The Village Retreat and the B.E.S.T. Club Teach Residents to ELIMINATE STRESS!
Carla Gibson, DC Student
On April 16, 2012, the Village Retreat sponsored a presentation on 5 Keys to Eliminating Stress. The ideas for eliminating stress were presented by members of the B.E.S.T. Club. B.E.S.T. stands for Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique and is a non-force technique for addressing the neuro-emotional causes of dis-ease. Rob Wood (DC, 3rd quarter), a Resident Advisor at the Village Retreat, planned the event. “Being a student is stressful and it is great to have as many tools as possible for dealing with the day-to-day experiences we have here. I enjoy B.E.S.T. treatments and have gained a lot from attending B.E.S.T. Club. I was glad to be able to sponsor the presentation for our residents.”
About 20 residents of the Village Retreat attended the presentation. Carla Gibson (DC, 3rd quarter), a B.E.S.T. club member who is certified in the technique, started off by showing the participants how to recognize when their body was experiencing stress by noticing “defense physiology.” The first key to eliminating stress is to take the body out of defense physiology and cue the nervous system that it is safe to go into “rest and digest” mode. Participants were advised to “lower your shoulders.” When the body senses a threat, it will naturally elevate the shoulders to allow for deeper but shallower inhalation that is needed when running away from a predator. By lowering your shoulders, the body gets the signal that only normal respiration is necessary and starts signaling other stress physiology to relax. Carla also explained the “Six Essentials for Health” – what you EAT, DRINK and BREATH, how you EXERCISE and REST and what you THINK. A brief description of why each of these is essential was given and club member Ginni Gross (DC, 3rd quarter) explained to the group how to use Rhythmic Breathing to further relax defense physiology. Club member Daren McKean (DC, 6th quarter) demonstrated the Empower March, a simple exercise developed by Dr. Morter to update the nervous system to present time consciousness and relieve stress. The fifth key to eliminating stress was presented as getting treated with B.E.S.T., along with getting regular chiropractic adjustments.
Two audience members agreed to have the technique demonstrated on them. Mandy Ming, an undergraduate student, had been suffering from low back pain on and off for the last few weeks. Her range of motion when touching her toes was evaluated and was found to be much less than expected, since Mandy told the group she is very athletic. Carla explained how the body has a “priority of healing” and that the body would decide what was most important to address once the B.E.S.T. treatment had been performed. B.E.S.T. uses kinesiology and a series of questions to find an emotion, breathing pattern, eye position and interference number, and then the practitioner uses a light touch at various points on the cranium to allow the nervous system to update with the new input. After finding several patterns in Mandy’s body, her range of motion was reevaluated and found to be much improved and she reported her pain to be alleviated. Next, John Shalvey (DC, 3rd quarter) asked if he could be a subject for demonstration. He explained that he’d had some pain in his shoulders for many years resulting from an injury and also that he had been having some imbalance in his lower extremities for the past few months. His range of motion was also recorded and Carla proceeded to find some interference relating to a stress or recurring thought that he had been giving a lot of attention to recently. After Carla took a few contacts and re-patterned the way John was thinking about this stress, she re=evaluated John and found his ROM and balance were remarkably improved. The next day, John reported, “I was feeling so good that I went to our local track and ran a workout of 6x880yds, the first of which was my fastest time in over 15 years!”
The evening ended with club members providing B.E.S.T. treatments for all those in attendance.
If you would like to know more about B.E.S.T., the Club meets Mondays at 11am in C-152. The patient tools, such as the Empower March, are taught along with the basics of patient evaluation and B.E.S.T. balancing. If your club would be interested in presenting to the residents at the Village Retreat, contact a Resident Advisor.
Five Keys to Eliminating Stress from the B.E.S.T. Club at Life University
- Lower your shoulders
- Practice Rhythmic Breathing
- Learn the Empower March
- Obey the Six Essentials for Health
- Get B.E.S.T. and chiropractic care regularly