CRA Wellness Blog

What Are You Building?

February 20th, 2016 by Dawn Hoezee, DCRC, Wellness Coach

A Practice With Patients or A Cathedral With Masterpieces?

By Dick Versendaal, DC, DACBN, CRA 
& Dawn Versendaal-Hoezee, MA, CRA

Centuries before chiropractic came into existence a traveler came upon three stone-cutters, each working hard with sweat pouring off his brow.  Each was asked, “What are you doing?”  The first answered without hesitation, “I am cutting this stone.”  The second one answered, “I am building a wall.  The third man looked up, eyes sparkling with intent and purpose, and replied, “I am building a cathedral.”

Each stone-cutter was doing the required work to build a cathedral, but only one saw himself as an integral part of the bigger picture and worked with a vision.  You are a chiropractor.  What are you doing?  Are you using your skills adjusting patients and building a practice, or are you “building a cathedral”?

Building “cathedrals” is a noble, life-long task. In medieval times cathedral workers never expected to see the finished project because it often took decades, if not centuries, to complete.   As chiropractors, to build something greater than what the eyes see begins with a profound dedication to your profession.  It is not for the faint-hearted.  It takes a vision that sees the potential for each “individual stone” within the scope of the bigger picture.  Finally, it takes precision skill to cut the stone to fit into a predetermined part of the whole.

In medieval times cathedrals were built as a reflection of society’s faith and a channel for creative energy.   To be a chiropractor and to build something more than a practice means to believe you are part of a bigger picture.  You are dedicated to the profession and called to be part of a task bigger than yourself.  With this belief your practice becomes a cathedral and your patients become masterpieces.

Many have the eyesight of a hawk and the vision of a clam

Each patient is viewed as a unique individual needing the wisdom, knowledge and skills of chiropractic in order to reveal the masterpiece.  BJ Palmer, however, once said, “Many have the eyesight of a hawk and the vision of a clam.”  There is something just as important as being a technically skilled practitioner.   This goes beyond knowing a patient’s name and location of each spinal subluxation.  It begins with is the ability and desire to see patients as whole beings made up of body, mind, and spirit.  It is to hear their stories, to know their heart so that your chiropractic hands can begin to do the careful work of restoring, maintaining and promoting tone so all the cells vibrate at their proper frequency.  It is vision—the ability to know your patients in a way that sees what is invisible to others and might not yet even exist.

In the 1400s a large block of marble was found abandoned in a cathedral courtyard.  Over the years, several sculptors had attempted to create something with the piece, but found it flawed.  Yet with this very flawed piece, Michelangelo saw something greater and used his precision sculpting skills to reveal to us the famous statue of David.  When asked how he creates such beauty, he answered simply.  “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

Many patients have been abandoned by other health professionals.  They live with a belief that they are too flawed for wellness, yet a thread of hope keeps them going.  To bring wellness a chiropractor must know them and have a vision that sees them “perfect in attitude and action.”  That is both a physical and an emotional vision for the patient as a masterpiece.  Dr. Dick Versendaal often begins by asking, “What can I do to make you happy.”  Often the answers given seem to have nothing to do with their current pain or situation.  I would be happy if my son would get a job.  I would be happy if my daughter could carry a baby full term.  I would be happy if my best friend didn’t have to deal with cancer.  I would be happy if only my husband loved me…..  To know a patient is to know his or her heart.  To know the heart is to uncover the root of those things that can cause health issues.

Using DD Palmer’s Triad of Wellness chiropractors have an opportunity to use their skills to hew away and reveal patients as masterpieces.   Wellness is a body with balance of the emotions (Thought), nutritional chemistry (Toxins) and structures (Trauma).  Imbalances in any of these areas need to be uncovered and addressed.  Many chiropractors focus on the structural aspect of the triad, yet so much more can be done.  If the root cause of a subluxation is not addressed, the body will continue to subluxate.  BJ Palmer taught that a subluxation was like a jack on the bumper of a car with a flat tire.  You must first fix the cause before you remove the jack.  Reoccurring subluxations can be due to nutritional imbalances, emotional imbalances or structural imbalances in a different area in the body.

Know the Structural Body (Trauma):  Structural imbalances can cause dis-ease (VSC). Even with regular precision adjustments a patient’s spine may continue to subluxate as it compensates for an imbalance in another area.  One of the most common areas of structural and energetic imbalance is the feet.  The feet function as both shock absorbers and as energy pumpers.  When in balance they create a foundation of ease when we walk.  When out of balance the structures twist and turn and experience stress.  When the feet move freely, they support the heart by continually pumping energy up and around into the body.  A second common structural imbalance is in the hip sockets.  The right hip socket is energetically connected to the heart and the left hip socket is energetically connected to the brain.  Either of these structural issues will create a situation for which the heart and brain will have to compensate.  If unaddressed an energy deficiency is created, and the heart and brain become tired, which results in symptoms and syndromes manifesting in these areas.  Some never attribute the cause to the feet or hip sockets.

Know the Nutritional Body (Toxins): Toxins are a component of dis-ease (VSC).  Our food choices are poor, our environment is inundated with pesticides, chemicals, and EMFs from cell phones and computers.  Our bodies are stressed and using up the nutritional reserves that are needed to promote healing.  To get the nutritional resources we need from the food we eat is a difficult task.  Surely, a healthy choice of high quality, natural and organic foods is optimal.  With extreme diligence wellness may be restored and maintained in this manner.  For many, however, the cost, time and effort to do this create even more stress.  Nutritional supplementation is necessary to support the body so it can heal itself.

Even in this area, providing for exact nutritional needs can be overwhelming.  One can easily have an inventory of hundreds of different products, each one for a different organ, symptom or syndrome.  This does not necessarily have to be the case if one focuses on the systems and backup systems of the body.  There are high quality nutritional formulas available that are designed to support specific systems and their backup systems so minimal inventory is needed.

Know the Emotional Body (Thought):  Another component of dis-ease (VSC) is auto-suggestion or emotions.  Lives are filled with pain and stress.  No one gets by unscathed.  Even if someone thinks he has dealt with certain issues, sometimes the cells remember and continue to spin in an unhealthy frequency.  This imbalance leads to dis-ease.  Counseling, coaching, a listening ear along with nutrition, essential oils and specific spinal adjustments will enable the body to release the pain and to ease back into a healthly spin and frequency.

Contact Reflex Analysis: Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA) puts these pieces together.  This technique was developed by Dr. Dick Versendaal and follows DD Palmer’s Wellness Triad to address the structural (Traumas), nutritional chemistry (Toxins) and emotional (Thought) pieces to wellness.  It is a technique that works within the quantum field of energy to locate, identify, and correct imbalances in the energy that flows through every organ, gland, and cell in the human body.

Chiropractors that have implemented Dr. Versendaal’s techniques are now consistently adjusting, balancing and harmonizing the physical (Traumas), emotional (Thoughts), and chemical (Toxins) component of dis-ease (VSC) for improved healing and natural health care.  Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA) is an easy technique and system protocol to follow for superior results for any patient’s major interference and disturbance with physical, emotional or chemical problems or a combination of all. By rebalancing the innate energy flow of the body, the power that has made the body does in fact, heal the body time and time again.

The body is created to maintain homeostasis (Wellness). One must only “hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition.”  Sometimes the body requires a specific adjustment.  Sometimes it requires a specific nerve energy technique used to balance its nervous system.  Sometimes it needs specific nutritional adjustment.  A master chiropractor will use techniques and tools to reduce, stabilize and correct the imbalances that cause the symptoms and VSC.  A master chiropractor is committed to building a cathedral by working to reveal each patient as a masterpiece with their full wellness potential.

One chiropractor sees a patient, another sees a masterpiece.  The difference?  Vision.

Dick Versendaal has been called a “pioneer of chiropractic”. He studied under BJ Palmer at Palmer College of Chiropractic where he developed a solid chiropractic foundation. Over the years he developed Contact Reflex Analysis, a technique that addresses the subluxation complex (trauma), nutritional imbalances (toxins), and emotional (autosuggestion) causes of dis-ease. Visit for a list of CRA seminars. Visit to view the nutritional and essential oil line he developed to address these issues with minimal inventory.

Dawn Hoezee is the daughter of Dr. Dick Versendaal and owner of CRA Wellness. She is well known for her skill at organizing, interpreting and then teaching the genius gleaned from her father’s brain in a manner that is both engaging and practical. Together they make a dynamic team.