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Questions & Answers

The following is a list of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ).

What is a typical visit to The Well Being Center like?

What kind of results can I expect right away?

What is Network Spinal Analysis and how is it different from traditional chiropractic methods?

How can I be sure your process will work for me?

What conditions/symptoms can you help with?

How often will I need to come in to get results?

What scientific evidence do you have that your methods work?

How is The Well Being Center different from other clinics offering Network Spinal Analysis in the Santa Cruz, California area?

I’’ve suffered from back pain for years. What would you suggest?

I’’ve suffered from headaches for years. I’ve tried a number of doctors in Santa Cruz, but none of the medications they’ve prescribed have helped. Can you help?

Between trying to run my company and trying to spend quality time with my family, I’’m finding it overwhelming. How can your programs help relieve me of this stress?

I work at a computer all day and I have constant neck pain. Can you help with this?

How much will it cost?

How can I be sure that your office will be a good fit for me?

What is a typical visit to The Well Being Center like?

During most visits to the Well Being Center in Santa Cruz, California you’’ll experience NSA sessions called “entrainments”. Entrainment is a term that means to get “in synch” with, and during the entrainment sessions a wave-like deepening of your breath and a subtle rocking of your spine will synchronize to help the tension in your body release.

You’’ll be fully clothed and you’’ll lie face-down on a table while Dr. Amaral evaluates your spine and muscles, and assesses your posture and breathing patterns. Then, he’’ll use gentle pressure on specific points along your spine to help develop the tension-releasing Network Wave. A typical entrainment visit lasts about 20 minutes and will leave you feeling more relaxed, energized and at peace.

Entrainments are just one of the “Technologies of Transformation” that you’ll experience at the Well Being Center, however.  During other visits to the Well Being Center you’’ll work with one of our Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) practitioners, who will teach you specific body-mind SRI exercises based on whatever is going on with you.

There are 12 SRI exercises in all, and you’’ll learn how to use them on your own to accelerate your progress.

What kind of results can I expect right away?

You can expect to immediately feel more relaxed, loose and flexible in your body. Your breathing will become deeper and easier. In most cases, your pain and tension levels will be significantly reduced within a short time.

But that’’s really the tip of the iceberg. As your body shifts out of “fight or flight” mode, you’’ll begin to experience more clarity, a sense of inner-calm and peace and a pleasant elongation and fluidity of your spine as your posture straightens. This is the beginning of the many life-changing benefits The Well Being Center has to offer.

What is Network Spinal Analysis and how is it different from traditional chiropractic methods?

Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) evolved from Network Chiropractic, a method developed in the mid-1980’s by Dr. Donald Epstein to help patients resolve tension patterns which occur when the spinal cord is over-stretched during physical injury or when the body is under mental or emotional stress.

Instead of adjusting or aligning your spine through forceful manipulation, a Network Spinal Analysis practitioner typically uses very light pressure on specific parts of your spine (your neck and tailbone in most cases). The pressure causes a wave-like movement and breathing pattern to occur along your spine, releasing tension and helping your body de-stress and unwind. No twisting, popping or cracking is necessary.

How can I be sure your process will work for me?

The best way to find out if our process will work for you is just to try it out! We’’ve worked with thousands of people and in most cases people begin to feel positive changes within several visits, and many times even after just one visit. We do our best to educate you about what is happening and we’’ll explain in detail what you can expect and how long it will take to reach your goals. Although our state licensing board doesn’’t permit us to guarantee results regarding specific symptoms, we’’re confident that you’’ll immediately know if you’’re in the right place by the way you’’re treated and the way you feel after the sessions.

What conditions/symptoms can you help with?

NSA is not considered a “”therapeutic approach”, because it’s main goal is not just the “treatment” of symptoms.  Instead the main goal is to optimize the way your brain and body communicate, so that you can truly heal.  With that said however, by releasing tension from the spine and helping the nervous system adapt to stress more effectively, our unique process has helped thousands of people experience relief or improvement in the following areas:

» Low back pain
» Whiplash
» Asthma
» Neck pain
» Torticollis
» Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
» Tension Headaches
» Headaches
» Attention Deficit Disorder
» TMJ
» Migraines
» Depression
» Disc Herniation
» Muscle Spasms
» Anxiety
» Disc Injuries
» Muscle Strains
» Fibromyalgia
» Bulging Discs
» Sciatica
» Chronic Fatigue

How often will I need to come in to get results?

Your recommended visit frequency will depend on your body’’s current condition, your lifestyle and your overall health and wellness objectives.

Our basic program consists of 20 visits over an 8 week period. Our intermediate program consists of 60 visits over a 6 month period and our advanced program consists of 120 visits over a 12 month period.

We don’’t believe in a “cookie-cutter” approach however, so during your initial visits we’’ll evaluate your specific situation and decide together which program is the best fit for you, or we’’ll create a customized program to meet your specific needs.

What scientific evidence do you have that your methods work?

Network Spinal Analysis may be ““touchy-feely””, but it isn’’t just a bunch of new-age “woo-woo”! It is a cutting-edge methodology at the frontier of body-mind research.

A retrospective study of over 2,800 people conducted through UC Irvine Medical College documented significant improvements in quality of life in the majority of people receiving Network Chiropractic care, and the wave patterns that occur during an NSA entrainment are the focus of a number of research papers by French mathematician professor Edmund Jonckheere and his colleagues in the USC Department of Engineering.

Professor Jonckheere is currently exploring the relationship between the “wave process” created in the body through Network Spinal Analysis, and the energy-efficiency and adaptability of the nervous system. Find out more about The Science behind NSA.

How is The Well Being Center different from other clinics offering Network Spinal Analysis in the Santa Cruz, California area?

The Well Being Center is located in a creek side setting with tranquil views and a spa-like atmosphere. Of the several Network Chiropractic and Network Spinal Analysis practices in Santa Cruz County, we’ve been serving the Santa Cruz community the longest, since 1998.

Drs. John and Christina Amaral are a husband and wife team who are both on the international teaching staff for Network Spinal Analysis with Dr. Donald Epstein. Only a handful of Network clinics in the world offer this level of combined expertise in teaching and practice experience in one office!

Dr. John Amaral travels around the world working with many leaders in the personal development field (For example, John has been a personal practitioner for popular motivational speaker Tony Robbins for over 7 years), and many well known artists, actors, CEO’s and speakers.

We teach Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) exercises as part of our program curriculum and Dr. Christina Amaral, who is a member of the International SRI teaching staff, is an expert in this area.

We provide many educational seminars and interactive workshops, many at no additional cost, on a regular basis to help you get the most out of your care with us. We also update you on other wellness-enhancing products and services as we find out about them.

We provide the most comprehensive care available in Santa Cruz. Our goal is to help you simplify your life, support your growth and help you create and sustain well being long-term!

I’’ve suffered from back pain for years. What would you suggest?

Back pain, especially chronic back pain, is rarely a one-cause one-cure situation. There are many factors that can contribute to ongoing back pain, including unresolved physical injuries, emotional and mental stress.

Rather than just giving you a twist or a pop for temporary relief, we suggest a holistic approach that will help you identify and change the patterns that are contributing to your back pain.

Through low force Network Spinal Analysis “entrainments” (a unique method that promotes a spontaneous wave-like release of tension within the spine) and a specific series of exercises called Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI), we’’ll help you release tension and connect to the underlying source of your pain so that you can truly resolve it.

I’’ve suffered from headaches for years. I’’ve tried a number of doctors in Santa Cruz, but none of the medications they’’ve prescribed have helped. Can you help?

Although we don’’t claim to diagnose and directly “treat” symptoms, we’’ve worked with hundreds of patients from Santa Cruz and all around the world with many types of headaches, ranging from tension headaches to migraines with positive results. In most cases the severity and frequency of the headaches significantly diminishes, or the headaches vanish altogether.

Medications only provide temporary relief for headaches. We seek to understand the factors contributing to your headaches and help you make the necessary life changes to keep the headaches from recurring. Our experience has shown us that headaches, like any other pain signals, are a sign that your body is asking for a change in your behavior, your perceptions or your body structure.

So, we focus on helping you develop the awareness and discover the resources to change the way you’re interacting with your body and living your life. The by-product of the lifestyle changes that you make is often a headache-free experience.

Between trying to run my company and trying to spend quality time with my family, I’’m finding it overwhelming. How can your programs help relieve me of this stress?

The stress of having too much to do and not enough time to do it is epidemic in our culture. Consistently high stress levels freeze the body in a “fight or flight” mode, tightening muscles, rounding shoulders, making breathing shallow, and limiting blood and oxygen to the parts of your brain and body that are responsible for relaxation, revitalization, creativity and growth.

We find that a “busy” life is typically not the problem. The problem is your inability to shift gears and “unhook” from the stress-causing factors that are overwhelming you.

Our programs can help you release tension from your body and learn how to respond to and manage the stress that you’’re under without constantly carrying it within you. Expect to work with us about twice a week for 8 weeks to get the ball rolling. We’’ll help you release tension from your spine and nervous system, teach you helpful exercises and give you plenty of recommendations to decrease your stress levels quickly and naturally.

I work at a computer all day and I have constant neck pain. Can you help with this?

When it comes to their computer station, most people have a far from optimal ergonomic setup. In fact, we find that even people with excellent workstations often get neck and back pain from long hours in front of the screen.

The problem is that most people either aren’’t aware of, or just outright ignore their body’’s cues and the feedback telling them to move, stretch or reposition themselves. They regularly push through to finish a project, even though their bodies are building up considerable tension in the process.

Our solution is to help you get so connected to and in-tune with your body’’s cues and feedback that you’’re able to stay present and attentive to the exact positions you need to be in.

Instead of staying static at your desk and needing neck pain to let you know that you’’re not being attentive to your body, with the help of our care, you’’ll be able to tune in and stay fluid, flexible and free instead.

How much will it cost?

The initial Discover Well Being Package consists of two forty-minute visits, and is $250.  If you choose to continue care with us, our ongoing programs are actually very affordable, especially when you consider the potential cost of not doing anything proactive about the symptoms you’’ve been experiencing.  Plus, we accept many insurance policies, so be sure to present your insurance card when you come in.

How can I be sure that your office will be a good fit for me?

The only way for you to know for sure if our approach will be a good fit for you is to give us a try.

You can learn more about our approach and get a feel for our center by attending one of our Free Introductory Workshops.  We invite you to join us for the next one.   Just give us a call at (831) 475-2448 for details and to reserve your space.