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See the Health, Be the Health

Originally written in January 2017 following a course in Biodynamics - sharing here as a reflection on key osteopathic principles so strongly felt on the island of Maui.


In my work as an osteopathic physician, there is much talk of lesions – areas of restriction or dysfunction in the patient, most commonly considered in the neuromusculoskeletal system, although as experience increases, the level of understanding of the concept of lesion – quality, location, connection – evolves. In any consideration, the following statement, and my favorite quote from the past week of study, reframed my thinking – unifying the ideas of finding the lesion and treating the health, infinitely extending the osteopathic concept:


There is more health in the lesion than there is lesion in the lesion.

- Originated by Jim Jealous, D.O. and shared by Tom Esser, D.O.


Inclement weather, delayed travels, an international group of osteopaths with a most treasured kindred spirit among them, mentors and magical moments. Though four years, three thousand miles, a third child and significant shift in career separated my experiences, it was with eerie familiarity this week that I journeyed to continue my study of Traditional Osteopathy. With travels delayed, I was faced with missing a day of the course and, with it, a large portion of the Hawaiian adventure. Thankfully, now as close to these magical islands as I am to my native peninsula, I was able to replace my initial flight with a relatively quick, though rainy, drive south and was welcomed with fresh flowers and Stevie Wonder on the loudspeaker onto a Virgin America flight in San Francisco. Having long admired the ingenuity and joy of Richard Branson, it was a fitting that I would reach Maui while witnessing his optimal entrepreneurial health in action. The unexpected relocation also gave me opportunity to visit a new gym, sending me on the journey more relaxed and physically balanced at an airport with quality food choices on a near-empty plane for prime relaxation. As it turns out, there was more calm in the stress than there was stress in the stress.