Commonly called an ‘autoimmune disease’ as if your body is attacking itself, arthritis only shows up in specific joints.  Explanations for this fact, even in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, are lacking.

There is no doubt that arthritis has direct connections to our body’s ability to digest certain foods.  There are many books written on the subject of what foods to avoid that are very helpful in managing arthritis symptoms.  Avoiding certain categories of food reduces the general inflammatory effect in the body.

I’d like to address WHY arthritis shows up in some joints and not others.

In my experience (44 years of clinical practice and teaching), Arthritis is Body Intelligence at work. The joints that are affected by arthritis are weak.   They’ve been stressed or damaged in the past and lack full muscular support and function. So the body attempts to stabilize the joint by depositing bone when it cannot rebuild soft tissue integrity.  The bone is sore because it is in a state of active bone growth to stabilize the joint.  We avoid using a joint that hurts and this contributes further to its weakness and its decline.

Lack of balanced muscle support creates collapse and impingement in joint spaces

It is commonly known that injuries sustained in high school sports will show up as arthritic degeneration in an adult’s 40s.  This is because even though tissue heals after an injury, the neuromuscular coordination programs that govern function of that joint are never corrected, not even through exercise.  You cannot correct motor coordination dysfunction through exercise alone. 

Manual Muscle Testing reveals that one side of an affected joint is inhibited or weak, ie., it is unable to respond when needed.   Once the source of the inhibition is removed and the joint is at least responsive, the muscles are capable of being conditioned; of building strength. The soreness in the bones and soft tissue is dramatically and quickly reduced because the inflammation of bone growth is no longer needed as muscle support wakes up.   These results can be immediate.

NeuroMuscular Reprogramming NMR® allows us to assess and correct the source of the inhibitions that contribute to arthritic degeneration and other range of motion restrictions resulting from the body’s adaptation to weakness. NMR usually brings about a significant reduction in pain and an improvement in strength and function even within one session.

If you have arthritis, or other muscular weakness, you can call the Healus Neuro Rehab Center clinic today to arrange a FREE ½ hour NeuroMuscular Assessment, to find out which of your muscles are not providing you with full support and why….Why wait?  You have nothing to lose and much to learn…!

From Suki Munsell…

“Russell and I recently resumed evening walks and love the benefits. We suggested to Simone and Thorsten Kopitzki, students and Harbor Point neighbors, that they try it.  ‘Walking every night is a good way to balance my stressful office work,’ Simone said. ‘I’ve improved my balance and my fitness. I’m less short on breath than I was before. Being overweight, walking is not stressful on my body, and I’ve lost weight.’

“Boosting your metabolism is one of the many benefits of walking after dinner.Gastric emptying of the meal is accelerated leading to better digestion and better sleep. Even a 15-minute walk lowers blood levels of fat and enhances blood circulation. Blood sugar, which can spike after a meal, gets used up through activity. Bowels move better helping you eliminate more frequently and regularly. Plan the length of your walk accordingly!

“Walking morning, noon or night yields great resultsAdding a second exercise session in the evening, especially Dynamic Walking, rebalances your bodymind and erases stress from he day. Add 3 minutes of barre stretches when you return, the best dessert for a good night’s sleep.

“Early evening is a magical time to walk. Follow the sun as it dips over the horizon. Watch the clouds shimmer in luminous light. Listen to the hush spread as it mutes the day. . Smell the night blooming planets call their insect lovers. Watch the stars and planets wink on and the silvery moon gain in brilliance. Walking in the evening is like a meditation, a time for peace and contentment.

“The hardest part of the evening walking is getting off the cozy couch or turning off the TV or computer (whose blue light decreases the melatonin production you need for falling asleep). Set your intention and prepare. A partner or a dog helps (even a neighbors’s dog), and so does reminding yourself how much better you will feel and sleep. So Just Do It – give yourself the luxury of winding down, of intimate time, alone or with another, and with nature. Wait to walk at least 45 minutes after dinner. Then drink some water, dress for comfort, be safe, and delight in the night.”


A 2-hour introductory training to Dynamic Walking
led by Dr. Suki and Russell Munsell, dedicated teachers
who bring 90 years of combined experience to their work with you.

“Dynamic Walking is the ambulatory equivalent of flossing.”
Learn to refine your gait, improve balance and walk with effortless ease.

Don’t miss your chance to grow Lifelong Legs!

Saturday, September 30th, 1-3 pm
Healus Neuro Rehab Center
655 Redwood Hwy Ste 225
Mill Valley, California



Want an easy and effective solution for back pain that you can do at home? Try Tuballz, a handy tool that will help you reprogram your hips and lower back.

Getting out of pain demands a new level of functionality, not just loosening up. Tuballz will help you do that…

The Common Story of Back Pain
Weakness in the back muscles causes the hips to tighten up to support upper body activities. Tight hips can cause sciatic pain and a twisted pelvis and knee pain, even shoulder pain. Dysfunctional back muscles cause hip, knee, ankle, foot, and even shoulder pain.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t working right. Muscles that are too tight are achey and painful. Muscles that are weak are sore, another kind of painful. Joints that don’t move correctly are painful. Correcting the motor patterns governing coordinated movement causes pain to diminish or disappear.

Exercise and conditioning alone will not strengthen a muscle that is inhibited or weak. Inhibited muscles do not receive neurological messages when they are sent. Exercising them develops good compensation patterns. It will help but not correct the problem.

“We keep Tuballz on our bedside table to use to loosen up before getting out of bed.  We had to buy 2 because we both use them – and travel with them.” – Dr. Suki and Russell Munsell

Ready to start? You can purchase Tuballz on our website, which includes a comprehensive how-to video you can use in the comfort of your home!

NeuroMuscular Reprogramming® and the use of Tuballz will correct the movement coordination dysfunctions causing most low back and hip pain. Take your BodyWork knowledge to the next level and learn with Jocelyn Olivier in her upcoming NMR Module 1 classes starting this September in Mill Valley, Dallas TX, and East Brunswick NJ. Information on each class can be found here.

The Healus Neuro Rehab Center, located in Mill Valley, CA, is dedicated to working with you on your body’s neuromuscular and neurological dysfunctions. Not quite sure if our clinic is right for you? Come on in for a FREE 1/2 hour NeuroMuscular Assessment with director Jocelyn Olivier, CMT MBW. To schedule an appointment, fill out our intake form ( or give us a call at (415) 388 9945

It’s frustrating to try different paths to conception and not be successful.

It can be confusing to read so much conflicting research and still not have the answers you’re looking for.

It can be overwhelming to make all the decisions yourself, without the right team in your corner.

Here is THE most common mistake that leads to infertility:  Unknown Fertility Functionality 

Lacking optimal physical alignment and circulation for reproductive health can be a significant inhibition to fertility.

Some women feel healthy in general, but may not know they have structural inhibitions that are limiting circulation to their reproductive organs and the surrounding tissues. These circulatory issues can prevent conception and carrying to term. Mercier Therapy has helped many women get pregnant.

40% of women have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility. If you compile this with miscarriage, secondary infertility, known structural or pelvic pain concerns, it becomes pertinent to address a woman’s body holistically.

Before taking aggressive prescriptions like Clomid or invasive measures like IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), consider the body’s natural ability to align and heal, when given therapeutic support.  Most reproductive health offices do not offer gyno-visceral therapies that can significantly address underlying factors of unexplained infertility. WE DO.

What are clients saying about Mercier Therapy?

I did Mercier Therapy with Bee for 6 sessions. It’s a deep pelvic organ visceral manipulation to help restore movement and blood flow to the reproductive organs to improve fertility. During the first session, it was clear I needed help – every area felt really uncomfortable and tender. I could feel it getting better every single session. Then at the last session, everything she did that used to feel painful and uncomfortable actually felt good!! It was hard to believe. I’ve never experienced my body in this way. In addition to being strong and very skilled at what she does, Bee is a kind, loving spirit who obviously loves what she does. She brings such warmth, care and compassion to each session.  She’s been a big source of support and I’m so glad I found her. I highly recommend her. – Alison N.

There’s more to learn about fertility. To learn more about how to optimize fertility through biomechanical tissue manipulation interventions call Bee Uytiepo, Certified Mercier Therapist at the Healus Neuro Rehab Center (415) 388-9945 for a consultation or email

Walk your way to wellness September 30!

Dynamic Walking WILL Change Your Walk & Change Your Life 

Ever wonder why the relaxation from a vacation disappears so quickly?  Your everyday habits of posture and stride reinforce tension in body and mind. But you can change your walk and change your life…

The Secret Right Under Your Nose – Four Swinging Pendulums

Your body has four swinging pendulums: two arms and two legs. When you learn to allow them to swing passively (not try to swing them), your body relaxes, your mood lifts and you reset a new balance in your body and mind.

Dissolve Tension

Gait Analysis describes the phases of walking as the stance phase and the swing phase. By allowing each leg to swing, instead of lifting it to step forward, as most people do, you can release habitual, sometimes painful, tension in your legs, hips, pelvis and low back. “I thought I was walking O.K.,” reported a student. “I didn’t realize how tension in my legs was causing knee pain.”

Your arms are also pendulums. By releasing to gravity and allowing them to swing passively, your breathing relaxes, spinal tension decreases and circulation of breath and fluids increases.

“I am breathing so much fuller, without thinking about it,” said a student, “and my jaw is relaxed.”

Lift Your Mood

From a mind-body perspective, when you surrender your legs and arms to gravity you release control. You signal your personality to let go, to let nature take her course. A profound shift in your nervous system occurs, from fight or flight to the relaxation response with its cascade of ‘feel good’ endorphins. You enhance blood flow for recovery and performance. Anatomically, your arms and legs are designed to be used as pendulums but busyness, haste, and cultural imprinting have conspired to limit this gift. “I feel like the walk is walking me,” said a student. “This is easy.”

Practice beside the water at Healus!

Reset a New Balance

Life gets you bent out of shape. However, allowing your arms and legs to swing passively rebalances your tension patterns. Here’s how. Your arms, right to left, are approximately the same weight, as are your legs. The momentum of their weight, swinging passively, creates a balanced, gentle, and repetitive action on your neuromuscular, skeletal and fascial systems.

Uneven stresses can occur from a stronger right leg push-off, for example, or muscular compensation from an old injury. This can torque your spine unevenly with each of the 6,000 to 8,000 steps you take daily which, left uncorrected, results in repetitive stress injuries. A balanced walk is a healthy walk. “I couldn’t walk more than 10 minutes without pain,” reported one student. “I learned to balance out my stride. After just one class, I can now walk for an hour or longer, pain free!”

The Benefits of Coaching

Your muscular compensations tighten over a life-time as your body tries to function the best way it knows how. This happens in all sports and activities of daily living, which is the best reason to identify and eliminate compensations in your most repetitive activity — walking. You can go out for a walk to release tension patterns, but since you’ve never been trained to identify and correct your imbalances, they will persist. As you age, you rigidify, lose flexibility, balance and vitality. Dynamic WalkingRM coaching helps keep this from happening.

Join our next training to…

  • Enhance vitality, conditioning and performance
  • Heal and prevent injuries that could limit mobility and independence
  • De-stress your life daily with an effortlessly easeful walking stride
  • Keep your Lifelong Legs walking

When: One two-hour training on Saturday, September 30, 2017

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Where: Healus Neuro Rehab Center, 655 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, California

Cost: $50

Enroll: or call (415) 342-3323

Dr. Suki Munsell holds certification as a Registered Somatic Therapist and Educator.  She will be joined by her husband, Russell Munsell. They have co-taught Dynamic Walking since 1990. Training with them “you’ll gain the freedom to choose and the power to change.”

Learn more about their classes and read The Ten Steps to Dynamic WalkingRM

Sponsored by Healus, the Center for NeuroMuscular Reprogramming held on their beautiful waterside deck.