Jason Gilbert is a Life Lover, Health Nurturer and Sports Chiropractor based in NSW, Australia. Author, TV Presenter, Radio Speaker - Jason does a lot, and he does it all with a smile! Today, it is our great pleasure to have him take part in our Portrait Series on Well-Being & Conscious Living!
Hi Jason! First of all, thanks a lot for taking the time to answer our questions. We are really happy to have you participate in our Portrait Series!
Q1. How’s your day been so far? Do you have a morning routine or are you more a “going with the flow” type of person?
J: Hi there! No problem in replying and helping you out with your article ;) So question one - How's my day been so far? Really good! My mornings are sacred, so when I say that, I mean it’s always dedicated to myself, my health. Today for example was Detox, Coffee Enama (see Gerson Therapy), and it was meditation with binaural beats and a wimp of breath work sessions, and then off to Yoga! An hour and a half of yoga. I don’t have breakfast, I fast and that’s a really important part of my health strategy as well. I just got out of the water surfing, it’s Sunday today right? So any other day that would have been: exercise or surfing, fasting, I guess breakfast around 12 and then working at one o’clock. I always make sure my days start well by investing time into my mental and physical wellbeing.
Q2. Where did you grow up and what was your favourite activity as a kid? Were you a monkey-tree-climber? A dolphin-ocean-swimmer? Or a cat-couch-dreamer?
J: I grew up in a suburb North of Sydney and our house backed on the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, so I loved just disappearing into the bush when I was a kid and exploring. That said, I loved being sociable with the other kids and playing sports and riding my BMX. And I was a water baby. I was born with asthma actually, but mum & dad got on top of that pretty early, luckily... They threw me in the pool and got me to swimming, so I loved the water from a really young age, and I definitely relate to being a dolphin.
Q3. If you had to describe the human body in ONE sentence, what would it be?
J: The human body is governed by our innate intelligence and is a vehicle for our soul / spirit.
Q4. What is your take on emotions and physical pain? Anything you’ve observed along your years as a chiropractor and/or experienced within yourself?
J: The relationship between emotions & physical pain - so what I’ve seen many many times is that, when there’s deep emotional trauma, the body often distracts the person from thinking about it or dwelling about it I should probably say, and causes pain - things like headaches are common to distract people from actually going and thinking of them, other physical pains can also be caused. Now another relationship is, when we are emotionally stressed, if this reaches a level where we are not able to adapt emotionally, our body releases cortisol which is our stress hormone which is prime inflammatory when it’s elevated for prolonged periods of time, and when it’s elevated chronically. So that causes a whole host of physical problems - muscle contracture, inflammation as I already mentioned, sensitivity to pain and many other problems, problems that actually restrict normal physical bio-mechanical movements and functions.
Q5. Do you take into account the Feminine & Masculine sides of the body (as in Yin & Yang) when assessing a patient’s bodily discomfort?
J: I don’t actually take in Yin & Yang, masculine/feminine sides to someone’s pain when assessing them. That said, that doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in them and don’t recognise they exist, it’s just not part of my assessment. Even though my assessment is heavily intuitive as well, and that might influence the recommendations I make to somebody as far as someone who needs to exercise for example - would it be walking or gym, or would it be you know, more of an aggressive breath work session or just a meditation, or even a book I might recommend to help people back to health.
Q6. How/When did Yoga enter your life? Would you say your views on the body & mind have changed since you started practicing? And if yes, how do you integrate that with your chiropractic activity?
J: Yoga entered my life about 20 years ago. Actually I was in an orthopaedic clinic in Brazil where I used to work, as a chiropractor, and the owner of the clinic had a private Yoga teacher, who would do Ashtanga, and I would join in, that was my first introduction. Then over the years, it was just a part of… actually, at the start it was more of a physical thing for me, to compensate for the muscle contractions that I would suffer from being bent over and adjusting the table all day, and then bit by bit you know, Yoga retreats and time in Ubud at the Yoga Barn and places like that, learning about breath work and pranayama, and other aspects of Yoga, I actually went and studied and did my Yoga Teacher Training. So Yoga is a really important part of my life. Even though I may go now weeks sometimes without an actual physical practice, it’s the philosophy of Yoga, and the other branches of the Yoga tree that influence me, as far as being present and my outlook on the world and how I deal with diversity and helping maintain my ego in check and all these other things.
Q7. If you were a Yoga pose, which one would you be and why? (Not necessarily one you are comfortable with, but the pose that resonates the most with your being/your story)
J: The one that first came to mind just then is Tadasana - you know it makes me feel very grounded and I think it’s a very simple pose, but we forget sometimes in life how important simple is, like for example drinking water - Tadasana is like that as well. If someone wasn’t a Yogi or didn’t do yoga they wouldn’t understand that it is a very challenging and beneficial pose, because it looks so simple, but that can bring you right back to your Self in a very short amount of time and that’s why I love it.
Q8. If you could give your 20 year old self an advice about Life and/or the Body, what would it be?
J: Let’s go physical first. First I’d say - Get used to intermittent fasting. Forget breakfast, forget the idea that you need to eat before exercise in the morning, so that’s one. Two, I would tell him to Stop eating inflammatory foods like I’ve done for the last 5 or 10 years - that has a massive influence on your health, especially brain health (...). And the third one would be - Not to heavy yourself too much through exercise - do it, but favour high intensity exercise over marathon running for example, which is what I was always doing back in the day. Then spiritual/emotional advice would be - Learn to understand your ego, and don't do things just because you think it’s gonna impress other people or because it’s another thing to mark off your list of things you’ve done, no one cares. Do it for yourself, and then you’ll be happy. And then, I guess as far as relationships and that side of the emotional advice, I’d say - Don’t mess around with people’s hearts and don’t tolerate people that mess around with yours, that’s really important. And Smile! If you’re not with someone who makes you smile and happy, then maybe you shouldn’t be with them. So yeah, about happiness and how important it is to smile and wake up and feeling happy every day.
Q9. If you had one minute with your future self, what question would you like to ask him?
J: I would just ask about what health acts and health advice even mind/emotional advice that I could get now instead of waiting 20 years for that. I wanna age with energy and I wanna age well, and avoid disease and avoid reduced energy levels, so that would be really important to me.
Q10. Is there something you haven’t experimented yet and would like to try/test?
J: Look, I’ve never tried any drug, anything at all that alters the mind. Would I like to? Yes and no, I’d like to know what it feels like, but I don’t need to, to be able to know what it feels like. You know like, it would just be a bit of a curiosity, but other than that, no. Everything that I wanted to do I’ve done and that’s good. I'm just trying to think if there is anything else.. but I’m pretty sure that’s it :)
Thank you Jason for sharing your thoughts & insights on Health and Well-Being!
Have a great day :)
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