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Tuned In — Aligning Body and Mind

The Power of Language to Align

Thursday, June 22, 2017
By: Whitney Easton

The Power of Language to Align

Symptoms. Medications. Pain. Illness. Dysfunction. Disease. Surgery. 

Contentedness. Love. Joy. Well-being. Peace. Gratitude. Health.

I’d like you to pause for a moment and try an exercise with the words you just finished reading. Read these words aloud, starting with the first line. Place your hand on your heart and notice what happens as you say these words aloud. When you are done reading them, begin to make circles with your shoulders. Observe as you do so.

What do you notice in your body? How do you feel? Do you notice tension or ease? Pay attention to mobility in your shoulders.

Stop and now repeat with the second line. Say the words aloud and ask yourself this same set of questions. What do you notice now? 


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Why We're Not "Healers"

Thursday, May 11, 2017
By: Whitney Easton

Why We're Not "Healers"

“I’m a healer.”

I have to admit: I cringe on the inside each time I hear these seemingly harmless words. It runs rampant throughout the healing professions. They are well intentioned words. So what’s the matter?

In my professional circles, I’ve crossed paths with body workers, mental health therapists, psychologists, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, holistic doctors, spiritual counselors, and the like. We all engage in work that is healing. But I don’t identify myself as a healer and I’m uneasy when others do.
 


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Busting the Myth of the Mind/Body Split

Friday, March 31, 2017
By: Whitney Easton

Busting the Myth of the Mind/Body Split
“Alignment is when all of the processes that define our human existence are working together.” 
Garry Lineham, Co-Founder of Human Garage 

I wanted to take a minute to step back today to define what we mean by “mind/body repair and alignment” at Human Garage. It’s painted across our walls, it’s the hashtag we put on all of our Instagram posts, and it’s a part of our vocabulary in much of what we do. A belief in the undeniable link between mind and body is at the core of our work as a company.

In previous blogs, I’ve alluded to and hinted at the connection between body and mind but I’ve made the assumption we all come to the table with a similar understanding of what this means.

And it’s interesting: people often refer to us as “bodyworkers.” But I think this runs the risk of oversimplification. We are bodyworkers, yes, but it is because of the powerful connection to the brain and the mind’s powerful connection to the body that our realignment work takes root.

Societally speaking, we go to the doctor to fix our bodies, we see a psychologist to fix our minds, and we connect and access our souls in churches, mosques, and temples (or whatever is your place of worship).

But, what if there was a place and a type of work that allowed you to connect to all of these? 
 

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Why Does Good Posture Matter?

Monday, February 27, 2017
By: Whitney Easton

Why Does Good Posture Matter?

The word posture gets a lot of buzz these days. We use it often in our own practice at Human Garage and realigning poor posture is at the core of what we do. We are about mind/body repair + alignment, after all. We believe that posture is at the core of many issues of pain, dysfunction, and injury in the body. Our technologically driven society where we stare at laptops, iPhones, Instagram, Facebook, and sit in our cars for long periods of time a day have fundamentally altered our body's natural state. Sadly, this is often not for the better (I am fighting my urge to hunch over my MacBook Air as we speak, thank you Apple).  


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Are All Trainers Created Equal?

Monday, January 23, 2017
By: Whitney Easton

Are All Trainers Created Equal?

In Los Angeles, there are thousands of personal trainers, body workers, yoga teachers, pilates instructors, and the list goes on. It can be hard to sift through the masses to understand how one type of trainer differs from the next. One of my hopes in creating this blog, Tuned In, is to help our clients, past, present, and future, understand what distinguishes our approach and philosophy at the Garage.

Our trainers at Human Garage support the work that we do in realigning bodies, minds, and souls through a distinct approach. It is why we don’t, in fact, call them “trainers.” Rather, they are our Progression Specialists that support the work of biomechanical development and progression. 


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Four Lessons 2016 Taught Me

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
By: Whitney Easton

Four Lessons 2016 Taught Me

Well, here we are Human Garage family: it’s 2017. I’m reflecting on what 2016 brought us as a young and growing company where and mind and body repair and alignment are concerned. I’m reflecting on the many of you I met in 2016, as colleagues and clients of the Human Garage. 

This time last year I was a client, like many of you, searching for a better answer, a different way, and freedom from pain. I carried with me the belief there had to be a better way and indeed, I found it. I transitioned from client to staff in January one year ago and in this process, I’ve learned a few things. Some emerge out of my own journey of healing and feeling better, while others emerge out of watching many of you along your path to feeling better. 

With January upon us, it’s time to pull back, reflect, and learn from the lessons of 2016. I hope to share these lessons with each of you, wherever you may be in this process of healing. What has 2016 taught me? 


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Why I Won't Be Setting New Year's Resolutions: Balance for a New Year

Friday, December 23, 2016
By: Whitney Easton

Why I Won't Be Setting New Year's Resolutions: Balance for a New Year

It’s that time of year again: the time of year when many set resolutions, resolutions that go often as quickly as they come. 2016 is coming to a close and many of us begin to vow to do something or many things differently in our lives. Gyms and yoga studios see surges in new clients in January. Yet just as quickly as we’ve made them, resolutions begin to fade. 


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Staff Tips To Balance and Align This Holiday Season

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
By: Whitney Easton

Staff Tips To Balance and Align This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again: the busy holiday season is upon us. Family gatherings, travel plans, airplanes, days off work, elaborate meals and breaks from our usual rhythms. The holidays can be accompanied by joy and rest from work. They can also be accompanied by a lot of stress.

We break our usual routines, the weather is chillier (maybe not in L.A.), the days are shorter and family gatherings abound. All of the above can lead to an increased load of stress on the nervous system, body, mind, and soul. So, how do we manage? How can we stay calm, balanced, grounded, and healthy during this busy holiday season?  


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Bringing the Body Back Into Balance: Q&A with Co-Founder Anela

Thursday, November 17, 2016
By: Whitney Easton

Bringing the Body Back Into Balance: Q&A with Co-Founder Anela

“Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.” Balance is a favorite word here at the Human Garage. It occurred to me in my recent conversations with client and staff alike that it’s a word we often use. I’ve recently stopped to wonder: do we understand its many meanings?

Last month I had the privilege to sit down with Anela to converse and share in a dialogue about a topic near and dear to her heart: bringing the body back into balance. Our goal was simple: clarify what we mean by balance.

There’s a lot of wisdom brewing from within the walls of Human Garage. Today, I will take a step back to share the powerful wisdom about one of the ways we can bring our bodies back into balance through the use of something called the Biochemical Wellness Analysis Test or BWA. (Fear not: we'll break down today what this means more clearly).  


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5 Things We Love at Human Garage

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
By: Whitney Easton

5 Things We Love at Human Garage

Walking down the nutritional supplement aisle of Whole Foods, it is readily apparent there are an infinite number of brands, products, vitamins, powders, and supplements to fit our every need. It can be a daunting task to know where to begin, what brands to trust, and what remedies can help alleviate various ailments our bodies manifest.

Today, I’ll break down some of our favorite products across multiple areas of health and wellbeing at Human Garage. Our staff has tried hundreds (maybe more) of products and supplements as alternative remedies. We’ve fine tuned the lines we carry in search of optimal quality, highest quality of ingredients, and most importantly, optimal “bioavailability.” In other words, pharmacology uses the phrase ‘bioavailability’ to describe the quantity or fraction of the ingested dose that is actually absorbed by the body. Not all products are created equal in this regard. The higher the bioavailability, the greater the effectiveness of the supplement and the greater its capacity to support the body in reaching its optimal functioning and health.

In creating this list with the help of the Human Garage staff, I have chosen items that support the bodies’ natural ability to heal itself through boosting areas of health such as mood, energy, protein absorption, digestion, immunity, pain, and inflammation. Here, I’ll break down our top five current favorites, across multiple domains of body functioning. 


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