I have always been an overachieving, fun loving, beach going athlete. That is a picture of me as a toddler, with my wife, and also, in 2012.
I was loving life. In college, a thousand possibilities, dreaming of playing in the NFL... for the Browns, so still a realist, but definitely the NFL.
In 2014 my life was changed in an instant when I suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury that left me paralyzed from the neck down. I honestly don't even know what happened.
I was at the pool, not even ready to get in yet, and the next thing I know, I am being resuscitated on the side of the pool, after having died underwater, taken to the hospital and told I had broken my neck and was going to be a quadriplegic.
I went from a person that was living life to its fullest, fulfilling my goals and dreams to a man unable to take care of my own basic physical needs.
But I was lucky. It turned out that my phone was the only thing that couldn't recover from that day. After the swelling went down they saw that the break wasn't complete, so with time I could possibly make a comeback.
Over the following year, through perseverance and many strenuous hours, I was able to battle back and relearn how to walk and take care of my essential daily needs.
Many of us have had many hard times in our lives that we look back upon and are mesmerized with how we may have accomplished them, this has been one of my times.
I honestly had some times when I was totally stuck looking at what I would need to do to get there, but I used faith in myself and the process to take on the tasks, one at a time, and simply looked to improve daily.
In the weeks before my accident, I had just gotten my teaching certification. So I already had applications out, looking to start my life after college.
During my recovery, i tried to recreate normalcy, as those habits would help me to find reasons to keep trying, so I began my career as a Math teacher, while still attending outpatient physical rehab 4 days a week. I struggled daily with poor circulation, low energy, and inconsistent bowel evacuation and this continued over many years until 2018.
What changed in 2018?
I made the decision to move to Lancaster Pennsylvania to support my wife as she pursued her dream of building a chiropractic and wellness center. Through her relationship building and contacts, in October of that year, She was introduced to a device designed to help my body improve the very things I was dealing with the most.
This device is used by NASA to help astronauts rebuild muscle mass after returning from space, and it is a device originally created in the European Union to help reduce the overall costs of medical care, by helping to oxygenate the body, and help it to return to a younger state, by strengthening the parasympathetic nervous system. I felt inclined to do research on it, and found it has patents for the types of technology it uses and how it affects the body.
It turns out that the Parasympathetic part of the nervous system is the system responsible for stimulation of "rest-and-digest" or "feed and breed" activities that occur when the body is at rest, especially after eating, including sexual arousal, salivation, digestion and elimination. Its action is described as being complementary to that of the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for stimulating activities associated with the fight-or-flight response, and the one that everyone seems to talk about.
I had gotten used to the way my life had become, its challenges, the set backs, the frustration of not being who I once was; no where close to the life I had before and wasn't sure I would ever gain back my drive and confidence to continue on a path of improve recovery. I had even started to believe this would be my new normal.
Despite all of this, I began to use this tool regularly and the positive changes that I experienced with my body were profound and life altering for my mental confidence.
I didn't know why, or even care, but I just felt more refreshed, and alive after sitting on this mat. I honestly had no expectations, some hope that what I read was true, but wasn't expecting much, because I wasn't like the other people I had met that were using the mat.
Within weeks, because of increased circulation, as the mat helps your smallest capillaries move oxygen and nutrition to all of your cells, something that decreases as we age, I was able to stop using suppositories for daily bowel evacuation.
This was a game changer, suppositories had been a daily routine for me for four years. With that one change I gained so much confidence I had lost over the years relying on others for assistance during recovery.
My ability to control my bodily functions allowed me to have more control over my time and day.
Daily energy became more prominent, I was sleeping more soundly at night, which allowed me more energy in the middle of my day.
My first winter on the mat was the best winter I had experienced in my four years post injury, both physically and mentally. I enjoyed life during the winter months again, I had little issues with my distal circulation (fingers, toes) that had plagued me in the past when venturing out in the cold.I was finally not having to worry about frostbite, every time I left the house.
I was happier to get up and attack my goals for the day, whether it be work or spending time with my family. I had become a more pleasant person to be around.
I am sleeping better, my body is functioning more normally and is still improving daily. I have more energy and look forward to everyday.
I didn't, and neither did my doctors, know it was what I needed to improve my situation until I found it. It was a total life changer for me.
I now share the tool with people in my wife's office, so they too can experience the wonders of this technology, and how it revitalizes your mind, and even helps them to relax, so they become easier to adjust for my wife. They certainly aren't going through as much as my body was, but they are booking appointments to use the mat in between sessions with my wife, as it makes them feel more capable of handling their day, holding their head high, and facing the challenges that day may bring.
I think it is amazing what our bodies are capable of handling, and I feel the least we can do is try to give it as much help as we can, to make it easier, for both our minds and our bodies.
If this sounds like the life you are looking to get back to, or want to hear some other stories of people who have gotten a mat, and are now telling all of their friends, please contact me for a meeting to learn more about how this technology may be able to help you.
Even if you think this isn't going to work for you, and your situation, subscribe anyway. I will find a way to get you onto the mat, and you can feel it for yourself. I reach out to every subscriber personally, as we are a family here, and support each other.
So... there isn't anything holding you back to learning more about how you can gain energy for your body and help it to function at its highest efficiency.