From small business to ministry …

Welcome to the first of many blogs for Dynamics of Healing!! I am not sure what to expect, or where the blogs will be taking us, but I’m sure, together, we will enjoy the ride! Here is what I am expecting: stories of everyday people with everyday ailments being healed, stories of joy, stories of sadness and stories that will pull at our heart strings. (Boy, I hope my writing can live up to the hype!) Mostly, let’s expect updates of what is happening at Dynamics of Healing.

Here is some trivia for you: Dynamics of Healing was not always Dynamics of Healing. It was formerly named Dynamics of Function. When it was known by its former monicker the clinic ran solely as a place to come for physical therapy. As the clinic grew, and as the people who worked in the clinic grew, so did their vision. The vision slowly started to take in the whole person: mind, body and spirit. An understanding of the whole person was beginning to emerge, and how the three were linked together. When anyone of the three are out of whack, it creates an opening for pain and illness. It was our desire to help bring people to their fullest level of healing rather than just functioning in life.

Dynamics of Healing is not a small business, it is a ministry. It is of the utmost importance to us that everyone receive the best care possible, no matter how much money they have or whether or not they have insurance. For these reasons we have removed the obstacles of insurance and money. How can this be, you might ask?

We run our ministry on the kindness and generosity of our patients and people who have the same heart for caring for others that we do. If you would like to be a part of our ministry you can contribute by way of our Go Fund Me account.

It has been a year since we changed over to this way of running the clinic. While it has not been completely smooth sailing during this year, we have grown in our dependence of God. It is only with Him guiding and reassuring us that we have even made it this far. During this past year there have been many obviously God given blessings of both money and healing. People who should not be walking are walking, necks that should not be turning are turning, and people who saw themselves as disabled have a new lease on life. This is what comes from, trusting and believing God when he says, “I got this!”

The phones are ringing off the hook. Between our scheduled appointments and walk-ins many people are seen everyday. The word is spreading about the healing and peace felt here. Come experience it for yourself!

~Trista Vnuk

PARTIES…UGH!

It is very hard for me to believe that my middle son Ben just turned 11. To celebrate this stupendous occasion we had a birthday party for him. I don’t know about you, but I HATE to throw parties. I truly do! I get crabby. I get anxious. I get bossy. Because of my intense hatred of throwing parties I always wait to the last minute to do any planning. There is just something soooo…unnerving about throwing a party that makes me zealously avoid having them. But one must make exceptions for one’s children, mustn’t one!?!

As I think about it, I begin to wonder why I get so rattled over throwing a birthday party. It’s not unlike decorating a room for a client. (Pretty sure I can do that.) So why does throwing a party give me so much anxiety?

In reality the party is all about the guest of honor. I completely understand that. For some reason though, when I give a party, I feel as if I am under a microscope and it makes me want to cower in a corner. So if I can decorate a room for a client, why does throwing a party freak me out so? When I decorate a room, my gifts and talents that God gave me, are most definitely under scrutiny. My clients inspect my work, and yes, there a few times that I have not tapped into the correct look for them. (Impossible to believe, I know. But it’s true!) This, however, does not give me any apprehension.

QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS AND MORE QUESTIONS…

So what makes this party giving thing so nerve racking for me? How can I be more anxious with family and friends, who already know and love me, than with my clients?? Could it be that I am fearful that my family and friends don’t really know me? Maybe I’m afraid they still view me as the quirky, flighty girl I once was. The girl that dreaded making any decisions because I might chose incorrectly. Do they see how much I’ve changed and have grown in the past few years?

AH-HA MOMENT!!

After much deliberation, I have come to the conclusion that my party throwing anxieties stem from worrying about how people view me. I think that when I give a party, I make myself crazy, because I want everything to be absolutely perfect, so everyone will see me for who I am now. The logical, smart, all together me. I no longer want to be seen as indecisive and flighty. As I try to make everything perfect, however, I become more anxious and make bad decisions and mistakes. Thus making me look indecisive and flighty! No wonder I hate to have parties!!

But, do people really view me as indecisive and flighty, or am I listening to the lies in my head from the enemy? Hmmmm…I think there is something there!!

LIES, LIES, AND MORE LIES…

What lies do you listen to? What negative thoughts pop into your head that really aren’t true? Maybe, like me, you were a certain way once, but you have changed and you fear that everyone is still viewing you as     fill in the blank   .

Suddenly giving my next party doesn’t seem so scary. I know I have grown. I also know that if I stop listening to the lies in my head, and start listening and believing to what I  KNOW to be true about myself, I will not fall victim to what the enemy is telling me!!

PARTY ON!!

 

 

ROUTINES…

 

Are they good or are they bad? Are they helpful or harmful?

As I ponder this, another question comes to mind.  How could my routine, a routine that has served me so well, be anything but good?  I seldom forget anything if I stick to my routine, but if I veer from my routine I can’t even remember my morning coffee.  Well let’s not go that far, like I could EVER forget my morning cup of coffee!!!

routine

noun  rou·tine  \rü-ˈtēn\

Simple Definition of routine

  • : a regular way of doing things in a particular order

  • : a boring state or situation in which things are always done the same way

  • : a series of things (such as movements or jokes) that are repeated as part of a performance

 

Merriam-Webster’s definition does not make routines sound favorable.  And, yes, if I think about it, I can get into a rut.  I often find myself needing a change.  So much so, that I do something drastic, like rip apart a whole dining room and make it into an office.  Thus creating horrible upheaval for my family (but at least it got me out of my rut!).  So, in this instance, I would have to say that my routine did not serve me very well.

On the flip side, my children have a morning routine and an evening routine.  These routines provide them, as well as their parents, freedom from stress.  Before these routines were in place we often had pandemonium morning and night.  Not the best way to start and end the day, I can tell you!!

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING

I think routines can be good. But as the old adage says…

 

Take exercise and work.  If I were to continually do the same exercise, or repeat the same motion over and over again at work, my joints, ligaments and muscles would start to deteriorate. (BTW, if my words are hitting home, I know a couple of great therapists that can help with that!)  So there’s another good reason to change up my routine.

 

This morning during my quiet time I came upon this in Jesus Calling:

“Do not blindly follow your habitual route, or you will miss what I have prepared for you.”

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How often do I methodically go through the day, numb to what’s going on around me?  I cruise on auto-pilot through my days.  At the grocery store I follow the same route and buy the same food.  I take the same way home every day.  I have even gotten mad when my parking space, the one I always park in, is taken.  You would think my name was on it or something!?!

By being methodical and boring and following my routine, I do limit the amount of decisions I have to make in a day, which is nice I guess.  My routine has worked for me so far, so why change it?  It’s actually a scary thing to change things up and step out in faith and try something different. Familiarity feels peaceful, but is it really?  I think it’s a false sense of peace.  If my routine gets messed up, and I get all flustered, is that peace?  Nope! Actually the fear of stepping out of a routine can cause anxiety.  So how can a routine really bring peace?

All of this pondering has brought a Bible verse to mind:

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21

That verse gives me peace! It says to me, that whether or not I follow a routine, my Lord has my back!  This thought builds my faith and my trust which in turn allows me to take a leap and try something new.  Tomorrow I think I’ll take a new way home.   Just kidding!!  But seriously, if I know that the Lord’s purposes will stand, and I know that His purposes are good, then what have I got to lose???

 

 

A Call To Action…

 

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Recently I was reunited with my friend, Tammy Flynn. She has four beautiful children and an amazing extended family. She will be the first to tell you how blessed she is. Each and every day she is thankful for all she has, and all that God leads her through. At times, people looking from the outside, might look at the daily challenges she faces as overwhelming and exhausting. Some might even say insurmountable. Tammy sees each and every challenge not only as a step closer to a goal, but also as a blessing.

As well as being the mother of four, Tammy owns ELEGANCE SALON AND SPA. Using her salon as a starting point, Tammy has developed several businesses and events, all of which relate in some way to the salon.

In 2009 Tammy started an event called AN EVENING OF ELEGANCE. Over the past six years this event has raised nearly $500,000 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Make-A-Wish: Wisconsin.

Many people have been blessed through Tammy’s time and talents, now it’s our turn…

MISSION:MARCUS

In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the world, Tammy and her family have a special journey they are on. Tammy’s son Marcus has been diagnosed with Scheurmann’s Kyphosis. This disease has caused Marcus’ healthy vertebrae of his back to become wedged-shape, thus giving him an abnormally curved spine. The severity of his kyphosis is extremely rare in adolescence/young adults. And the rarity of the condition in combination with his multiple medical issues/special needs makes the procedure extremely high risk. He will be heading to surgery on May 10th. This is a scary time for Marcus and his family.

We are praying for Marcus and his family, and ask you to do the same. Follow this link to find out more information about:

MISSION:MARCUS

A CAMPAIGN OF LOVE AND SUPPORT

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What To Be…

When you were a wee child, what did you dream of being when you grew up? Have you even grown up yet?? (Me, I’m still holding on to my belief that I’ll be young forever…riiight!)

Very few childhood dreams come true. Also, not many of us find out what we really want to be until we grow up. Now, with all the adult responsibilities resting on our shoulders, it’s a nightmarish thought to start down a new path.  Not only can this decision be scary, but it can also be confusing!

To try to take the confusion out of deciding what is really best for you to do with your adult life, there have been many tests produced. Let’s face it, those tests work about as well as the Facebook personality/job quizzes we take for fun!! You get a laugh out of it, but would you really want to do what the quiz told you to do??  More than likely, most of us took our Adolescent Vocational Aptitude Test and found out what we were going to steer away from! I remember having a big laugh at what my test informed me what I should do with the rest of my life!!

Too Many Choices…

Then there’s the possibility of having too many things you want to be, or are good at.

Back to me again.

I went to Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in photography. (Money well spent there…) Currently I do work as an Interior Decorator and I love to create 3D artwork. But hey! I take really nice pictures of my work!  All of my dabbling in the arts has taken me down an unexpected path. I am now doing what I know I was meant for. I am bringing healing to people. Through gathering and introducing people to Dynamics of Healing I feel more useful and purposeful than I have ever felt in my life. Never in a million years did I think decorating for Sabrina at Dynamics would bring me to this conclusion. I have been helped so much by Connie and Sabrina, that I want everyone to experience the same healing that has been given to me.

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If you’ve been to the clinic, and been on the receiving end of the healing hands of either Connie or Sabrina, you know, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are doing what they were made for!! No question about it. They have the gift of healing!! If you haven’t been to the clinic yet, BOY, ARE YOU MISSING OUT!! So maybe you don’t feel there is anything medically wrong with you. Maybe you think that coming to the clinic is for people who have been sent by a doctor. Or, maybe you’re waiting until you really hurt, and then you won’t have a choice. Well, whichever describes you best, just make the decision to come in and feel better! You won’t regret it!!

Timing…

I see a pattern forming here. It’s all about timing!! If I had been told in high school that my true heart lies in helping others to find health and healing, I would have laughed in the face of the person telling me. Not to mention, I am all about art. Creating art. Seeing art. Collecting art. I had to be lead down a pathway that took me to where I am. Art was the carrot that kept me moving along my path. As a child I dreamed of being an artist. I wanted my work to hang in galleries all over the world. I was very focused on me. God used my interests to open my eyes to the hurting world around me, and that I want to help everyone in it. Let’s face it, art is great! But can it change your life? Maybe. Can it give you hope? Possibly. Can it give you healing? No. Can it give you health? I don’t think so. God took His time getting me here, but I’m thankful he did!

I heard a wonderful story today about a woman who loves to provide happiness and comfort to the elderly using her beautiful singing voice and playing dominos. It blesses them and cheers them up. In turn, she receives great joy and satisfaction. So much so, she wishes she had started earlier. But I think if she had, it would not have given her the joy she is receiving now. She is retired and has the time to do it. Before retiring, she might have found spending time with the elderly to be a chore or an added responsibility that she just could not undertake. Any joy she gained would be tarnished by the guilt of taking time away from family or work. This is her time to bless others, pure and simple.

Time can be cruel. Time can go miserably slow, or it can go so fast it will make your head spin. Unfortunately we cannot control time. We have to do the best with what time we have.

That being said, I want you to think about how you would like to spend your time. Do you see yourself doing what you would like to do? Do you see yourself doing what you know you should do? If you are, great!! If not, why is that? If it is simply because you hurt too much to do so, we can help you with that!!  It is what we were made to do. Let us do this for you!!

 

LeapYear

Such a strange occurrence, leap year. So many hours in a day, month, year and yet still some slip through the cracks. So many so, that there needs to be an extra day added every four years to make up the difference. Smarter minds than mine thought that up! I still have a hard time figuring it out even 45 years into my life. (Yep! I just gave away my age – don’t tell.)

What will you be doing with your extra day today? I am going to where my heart is. Long ago, Dynamics of Healing, and the mission to help people, stole my heart. The more I am at the clinic, the more I want to be at the clinic. There is a peacefulness there that allows me to see and think clearly. I look forward to, and cherish every moment I spend there. I know that when I am there, it is where God meant for me to be. I never knew that I had such a love for my fellow man, and helping my fellow man, until I saw how many people were hurting and needed help. My eyes lost their blinders at Dynamics of Healing. I thank God and pray daily that I will not lose my drive to help others.

I found where I belong, but U BELONG there too!

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Do you have stiffness? Headaches? Numbness? Restricted movement?

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Maybe you would just like to run better? Garden more? Play with your grandkids? Could it be that you would just like to walk to the end of the block without taking a break along the way?

That is what Dynamics is for!!

Since my first blog post I have had many questions about what we do and how it works. Each person is different, so it is very hard to describe how it works, but I’ll give it a go! Connie and Sabrina meet with each person, and a course of treatment is decided upon, as well as duration of treatment. There will always be some hands-on therapy, even on the first visit. Generally, the longer you have had the problem, the more visits you will have. Each visit lasts from 30 minutes to an hour.

We are a ministry. We desire for everyone who needs care to receive it. To cover our expenses, we have a $100 suggested donation. Some can not give the full amount, others can give more, and there are those, who at this time in their lives, can give nothing. That is why we have our Go Fund Me account set up. Here is the link, if you have the same heart for caring for the needs of others as we do.  We would love for you to be a part of our ministry!!

So, this leap year, what are you doing? Are you sitting around hoping for the pain to go away? Are you waiting for the doctor to prescribe another pill? Maybe surgery is the next step? Or are you calling Dynamics of Healing (414.764.2871) and taking care of the problem at its source? I know which one I would choose. Oh, wait! I already did that!!