Our “In the Spotlight” series returns to the scene in 2019 with one of our favorite humans on the planet: Dr. Jane Macris of Blooming Chiropractic. We met Jane back in 2015 when she was launching her practice in SoCal and had the joy of working alongside of her, as she treated patients out of our Costa Mesa office! Chelsea’s daughter had her first treatment with her at just 3 days old. Her energy, smile, and warmth are infectious and we love her heart for serving families. Dr. Jane graduated from Life West Chiropractic College West, where she learned a range of techniques (from gentle, low force to instrument assisted) to address the pregnant and pediatric spine. She is currently pursuing her diploma from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and is Webster Certified to better serve her clients. Jane now has her own beautiful office (just across the street from our old one!) and her business is indeed blooming. We had the chance to catch up with Dr. Jane to learn more about how things are going and reconnect after many months had passed and we’re excited to share more about her with you all!
Start by sharing a little bit about yourself
I am a momma to my 7 year old son, Cruz and 4 year old daughter, Marlene, both of whom challenge me everyday to be the best human I can be. I am obsessed with all things birth and believe it is the most transformative experience in our world.
What do you find to be the biggest benefit of chiropractic care, especially during pregnancy and post-birth?
Healing & adaptability. Our body changes so quickly during pregnancy, that our body and brain have to keep up. The chiropractic adjustment helps balance out the brain to keep up with this fast paced change. Also, alll my mommas tell me how quickly they healed after their birth (whether vaginal or cesarean). There is so much other stuff you have to figure out postpartum, that if we can help your body heal quicker than you put your focus on all the other things (like a new babe to figure out or relationships that are transitioning).
What inspired you to become a Chiropractor? What is the “why” behind your business? Why do you do what you do?
I believe chiropractic found me. It all began when I worked in a chiropractic office for a high school internship, and loved seeing people get better without the use of drugs or surgery. It wasn’t until I was in chiropractic school that I learned about the philosophy of chiropractic and knew this was the exact message I was to share with the world. I had Cruz while in chiropractic school, and had the most transformational experience being pregnant and giving birth. The message that our body has everything it needs to heal itself, and the miracle of creating another human being are so in alignment, that I wanted to help mom’s see and experience their potential through pregnancy and postpartum.
What is the most satisfying part of your job? What is the most challenging?
The most satisfying part of being a chiropractor is definitely seeing mommas at their home visit after their transformative birth experience (we offer these to all our mommas). I love looking into her eyes and we both have a deeper understanding of one another.
The most challenging part would have to be holding the vision for people who are not yet ready to heal. Sometimes pre-judgements such as “chiropractic is unsafe”, “it will do more harm than good”, “once you go you’ll have to go forever”, “it’s too expensive” or any other misconceptions keep people from experiencing all the goodness.
Tell us about a typical visit. What can someone that’s new to chiropractic care expect?
I always start off with the first two visits. This allows myself and the new patient to get to know each other. On the first visit we sit down and chat about health and birth histories, goals and if we both decide it’s a good fit I will provide a pelvic analysis, brain analysis and gentle adjustment utilizing the Webster technique. I am ALWAYS explaining what I am doing and WHY, because at the end of the day it is YOUR body and I want you to understand the way it works, so you can make the best decisions for you and your families health and wellness. I then invite you to come back for your follow up visit where I share what I discovered on that first visit and we come up with a plan together to help you reach your goals.
As a mom, what are your top 3 tips for new parents?
Slow down- life will always be there, but your babe will only be this tiny for an instant.
Nourish your mind, body and spirit with deep sleep, nutrient dense foods and connection to people you love and trust.
Ask for help- seriously though, even when you’ve asked for help 100 times, do it again.
Any tips for surviving the first few weeks or months postpartum?
Be adaptable. Shit happens. We think we have it all figured out and then something comes up that we have to figure out again. That’s life, and the sooner you understand that the easier the ride will be. But again, a life lesson so give yourself some grace.
What do you like to do when you’re not in the office?
Anything outside (the beach and the mountains are definitely my fav). Listen to podcasts and books. And pursuing my other passion of empowering women to build businesses that help others and create a sustainable work life balance.
As a working mom, what helps you keep a balance with work and home life?
Balance, what’s that? But seriously, life ebbs and flows and sometimes I am more consumed with work while other times my priority is at home. I am so blessed that my patients and family both get that. They key is to be present wherever you are, and release the guilt from not being in two places at once (easier said than done).
We know you’re passionate about self-care for moms, what is your favorite way to relax and recharge?
Going for a walk and looking up at the sky, taking a deep breath using Wild Orange essential oil or calling a girlfriend.
What is your favorite thing to do in Orange County?
Grabbing a coffee and walking along the beach, and if I’m lucky, catching the sunset.