October 2017 Whole Woman Newsletter
Updates from the Whole Woman World...
October 6, 2017
Lots going on at Whole Woman right now and I’m excited to share the news with you.
Whole Woman Practitioner Training
I have just updated the Practitioner Training information and application package and put it up on the wholewoman.com Practitioner Training page.
For the past six years, I have required (with a only couple of exceptions) that my Practitioner students come to the Whole Woman Center here in Albuquerque at the end of their training for a week for their practicum and final assessment. Then they would stay over to work with us at the annual Whole Woman conference to work directly with women under my supervision.
Overall, this has been a good system. It enriched the relationships between the Practitioner students, they were able to learn from each other during their presentations, and at the conference, they got real hands-on experience with lots of help from the rest of us if they got over their heads with any of the conference attendees.
However, aside from the time commitment, this ten day trip would cost students at least US$ 1500 to US$ 3000 or more for airfare, food, and lodging, especially for women coming from outside the US.
For the coming year, I am removing this requirement, and thus dramatically lowering the cost for the program. I’ve made some additional changes to improve the quality of learning and create a smoother process for students’ preparation for their practicum presentation and final assessment.
Last year I relied heavily on Sr. Practitioner, Carol Bilek, to facilitate the online video classes as I was creating all new video lectures for the course. Her help was invaluable, but this year I no longer have the burden of creating all new lectures, so I’ll be able to step back into facilitating the weekly video classes.
My hope is that without the travel requirement with its attendant time and expense, we will have a larger class this year. To launch the “new and improved” Practitioner Training, I am doing something I have never done before. I am offering a $1000 early bird discount from the normal $3500 tuition!
The deal is this - fill out the online application for Whole Woman Practitioner Training by clicking this link. We will be in touch within 48 hours to schedule your phone interview with me. Once accepted into the program, pay the discounted tuition (US$ 2500) in full on or before Saturday, October 21st to get the discount.
By Sunday, October 22nd, the offer will be gone.
With the discount and not having the travel expense, the cost of the course is about half of what it has historically been.
If you have ever entertained the thought of becoming a Certified Whole Woman Practitioner, now is the time to act, and take advantage of this thousand dollar savings before Sunday, October 22nd, but remember, we need to have received your application before Saturday, October 14th.
Even if you don’t want to work with other women and just want an in-depth education on Whole Woman principles for yourself, now is the time to act.
The Whole Woman Posture Belt
As you are doubtless aware, the heart of the Whole Woman work is restoring natural female posture, the loss of which is the root cause for prolapse, most urinary incontinence, and chronic hip pain issues.
You also doubtless know that constantly reminding yourself to pull up into Whole Woman posture can be difficult in the press of your daily life. Also, some woman just “get” the posture and adopt it quickly. Others struggle for years to really internalize Whole Woman posture and as a result often find their conditions slow to improve.
Years ago, I made myself a wide fabric belt from a brocade material. You can see me wearing it in the First Aid for Prolapse video where I am explaining the posture, using my daughter Nikelle as a model.
It occurred to me some months ago that with some unique design refinements, a similar belt could be made that would tip the pelvis into its proper position and help restore lumbar curvature when walking, lifting, sitting or standing.
Working with a local professional pattern maker, I have refined and perfected the design, developed the sizing, had samples made by a local sewn products manufacturer and given samples to a number of local women. The feedback has been very positive.
Meanwhile, I wear mine on our exercise walks, when I’m working outside or running errands. Particularly if you have lower back issues, you may find the Whole Woman Posture Belt most helpful.
While the belt is not a substitute for retraining your body into Whole Woman posture, it is a hugely useful accessory to help on your way to successful restoration of natural alignment.
Lots more on this next week, so stay tuned!
Whole Woman Product Changes
I have made some important changes in our product mix. After ten years, my book Saving the Whole Woman is too out of date to continue to publish, so I’ve taken it out of print. I have intended to create a third edition, but with all the other products we’ve created in that past few years, it just hasn't risen to the top of the priorities. I hope to do this next year.
Since Saving the Whole Woman was the anchor product for the Starter and All-Inclusive Bundles, I have taken those down from the store as well. We would like to phase out of the DVD business, but we still have customers with spotty or metered internet who need DVDs. However, we will be turning those over to our on-demand production house to fulfill DVD orders from our store in the future.
DVDs have become obsolete technology at this point and streaming videos provide higher quality, instant access, can’t be lost or damaged, and don’t require expensive shipping like DVDs. But we will continue to offer them as long as our customers want them.
So the flagship product is now the online video course The Whole Woman Solution to Pelvic Organ Prolapse. I will be updating this course in the next few months and all enrollees will all be upgraded at no additional cost. That's something that can’t be done with a book or DVD. And all of my online video courses (as opposed to standalone videos) have a two payment plan to help with the cash flow.
Thank you for your patience as we go through these evolutions. Know we are always guided by the desire to get the most accurate, up to date, and useful information in the hands of women who are committed to self-care for their pelvic conditions.
If you are a hard core DVD fan, we'll probably be having a "garage sale" in a few weeks to close out our remaining inventory of DVDs and the few books we have left. Stay tuned.
Information versus Education
Historically, Whole Woman has primarily been in the business of publishing information. Publishing is an ancient and honorable profession. But the responsibility for doing something of value with the information falls on the consumer of the information. For example, companies that publish self-help books have no way of knowing if you have applied any of the principles they publish or not.
Educators, at the other end of the spectrum, either provide original information or curate information from a variety of sources for students, but take considerable responsibility for getting the student to whatever “finish line” their content promises. In high school, it is a diploma, in college, a degree, in technical training, a certification, with Whole Woman, successful stabilizing and reversing whatever pelvic condition is eroding her quality of life.
The student has to do the work, but there is instruction, help, encouragement, and interaction with a teacher to maximize the probability of success in completing the course of study.
At Whole Woman we have long said that there were three pillars to success in managing pelvic conditions, education, support, and persistence. In reality information and support have been what we have primarily offered, with some exceptions like Whole Woman Practitioner Training and the Whole Woman Works! program. Our intent going forward is to place greater emphasis on education, as well as publishing information.
Learning to successfully manage prolapse, incontinence, chronic hip pain, or post-hysterectomy issues is a complex process. While thousands of women around the world have internalized our information and put it to work in their lives, others have and continue to struggle with implementing the Whole Woman work. For these women, we will be developing new educational programs.
More on this in the next few months.
Whole Woman Infrastructure
Infrastructure can be thought of those systems in our lives which we take for granted. When you flip the light switch, you expect the lights to go on. When you pick up the phone, it never occurs to you to wonder if you’re going to hear a dial tone. Of course, many kids no longer have landlines in the house, so they may not even know what a “dial tone” is anymore. :-)
But the point is infrastructure is just what is always supposed to be there and function flawlessly. When it doesn’t, it’s usually a big deal.
What we rarely stop to contemplate is what goes into making sure that the lights go on reliably, that the phone works as designed, and that when you fire up your computer the internet is there for you to access. The fact is that an astonishing amount of time, effort, talent, and capital goes into making all that infrastructure work reliably.
Likewise, in even a small business like Whole Woman, it takes a lot of infrastructure to make everything work. The nature of change however, is that we can make incremental improvements only so long before a major shift is necessary.
We have many customers over the years who have purchased access to our streaming videos on the wholewoman.customerhub.net web site. Sadly, the company that owns customerhub and also provides our customer relationship management (CRM) platform we feel has not kept up with changing trends in technology, and after ten years with them, Lanny is undertaking a migration to new systems.
Many of you have seen our new platform for delivering streaming video, whole-woman.thinkific.com. Our CRM system is background infrastructure and one that should be largely invisible to you except when you get emails like this one from us, which are sent out by our CRM system.
Migrating systems is requiring us to migrate all our customerhub customers over to thinkific. Lanny will be in touch with those of you who have customerhub accounts and transferring your accounts to thinkific over the next few weeks. Please bear with us during this transition. It’s going to take some time and a lot of effort on Lanny’s part.
Once that is complete, he can finish migrating the rest of our CRM data to our new system. That transition should be relatively invisible to you, except for those who currently reside on both systems and get double emails from Whole Woman. If you are one of those, thank you for your patience as we complete this complex transition.
Mead and Squirrels
Every year about this time, Lanny and I make our mead. If you’re not aware, it was the first alcoholic beverage in Northern Europe, and is made from honey. We get our honey from a beekeeper in northern New Mexico. We also use local organic apples, which we juice and add to the mead. It takes a couple of months to ferment and we bottle it usually in mid-December. It is a special treat and we enjoy it all year.
This is also the time where we, like squirrels, put our food away for the cold (relatively) winter months. We dehydrate, freeze and store food so that we rarely have to go to the market all winter. We buy our greens and veggies primarily from local organic growers at our local farmers market and the farmers market in Santa Fe, which we get to on the train.
It is a comfort to know that we have food on hand.
Soon, we’ll be all tucked in for the winter. But no hibernation! Too many Whole Woman projects to complete.
I hope all is well with you and yours and thank you for your interest in and support of Whole Woman. We couldn’t do it without you.