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"Some People Feel the Rain. Others Just Get Wet." ~Bob Marley
First and foremost, I want to DEEPLY Thank everyone that attended the NDS Cancer Awareness event for my wife (Michelle) last week. It was an emotional event with an outpouring of support and love from family, friends, co-workers and NDS students for this wonderful lady who does so much for others. It took us both a week to take it all in. Over 200 people showed their love throughout the night. Our lives have changed forever through everything that has transpired over the years.
Amongst a few other of my students that have gone through their own diagnoses and treatments for cancer, no one but themselves can truly understand the impact our Movement Practice has on literally 'fighting for their own lives' and maintaining their own postural awareness, muscle-tone, physical health, mental health and emotional health during their trying times. Michelle, a highly respected Cardiology Nurse, is no exception.
If pain-free movement and basic strength and conditioning are an essential part of living a normal, healthy physically active life, why don't most seek the basic knowledge to acquire such abilities when they are functionally able (without serious injury or illness)? Why does physical activity need to be attached to a reward, medal, cool profile pic or some kind of 'pat-on-the-back' for a job well done? Shouldn't it already just be a part of the regular humble routine? The goal is doing.
When does regular physical activity become more important? When we acquire acute and chronic injuries and illnesses? Why does it always have to be the last resort for most and the go-to foundation for a only a select few? (Your answer here ______________).
In addition, amongst all the effective western advances in medicine for the treatment of cancers, there has always been one treatment that has been shrouded with the lack of proper education, paranoia, politics, skepticism, and stigma.. Medical Cannabis.
Cannabis dosing (ingested) for the treatment of injury and illness is not new and the scientific studies conducted throughout the years have been leading the way to giving cancer patients like Michelle direct access. GPP Exercise, kettlebells and physical medicine are also 'tried & true' through hundreds of years of practice. They are NATURAL movement methods of recovering from injury and illnesses throughout life (along with proper nutrition).
Michelle is a true healthcare professional and an active leading example of finding INNOVATIONS in movement health and natural medicine to ease her pain, symptoms and discomfort. It is also the clinical me trying to find ways to produce these medicines and modifiable movement programs with the most effectiveness for her. (Picture of Michelle with homemade RSO- a cannabis plant extract, taken to relieve her joint pain, aid her sleep, decrease her nausea, etc.). Again, education is always key.
Don't you ever be scared or too embarrassed to step out of your comfort zone to see what works for you. BUT, you can not just get wet. You must immerse yourself in the teachings and philosophies. You must take the time to learn to FEEL. This goes for alternate methods of medication and exercise that may go against years of false-belief. It will be those that seek the truth for themselves and not for the approval of others that will benefit from the medicine, physical or natural.
NDS students are not scared or embarrassed to educate themselves, for themselves. They are the early adopters of advanced living in the future who are practicing what they need today for tomorrow. Obstacles arrive daily, so go on and be the change you seek for yourself.
Help me, help you. Movement is Medicine.
Junior Nartea, MA, ATC, CMP
Don't complicate things.. Basic Human Movement Practice plus Kettlebells. That's all you need.
Junior Nartea, MA, ATC, CMP
"I strongly believe that Freedom of Physical Movement without limitation and or pain is the New Life Currency.