Chris Irwin

Chris Irwin is a former U.S. Navy SEAL veteran and mind fitness coach, who have healed himself from PTSD

Who is Chris Irwin

Chris Irwin is a former U.S. Navy SEAL veteran and mind fitness coach. After exiting the military, he struggled for over a decade with chronic mental and physical illness. Every day was a mix of panic attacks, brain fog, fatigue, dizziness, and other debilitating symptoms. But despite seeing dozens of doctors, trying all sorts of alternative therapies, and ingesting thousands of supplements, nothing fixed his problems. In 2019, he got so low that he nearly took his own life. Then, he started examining his mind in depth, identifying destructive behaviors, and training himself toward better ones. The reality was that even with all his training on how to be mentally tough, he wasn’t mentally fit.
The bridge between PTSD and Parkinsons

A soldier go to war as a whole person and come home broken due to Post-traumatic stress disorder. Everyone know this relations ship and have an understanding of this connection.
What only a few realize is that a person with a chronic disease like Parkinsons have signs of PTSD but cannot relate to which of the episodes in their life that gave them these symptoms. They instead have a few bigger and many smaller traumas - or body memmories as we call it.

Lilian Sjøberg Founder of HOPEshortcut.com

Chris and Hopeshortcut

Gary Sharpe introduced Lilian to Irwin and this interview became the start of this cooperation. Chris can help us reach working Americans in their primetime

Chris' recovery

The shift toward recovery happened when he realized all the ways his mind was at the root of his illness and started working to reverse the damage he was doing. Over the next few years, he explored every aspect of mental training he could find, from meditation and breathing to emotional release techniques and energy work. Eventually, he rid himself of all his symptoms, including the physical ones, and emerged with a new lease on life and an understanding of what it takes to build a genuinely fit mind.

Treating invisible wounds

Unfortunately, very few people understand the power they have to heal themselves. Chris’ mission now is to teach others the methods he uncovered in a structured methodology. Treating invisible wounds, decoding mysterious conditions, and ultimately thriving are all possible. And none of it requires supplements, drugs, or therapy.

The seven mind killers

Chris’ work centers on the seven “mind-killers,” tendencies we all have to sabotage our mental health, and learning effective countermeasures for each. His holistic approach involves meditation, breathwork, journaling, and other exercises designed to develop better mental habits and build mind fitness.

Testimonials

“Chris helped me change the way I act and react to my own self talk. He gave me suggestions to work on my internal thought process that changed the way I think about myself. I have never been in a better head space, I have never been this focused, and I have truly never been this happy.”
Conor Murphy
Trainer, Big Night Fitness
"A few years ago, I was in an extremely dark place. I felt closed off, shameful, distant, and feared everything. Chris helped guide me in ways to see clearly again. I can’t recommend Chris’ material enough to firefighters across the nation.”
Travis Evans
Firefighter
"What really hit home for us was looking at mental fitness the same way we look at health and wellness. I'd never really thought of it that way. It's such a clarifying way of looking at a complex topic. To be able to have somebody like Chris bring that to light was huge. I can't recommend him enough.”
Danny Matta
Founder, PT Biz







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Irene Treacy

International Holistic Parkinson’s Coach

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International Holistic Parkinson's Coach
I provide personalized support to clients worldwide through one-on-one private coaching, group coaching, and online programs.

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Helping you rethink your relationship with Parkinson´s

Empowering you to slow the progression by adapting and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviour’s through scientifically proven modalities. Providing practical, beneficial, easy to follow, cost-effective educational & exercise program’s that WILL improve your quality of life.

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These retreats aren’t just about managing Parkinson’s – they’re about reclaiming your independence and joy, and shaping a future filled with possibilities. 

Smovey is a multi-award winning vibration therapy tool

Invented by a man with Parkinson’s to improve mobility, flexiblity and more.

Smovey is generating the vibration. This vibration occurs within a frequency range that is in consonance with the human organism. It is immediately palpable in the palms of the hands.

  1. Activates surfaces and deep muscles
    Stimulates the nervous system
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Testemonials

“ I can't explain how it works - I just know it does!”

I have Multiple Sclerosis for 22 years now. Its affecting me more in recently, I find it very debilitating & restricting. I was introduced to Smovey 4 weeks ago by my friend in MS Ireland and was then given classes on by Irene. I do most of the exercises sitting down and have increased strength in my arms. I can honestly say that I feel so much better since I have started using Smovey I am bringing them on holiday with me as I'd hate to miss my exercises with them. I would highly recommend Smovey to everybody.
Eileen Nolan - Waterford, Ireland

“ What a fantastic course”

I joined, unsure whether I would learn anything, as a retired doctor I thought I was fairly well versed on the various treatment options available... Topics ranged from gratitude, breathing and why we shouldn't watch the news, to the stages of grief, visualisation, meditation and many more. I learned something new almost every day, I have put into practice many of the things we learned as they make me feel better.It was great to meet wonderful, funny & inspirational people on the course & whom I still meet on a weekly in the Graduate course.
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Why not take a shortcut to better health via Irenes openminded presence and yearlong experience

the Movement Monk and Lilian Sjøberg

Prepare to dive deep into Lilian Sjøbergs groundbreaking findings that have the potential to revolutionize how we approach and heal conditions like PTSD, Parkinson’s, trauma, chronic tension, and pain. Get ready for a mind-blowing journey that could change your life.

Enlightening interview with the brilliant researcher and
mind-body connection expert, Lilian Sjøberg

Benny Fergusson from the MovementMonk.xyz​

I had the pleasure of sharing an enlightening interview with the brilliant researcher and mind-body connection expert, Lilian Sjøberg. Prepare to dive deep into her groundbreaking findings that have the potential to revolutionize how we approach and heal conditions like PTSD, Parkinson’s, trauma, chronic tension, and pain. Get ready for a mind-blowing journey that could change your life.

About Lilian and Mind-Body Therapy

Lilian Sjøberg is an expert in mind-body connection therapy, has dedicated her career to exploring the intricate relationship between the mind and body. Through her extensive research and practice, she has discovered that by nurturing this connection, individuals can achieve remarkable healing outcomes. Lilian’s insights have the potential to revolutionize how we approach and treat conditions that have long been considered difficult to address..

Lessons Learned

During our conversation, Lilian shares a treasure trove of lessons that will leave you pondering the true potential of mind-body connection therapy.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the mind-bending insights you can expect:

  1. Observing Healing in the Present Moment: Discover how cultivating awareness and mindfulness can tap into your body’s innate ability to heal itself.
  2. Bridging the Mind-Body Gap to Heal Chronic Disease:
    Lilian exposes the hidden emotional and psychological factors that
    underpin chronic conditions, revealing the keys to lasting healing and
    well-being.
  3. Links between Stress, PTSD, and Parkinson’s Disease:
    Prepare to have your assumptions shattered as Lilian unveils the
    surprising connections between stress, trauma, and the development of
    Parkinson’s disease. It’s time to rewrite the rules.
  4. Defragging Stress to Regulate the Nervous System:
    Master techniques for defragmenting stress and taking control of your
    nervous system, a crucial step towards unlocking peak performance and
    vitality.
  5. Body Memories and Trauma’s Links to Physical & Mental Disease:
    Brace yourself for a mind-blowing exploration of how trauma can
    manifest as both physical and mental ailments. Lilian shows us how
    mind-body connection therapy holds the key to unlocking profound healing
    potential.

Conclusion

That wraps up this mind-blowing conversation with the remarkable Lilian Sjøberg. We’ve ventured into uncharted territory, redefining our understanding of mind-body connection therapy and its potential to heal conditions that were once deemed untreatable. It’s time to unleash your own healing power and rewrite the rules of what’s possible.

(Below you see a list of content in this hour long video)

Body memmories

4 minutets from the above long video.
What are traumatic body-memories? Can childhood trauma be affecting your body today? And how can we get back into a parasympathetic nervous system state, so the body can heal? In this interview with Lilian Sjøberg we explore her research and findings of improving conditions like PTSD, Parkinsons, Trauma, Chronic tension and pain through mind-body connection therapy.

Fight flight freeze

4 minutets from the above long video.
What happens when the nervous system is stuck and triggered into a state of fight, flight and freeze? And how can we get back into a parasympathetic nervous system state, so the body can heal? In this interview with Lilian Sjøberg we explore her research and findings of improving conditions like PTSD, Parkinsons, Trauma, Chronic tension and pain through mind-body connection therapy.

Time to break the myths -
Ofcause you can become better

17 Lessons On Healing Trauma & Chronic Stress With Mind-body Connection Therapy

In this interview with Lilian Sjøberg we explore her research and findings of improving conditions like PTSD, Parkinsons, Trauma, Chronic tension and pain through mind-body connection therapy. 00:00:00 Introduction to the power of mind-body therapy
00:00:35 About Lilian and mind-body therapy
00:05:02 Lesson 1: Observing healing in the present moment
00:07:08 Lesson 2: Bridging the mind body gap to heal chronic disease
00:10:08 Lesson 3: Links between stress, PTSD and Parkinsons disease
00:13:41 Lesson 4: Defragging stress to regulate the nervous system
00:15:57 Lesson 5: Body memories, trauma links to physical & mental disease
00:20:40 Lesson 6: Intellectualising trauma as a self protective mechanism
00:23:27 Lesson 7: How to start healing trauma and the nervous system
00:27:40 Lesson 8: Working with different types of trauma
00:29:39 Lesson 9: Stress vs stressors: How trauma can form
00:35:41 Lesson 10: What is trauma really?
00:40:00 Lesson 11: The effects of trauma and stress build up on the body
00:42:01 Lesson 12: Triggers, trauma and body memories as a survival mechanism
00:44:20 Lesson 13: How to mindfully navigate self protective mechanisms
00:48:51 Lesson 14: Somatic Therapy: How I healed my body
00:51:58 Lesson 15: The embodiment path to healing the nervous system
00:54:47 Lesson 16: Moving forward in the face of fear
00:58:18 Lesson 17: Self expression & societal conditioning
00:59:40 Outro

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Client after 3. sessions

How overthinking is not going to help a person who has a disease

Becoming Aware of my Overthinking Mind
and Making Friends with my Inner Four-Year-Old

HOPE shortcut

The method where people with chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s can reduce their stress-related symptoms and, with persistent work, break free of their diagnosis

One week after third session with Lilian and the Hope Shortcut

My Overthinking Mind
During my third session, Lilian and I talk about the inner dialogue, thoughts, the voice or voices in my head.

My mind has several voices running constantly. It is like having a TV on in the background that is constantly narrating, planning, ruminating, rehearsing, arguing, suggesting, doubting. It changes the channel frequently. It practices future conversations, or rehashes past ones. It plans for things that never happen. An overthinking mind can be dangerous – triggering the fight flight or freeze response continually.

One of its most interesting habits of my over-thinking mind is that it intricately plans escape routes. How would I get my infant son and the dog out of the window if the house caught on fire? Where would I hide if a gunman came to the house? It goes over the sequence of events in detail. I don’t sit down and plan these things. My mind just does it on its own.

Lilian tells me that not everyone’s mind is like that. Upon Lilian’s suggestion, I ask my friend what her mind is like. I assume, her mind is like mine constantly ruminating, worrying and planning. She has kids. I am sure she has a lot on her mind. She laughs and says her mind is usually pretty blank; it might have a dancing clown in it like Homer Simpsons’. That sounds peaceful.

“My mind has several voices running constantly.

It is like having a TV on in the background that is constantly narrating, planning, ruminating, rehearsing, arguing, suggesting, doubting”

We think we have a similar way of thinking - but we have not

We ask each other, “what do you think?” and get a story.


Next time ask in detail about HOW your friends are thinking.


Are they thinking in pictures, written text, a speaking voice, or with feelings?
How many voices do they use to think? 0, 1, 2, or more? Everything is ok, but having only 0 or 1 voice makes life easier and healthier.


Around 1/3 of the population are hardly thinking and doing well. The rest are thinking about yesterday’s regrets and the worries for tomorrow, or thoughts that drag your attention away from your body and the constant feedback you get from here.

My inner Four-Year Old
I notice that my freeze ups are often precipitated by internal pressure. There is the internal pressure I put on myself to do the things that I “should” do. I know I don’t want to do it, but I push myself anyways. Or I put pressure on myself to do something at 1000% effort. Somewhere inside, there is an inner protest or maybe an inner wisdom.

Lilian coaches me to have compassion for myself if I freeze up. To say to my body:
Its ok. This is what is right now, you are safe.

I have a profound experience when I have the opportunity to practice this. I sit through a freeze up and just let it be ok the way it is. This experience is profoundly different for me and I feel a shift.

There is the internal pressure I put on myself to do the things that I “should” do.

 

I know I don’t want to do it, but I push myself anyways..

Somewhere inside, there is an inner protest or maybe an inner wisdom.

I realize that I have been practicing relaxation and calming techniques for years. But I didn’t listen. I was just trying to get my body and mind to shut up and do what I wanted it to do.

This is one of the great things that my four-year old son has taught me. He is what people describe as “spirited”. I cannot just shush him. He demands to be heard and understood. Even if his concerns seem inconsequential to me, I have to listen, I have to acknowledge and empathize and then he will calm down. I can’t just tell him: “That’s silly. Don’t be upset about that.”

But I have not been listening to my body, to myself. My inner spirited four-year-old has concerns and is refusing to budge I have just been telling her: “That’s silly, don’t be upset about that” calm down, and do as you are told.

The good thing about spirited children, is that they bust up old patterns. They refuse to just comply with expectations and the “shoulds” that we try to force upon them. Therefore, they force us to evolve, to grow, to learn, to examine the shoulds that we have applied to ourselves and to rethink them.

Lilian is a bit like a spirited four-year-old. She is here to bust up old patterns and assumptions and evolve our way of thinking about stress and chronic illness.

Nicole St. Arnaud
23. march 2021, Alberta Canada

This is the third of a series of blog posts on the progress in Lilian Sjoeberg’s Hope Shortcut program for chronic illness.

You can learn more about her program here

The inner child

The inner child is a metaphor for you having a practical side.
You are maybe still hurt if someone is making comments as the bullies made in your school.


When you get an extraordinary feeling that is somewhat out of proportion with what happened, the “inner child” can still remember the past episode.


It is never too late to get a happy ending to this episode. Never too late to get a “happy” childhood. We cannot change what happened, but we can release the feelings connected to the devastating events

Connect the dots

The Gordian Knot of Parkinsons
and the clues that help us solve it
Parkinson’s disease is very stress-related – that we can all agree.

But are we missing something obvious that might help?

I have gathered knowledge that is already out there and “connect the dots”.
The solution is out there and already proved by science. So join the dots here

The Gordian Knot of Parkinsons
and the clues that help us solve it

Parkinson’s disease is very stress-related – that we can all agree.

But are we missing something obvious that might help?

We need to gather knowledge that is already out there and then “connect the dots”.
It took me 3 years to do so working 3 hours a day. I will do my best to show you the findings and add some of my own insights.

Here is  a man with Parkinson’s. He has problems walking, which is a typical Parkinson’s symptom. According to the current belief, this is a sign that he has a problem with dopamine in his brain, and this is easy to see in the first half of the video

In the second half of the video, you can see him biking without any problem, which is a sign that he has no problem with his dopamine production.

What’s going on? The answer to this strange phenomenon is that something gives him a limitation in the dopamine while walking, but not while he is biking. Other people can have problems driving or they might have no problems driving but difficulty with something else. Every person has their unique combination of symptoms and unique scenarios as to when they are having particular symptoms or not having them.

Here is an exciting shoe design that lets Parkinson’s people with freeze symptoms walk with “ease” due to a beam of light on the floor. So here you see that a visual sign that can catch your attention and help you. The person that has problems with freeze episodes will, with these shoes, be able to walk.

BUT how can a chronic disease be helped by light.
Because it helps the person to walk mindfully.
(They could make you clumsy… so learn to be mindful without them)

Here you see a man with Parkinson’s who needs a walker to make his way across a room but who can easily walk down stairs. This is because he is focussed on the task, rather than his regular distracted thinking routine, because he knows that the stairs need attention if he does not want to fall. It is not the time for distracted thinking when your next step can cause you pain if you do it wrong. It is time for focus and attention. So our standard flat floor and pavement are not stimulating our brain in a good way. The brain gets “lazy” and gives you time to think about challenges that are NOT in front of you.

If you combine the above strange observations with the videos below, you are close to solving the mystery about Parkinson’s disease. Like I did.
It is a shame science is not looking in this direction. But they are coming closer.
Popping pills is not the solution to this natural biological phenomenon.
Find more information about this via the links to the right.

Listen to this video, dancing helps people with Parkinson’s disease. So after dancing for an hour, these people feel better. On YouTube, you can find numerous videos talking about the benefits of dancing.

Boxing is also good way to reduce Parkinson’s symptoms.

You can find a lot of videos about other ways you can improve Parkinson’s symptoms (and these activities will help with a lot of other diseases as well.)

What is happening? The answer is that we are actually going in and out of our survival instincts all the time and this is causing symptoms. We can not help it. It is our body trying to keep us alive.

Here is the theory explained. Your body goes into fight flight and freeze and this give you all sort of symptoms. 90% of diagnoses and symptoms is due to a body in long-term stress

We all know how animals behave: run when they are in flight instinct (=exercise), fight when in the fight instinct (=boxing, as an example), and have an intense tremor when coming out of the freeze instinct. The last half of this video shows the freeze instinct which animals use when they cannot run or fight and are close to death.

I help people with Parkinson’s to find their way OUT of instincts because that is the culprit in Parkinson’s disease and many other diseases. I am a biologist, coach, and therapist, so I have a good perspective to see these similarities between humans and animals, and I have worked for several years with Parkinson’s clients. (One client has been rescanned and is now free of his Parkinson’s diagnosis. Usually this is a process that takes a long time)

Freeze is a Parkinson’s symptom. But if you consider it a natural symptom caused by stressors, your life will become easier.

 

Here you see the most dramatic stress response. Close to dead. See also how the body react to get out of that startle and how tremor and deep breathing is natural when getting in and out of instincts.

 

Below there are different videos that hopefully can convince you about the nature of instincts.

 

The day the world accept that most diseases are due to instincts is the day we can do something about it.

I help people with Parkinson’s to find their way OUT of instincts because that is the culprit in Parkinson’s disease and many other diseases. I am a biologist, coach, and therapist, so I have a good perspective in seeing these similarities between humans and animals.

I have worked for several years with Parkinson’s clients. (One client has been rescanned and is now free of his Parkinson’s diagnosis.)

I have made a six-week online course about this theory and how you can get better systematically. See more here

Over several years I have studied Parkinson’s people who got better or healed and also have a handful of my own clients that are slowly improving by the systematic concept that I call the HOPE Shortcut.

You can use the ideas you see here to help reduce symptoms, but the most effective way to improve is to STOP yourself from going INTO these survival instincts, and that is how I can help you.

Join my course and get the knowledge you need to find a more systematic road to better health.

A client talking about his new view on Parkinsons

I help clients from all countries.

Here Jeppe who now understand his symptoms and has reduced them to 50% during 10 sessions, due to reduction of some severe traumas from eg. accidents – a sort of PTSD.

A client talking about herimprovements and new life

Here is a woman that integrates everything I tell her, and works dedicated.
Here she tells us about her improvements. She is not using her cane anymore, she is not freezing anymore, and she is getting her life back.
She is even integrating my techniques into her business.

Below extra videos about activities that can help you out of instincts states. But most people must remove the triggers via trauma theapy

Big and loud? This behavior also drags you out of instincts. No one wants to be big and loud when a tiger is close but it also works the other way around which can be used to your advantage. You become relaxed when you make noise and move with self-confidence when no predators are around you.

Here is a search with articles about Tai chi ... it also works on Parkinson’s. You can find similar articles with yoga, Qi Gong, meditation… But the story is the same: EVERYTHING that makes you relax improves Parkinson’s.

 

And here’s a link to the The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) which sums this up without giving the full explanation about why you get diseases and how you regenerate back to own health: The relationship between stress, anxiety and Parkinson’s disease

This page suggests some of the many things you can do to reduce symptoms. Just choose an activity, believe in it and be persistent. The hardest part is to step out of medication as dopamine stimulates your mood but can often give you side effects similar to your Parkinson’s symptoms. And dopamine is degraded to adrenaline, a stress hormone that kickstarts the fight, flight and freeze reaction in the body…

 

Complicated?

Yes, that is why you need help from the HOPE Shortcut course.

Subscribe to my email list here and be the first to know when the course is on sale so you can benefit from this information. It will not be expensive, and the course is for everyone.

 

Calm States For Health and Restoration

A few terms and definitions which I thought may help folks feel into the states of being, required for health and restoration, detoxification and anti-inflammation.

A few terms and definitions which I thought may help folks feel into the states of being, required for health and restoration, detoxification and anti-inflammation.

  • Placid – not easily upset
  • Tranquil – free from disturbance
  • Serene – untroubled
  • Restful – having a quiet and soothing quality
  • Pacific – peaceful in character or intent
  • At ease – free from worries or awkwardness
  • Content – in a state of peaceful happiness
  • Comfortable – physically relaxed and free from constraint
  • Resilient – able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions
  • Equanimity – calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation
  • Respiring – recovering hope, courage, or strength after a time of difficulty.
  • Contemplative – looking thoughtfully at something for a long time

Since many of the symptoms of many chronic illnesses have one-to-one correspondences with ingrained stress symptoms, all my studies point to the key for reducing these symptoms is in the ability and willingness to put the brain and body in such states of calm for prolonged periods.

Indeed, these states of calm are known to be the conditions under which the body can self-repair, detoxify and address inflammation. Being under chronic stress, psychological stress, or chronic fear effectively exiles us from these states, and hence necessarily results in increasing toxification and inflammation of the brain and body.

Here are a just of few of the very many conditions we have found there is good scientific literature for which supports the case that chronic stress is causal, triggering, and/or exacerbating, and hence for which stress reduction will be vital for recovery:

[If anyone finds other examples, let us know and we can add to the list – maybe google the name of your own diagnosis together with the word ‘stress’].

By Gary Sharpe

Robert Rodgers

Road to Recovery is a book like no other book on Parkinson’s. Other books on Parkinson’s share a common theme. They tell us in the introduction that Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease. My research reveals this assertion is blatantly false. More and More people are reversing their symptoms these days. I believe that anyone can.