holiday baking

Traditions and Taking New Steps ๐Ÿช ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ ๐Ÿ’™

The old and the new!

Traditions … how you build bonds and memories with special people in your lives. Knowing what to expect and letting it happen in the same old, yet unique way each year.

Your traditions may have been challenged this year, but hopefully they’ve transitioned to something new and better for the years ahead.

What are your traditions?

Traditions can take many forms. Some are food and drink related. Some are about shared activities like cooking together, going for a drive to see the beautiful lights, and getting out for a hike.

Did you find that some of your traditions were harder on you than you remember?

  • Seasonal activity isn’t as easy as you remember? We are here to re-balance your micro-movements.
  • Calm and focus need a boost? Here are three quick tips to help.

An in-person or virtual session may be the missing piece to keep the peace or to enjoy your seasonal activities. Our goal at Kinetic Konnections is to keep your body optimally organized to behave, focus, and be active for the things you enjoy in life.

Our Kinetic Konnections tradition

Our team meeting is a cookie exchange. But not just not any cookie exchange! We challenge ourselves to creatively adapt holiday favorites to gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free. What a great variety we came up with this year (photo above)! They were all delicious!

We couldn’t meet in person, so our sharing was via Zoom. It was a lovely way to kick back together, listen to the story behind each other’s cookies, and enjoy each other’s company.

As we close out 2020, we want to send gratitude, joy and love to you all — and keep it safe out there!


Cara making new videos

Looking ahead — something new!

Yes, that’s Cara recording new videos.

We’re very excited about the upcoming launch of an online program designed for parents to help calm a child.


Interested in Bridging education?

January 2021 will kick-off a new professional cohort. Let Cara know you’d like to get details as they are finalized.

 


You are now able to schedule your 30-minute virtual sessions online through the MindBody Fitness app!
New and existing clients are welcome to use this option.

meet up

Three Quick Ways to Calm Your Child, or Yourself

๐Ÿ˜ฑ You feel exhausted.
๐Ÿ˜ฑ You’re feeling stuck, and struggling to get anything done.
๐Ÿ˜ฑ Your child seems to be spinning out of control.

And, there are more weeks of at-home time staring you down.

At Kinetic Konnections we specialize in helping you and your family with the micro-movements needed for your nervous system to return to a calm and organized state.

Here are three simple tactics to help and why they work. Read more

Louise

Keeping Each Other Safe, Calm, and Moving!

Amidst rising Covid positivity rates and the usual flu season, here is a reminder of some of what we do each day to keep us all safe:

  • Information gathering the day before your appointment via our health and travel survey
  • Staggered schedules to minimize chances of encountering anyone else when you are coming or going
  • Staggered room usage allowing space to be cleaned, sanitized and ventilated for at least an hour between clients
  • Waiting in your car, or the lobby, and arriving at your appointment time

In this changing environment we actively monitor ILDPH guidelines and make changes as needed. Read more

dented car

Lasting Effects from Injuries. Who is Easier to Help — Kids or Adults?

How is helping an injury different between kids and adults?

Recently we had a client ask, “Is it easier to help kids, or adults?” My answer, “It depends.”

We recently explored this question related to surgical recovery.

However, injuries are a more common event at all ages so let’s explore the differences between helping adults and children erase the after-effects of an injury. Read more

are kids easier to change than adults?

Do Kids or Adults Change More Easily?

Recently we had a client ask, “Is it easier to help kids, or adults?” My answer, “It depends.”

Why?

It depends on what event derailed the movement and regulation continuum, and when in time the derailment happened.

Like the trains our children play with, a train on tracks is a useful metaphor to explain this derailment:

  • Did it jump the tracks and needs help getting back on track?
  • Did it end up on the wrong track blindly going on its way toward a different destination? or
  • Is it stuck in a web of various tracks going multiple directions?

Read more

using Bridging for post-op recovery

Still Recovering from a Surgery or Medical Procedure?

Recent Surgical Procedure?

recovering from knee surgeryWe have many clients who are finally able to get their Covid delayed procedures done, or have had test results requiring new procedures. Knees, hips, biopsies, moles, shoulders and feet. Oh my!

Being such a timely topic, post-surgical support will be the focus for our quarterly professional Bridgingยฎ learning event next week. The case study being discussed follows a client over the first three weeks post-op from her knee replacement. (photo shows day 13 and Day 17)

Interested in Bridging education? January will kick-off a new cohort. Let Cara know you’d like to get details as they are finalized.

 


How can Bridging help your post-op recovery?

using Bridging Technique for post-op recovery

  • Reduce swelling and discomfort
  • Faster healing
  • Clear discomfort of compensations
  • Ease of movement

How? The tiny movements we use allow the micro-vasculature to re-establish their network. This microscopic capillary and lymphatic system is crucial for bringing in nutrients to heal, and taking away the damaged cellular waste.

As the swelling goes down movement is more comfortable and free. (photo is 3.5 weeks post- knee repair)

 


What timing is best?

There are distinct phases of help for post-operative support. (photo shows before/after swelling change of 3.5 weeks post-scoped knee.)
knee surgery recovery

  • Week 1: restore adjacent movement better support the traumatized zone.
  • Week 2-6: Reintegrate subtle multi-directional movement. Clear compensatory movements.
  • Week 6+: Reintegrate complex movement to the traumatized area, and begin to increase resistance/strength.

If you can make it to the office, there is an aspect we are able to help with!

 

At Kinetic Konnections we love being able to offer alternatives to support your family in more flexible ways. An in-person or virtual session may be the missing piece to your recovery process!

Our goal at Kinetic Konnections is to keep your body optimally organized to behave, focus and be active for the things you enjoy in life.


 

You are now able to schedule your 30-minute virtual sessions online through the MindBody Fitness app!
New and existing clients are welcome to use this option.

adult virtual Bridging Session

Pain, Anxiety and Balance Concerns? Consider a Virtual Session

Virtual session for adults – What’s different?

From a client’s wife in Kansas City, MO –

“He was moving much better during our walk that followed your session. He walked more quickly as well.

Cara easily navigated us through simple movements virtually. These movements resulted in more fluidity and flexibility for his body after a debilitating illness that left him very weak and de-conditioned.”

From Cara –

“This client was very active before a series of medical issues a year ago. The many procedures upset the ability of his core to be centered and to rotate easily with everyday life transitions such as sit to stand, walking, and stairs. His body’s disorganization also left him generally fatigued. The medical support kept him alive, but his quality of life needed a boost.

We met three times virtually where I guided his wife through a series of movements to center his core organization and re-establish specific attributes of core movement and control. He is now back to his active life!”ย  Read more

Back to school

Parents, Do You Have Back-to-School Stress Too?

It’s OK not to be OK

Transitions are hard!

Michelle Obama quoteEvery year we hear of families going through the stress of back to school. For some, the addition of the daily structure is a godsend. For others, the rigidity of the school day is a nightmare to navigate.

This year brings much of the same but with an added layer of complexity.

In a typical year, back-to-school challenges include:

  • Who is dropping off, picking up or car-pooling?
  • What school supplies does this class/school need?
  • When to get to bed and when to wake up?
  • How do after school activities fit in?

And now add:

  • Which days are virtual, and which are in-person?
  • Where do we find the online class and assignment links?
  • How many face masks do we need?
  • Are the face masks washed?
  • Is the hand sanitizer filled?
  • Where do I get a thermometer for daily temp checks?
  • Did I remember to brush my teeth?

Your head is ready to explode, right? Read more

child making a drawing

Non-Covid Reasons Your Child (and You) May Be Dreading a Return to School

School focus challenging? Or is it really a fine motor challenge?

Beyond all the environmental and logistical challenges related to returning to school, some more fundamental challenges can also add to your child’s frustrations — focus and fine motor skills.

Does your child seem lazy or resistant to doing their work?

There is often more to consider with our children’s behavior than merely motivation. At Kinetic Konnections, we meet family after family struggling with challenging school behaviors. Our assessment process often surfaces subtle, yet significant, glitches in fine motor skills. This is frequently an underlying cause for the lack of focus or avoidance of work. Read more

meadow in summer

Downtime and Silver Linings

Loosen your bone, Wilma.

This was the quote on my calendar yesterday, “Loosen your bone, Wilma.”

This reference to Wilma from the cartoon, The Flintstones, was quite fitting as I was heading off for a short get-away to “loosen up.” A little change of scenery helps to refresh the mind, body, and spirit. I like to spend some time outdoors hiking.

After five months in Illinois, I’m flying driving to California Michigan. Wow, pandemic really changed my planning, lol, although the hiking part remains the same. Read more