As chiropractors, we specialize in helping people discover how to experience, access and use more of the energy that is available in their spine and body. All of our success stems from people growing their internal resources and creating an energetic upgrade that moves them towards more of the results they want for their life. When there is a surplus of energy, we’re ‘energy rich’ and hungry for more. With more available energy, we desire something new and greater in life. From this energized place, we’re inspired to expand and take action to create the outcomes we desire and which previously did not exist.
Growing our energetic capacity is similar to growing our financial resources through strategic investment. Eventually, our earnings grow and can be used for almost anything. This creates more possibility in our life. Likewise, investing in the alignment and structural coherence of the body positions us to access more energy for our life. The more organization and coherence within our body and life, the more energy that is available for healing, performance and growth.
Optimization does not see problems
Unlike most health related actions, optimization is not positioned in relation to a problem or concern. Optimization does not specifically consider or address any problems that may or may not exist, now or in the future. Rather, optimization seeks to improve the energetic and structural coherence of the body (our health status) by increasing our resourcefulness and innate capacity to heal and adapt with life and it’s challenges.
Optimization is focused entirely on growing our energetic resources and our innate capacity for healing and health, from the inside out. As we learn to energize ourselves more effectively, we activate the resident wisdom of the body to a greater extent and our innate intelligences can better organize our perceptions, behaviours and structures. As we become more efficient and effective in our lives, the intelligence that maintains the body in healthy active organization can more successfully manifest healthy cells, body and mind, taking us to increasingly higher levels.
At the centre of any and all improvements in our health is the energy that is available. More available energy translates into benefits for any and all circumstances that may arise. For example, heading into the day with a good night’s rest and a proper breakfast prepares us for whatever the day may hold. Whether it’s a physical trauma, an infectious disease or workplace stress, although it’s not specific to any particular problem, more energy helps us to be our best and respond more effectively to any challenges that do arise.
Optimization occurs primarily via internal cues
Rooted in a process of self-referral and self-regulation, optimization relies primarily on internal body signals for feedback to help us know that our actions are having the desired effect. Although external signals and objective results will eventually confirm our success (e.g. because I am now stronger, I can run faster and farther than ever before), this information may not be immediately available as it takes time for the body to reorganize, heal and manifest the appropriate biological upgrades (e.g. it takes time to build muscle, strength and cardiovascular fitness). The process of optimization requires enough connection and sensitivity to guide our choices and make some reasonable assessment regarding the value of our efforts, especially when the physical results have yet to come.
With enough connection and sensitivity to what’s happening within, the internal signals of the body provide guidance to help us navigate the health related actions that are available. Learning how to connect, pay attention to this type of information and follow the available energy is a key part of the process. It’s really quite simple, something that gets us excited lets us know about its potential value: for whatever reason (and we don’t need to know why) it resonates with us. Through a process of committed trial and error we are able to discover what works best for us at any given point. This type of feedback occurs in our body and acts as a map towards increasing our personal resourcefulness. It provides energetic confirmation that informs us of the value of our actions prior to the full result. Knowledge is gained through experience and our ability to trust and allow these internal signals to guide our choices is essential to a greater expression of our health potential.
A self-sustaining lifetime wellness practice
Optimization is self-sustaining and has a unique reward that carries forward. Momentum grows as each new success builds upon that which came before. The success of optimization is the reward that keeps us working towards more and involves a continuous process of learning and refinement. While other types of approaches end with success – after which there is little more if anything to do – optimization carries the promise of self-actualization and begins with an initial success that confirms the possibility of realizing more of what is available. This energetic confirmation positions us to invest the time and energy necessary to transform our body, life and future health. The energetic reward and the desire to see how far we can go is what makes the process of optimization self-sustaining.
Optimization is not ‘alternative’ healthcare
A challenge with many of the health related actions in the current healthcare system is that they become alternatives to optimization. Perhaps because they’re focused on the problem, they appear to be more specific which can create an illusion of greater relevance and/or value. Health however cannot be created by suppressing or eliminating the symptoms and/or problems that have been intelligently created as a direct result of how we’ve been using energy in our lives. Unfortunately, once a problem is manifest, it can be difficult to make the change that’s required to heal and resolve our health concern. As a result, we may end up looking for help from outside ourselves to change the experience of our body in an attempt to end our pain, symptoms and/or suffering.
Optimization is separate and distinct and not alternative or complementary to any other approach; it is a parallel option that’s always available and valuable, regardless of what other actions we’re taking. For example, good nutrition, adequate movement and proper rest are almost always important and good ideas, even when also choosing to receive chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.
Optimization may or may not be ‘preventative’
Prevention implies that we’ve taken action prior to the occurrence of any symptoms or problems. In the absence of a problem, action is taken regularly through structured ritual, practice or convention. Based simply on the passage of time, when executed at the appropriate frequency, preventative actions can fortify the body and address any issues at an energetic level, preventing a potential outcome from ever taking place.
Depending on our point of view, optimization may or may not be preventative. As the actions of optimization increase the body’s internal resources and capacity for change, a healing process may occur. As the body moves to a higher level of energetic and structural coherence (new levels of health), there is a re-organizational process that may produce symptoms as the body completes the necessary physiological tasks to achieve the biological upgrade (i.e. inflammation, detoxification, dissolution of abscesses, resolution of chronic low-grade infections that have been below awareness, etc.). In this case, optimization will not prevent the expression of the symptoms associated with the healing process, it will optimize it. Often this is experienced as a more intense process of shorter duration which, when complete, is accompanied by the awareness of a fundamental change in the experience of our body and life. While optimization is not necessarily preventing the experience of uncomfortable sensations or undesirable symptoms, it is still working to resolve a problem and ‘preventing’ a potentially more complex and involved situation down the road.