In the Groove

Sole Prescription Pharmacy Dr. Shannon Bindler, M.A., C.E.C.
A shoe with a leather sole is perfect for individuals who want to get down and boogie. The most classic design is a traditional dress shoe, but modern styles offer a variety of options from formal oxfords to leather-bottomed sneakers. Unlike rubber-soled shoes that stick to the dance floor, natural leather soles let the foot slide, spin, and glide. Wear may create feelings of being "in the groove."
A natural leather sole is prescribed to individuals suffering from one or more of the following feelings or experiences: feeling stuck, out of sync, rhythm-less, unexpressed.
May inspire spontaneous movement, feeling the beat, as well as fancy footwork. Wear may lead to John Travolta-like moments on the dance floor.

I’ve always loved to dance. I’ve had an inkling that dancing had greater benefits than simply exercise or stress relief. It’s always made me feel great (yes, it increases serotonin in the brain), and now it’s been proven that frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter!

I came across an article written by Richard Powers for Stanford University that clearly explains a study conducted by The New England Journal of Medicine on the effects of recreational activities on mental acuity in aging. Here’s Powers’ elucidation in a nutshell:

Albert Einstein College of Medicine conducted a 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, to measure mental acuity in aging by monitoring rates of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists wanted to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental keenness. They studied mental activities (reading books, writing, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and musical instruments) as well as physical (playing tennis or golf, swimming, bicycling, dancing, walking, and doing housework.)

One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can absolutely be health benefits, but the focus of the study was the mind, in particular memory. There was one important exception however: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent – drum roll please – dancing!

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Here are some of the studies’ results:

Reading: 35% reduced risk of dementia
Bicycling and swimming: 0%
Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week: 47%
Playing golf: 0%
Dancing frequently: 76%

Dancing was the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical.

The basic conclusion is that dancing forces the brain to create new neural pathways. Dancing integrates several brain functions at once — kinesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional — further increasing your neural connectivity.

If you’ve ever needed a smart “reason” to get on the dance floor, you now have one. Let’s boogie!

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Step Into Greatness!


Big news! After many requests, I’m relaunching my private life coaching practice– available WORLDWIDE! Please check out my services below and contact me if you’re ready to step into your greatness! No dream is too big or too small for these shoes:


We all want to live in our own shoes; to walk our own unique path, but it’s much easier to stay on the well-groomed trail that we’re “supposed” to take. It’s no wonder that from a young age most of us have been encouraged to minimize our wins, dim our lights, and draw safely within the lines. Creativity and vulnerability go hand in hand. Yes, it’s really scary to go after a dream… that’s why you have me. The self-love doctor is in!

I’ll walk with you, motivate and inspire you to recognize your greatness and encourage you to dial up your creative wattage. We’ll out-maneuver the self-doubt that’ll inevitably show up. In weeks, you’ll be dreaming BIG. Where you once saw a pathway filled with obstacles, you’ll notice possibilities.

We dream big and we MOVE on those imaginings. Dreams without actions are just wishes. I prescribe grounded, realistic action steps that turn your aspirations into REALITY. Most people turn around and go home when their goal feels overwhelming and out of reach. No dream is too bold for these shoes. We’ll take it together, step-by-step, until you arrive at your destination!

Oh yeah, and if you like fashion, you’re in the right place. I believe shoes and clothing can be used as spiritual medicine. Other coaches use mala beads, incense or crystals as spiritual tools. We’ll work with shoes (and other stylish accessories) to help you visualize and stay motivated. Watch my TEDx talk on the subject.

My clients leave our time together with a fierce sense of confidence. Each has blazed a distinctive trail. Some have become New York Times best-selling authors, others have created acclaimed art exhibitions and film projects and started successful businesses. Most importantly, all own their GREATNESS in whatever they set out to do. Sometimes ideas fail, but I’ve never worked with anyone who’s regretted trying. No dream is too small or too grand.

Are you ready to roll? Let’s put on our superhero shoes and get started.

3-Session Starter Series:
In three one-hour sessions we’ll uncover your dream, dispel what might be stopping you, and set up a series of realistic action steps.
$375 ($125/session)

6-Session Get Moving Series:
In six one-hour sessions you will gain clarity, squash limiting beliefs and thoughts, start moving with concrete action steps, and follow through even when the path ahead feels impossible.
$690 ($115/session)

9-Session Dreams to Reality Coaching Program:
In nine one-hour sessions you’ll realize what it is you really want, identify limiting beliefs and internal conflicts of interest, create an action plan, overcome roadblocks, and move forward fearlessly. This is my signature-coaching package with hundreds of success stories. This package is recommended for anyone with a long-term goal that requires consistent action (ie. writing a book, starting a business, marketing campaign, etc.)
$900 ($100/session)

SINGLE Session:
A single session tune-up can be use during life emergencies, transitions, or when you’re feeling off and need a reminder of who you truly are. Available to those who have had THREE sessions or MORE.


Contact me here or via email: ShannonBindler(at)me(dot)com to schedule an appointment. Sessions are available in person in Los Angeles and worldwide via Skype, phone, or Google Hangout.