I first met Jessica Chernila in the early 2000s when her father Lenny Chernila was hosting a weekly Open Mic at the Mercury Cafe. This was a very special time in my life and I fell in love with her family at that time. I was inspired and was nourished to witness this intergenerational family spirit of her bringing her young son to community poetry events and sharing this art of expression as a family.
Fast forward 10 years and I was delighted to reconnect in 2019 when her daughter and mine started training Karate together at Enshin Karate. She would teach Yin Yoga & QiGong at the dojo and we would train alongside our children in this unique intergenerational community, and again, I was inspired by her as a fellow single-mama.
In 2020 she joined our team at the Denver Recovery Lounge, offering massage therapy in combination with our Infrared Sauna & foot detox. We begin dreaming about sharing her daily QiGong health and immunity routine with the community. In mid-2021 she was diagnosed with Lymphoma and has begun chemotherapy.
At every step of the process she is such a shining light and beacon of health, modeling self-care and wellness and leadership in how to harmonize western and holistic health into a comprehensive approach to wellness. During this time, we are excited to support her both with services in the Recovery Lounge to help revitalize her organs and detox after each round of chemo, and through raising funds to support her family while she rests & regains strength.
Here at Denver Recovery Lounge, we offer a variety of modalities that can assist your body in optimizing detoxification. Good nutrition, hydration, and exercise are certainly paramount, but adding in a detox protocol can definitely help keep one's toxic burden from manifesting in illness.
Effects of long-term stagnation for many people manifest as mental fogginess (AKA Brain Fog), puffiness, sore joints, bloating, feeling overloaded, fatigue, inability to interact, depression, anxiety, moodiness, and much more.
At the Denver Recovery Lounge (DRL), we’re calling those lingering experiences “Quarantine Stagnation.” And here’s why…
What is Stagnation in the Body?
It’s difficult to remove the mind and emotions from this discussion, so when we speak about the body in this context, know that we’re talking about this from a wholistic perspective.
All inclusive. Because what happens to the gut affects the brain, and what happens to the brain when on overdrive affects the entire body.
Stagnation, in general terms, is when something that has a natural flow significantly slows down or stops. We cannot escape the natural flow in our bodies.
Even in a coma systems are still moving. The heart is pumping, the breath is flowing, cells are metabolizing, and on and on it goes until our last breath. Even then, flow is still happening when our spirit is released and the body begins to decompose.
Stagnation is the culprit behind inflammation and the resulting symptoms that show up. We may not feel inflammation, as it can come on slowly. Have you ever woken up one day and just felt full or tight in your skin? Clothes don’t fit right, rings or jewelry sit differently?
This may be inflammation that you’re now aware of. It might go away, or it might linger. This experience is stagnation at work.
When we have too much stillness in our lives, our mental, emotional, and physical beings are affected. From our blood, lymph, digestion, and cerebral spinal fluid, to muscle hydration and even our emotions, this experience can leave us feeling depleted on many levels.
Many times, the first signs of stagnation may be in the form of pain. When we stop moving our muscles, they begin to tighten up and lose flexibility and tone. When blood stops moving, it begins to pool. The same is true for lymph, which cleans the tissues and blood.
You may notice swelling of tissue or an overall feeling of fatigue or puffiness. Your belly may become more bloated after eating. You may become moody, restless, or easily agitated.
Stagnation can show up in our thought processes when you begin to notice thoughts on repeat. Some people use the analogy of feeling like their mind is in a “hamster wheel” and it keeps going round and round. This results in a lack of creativity, over-stimulation, and an increase in depressive moods or decision fatigue.
These are just a few ways that stagnation shows up, and experiencing quarantine and times of lock-down put us in the perfect environment for this to take place.
So, by the time stagnation is actively creating inflammation in your body; with fluids pooling and systems no longer working with ease, stagnation has reached the cellular and neurological levels. We give you options that address AND keep you at optimum performance.
While getting out for a 30 minute walk every day can be incredibly supportive, that walk isn’t going to move the heavy load that was created when you weren’t walking for the past year. You must go deeper.
Take Charge of Your Wellness
Taking charge of your wellness isn’t only in understanding what’s going on alone. It also means knowing what will support you in creating the results that you’re seeking. If you know that we’ve got what you’re looking for, then jump on the schedule link here and sign up for the Brain Health Circuit or Weekly Detox Circuit. Keep reading if you want to learn more about why we recommend these two circuits.
Through the iMRS PEMF Detox, you will stay clothed and lay on the iMRS mat and allow the Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency (PEMF) to surround you. You may not feel anything specific until you get up and start moving around. What’s happening is the mat is emitting frequencies that are aligned with the earth’s frequencies. The research has shown when your cells vibrate at this frequency, they function the way they were designed to. Which means for you:
The Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna is one of those places to sit back and breathe. Bring a towel and have water for before and after. It’s not just about sweating it all out. This full spectrum infrared sauna has some of the best technology on the market to deeply penetrate into your cells. While you close your eyes and rest, read a book, or meditate, the infrared lights heat your body from the inside out and stimulate cellular regeneration. This means:
Weekly Detox Circuit
This circuit combines the Ion Cleanse® Foot Bath with the iMRS PEMF Detox and Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna. These services together create a powerful and deep detox that works with all systems of the body, purging stagnation and inflammation.
The Ion Cleanse® Foot Bath is a warm soak that will change the way you look at pulling toxins out of your body. The charge created in the water flows through you and “picks up” neutrally charged particles in your body and through osmosis delivers them to the water. This powerful little machine supports you in:
If you want more specific information on how each of these services works, check out the linked web pages. We’ll also speak more about detoxifying the body next month for when you’re no longer experiencing the effects of stagnation in your life.
For any additional questions, give us a call at 720-460-0003!! We look forward to supporting you in taking charge of your wellness!
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This blog was brought to you by the staff at the Denver Recovery Lounge and Emily Kamala. Emily is a freelance writer and life coach in Denver supporting organizations dedicated to enhancing wellness for all.
My name is Jose Lopez. I'm a claims advocate and financial group and insurance broker here in Denver. I found the Denver Recovery Lounge after having a long bout with long-hauler symptoms with Covid, and then I also fell down the stairs when I blacked out one day in October and got a huge crush on the back of my head, a lot of concussion effects and I was having trouble with my joints and joint hypermobility. I think when I first saw Amanda I still was having a hard time seeing. I was having a hard time cognitively; a lot of a hard time cognitively. I was seeing Amanda about once a week for about two months and the improvements were just phenomenal. It's funny too because I'm used to other modalities where it's chiropractic and it's really heavy and hard on your body or there's a lot of movements going into it, and this was really simple, but the effects were super noticeable, especially for my emotional and mental health. I think it's been just a revolution to come here, and I'm well on my way to recovery now. The services that I use at the Denver Recovery Lounge are the magnetic resonance mat. I love the magnetic resonance mat. I get to the lay there and I can feel the energy just transferring through my body, especially my head; it's really been super helpful with my concussion. One of the services that has been most helpful in my cognitive recovery since the concussion has been the NeurOptimal® machine. Even up into April and May I was still having a little bit of trouble with control of my emotions and being able to think of words but since using the NeurOptimal® machine I've just really been feeling a lot more like I'm whole - like I'm one piece. If somebody was considering coming to the Denver Recovery Lounge I would say don't hesitate. Just come on down. I know that they have a 50% off offer for the first time that you come enjoy some of the services, and it'll change your life. You'll be super relaxed when you're here, and when you're leaving you'll be a different person. I guarantee it.