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Energy surrounds us.  There is a continuous flow of energy coming off the body and going into the body.  Energy is shared with others.  This energy can be redirected, made to fill gaps, put into a less compressed state, much like I do with the regular tissue (fascia) of the body. Any time I put my hands near the body and on the body, there is a sharing of energy and as I work, either doing energy healing or structural body work, this energy comes into play.  Energy either stops or continues to flow. Flowing is what we want.  Clearing the energy and redirecting it so that the body functions better and can heal.

Beware, particles in bottled water!

Not only is plastic bad for the environment, it is also bad for our bodies:


Researchers find a massive number of plastic particles in bottled water

Researchers from Columbia University and Rutgers University found roughly 240,000 detectable plastic fragments in a typical liter of bottled water.

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Microscopic pieces of plastic are everywhere. Now, they’ve been found in bottled water in concentrations 10 to 100 times more than previously estimated.

Researchers from Columbia University and Rutgers University found roughly 240,000 detectable plastic fragments in a typical liter of bottled water. The study was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

About 10% of the detected plastic particles were microplastics, and the other 90% were nanoplastics. Microplastics are between 5 millimeters to 1 micrometer; nanoplastics are particles less than 1 micrometer in size. For context, a human hair is about 70 micrometers thick.

Microplastics have already been found in people’s lungs, their excrement, their blood and in placentas, among other places. A 2018 study found an average of 325 pieces of microplastics in a liter of bottled water.

Nanoplastics could be even more dangerous than microplastics because when inside the human body, “the smaller it goes, the easier for it to be misidentified as the natural component of the cell,” says Wei Min, a professor of chemistry at Columbia University and one of the study’s co-authors.

The researchers used a technology involving two lasers called stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy to detect the particles and used machine learning to identify them. They searched for seven common types of plastic using this system: polyamide 66, polypropylene, polyethylene, polymethyl methacrylate, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene and polyethylene terephthalate.

They tested three brands of bottled water; they did not identify the brands.

The particles they could identify accounted for only 10% of total particles they found — the rest could be minerals, or other types of plastics, or something else, says Beizhan Yan, a research professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and a co-author on the study.

The International Bottled Water Association, an industry group that represents U.S. and international water bottlers and distributors, said in a statement that it has had “very limited notice and time” to review the study.

But the group said the new detection method “needs to be fully reviewed by the scientific community and more research needs to be done to develop standardized methods for measuring and quantifying nanoplastics in our environment.”

The association said there is “no scientific consensus on the potential health impacts of nano- and microplastic particles.” It added: “media reports about these particles in drinking water do nothing more than unnecessarily scare consumers.”

The researchers hypothesize that some of the plastics in the bottled water could be shedding from, ironically enough, the plastic used in types of water filters.

Phoebe Stapleton, another study co-author who is a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Rutgers University, says researchers have known that nanoplastics were in water. “But if you can’t quantify them or can’t make a visual of them, it’s hard to believe that they’re actually there,” she says.

The significance of their group’s research is that it now “brings that to light, and not only provides what is a computer generated image, but it also allows for the quantification and even more importantly, the chemistry of that quantification,” Stapleton says.

They hope the research will lead to having a better understanding of how much plastic humans are regularly putting into their bodies and its effects.

Yan says they plan future research employing the same technology to look at plastic particles in tap water, in the air, in food and in human tissues. “This is basically just to open a new window for us to see [what was] this invisible world before.”

Humans produce more than 440 million tons of plastic each year, according to the United Nations. About 80% of plastic ends up in landfills or the environment, researchers say.


Benefits of Maintenance












The advantages of maintenance:

Stronger structure 

Less stuck and bunched together tissue

Freedom of movement

Your body becomes resilient

Less pain

Better quality of life

You get to keep your balance

You extend your flexibility

Now pushing, carrying, pulling, lifting and squatting become the norm instead of the “things I had been able to’s”. 

Humpty Dumpty?

Like Humpty Dumpty, did you have a great fall? Break into a million pieces and fretted that you would never be back together again?


I can help with that.  Unwinding, lengthening, loosening, directing the tissue brings hope, relief and a return to activity.  Structural Integration, the modality for this, Is available to you.  What a great tool to add to your toolbox of healing, of getting better WITH lasting effects!  No matter the occupation, activity, sport or lifestyle.  

 Prioritize your health.  It’s time!


Mustard and its Healing Properties

Mustard – how good is it for you?

I have heard, actually from a client and since, that yellow mustard is helpful in getting rid of leg cramps.  I was looking into this and found out that not only is it true, but that mustard has healing qualities, including nourishing hair, pain relief, skin benefits and the list goes on.  

Natural remedies aren’t just that, they are tried and true methods of healing the body.

Between the Hands

Between the hands lies the answers to the landscape of the body and takes them to where the tissue leads.

This is what I do with Structural Integration.  Follow the tissue. Guide it, influence it and ultimately rebuild the body through it.

Pain to Calm

Pain can strike at any time.

Wouldn’t it be great to have it go away?


To calmness, expansiveness, tranquility.


Let’s have calm instead.



Cody Smolik Structural Integration

Scar Work

Scars come in all shapes, sizes, thicknesses and collagen levels. Whether it is a burn, caesarean, or scars from surgery, I want to get the scar more integrated into the surrounding tissue. This makes for smoother, easier movement. Moving freely over the bones and muscles. Scars can be filled in, opened and softened. With scar work, it can be accomplished.