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The People Teaching People Podcast Episode 29: Connecting Mind, Body, and Wellness with Jillian Inglis

029: Connecting Mind, Body, and Wellness with Jillian Inglis

In this episode, Jillian Inglis joins me to talk about understanding the connection between our mind, body and overall wellness, highlighting the impacts of burnout and pain within the body.

I was so lucky to have the opportunity to work with Jillian, a manual osteopath and emotional release specialist, in helping her create two online learning experiences which we will talk about in this episode. We will also discuss what manual osteopathy actually is, the key role that teaching and learning play in the work that Jillian does, and what people might not be thinking about when it comes to causes of burnout. 

Jillian has worked in various roles in the healthcare field for close to 15 years. She has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science, a Diploma in Radiography, a Diploma in Manual Osteopathy, and countless certifications focusing on anatomy and physiology, tissue manipulations, energy work, emotional health and release, as well as Chinese medicine and acupuncture principles. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills with people who want to take control of their healing on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Jillian has built a successful practice by helping people understand how their unexpressed emotions and unresolved traumas could be affecting their overall health and wellbeing. 

 

Listen in as we talk about:

[2:45] How Jillian ended up becoming an osteopath

[9:00] What does a manual osteopath do? 

[14:50] Jillian shares an example of a patient transformation

[19:55] How Jillian engages, connects with and teaches her clients

[28:20] Symptoms and causes of burnout

[33:05] Jillian’s experience creating her courses

[37:10] How does osteopathy compare to physiotherapy and chiropractic?

[39:35] A more holistic view of pain: How can you tell where pain is coming from?

[41:45] Jillian’s favourite teacher

[45:00] What Jillian is most proud of

[49:05] Jillian answers some rapid fire questions

 
CAUSES OF BURNOUT AND BEING OUT OF ALIGNMENT

Busyness has become this badge of honor. Like if you’re not busy, then maybe you’re lazy on some level.”

Jillian emphasizes the importance of understanding the underlying motivations behind one’s busyness and hustle in order to avoid burnout. She points out that the notion of loving the hustle may often be a disguise for anxiety, urging people to be mindful of the purpose behind their constant activity. While acknowledging the benefits of hustle, she cautions against getting trapped in a cycle without a clear goal or purpose.

Jillian stresses the significance of hustling towards one’s highest good and being aware of the feelings driving the pursuit, such as respect or validation. She warns against falling into the “I’ll be happy when” mentality tied to external achievements, as these may not necessarily provide the desired fulfillment.

She also distinguishes between healthy hustle and havoc hustle. She describes healthy hustle as pouring energy into something that actively feeds back into an individual, allowing them to work long hours without feeling tired. On the other hand, havoc hustle involves expending energy on tasks that don’t align with one’s passions, leading to burnout and potential health issues. Jillian encourages listeners to recognize when they are in a state of healthy hustle by assessing whether their efforts are contributing positively to their well-being. By being attuned to the feelings driving their actions, people can avoid burnout and align their efforts with pursuits that truly nourish their souls.

 

Manual osteopath Jillian Inglis treats a male patient.
HOW DOES OSTEOPATHY COMPARE TO PHYSIOTHERAPY AND CHIROPRACTIC?

Jillian explains the distinctions between osteopathy, physiotherapy, and chiropractic care. Physiotherapy and chiropractic focus primarily on hands-on, physical aspects, addressing joint alignment, muscles, fascia, and the overall health of these tissues. In contrast, Jillian’s approach in osteopathy extends beyond the physical by considering the interconnectivity of all body systems, including the viscera and organ-specific fascia. She emphasizes the importance of finding practitioners with manipulation training, especially in organ-specific fascia, to provide comprehensive care.

Moreover, Jillian introduces the unique elements of her practice, which involve working with intuition and emotions. She explores the emotional and energetic representations associated with different organs, joints, and body areas. While addressing physical restrictions, she dives into the origins of these restrictions, whether from past injuries, accidents, or unresolved emotional and mental health issues. Jillian’s distinctive approach combines physical modalities with a focus on mental well-being, offering a holistic perspective that goes beyond the purely physical aspects addressed by traditional physiotherapy and chiropractic care.

 

Manual osteopath Jillian Inglis says, “If you're pouring energy into something that doesn't feed your soul, you're pouring all your energy out and it's not coming back. That's when you burn out. That's when you get sick. That's another way your body tries to tell you that you are out of alignment.”
A MORE HOLISTIC VIEW OF PAIN – HOW CAN YOU TELL WHERE PAIN IS COMING FROM?

“If you’re pouring energy into something that doesn’t feed your soul, you’re pouring all your energy out and it’s not coming back. That’s when you burn out. That’s when you get sick. That’s another way your body tries to tell you that you are out of alignment.” 

Jillian describes her method for determining the source of pain through a comprehensive whole-body assessment. Using a unique technique, she has individuals lie on a table while she holds their feet, drawing an analogy to holding either end of a rubber band. By sensing changes in tension, similar to feeling movements in the rubber band, Jillian identifies areas of tension or restriction in the body. This serves as her starting point for physical manipulations, addressing fascia or viscera, before delving into the emotional and mental components of the pain.

She emphasizes the non-verbal dialogue between herself and the person’s body during the assessment. Contrary to traditional conversations, Jillian communicates with the body’s signals, exploring whether the pain has purely physical origins or includes emotional and mental components. This approach reflects a holistic understanding of pain, requiring an ongoing dialogue and education to help individuals grasp the concept of a body-driven conversation, reinforcing the importance of the teaching and educational aspects of her practice.

 

Manual osteopath Jillian Inglis treats a female patient.
RAPID-FIRE QUESTIONS
  • What is something that you would love to learn about or something that you would love to learn how to do? The medicinal properties of herbs
  • What is a place that is at the top of your travel bucket list? Nicaragua, Costa Rica or Greece

  • What is a book, podcast, or TV show that you have enjoyed recently

    • Podcast: Build Your Digital Community with The Social Snippet 
    • Book: Believe It: How to Go from Underestimated to Unstoppable by Jamie Kern Lima
  • If you could sit down and have a conversation with someone that you would love to learn from, who would it be? Dr. Gabor Maté

 

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