take into everything I do