Natural Balance Therapy has a team of therapists that has been providing therapeutic treatments to residents, in all stages of life, in southeast Wisconsin for the past ten years, helping them return to a pain-free, active lifestyle. We seek to help people understand their bodies and what is causing their pain and discomfort, as well as teach them what they can do to help themselves heal. Natural Balance Therapy is known for giving people in chronic pain hope and long-lasting results.
As I sit along the river’s edge in Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park, I gaze at the water and
am immediately drawn to its different movements. The flow feels symbolic of our life’s journey.
In some places the water just goes with the flow and moves with ease. In others it moves faster
and is almost more chaotic. Which way do you notice that you go through life: with ease or fast
paced? We may notice both ways at different times, but the important question is: What is your
response to each?
Whether the river was flowing easily or more chaotically, its response was the same when it
met a barrier (rock, branch, etc): it let go and continued to flow. The only difference was the
experience before the response. When it was faster, and more chaotic, there was an immediate
resistance to the barrier, but then it would let go and continue to flow. I noticed that it would
meet the barrier and then let go of the resistance. When the river was calm, there wasn’t any
resistance to the barrier, and it would immediately change its path as it continued to move
When you are amid chaos, stress, or difficult times in your life, how do you react? What do you
notice? What would happen if we took a moment to step back instead of pushing forward,
allowing ourselves time to feel the resistance? Now, instead of holding onto it and trying to
push through, give yourself permission to take a breath, acknowledge what you feel, and accept
it. Notice if the response feels different.
Imagine the chaotic river as it meets the barrier. It resists but responds by letting go and flowing
instead of continually resisting. How do you think it would feel to slow down, go with the flow,
and allow life to be easier? We all try to push through, make things happen, and ultimately
create more difficulty for ourselves.
Our reactions to situations are what create the response. We do have a choice between chaos
and flow. What do you choose?
Chronic back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, and over 80% of Americans will experience it at some point. Back pain is one of the top reasons for missed work, as well as visits to the doctor.
How's your sleep been lately? Restful? Or do you wake up feeling sore and stiff? Might your mattress be to blame? Our clients sometimes ask us about recommendations for mattresses and pillows, and our answer is usually some variation on: 'it depends'.