Attitude of Gratitude
I don’t know about you, but this year, here and there, I’ve experienced moments where I’ve wanted nothing more than to throw myself a pity party. Plans had to be canceled, a personal disappointment occurred, or I was simply having a bad day. It’s okay to get in these funks. Life is hard, and we shouldn’t force ourselves into fake positivity just to try to forget about the hard moments in life. However, this is where gratitude comes in.
Gratitude isn’t positivity. It’s appreciation. For the good, bad, and ugly moments and experiences that have gotten you this far. We often get so wound up in getting to the next best thing, that we forget the journey: the who, the what, and the why that brought us to now. Over the next few days, take some time to look back on and express gratitude to what has gotten you to where you are.
Let’s first discuss the who. Who has pushed you, supported you, and not given up on you, even when you wanted to give up on yourself? What sacrifices have they made to help you accomplish your goals? How can you now turn around and try to support them?
What experiences have you gone through that have made you who you are? Did that one impossible project at work force you to learn a skill that has completely changed your career path for the better? Did the rough moments you faced growing up teach you to show compassion and kindness to others, because that’s what you needed at that time? What has made you who you are?
Why do you continue working tirelessly to do and be better? Is there a change you want to see in the world? Children you want to set a good example for, so they know that they too can achieve great things? What motivates you to keep pushing when extrinsic things aren’t enough?
While 2020 certainly turned a different direction than we had all planned, we can choose to see the beauty in the hand we’ve been given. For me, 2020 has reminded me of my priorities and what truly matters to me. What I’m thankful for. Who I’m thankful for. Why it matters. Keep pushing, but don’t forget to have an attitude of gratitude.
By Debi Douma-Herren
Golf is Open in Wisconsin!
Golf if open in Wisconsin! …but with limitations and precautions so when your range time is limited, here is how to get loose in a hurry and ready to hit that first ball.
Golf is the type of game in which you can set yourself up for failure before you hit your first tee shot. That is why a thorough but efficient warm-up routine is essential if you want to play your best. In this video, Mike Malaska, National PGA Instructor of the Year, will take you through an amazingly simple, but effective, warm-up to help prepare your mind and body for the golf course.
Performing a proper warm-up can prevent you from having to make a load of fixes. If you use hitting balls to warm up, your golf swing will feel different every time.
Golf is a mental game; the video prepares not only your body but your mind…preparing it for the movement you are about to ask it to perform. IMPORTANT: if you choose to skip watching the video do NOT start your warmup with rotation!!
Momentum is open and looking forward to our 2020 golf season, we are here to help your body to perform and feel better before and after each round. Book now!
COVID-19 and Momentum
As the landscape of our interactions continue to evolve I wanted to send an email to update you on where massage and bodywork is within the state of Wisconsin. As of today, massage services are listed as exempt due to our healthcare status, this does NOT apply to any therapist operating within a spa or fitness facility. Understanding that some of Momentum's clients are dependant on their sessions to manage pain and help with their sport performance:
Hardware vs Software
Hardware vs Software is a hot topic in the health and fitness industry. It can spark heated debates surrounding what can be done and what can’t be done. What is software? What is hardware? What is the controversy and why does it matter?
WHAT IS SOFTWARE?
Software is flexible, malleable, and can be changed. When applied to human function it is ripe with neuroplasticity. The Systems learn, adapt, and evolve as needed to grow. In order to do this, they need to be agreeable to change.
Our compensation patterns are the musculoskeletal equivalent to a software issue. They were created for a specific purpose, but instead of moving through the adaptation they become stuck in a way of living and are what we sometimes refer to as a ‘software glitch’.
WHAT IS HARDWARE?
Hardware is inflexible and cannot be changed. It also seems to be a 4 letter word in the industry.
A few examples of hardware when applying the term to human function are plates and screws, broken bones, arthritis, demyelinating diseases, lesions, and the list goes on.
The Systems view these hardware bits as alien. They will constantly try to adapt around these areas in protective nature.
When confronted with ‘hardware issues’ many practitioners hang their head in defeat knowing that changes will not take place. They have given up before they’ve begun, because that’s what they’ve been taught.
HARDWARE VS SOFTWARE: THE GREAT DEBATE.
So what is the great debate with Hardware VS Software?
As Manual Therapists, we work primarily with software. We work with the Systems to create positive changes. Knowing that we can’t change hardware issues does not mean we can’t create positive changes!
Is there really any debate then?
3 WAYS TO SUCCESSFULLY ADDRESS HARDWARE ISSUES.
Don’t treat it like it’s a death sentence. Treat it as you would any other pain and movement issue you are presented with in your practice daily within its specific limitations.
Dig deeper. This is a primary opportunity to possibly discover the neuromuscular, neuro-emotional, biomechanical, and or lifestyle triggers that resulted in the hardware issue. I often ask my clients why they want to go back to how they were if that’s what brought them to where they are now.
Encourage ongoing wellness sessions of their choosing. With hardware it often becomes a point of how good they want to feel for how long. The Systems will continue to adapt, but the more symptomatic issues can be reduced with self-care and continued maintenance.
In my opinion, the bottom line when it comes to software vs hardware is that both require a skilled practitioner and that the patient be an active participant in their healing process. Create an environment of education, exploration, and discovery for positive changes to evolve.
Originally posted by Marissa Macias
A little from Dr. Dan, a little from Lisa but always a lot of good stuff!