October 24, 2016

Space-Time-Movement and Healing Part 1/3

Happy Monday!

I hope you’re feeling great and enjoying the process of creating your dreams each day.

Today, I’ll share some fun times from our little vacation in the “Show-N-Tell with Paul” section, and lots of other great items:

1. Space–Time–Movement and Healing (Part 1/3)
2. C.H.E.K Institute Advanced Training Program Completions
3. Show-N-Tell with Paul

Space – Time – Movement and Healing (Part 1/3)

When working in the healthcare profession, in time, one can come to the realization that most of what ails people results from stress around the use of space, time, and movement in their lives.

Today, I begin a three-part series looking at each of these realities in our lives. I’ll share many ways we can become aware of how space, time or movement challenges may be at the root of our health and performance challenges.

Space Time Movement Pt 1 Blk Bd

In my vlog today (just under 1 hour), I look at
A. Mental space needs.
B. Emotional space needs.
C. Physical space needs.

I share a variety of experiences from my own life and make several suggestions as to how anyone can reduce or manage the space-stress in their life and feel more freedom.

I hope you enjoy my vlog presentation today:

1. How To Eat Move & Be Healthy! (I recommend reading the chapter on Stress)
2. The Last 4 Doctors You’ll Ever Need – multimedia ebook
3. PPS Success Mastery Lessons 1, 2, 3, 8 (Time Management), and 11 (Communication Skills Development)

C.H.E.K Institute Advanced Training Program Completions

Exercise Coach, Melbourne, Australia, with Donal Carr

D Carr Ex Coach Melbourne 10-2016
Donal had a lovely group of students this past week. Donal is one of our senior instructors with loads of clinical experience to share with his students.
D Carr Flag Pole Exercise

Here you can see Donal administering the Flag Pole exercise for frontal plane conditioning.

Very few programs that teach exercise professionals emphasize the importance of conditioning the body in the sagittal, frontal and transverse planes, let alone assessing each individual’s specific conditioning needs.

Students of the C.H.E.K Exercise Coach program (our entry level program) get a very comprehensive, holistic education, easily making them the most skilled entry-level practitioners in the exercise industry.

Even those coming in as experienced medical professionals find the program very complete and a great aid to their clinical work.
D Carr First rib angle Chek Ex Coach
Above, you can see the students being trained to use the specialized instruments I invented in the early 1990s so I could objectively determine what specific mobilizations, stretches and exercises a patient/client needed to optimize posture and biomechanical functioning.

Forward Head Caliper in use

We begin teaching all C.H.E.K Exercise Coaches how to perform skillful, objective assessments, from which they carefully select the optimal mobilizations, stretches and corrective exercises to facilitate balance in the body.

To my knowledge, no other exercise certification teaches how to perform a sound orthopedic and neurological assessment so that exercise can be prescribed scientifically and safely.

I’m sure all of you in Donal’s class had a great time, and excited to know that you are out in the world sharing your new skills.

Exercise Coach, Chicago, with Carl Weston

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Carl Weston is one of our newest instructors for the C.H.E.K Institute, and I am very grateful to have him on our faculty.

Carl is very experienced, highly intelligent and a great communicator, all of which make for a great instructor!

Here you can see Carl with his lovely group of new C.H.E.K Exercise Coach students who attended the course.

I know you must have enjoyed Carl’s hands-on teaching methods and learned more than you assumed you would.

To all of YOU Exercise Coaches – Thank you!

I am grateful that you trust my teachings and the C.H.E.K Institute as your source for holistic health and exercise education.

I look forward to our paths crossing again as you advance to C.H.E.K Practitioner Level 1 as soon as you feel ready to learn more!

If you would like to learn more about C.H.E.K Exercise Coach training (valuable to all healthcare professionals!), feel free to visit the C.H.E.K Institute website.

Show-N-Tell with Paul

Finding your Fit

One of my students, Kathleen Trotter, recently sent me her book, Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit.

Kathleen is a C.H.E.K Practitioner Level 3, Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1, and a CHEK Golf Performance Specialist.

She has recently published a beautiful book with lots of color photos and nice glossy pages that will help anyone in the public go from “wanting to change their body and their health to doing it effectively!”

The book is written for the layperson, or those uninitiated in basic health and exercise concepts. Considering that that makes up most of the world’s population, I suspect she’s got a big target market.

I wish you the best of success with your book, Kathleen!

Our Vacation To Julian!

This past week, Angie decided it was time to get Paul and Penny away from WORK, and she booked us a lovely cabin in the mountains of Julian, Calif. We stayed three nights and two days and “LOVED IT!”

Julian Cabin View

As you can see, the area is very beautiful. Our little cabin came equipped with a lovely hot tub, and even additives to remove the chlorine so it was safe for us to use.

The ladies wanted to have time away from cooking, so, naturally, our first choice for our meals was the Amazing Chef Lance: https://www.bonebroth.com/



Chef Lance uses only top-notch locally grown organic foods and organic meats, which are aligned with CHEK values. Our food was delicious!

Mana loved Chef Lance’s food. This little guy just turned eight-months old, but you’d think he was a professional sumo wrestler the way he puts the food away!

Chef Lance Food Mana and Angie
As you can see in the photo, he’s reaching for the plate. Whatever those super-fast hands get, goes into his mouth.

You can see Angie holding her cool little baby food grinder. Since Mana doesn’t have teeth yet, we grind all his solid foods and encourage him to chew them before swallowing.

He likes to eat as fast as anyone will deliver the spoon, but we all encourage him to drink his food and eat his water. Momma Penny seems to be the best at getting him to chew, which she does by making interesting faces at him while overemphasizing the chewing action.

It seems to work because as soon as he sees her doing that, he stares at her, stops for a second, and then chews away!

Mana loved the hot tub, and so did we!

Angie and Mana in hot tub Julian Oct 2016
We turned the heat to the lowest setting so it wasn’t too hot for him, and he managed to stay in for a good 20 minutes at a time before he wanted out.

Angie got him a little whale float, and he seemed to enjoy eating the whale’s eyes more than anything else, but that’s just part of being an infant.

We all love to let Mana spend time in the kid’s pool, or tub each day because he’s a real water lover. Mana is a Pieces (water/fish sign) and was born on the full moon, so he seems to be in his element in the water. We will put him into swimming lessons for toddlers pretty soon.

Some Dressup Fun

While we were in Julian, we went to a photo studio that specializes in black-and-white western photos.

Angie loves this kind of stuff, and so does Maggie, so Penny and I thought we’d better make it a family event.

It was actually quite fun. If I’d have lived in Julian with my family 100 years ago, this is probably about what we would have looked like.

Just so you can see what a hot babe from 100 years ago would look like with a modern camera, I thought I’d share this one with you.

Angie photo western photo shoot Julian

Angie has the “dress up and photo shoot genes,” and pretty much just loves to play! By the way, that’s not a push-up bra. That’s about six pounds of milk! Mana’s refrigerators… The kid’s got great taste ah!!

We all had a great time in Julian, and we even found some AWESOME gluten-free boysenberry and apple pie.

I was able to enjoy a few pieces over the weekend without experiencing nearly as much body stress (anything gluten-free bothers me in general) as I typically do eating gluten-free “anything.”

Julian is probably one of the most famous places in the world for its locally grown produce and the pies made from it. If you haven’t been there, it’s a great vacation destination.

Mana is now 8 months old!


Mana is growing like a weed. Most anyone who picks up this little guy notices how solid and strong he is.

We are proud of him for “being his amazing self” and love supporting him each day as he discovers all the magic his current life journey on Earth might bring. He’s certainly come with A LOT of energy to share!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed my blog and video today!

I look forward to sharing Part 2 of this current series next week, where we dive into the very mysterious and interesting issue of “time.”

Love and chi,
Paul Chek