HOW DID THE JOY START?
An early (if tongue-in-cheek) iteration of the Joy website
The above slogan and web design was the brainchild of my then nineteen year old daughter, Hannah, when I was trying to explain the JOY! concept.
"Stress is a chronic problem in our society. It takes a toll on our bodies at any age, and it only gets worse as we get older. By the time we hit forty, we don't know what's happening to our bodies and brains. Everything changes. For instance, last week it occurred to me that, when you were fifteen and I was forty-five, and we were having a hard time connecting, we were going through the exact same thing at the same time -- a change of life!"
"How do you see that?" she asked.
"You were growing from child to adult; I was growing from adult to older adult. Our hormones were changing, our bodies were changing, and our emotions were changing at the same time! We were both confused, upset, having crazy sexual changes, and so we both had a difficult time connecting with each other.
"How awful is that?" I concluded. "Nature has made it so teenagers and their parents go through their changes of life at the same time! It's not just teenagers who are difficult -- it's the parents as well!"
That's when she mocked up the web page above.
While I didn't expect her to quite get it (and I don't think I'm old as a tree...), the original thought was a revelation to me. It's not just teenagers who have trouble connecting to their parents -- we experience the cumulative effects of stress as we enter older adulthood!
Not only that; its doubly hard when we start to reap the physical results of a not-so-carefully-lived younger adulthood:
> late nights
> lots of booze/recreational drugs
> bad food
> job uncertainty
> emotional turmoil and tumultuous scenes (you know it's true)
> financial stress
> marriage -- divorce -- remarriage
...and for some of us,
> bending over backward to to do right by our spouse and our children!
When we approach our change of life to older adulthood whatever subclinical health problems that might have started in our younger years suddenly flourish in full bloom:
> memory loss
> brain fog
> sudden weight gain
> painful joints
> food/environmental allergies
> hair loss
> low libido
> moodiness, anxiety, and sometimes full-blown depression.
It's no wonder we are confused, frightened, and feel disconnected from ourselves and those closest to us.
WE NEED CONNECTION TO HEAL
THIS IS WHAT IS MISSING FROM THE CLINICAL EQUATION... EMOTIONAL CONTACT AND PHYSICAL CONNECTION!
I am a chiropractor, so I know first-hand the power of touch in healing. Chiropractic brings about profound health improvements under the right circumstances. And while there is no substitute for care from a properly trained, board-certified, licensed chiropractor,
The act of touch, itself, is a powerful healing force for body, mind and spirit.
Most online natural health solutions miss this powerful element. While it is a huge benefit to have a dedicated health coach with whom you can work...
...If you're not evaluated by a knowledgeable chiropractor who can guide your natural health progress, YOU'RE NOT GETTING THE CARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY NEED.
I never figured out a coordinated way to put together an online health coaching program for adults that included all aspects of body, mind and spirit, inclusive of physical evaluation and contact UNTIL NOW.
TRUE HOLISTIC HEALTH CARE FOR MEN AND WOMEN ENTERING OLDER ADULTHOOD
I started JOY! Health and Bodyworks because doctors like me need the ability to access more than just one patient at a time.
I've had this idea that, if I made it easy -- if I could coordinate an online health coaching program that works with doctors, therapists, counselors, and personal trainers, I could help patients experience -- perhaps for the first time in years -- true health, joy, love, and peace.
"BUT THIS PROGRAM IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. HOW DO I REACH THE RIGHT PEOPLE?"
WE START WITH A
60-DAY BRAIN BALANCING PROGRAM
I was talking this over with my husband one morning last autumn while making my morning power smoothie -- grass-fed yogurt, organic mixed berries, protein scoop, greens powder, reds powder, probiotic, fish oil, coconut oil, Vitamin D...EVERYTHING TO KEEP MY BRAIN AND BODY SHARP FOR MY JOB.
I use the breakfast smoothie to take my good stuff because it's quick, it's easy, and it fits into my active lifestyle.
"...OH MY GOSH! THIS IS EASY!!!"
It struck me! THIS IS AN EASY WAY TO FIND THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR THIS PROGRAM!
All you need to get a decent blender, good ingredients, 10 minutes a day to fix and drink a healthy smoothie for 60 days, and the right lifestyle tweaks delivered in quick, easy exercises. If a person can't commit to that, they are not right for this program.
The everyday person doesn't have to go all "supplement-geek" like I do -- just use fresh, organic greens & fruits, a solid cleanse powder, some nice filtered water, organic animal/nut milk or yoghurt...It's easy, nutritious, and yummy!
The act of receiving loving, healing touch is as important to your health as putting the right food in your body and exercising.
Chiropractors, physical therapists, naturopaths, acupuncturists, massage therapists, psychologists...we all know the brain building, immune-building, emotionally healing support that comes with healing touch, with simply laying hands on someone to help our patients and clients connect with themselves and their partners.
That's why I also thought that it would be a good idea if the JOY! 60-Day Brain Balancing Program is an experience to share with others.
So we offer this opportunity three times a year.
Luckily, most people are on Facebook, so all I needed to set up a presence there and the JOY! 60-Day Brain Balancing Program is born!
If after the 60 days, some participants want to work more in-depth with my friends and I to solve their chronic health and longevity problems for good, we offer individualized guidance. We do a full history and look at lab work to tailor a plan just for you, and find the right bodyworkers to help aid you to full recovery.
Also included are webinars and events that keep everyone connected and involved in their continued health and wellbeing!
Then of course, there is my online store where I used my years of clinical experience and nit-pickiness to find the best of everything you need to successfully meet THE JOY! 60-DAY BRAIN BALANCING PROGRAM (you don't have to ...you can buy your stuff elsewhere and still join us in The Challenge).
So that's it! Are you in for this ride? Welcome aboard!
Peace, Love & Joy!
-- Claire Fitzpatrick, D.C.
I am a chiropractor, nutritionist, mother, wife, writer, entrepreneur, life adventurer, and budding Irish fiddler. I suffered for twenty years from low-grade chronic anxiety. Over the years, my anxiety caused emotional turbulence in my family, pregnancy issues, libido swings, brain fog, dysmenorrhea, and digestive issues. In short, anxiety kicked my butt -- but good!I hid my troubles from my patients and peers because, as a health expert and professional, I was EMBARRASSED that I was suffering from these symptoms. I was in otherwise good health. Dealing with emotional stress should have been a no-brainer.BUT THAT WASN'T THE CASE. Everything I learned over the years, everything I knew, all my clinical training and expertise left me helpless.I WAS DEFENSELESS against my ever-increasing mood and brain swings.For years, I couldn't help myself. For years, I felt like a fraud; and every day, I lived in fear that the truth would be discovered.As a result, MY BRAIN AND MOOD HEALTH ruined my marriage, threatened to ruin my second marriage, challenged my effectiveness as a parent, and interfered with my ability to serve my patients. My family suffered, my business suffered; and as a result...I FELT LIKE I LEFT EVERYONE WHO EVER BELIEVED IN ME DOWN...INCLUDING MYSELF.I couldn't live like this. I made it my mission to figure out how to conquer brain fog, mood swings, digestive health, and the other unpredictable effects of anxiety WITHOUT THE USE OF DRUGS AND SURGERY!I HAVE NOT RID MYSELF OF THE PROBLEM. BUT I HAVE LEARNED TO ADAPT TO IT. After extensive independent research and practice in brain health, healthy aging, functional mood health, sexual expression, and therapeutic medication techniques, I came up with A NATURAL APPROACH TO STRESS ADAPTION THAT:> increases cognitive expression> increases skin, muscle tone and bone health> increases the ability to manage mood swings> DRAMATICALLY improves your relationships with friends, family and yourself!After administering this program to myself and others I am confident that I can now offer you:
> a clearer head
> a sharper intellect
> a supple, stronger body
> a calmer mind
> clarity of purpose and thought
...AND you will see improvement in 60 days or less!!
Here are my vitals...
CLAIRE FITZPATRICK is a Doctor of Chiropractic who helps and teaches families in New York City how to stay healthy naturally through hands-on chiropractic care. She is the author of The Nine Essentials of Health, and holds weekly classes on how to live happy and healthy, life. She is CEO of JOY! Health and Bodyworks, LLC, an online holistic health source for BRAIN AND BODY STRESS ADAPTABILITY.
- Nerve system health, longevity strategies, gentle techniques
- Patient base: Business professionals, fitness enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, parents of teenagers and college-aged children
- Public speaking: nerve system health, chiropractic philosophy, longevity strategies
- NY State License #011090
- Certified Doctor of Chiropractic, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- Certified in Physiotherapy, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- Doctor of Chiropractic and Nutritionist, University of Bridgeport
- Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
- Chiropractic, Private Practice, Amsterdam, NL, 2017-Present
- Chiropractic, Private Practice, New York, NY, 2005 to 2017
- CEO, JOY! Health and Bodyworks, LLC, Stamford, CT 2016 to present
- University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, 2001-05
- University of Bridgeport School of Clinical Nutrition, 2004-06
- Hayashi School of Natural Healing, New York Annex, 2006
- Bowling Green State University, 1988-1989
- University of North Carolina at Wilmington,1984-1988
ASSOCIATIONS / ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
- Dutch Chiropractic Federation
- International Chiropractic Association
- New York Chiropractic Council
- League of Chiropractic Women
- Travel; writing; public appearances, storytelling; ancient civilizations; hiking; environmental rights; great food and drink;
- chiropractic living; music; meditation; healthy sexuality and aging; Hermetic philosophy
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More information and references available on Linkedin. http://www.linkedin.com/in/drclaire