When your body feels amazing, you feel amazing!
One of the most frustrating parts of the work I love, is trying to relieve pain without causing pain in the process. I love EASING pain, getting to the root of a problem and correcting it. Therapists have had some wonderful tools to help accomplish that, such as Proprioceptor Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), active isolated stretching, craniosacral therapy and myofascial release, but you can bet that at some point trigger point work or deep tissue would be necessary, with the possibility of leaving the client sore during the work and following the session. Causing pain to relieve pain or correct problems is, to me, counter-intuitive, and I have discovered the tool I’ve been searching for so that is no longer necessary.
I am often complimented on my “perfect” posture. That simply isn’t true, I fight the effects of stress in my body just like you do. Truthfully, I have not been kind to my body over the course of my life. I started as a ballet dancer, and while ballet dancers are wonderfully limber and have great balance, dancing is extremely hard on the body. Thirty years ago, I was involved in a rear-end collision while stopped in traffic. The car that hit me was doing almost 60 mph. The impact caused such severe muscle spasms, my spine was pulled 4 inches out of alignment, and caused my pelvic girdle to torsion. I spent more than 20 years as a horse and dog trainer, rehabilitating animals other trainers had given up on. I’ve been bucked off, stomped on, rolled on, kicked, bitten, and generally jerked around. One horse had such a melt-down when she saw a car, I had to ride her to the ground to keep us both safe. I’ve broken wrists, ribs and feet. All this combined with my last back injury left me in a wheelchair for a few years, fighting for my health. Today, with the help of some amazing doctors, therapists, nutritionists, massage and Yoga, I am healthier than I’ve ever been. But, my pelvic girdle remains twisted.
My journey to rehabilitate my own body continues, but I’ve found the yellow brick road – it’s called Ortho-Bionomy. If you read my newsletters, you learned in May that Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle, non-invasive, osteopathically based form of body therapy which is highly effective in working with chronic stress, injuries and pains or problems associated with postural and structural imbalances. An introductory class in Ortho-Bionomy (“OB”) earlier this year, provided me with the principles, which really resonate with me. I started using the techniques I learned with amazing results. In June, I took a two-day seminar, which built on what I learned, and improved my techniques with results like these: A new client recently related to me after his session that at first he felt my touch was too light; but realized that my work was more effective at getting rid of his knots than all the deep tissue he’d ever had. Another client said he was so relaxed his “muscles are falling off my bones”, and a woman who came to me to help her recover from a triple break in her ankle said “it felt like you were putting me back together”.
Even my clients who are pro and semi-pro athletes appreciate that their muscular imbalances can now be addressed without the pain of deep tissue work, leaving them more relaxed and better balanced.
What’s my personal experience with OB? In June, I had a session with my mentor and teacher in OB with fabulous results. As my body settled over the next couple of days, it became perfectly aligned. Now, I’ve done craniosacral therapy and advanced myofascial release as well as almost every other form of bodywork meant to unwind the body, with the exception of Rolfing (I don’t much like pain). No other form of bodywork has completely removed all the twists in this body. For half a day, I had a perfectly aligned body with no residual tension. Even though my body did tighten up again, a month later, I’m less twisted than before my session, with better range of motion and flexibility, and I can’t wait for my next session with my mentor. For those 6 or 7 hours, my body felt like a child’s. Can you remember a time when you had no build-up of stress in your body?
I invite you to participate in the learning process with me. Remind your body what the stress-free body of youth feels like. When your body feels amazing, YOU feel amazing!