Story -> My Story
are No Accidents - By Dr. Gayle A. Whittaker
often asked how I got into Network Spinal Analysis. I was in
private chiropractic practice in Staten Island for many years
and was living in Forest Hills 45 minutes away. A good friend,
Dr. Lisa Kirsch was practicing in Forest Hills and living in
Manhattan. As early as 1990, when Lisa's partner in practice
left, she and I started to discuss our options. I was pregnant
at the time and decided the cost and stress of starting over
were too much. However, over the next few years, I became increasingly
overwhelmed with commuting and unhappy not being there for my
family. Lisa's own family had grown to three children including
a set of twins.
In 1995, Lisa was doing a technique called "Network Chiropractic"
and she suggested I go to an upcoming seminar in Connecticut.
Since she and I had similar chiropractic philosophies and had
done similar techniques over the past 10 years, I figured the
seminar would better position me to take over her practice in
the future. I took that seminar by "accident", but
it changed my life
Epstein, the developer of Network Spinal Analysis, began the
seminar Friday evening insightfully integrating anatomy, science
and his healing philosophy. He explained chiropractic with the
magical power that had attracted me to the profession to begin
with. One of the perks of attending his seminar was that I would
be adjusted by him or one of his staff. The 250 seminar attendees
were divided into four groups to be adjusted. Although my adjustment
time was the following morning, that night I was curious so
I decided to stay to watch the evening's group.
I walked into the large room I was shocked to see about 30 people
all getting adjusted at the same time. I felt awkward, embarrassed,
and in awe - all at the same time. People on the tables were
moving strangely, crying, moaning, and even screaming. I still
remember one woman rhythmically going through dolphin-like motions.
She was lying face up and bodily waves gracefully propelled
her torso slowly forward at the waist as her hands inched closely
to her toes. This woman then flipped effortlessly onto her back
with her legs and feet gliding backward over her head. I wanted
my body to move like that! I watched in amazement as if I was
connected to them all and then "clunk" my low back
went into spasm. I knew I was experiencing a very profound turning
point in my life.
the bad upper respiratory infection that I had been nursing
for a month, had kept me from sleeping well for several nights.
That entire Friday night, I was forced to sit up in bed because
of my constant cough. Never a morning person, on no sleep, I
anxiously rose up early Saturday morning for my own 7:00 AM
adjustment session. I got on an open table with Dr Jeff an easygoing
practitioner with a ponytail and warm smile. When I was finished,
I felt a bit dazed as I got off the table- well euphoric actually.
As I stood on the side lines I realized it was the closest to
enlightenment I had experienced since EST, a transformational
seminar I had taken years before. I had studied over 30 different
chiropractic techniques and couldn't believe I could have this
kind of awesome experience from an adjustment.
night I slept for the first time in days and the next morning
got up early again to watch the group-room in action. I was
drawn to it like a magnet. A baby of the staff was crying while
both parents were trying to adjust, I offered and held these
strangers' baby. I noticed another staff member had not eaten
and I got him a bagel and coffee; small courtesies, but definitely
out of character for me in unfamiliar surroundings. I felt more
present, more participatory, more in community.
The rest of the program was equally illuminating and intense.
As I drove home that Sunday evening from Connecticut exhausted
but exhilarated, my senses were heightened. Even the music on
the radio sounded wonderful. It had been too long since I had
listened to anything but 1010 news. I thought, I planned, and
. The whole time though, I was getting a very bad
pain in my left chest. The pain became excruciating and yet
I was still in ecstasy.
I arrived home that night, Devorah, one of my closest friends
form chiropractic school, was on the phone. It had been 5 years
since we had spoken. She was living in Boston had also been
doing Network Chiropractic for several years! I was shocked
by this coincidence. I welcomed this trusted friend's validation
of the work, which made my experience even more gratifying.
Later that night, even though my chest was still severely jabbing,
my husband and I had the best sex we had in 7 years. That was
the icing on the cake.
next morning I announced to my patients in Staten Island, "We
are going to do something different today," and I began
to do Network myself. That next evening, still with that persistent
chest pain, I decided to go to my own MD. Thankfully, tests
revealed no heart attack just a chest cold. However, looking
back I know that my heart opened up that weekend, and muscles
in my chest were rapidly being put back to use.
such a painful introduction to Network care is avoided now that
the work progresses an individual gradually through Levels of
Care. These enable our body's hardware to gently upgrade to
handle increasing amounts of life's informational software.
Although much of the drama is tempered too, I've learned true
healing is not just about the rush but more about depth and
connection. The lasting sweetness of wellbeing can only happen
when we feel safe in our own body.
1999, four years and 13 Network seminars later, I left Staten
Island and took over the Forest Hills practice. As the work
and I have evolved, it's been an amazing journey of continuing
professional mastery and self-healing.
2004-2007 Dr. Gayle A. Whittaker Holistic Oasis :: (718) 544-8282