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Let's play More to Be More Present & Mindful - What We Can Learn From Children & Chiropractic

family friendly clinicThere is a reason why Advanced Health Chiropractic has a playground and community area front and center in the practice.

It has always been essential for us to incorporate a playful environment and provide an enriching experience for every member of the family and the entire community.”

In the bustling rhythm of modern life, the art of play and its profound impact on present time consciousness often goes unnoticed and unappreciated.

Play is not just an activity but a state of being. It is the simplest and most natural way to achieve a state of present time consciousness – a state where the mind is entirely absorbed in the moment.

So why is play so effortlessly exhibited by children and so often missed by adults? Simply watch a child play and you become instantly aware that they are 100% “in the moment”, something many adults are striving for with an endless list of mindfulness activities. Children are not burdened by the past or anxious about the future; their joy and engagement are in the ‘now’.

So what can we learn from this, what’s it got to do with chiropractic, and how do we apply it to our everyday lives?

Societal Expectations and the Loss of Play

Education systems and societal norms often prioritize productivity over creativity, working hard over a well balanced lifestyle, inadvertently robbing individuals of the benefits of play.

Simon Sinek, the expert in having a purposeful and meaningful life, has said in response to the saying “work hard, play hard” that we should be replacing this with “work smart and play always.”

The loss of play in our society, especially as adults, is not just a forfeiture of leisure but a significant detraction from the quality of life, as play is instrumental in nurturing present time consciousness.

The Benefits of Playing More

Play is not merely a pastime or something we reserved for weekends if we are lucky; it’s a pivotal aspect of child development and an essential element in the lives of EVERYONE in our community.

In the short term, play enhances our cognitive abilities, fosters creativity, and improves social skills. Long-term benefits include better emotional resilience, advanced problem-solving skills, and a well-rounded personality.

So why don’t we prioritize play, always?

As adults, we are often caught in the web of societal expectations and responsibilities, and as a consequence tend to lose the ability to play. I believe there is a lot we can learn from observing children and engaging in the world of play, and as a result, we can all relearn to live in the moment, reducing stress and enhancing overall wellbeing.

What has Play got to do with Chiropractic?

Chiropractic, especially as it is expressed at Advanced Health Chiropractic, is about the removal of interference to allow the full natural expression of an amazing life for both individuals and families.

Play is the ultimate expression of the vitalistic approach to health and well-being that chiropractic encompasses. Engaging in play is the natural and effective way to enhance the body’s innate capacity for health and healing.

Human beings have mastered the creation of restrictive societal expectations, rules and regulations that have provided limited expression of what is humanly possible.

Imagine a world in which the entire community was well adjusted, had free-flowing energy and communication throughout their nervous systems and one in which play and being fully present was the norm. For us at Advanced Health Chiropractic, it all starts with the adjustment…..then we facilitate it with play.

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