Several weeks ago, Zach and I asked Leah Zinnert to join the Premier team. When we hired her, we knew we had found a personable, intelligent, therapist AND trainer (she holds a doctorate in Physical Therapy and is an NSCA certified strength & conditioning specialist).
What we didn't know is that we were also getting a thoughtful writer.
After sending Leah off to become a Neuro Therapy master for 2 weeks in Arizona, we were pleasantly surprised to find she took the time to put some thoughts down on paper regarding Neuro Therapy and a little exploring she did through the Grand Canyon and Sedona.
Read on to learn more about how Leah compares Neuro Therapy to some of the most beautiful, jaw droping sights in the US.
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We're so happy to have you on our team, Leah!
Part 1: Exploring the depths of your nervous system
While in Arizona for Neuro Therapy training over the weekend, I decided to take a very long day trip. An adventure to say the least.
I drove 4 hours from Mesa to the Grand Canyon, 2 hours from the Grand Canyon to Sedona, and then 2 hours at the end of the day back to Mesa. Coffee was my friend. As I sit here and reflect upon my travels, I can’t help but relate the experience to the Neuro Therapy process (of course).
If you have ever been to the Grand Canyon, you may understand that overwhelming feeling of astonishment and wonder as you gaze out over the beautiful rocks. It's the first feeling that you get looking out over the Canyon.
You’re flooded with a variety of emotions. It’s difficult to comprehend what is happening, how it’s happening, and how something so massive freaking got there in the first place.
That experience is a lot like how the sensation hits you when going through Neuro Therapy treatment. And that massive thing in the distance is your compensatory movement patterns, which contribute to your nagging aches and pains.
But as that intense first feeling starts to wear off, you can begin to explore further. The more you learn and experience, the more you want to get closer to that edge, hike the trails, travel deeper into that canyon.
It becomes an unforgettable immersion of the senses that live on with you.
Metaphors aside, Neuro Therapy is much like this experience. It’s an amazing opportunity for discovery of your nervous system and the way it impacts your movement patterns. To bring your compensatory patterns to the surface and sustain meaningful lasting change, we must overload the system.
In other words, you’ve got to get closer to the edge.
Part 2: The Snoopy Rock, Perspective, And The Little Things That Contribute to the Big Problem of Persistent Pain
My experience in Sedona was nothing short of breathtaking. The views were incredible and unlike anything I had ever seen. Let’s just say - you can’t get this type of scenery in Baltimore.
In the short time I spent there, I booked a Pink Jeep Adventure Tour to explore the Broken Arrow Trail. I was ecstatic to see things up close. Equally excited to go off-roading in a jacked-up Jeep that climbs 35-degree angles in idle (C’mon, that’s freaking cool)!
Along the way, our guide, Doug, pointed out Snoopy Rock. It looks like Snoopy on his back with Woodstock, his little bird, sitting on his nose. See Below.
What he said next threw me. Woodstock, the small rock on Snoopy’s nose there… is 18 feet tall.
My jaw dropped. Granted, from a distance everything looks smaller than it really is.
But to the side of that seemingly tiny 18-foot rock, take a gander below at the monstrous structure that sits next to Snoopy.
Which brings be to my point... it’s all about perspective. From a distance, these things may look insignificant, but once you get up close and personal, they’re massive.
The same can be applied when thinking about any old injury or change in movement pattern that seems too little to be the cause of your pain or poor performance.
As Neuro Therapists, it is our job to bring your awareness to these seemingly LITTLE things that may be having a BIG impact on your day to day function.
Once we have perspective, we can bring your awareness of these things to the forefront and correct them.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
Are you ready to change your perspective? Come see us!
Questions for Leah about her Neuro Therapy training process or trip to the Grand Caynon and Sedona? Shoot her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Evan Lewis is a nationwide leader in Neuro Therapy and founded the Baltimore area's only specialist Neuro Therapy facility for people who want to stay active into their 40s, 50s, and beyond.
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