An evidenced based approach to wellness and body awareness in which gentle precise touch to the spine cues the brain to create new wellness promoting strategies. Two unique healing waves develop with this work. They are associated with spontaneous release of spinal and life tensions, and the use of existing tension as fuel for spinal re-organization and enhanced wellness.

Feeling the Flow: connecting to creativity and one-ness

  … the moment draws open as time itself seems to dilate… somehow the very second you’re living in seems to drip by in a languid, lethargic way… you focus, simultaneously, on everything unfolding around you… aware of so much,

How to Get Happier and Healthier. 10 Ways to Grow More Gratitude!

With the Thanksgiving holiday looming on the horizon you may find yourself daydreaming fondly about family, friends, food, and even the enviable turkey induced coma. Or worse, you could be wrapped up in visions of traffic and to-do lists! Though it

On Authenticity: Are YOU Contributing Something Unique to the Heritage of Humankind?

Who ARE you, authentically? It’s a question that seems to loiter… to linger… lurking around the edges of your consciousness. A challenge whispered secretly to your insides or thrown, overtly off canyon walls. What is your answer?

7 Tips to Escape From Mediocrity…

  I spent last weekend at transformational speaker/comedian Kyle Cease’s Escape From Mediocrity event in LA (Kyle was voted Comedy Central’s #1 comedian in 2009, and has evolved into doing “conscious comedy” and transformational events).

The Art of Mastery & Science of Transformation

Click video to watch! Whether you want to end chronic pain, improve a stressed-out relationship, build a new business or ramp up your creativity and passion, there’s a predictable path to struggle and disappointment and there’s a predictable path to transforming

How to Get Yourself Out of the Funk…

You know the feeling of “the funk”.  Nothing seems to be working, you feel underwhelmed, unmotivated, somehow inhibited by the circumstances of your life.  Your energy is low, your breath is shallow, your body is tight and your mind is

The New Indifference: Why Your New Brain Needs Old Tricks to Thrive in Our Modern World

In the late 1960’s researchers at the University of Tubingen, Germany, noticed a significant drop in the sensory perception and general awareness in their students.  The students weren’t as aware of information from their environment, or at least weren’t registering

Network Spinal Analysis and the Mind-Body Connection

This is one of my more technical posts about the mind and body, so if you’re not in the mood feel free to skip this one!  If you are in the mood however, I invite you to delve in… Recently

What’s So Great About Practicing a Controversial Form of Chiropractic In Santa Cruz?

You’ve got to love Santa Cruz County. With it’s 29 miles of coastline dotted with world famous surf spots and 14 state parks filled with majestic redwood forests and breathtaking ocean views, Santa Cruz is a region of indisputable natural

Dr. John Amaral’s Story

Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, a Mecca for alternative healthcare providers and a city where “Keep Santa Cruz Weird” bumper stickers abound, you might think that I would have had a pretty open mind about holistic healthcare from early