A Bit-O-Abundance at the Outdoor Retailer Show 2013

I recently attended the Outdoor Retailer Show (OR) in Salt Lake City in support of Susan McLaughlin and Align Integration and Movement. Susan had been asked by Gaiam to teach a few exercise classes that would demonstrate a number of inventive means by which to use their products. Thusly we showed up at the Yoga Zone, which had been laid-out in a classroom format for this purpose.

What tumbled into my mind when I came into that space were these words: Abundance is not about providing everyone on this planet with a life of luxury – rather it’s about providing all with a life of possibility. – Diamandis and Kotler from their book Abundance

Possibility” was what I witnessed during Susan’s classes for Gaiam and what I discovered while talking to other vendors who produced yoga classes, fashion shows and demonstrations in the Yoga Zone.  You see, Yoga is a new arrival at OR and a cluster of related retailers had been invited to “show off”, not just tell about their offerings. The creators of the OR 2013 literally opened up valuable space to allow these “new kids on the block” a chance at snagging big chunks of business at the show.

The OR organizers had gone so far as to invite the good folks of Yoga Journal to act as the host of the classroom. Hayley Brockmier and team from the journal were there to make sure everyone had a chance to present their products and feel invited.

Consequently I witnessed vendors handing over free clothing to passer-bys so they could join a class. I even tossed in a few dollars to help pay for a pair of yoga pants from Cozy Orange so a young attendee could participate in Susan’s class.

To me, the entire Yoga section was filled with abundant thinking. First the OR deserves a hat tip for inviting future vendors to join in the possibility of making of new accounts and spreading awareness around the part they play in the Yoga world. Second a high-five to Hayley and the Yoga Journal who helped inspire all the vendors in supporting and assisting each other in making a good showing at their first OR event.

So what about you? Where can you open up a possibility for someone in your network? Go make it happen and leave your comments below. I’m interested in learning about it.

 

Authors Note:
If you’d like to hear more about this event from the lips of Hayley Brockmier of Yoga Journal she offered me a chance to interview her here:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NwzeBCvOS0&feature=share&list=UUz5cmwGtsK5VuCkNaytpQjA[/youtube]

If you are curious about how Susan integrated several Gaiam props into her dynamic exercise class take a peek here:

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100 Loves Or 1,000 Likes

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I was sitting in the office chatting with Jason Bangerter last week
and something he said is still ringing loud and clear in my mind.
In case you don’t know Jason, he’s a gifted futuristic thinker
and the co-founder of Struck Creative as well as Rentler.
Right after announcing, Rentler had passed the milestone of
half a million users, Jason remarked:

“…but here’s the deal… I’d rather have 100 people love Rentler than 1,000 people who like it. Only those who love your product have the  power to evangelize for you.”

That comment about “100 loves versus 1,000 likes” is what stuck…
If we don’t have something that the market loves,
we can’t build Monster Loyalty.

And there are at least three sure-fire ways to ensure that you deserve
and receive customer love and thus the power of Customer Evangelism:

1 – Offer a remarkable service or product that solves a client problem
2 – Offer a remarkable service or product that fills a client need
3 – Offer a remarkable service or product that fulfills a client’s wants and/or dreams.

Making good on any of the above is easier said than done…
So, let me share a story of  someone in my immediate circle who
has illustrated these sorts of remarkable service or product.

7718642_origLet’s start with Susan McLaughlin of Align, Integration and Movement. Susan performs a remarkable service for people who want to solve the problem of breaking free – and remaining free – from physical pain.

Susan’s career began as a personal quest to find freedom from pain. Injured in a car accident in her early twenties, she has persistently written her own passport to health and freedom.

Within her journey, Susan has been learning and practicing, taking classes, then taking more classes, and applying each piece of knowledge as she went.

She even earned two degrees – and today she blends a unique set of skills to her intuitive, professional prowess.

Here, you can find Susan’s philosophy (which is also a beautiful essay about her “Why”).

… And take a look at the stockpile of client testimonials that prove her remarkable status, here.

Reversing the Aging Process

I hold so much tension in my back,” I’d hear her say.

My back is stiff this morning,” she’d comment upon rising.

My muscles are far tenser than they should be,” frequently escaped her lips as we took evening walks through our local neighborhood.

I didn’t think much about how these comments might be a reflection point for me. I simply took them as she offered them – descriptions of how my partner physically experienced certain moments in her life.

And then one day as I was bending down to get something from a drawer, the light went on inside my mind. “Hmmm, that familiar sensation in my lower back warning me about how I’m moving might be the sort of tension Susan talks about.

Almost like feeling a “hitch” coming on, I would tense up when my mind perceived that I needed to move more carefully in a certain position. It wasn’t like I didn’t know how to bend over and move correctly either. But when Susan’s words played back within my thoughts I realized that I must have muscle tension as well.

For me, the birth of three children before the age of 30 left me with less lower-back strength and a touch of incontinence when I jumped for a basketball. (TMI – too much information? Trust me, it is much worse to live through this than to read about it)

By age 40 I had experienced a hernia repair, more cautious movement when using my lower-back and no improvement with my bladder as I played sports.

Like most folks, I took the incremental loss of freedom while moving as a process of age. Until, now.

What has changed is that through the dynamics of teaching Restorative Exercise™ classes and practicing Physical Therapy my partner has reversed most of her lower-back pain. The “tension” she talked about has diminished by 75%.

I wanted my body back. I wanted to enjoy jumping and chasing a basketball again without pain or the fear of leaking in my gym trunks.

So I began a quest the day after Thanksgiving 2012. I started a test, if you will, all I did was to add one single stretch to my daily routine – the piriformis stretch.  I determined to do this stretch 3 times a day for no less than 60 seconds on each side.

It might help to know that prior to this test; I had spent no less than 20 minutes each morning doing a routine of various exercises from the Restorative Exercise™ classes I had taken. I also work out regularly at Gym Jones, and the past three summers have found me involved in competitive Sprint Triathlons.  So getting exercise was not the point of my “test“. Releasing the tension and subsequent caution with my lower-back was my focus.

Here I am on the first day of 2013 writing this article.  I’m well beyond my 30 day test and I’m delighted to say that it feels as if I’ve reversed the aging process. My lower back no longer “chides” me with warnings when I bend and move to put on my socks in the morning or retrieve something from a bottom drawer.

In fact, I have been able to shave off a minute in a regular (non competitive) 5K run. I have lifted 15 pounds more than my double-body dead lift at the gym (245 lbs.). I have had zero back pain while shoveling over 500 pounds of  the snow that has fallen in our driveway so far. I have no lower-back pain as I climb out of the pool each week.

I FEEL YOUNGER as I move inside my body all day long… most especially I feel more freedom within my hips and lower back!

It’s almost as if I hear my mind saying over and over, “Oh yeah, that’s how it used to feel to move around inside these muscles and bones. It is actually fun shoveling snow!

I’m also looking forward to an increase in freedom during my summer activities when the winter begins to thaw here in the next couple of months. Yet, most of all let me say this again:

I FEEL YOUNGER!

You can feel younger too. Try the piriformis stretch found above or look into taking a Restorative Exercise™ class. Align Integration and Movement has been key to my success. They offer Skype sessions if you can’t find a class in your immediate area.

There’s a lot to look forward to this coming year. Growing younger can be one of them.

SoulSalt Coaching Tackles Pain

No healthy individual actually signs up for pain. Those of us who have pain, want to be free from it.

In reality however, pain is an essential part of our inborn protection system. Pain can alert us to danger and deter us from being seriously injured.

Pain can also be an indication that we have unconsciously been moving inside our body in a manner that causes friction. Too much friction over time can wear things out, tear body parts down and leave us stiff, inflexible, and yes in pain.

Susan McLaughlin, the Physical Therapist who created Align Integration and Movement, is joining forces with me in a new coaching effort. We believe that all pain experiences are, although unpleasant, normal responses to something. We have learned through our own physical/mental/emotional/spiritual transformations that dealing with this something in an organic, systemic, and bio-mechanical manner can actually put you on a path to find your way out of chronic pain.

We call our program Ultimate Freedom and we are launching it now! Starting September 18th, on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30 to 6:30pm. The five week engagement cost is $850. We only have room for four, extremely dedicated individuals. If you might be a candidate for this coaching program, please review the information below and contact us immediately. Be sure to check the requirements and dates twice and your gut thrice. We are serious about supporting you toward a pain fee life. Your outcomes are dependent on your own effort.

In case you want to check out my credentials and the consistent ROI’s (return on investment) my clients enjoy please watch this video: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRx0XngAhbU&list=UUz5cmwGtsK5VuCkNaytpQjA&index=2&feature=plcp[/youtube]

To get a sense about Susan and how she works, please view this video:

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/47370497 [/vimeo]

Interested? Contact us!

Email: info@soulsalt.com

Call: Shannon 801-6318527

 

Biology Connects With Your Beliefs

You are comprised of approximately fifty trillion single cells. Did you know that each cell is controlled by its awareness of your physical and energetic environment? While genes play a part in the vitality of your cells, their part is smaller than most of us know.  In his book the Biology of Belief, cell biologist Bruce Lipton Ph.D. says that our genes are simply a molecular blueprint used to construct the cells that form our organs and tissues. However (and this is a gigantic however) our environment and an energy outside our bodies are the contractors that determine if cells follow genetic patterns or not.

Lipton’s work holds powerful ramifications for every human being. Here’s what I mean be that: while studying cell behavior he found that a cell with a genetic propensity toward a specific disease would listen to messages coming to it through the cell membrane or wall. The cell chose to follow the energetic message outside itself versus the encoded pattern of its own blueprint!

As I read Lipton’s work I realized that none of us need to live a predestined life of ailments genetically acquired. A power that quantum physics-savvy psychologists call the “super conscious” mind, and that I call a spiritual energy are far superior to directing our biological wellness than any other power.

“If you teach genetic control you teach victimization. Influencing your perceptions and your beliefs changes the chemistry of your biology.”  –Bruce Lipton Ph.D., Cell Biologist

I believe we presently experience well developed modern minds and technologies that can manipulate our surroundings in extraordinary ways. But, it is our spiritual intelligence that has the capacity to trump all of that and lift life to a higher experience. If what I have just shared sparks your interest there are three things you can do right now:

Get and read Lipton’s book the Biology of Belief

Watch this YouTube interview with Bruce Lipton Ph.D.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYYXq1Ox4sk[/youtube]

 

Read this related blog posted by Susan McLaughlin at www.alignintegrationandmovement.com.

Got Feet?

Let’s start with two questions:

Were you born with feet?

Do you still have them?

If you answered “yes” to both, you’ll want to read on.

Chances are you are like me and you’ve had a limited perspective on how complex those two things living below your ankles are. For example, did you know that we have about 200 bones in our entire body?  And did you know that 25% of these bones are found in your feet (25% of all the muscles and motor nerves in your body are dedicated to your feet as well)?*

Sounds like I know what I’m talking about right?

Well I do, sort of.  Stay with me on this one and you’ll understand.

I thrive on supporting the entrepreneurial spirit. I consider it to be one of the most powerful forces reshaping this country. In my opinion, it is one dynamic that has constantly remained more of an art than a science no matter how many textbooks try to put their arms around it. And, I believe that entrepreneurship was flowing through the veins of this nation’s founding parents.

So over a cup of tea, on a Sunday morning I put down a current copy of Entrepreneur long enough to go wandering around the Big Cartel website. Ever curious to see what some of the artrapreneurs (yes I made that up) were up to, I viewed Susan Peterson’s mini documentary about her company Freshly Picked.

My partner heard the music and came up behind me to see what I was watching. As soon as Freshly Picked footwear for kids came on the screen my partner exclaimed, “Those are perfect. Parents need to be more aware of what they put on their baby’s and children’s feet.”

My partner, Susan McLaughlin, is a Physical Therapist trained in Restorative Exercise™ by Biomechanist turned Entrepreneur, Katy Bowman. Between these two women’s highly educated influence in my life, I have come to better understand the benefits of having a proper fit from a well engineered pair of shoes. I’m learning the type of “toe box” my feet need. I also know how important it is to avoid long days in elevated (heeled) footwear.

I’d like to say that this is the reason I also took time to watch the Big Cartel mini documentary for Zuriick footwear.  That would be a lie. The sole, upper, toe box and most of the heels provided by Zuriick shoes are not only extremely well designed from a creative standpoint, they are pretty hip on the wellness scene.  And I think it is incredible because there is something out there in the innovative new business scene that is not just about how things look. There is something that is considering the integration of quality, design and wellness. I think it is more than a trend. I think we’ve traveled far away from “what’s good for us” in terms of food, water, shelter and clothing. And today I see a grassroots movement among the free-agent thinkers toward having a more mindful means of living our lives and loving the process.

That’s why I can mash-up my thoughts about shoes, entrepreneur, and health and believe that I’m posting something worth reading. That’s the reason I would promote Freshly Picked, Zurrick and Katy Bowman all in the same blog.

That’s also the reason that I’m reminding my friends and connections that my company, SoulSalt is hosting a Katy Bowman event here in Salt Lake this Saturday the 4th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sugar Space. 

If your knees hurt, if your hips bother you, and if your back aches, you can’t be as creative or entrepreneurial as your potential would allow you to be.  You need to pay attention to your feet and listen to what Katy has to say:

Your footwear can absolutely affect the performance of your body… (I’m adding this last part)…and the way you experience your life.

 

*This paragraph was adapted from Katy Bowman’s book Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief see page 8.

The 2012 SoulSalt Courage Award

Two strong constructs within my work are to:

  • Support people to clarify and align with their core value system
  • Support people through the process of career reinvention

This year’s Courage Award goes to a woman whose story embraces both and has unfolded right beneath my nose. Susan McLaughlin, my partner in life has simply yet bravely earned this award.

Having her livelihood placed on the line, Susan chose to leave a job in order to remain aligned with her personal values. This daring move has required that she quickly reinvent herself in the world of entrepreneurship (something she is approaching with as much skill and thoughtfulness as I’ve ever witnessed). Her story is best told by her own pen:

Recently I experienced a big shift in my life that has made me wonder.

 I wonder, what is it that drives a person to initiate a big change?

What is it that allows a person to take the next step, to change careers, a relationship, even a residence?

I took a big step…. no, I took a leap this Dec, 2011.

I have been practicing physical therapy since 2001. Four years ago I established myself as an outpatient physical therapist with a top notch healthcare company. I had an ideal position with a decent salary, potential to develop a pelvic health program and move into a leadership role.

During my years with this company, minute incongruencies clashed with my core values and began to take its toll. I had been packaging and storing these differences in a way that manifested as stress in my body. I started to observe that I mixed up words when I spoke, I transposed words when I wrote, I couldn’t finish my sentences, and I started to revert back to the childhood days when I couldn’t say my “Rs”.

I also noticed that despite all of the hours of stretching and restorative exercise™ during the week, my muscles just wouldn’t let go….Although I could feel that I was carrying more tension in my body than was healthy, I didn’t want to admit that my current job was contributing to this condition.

I now realize that my stress was caused by the friction of internal struggle. I have a belief that our bodies will heal if given the optimal environment. I wanted to work from my soul. However, I was working within a system where healing is something done to us and we wait for people to get sick, and then “cure” them with surgery and pills. I would have continued to work with this subtle inner struggle, but my company initiated a new policy that challenged me to really look at my core value of health and wellness.

You see, it is becoming a national healthcare trend to initiate a mandatory flu shot policy for all workers of large healthcare systems. My company followed suit this fall 2011. I had to make a decision: Do I sacrifice my personal health and compromise my immune system, or do I sacrifice a “good job” and a paycheck?

I realized that if I continued to make compromises to my core values, my physical body would eventually revolt, and then where would I be? I had to ask myself an important question: How could I stand for health and wellness when, by taking the flu shot and working for this company, I would be out of my personal integrity? 

I chose not to get the flu shot and I left my company. I was able to take that leap and land on my feet because I have an inner conviction that I know that my body has everything it needs to be vital. I stayed aligned to what I believe in. It wasn’t popular, nor was it profitable, however, I am committed to health and wellness and I will support others to do so as well. So I formed my own company and aptly named it, Align Integration and Movement, PLC. I intend to thrive and I intend to work with those who want to thrive as well.

Please feel free to visit www.alignintegrationandmovement.com and be sure to check out the class schedule. If something within Susan’s philosophy resonates with your own outlook on wellness, I recommend that you attend one of her Restorative Exercise™ classes now being held in Salt Lake !

Hat Tip to Susan McLaughlin at Align, Integration and Movement

This morning the alarm went off at 0-crack-hundred-hours. It really didn’t need to. However, I wanted to be sure to make it to a ground-breaking event. Salt Lake City’s first ever Restorative Exercise™ class was starting at 6:30 a.m. And I not only wanted to be there, I wanted to walk there.

Actually it was my partner Susan’s idea to walk the ten minutes to Sugar Space Studio for the event. I agreed. This was a fitting way to honor the practice of integrated wellness that Susan is bringing to Salt Lake.

Susan McLaughlin P.T. is the mastermind who discovered Katy Bowman’s work, then trained and certified in Katy’s Restorative Exercise™ program. Susan’s company, Align Integration and Movement is the pioneering company that is bringing this exciting gift of health to Salt Lake.

The theme for this month’s classes is “Trim Your Waistline” and that we did in a very wise, effective manner this morning. Muscles all over were activated mindfully, bones in our feet were gently spread, nerves were mobilized and flossed in both hands and arms, and waist-lines were lengthened and reduced.

It is hard to describe the glowing feeling experienced upon leaving the class. It is not unlike what you sense after yoga and not unlike what one has after a hard workout and yet it is decidedly unique. The best I can say is this: Restorative Exercise™ leaves me feeling aligned and subtlety stronger. It supports me with a deep awareness that I just did something extremely good for myself. I just made an incremental, solid deposit in my own personal bank of wellness.

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Read a related articles on Susan McLaughlin P.T.

Dealing With Pelvic and Neck Pain By Jasen Lee, Deseret News

Tension, Bad Posture May Be To Blame For The Pain By Lois M. Collins, Deseret News

Incontinence, Back Pain can Be Alleviated By Carrie A. Moore, Deseret News