Do you remember "bend and stretch,reach for the stars! There goes Mercury. Here comes Mars." In preschool,we just couldn't sit still.As our school life continued, we were asked to sit more and more. Today,we hear constant reports as to the health status of American both young and old being overweight and in pain. What are we to do? The cost of health care continues to rise and more folks just can't afford it.
After having both of my feet run over by a passing car, my left inner leg taking the full force of the revolving tire; I didn't realize what such an injury would do to me throughout my life. It was this injury process that sent me down this very interesting path. I found out that pushing hard to do a task didn't help. In fact, it increased my pain. If I sat for extended amounts of time, I could barely move ,let alone walk. Finding answers to help with my pain and health became a full time project.
The recovery process from this injury has been both an adventure and a far longer project than I could ever have imagined. Physical therapy was only the beginning. When I did not regain my strength or flexibility, I turned to what I knew best,massage and yoga. I found that I didn't know enough about massage. My introduction to neuromuscular massage therapy via visceral massage changed my life. Gentle focused touch can open the body, where restrictions have occurred. In fact, deep tissue work aggravated my problems, instead of improving them.
Yoga was one of my classes in massage school. I had also taken a Kundalini yoga class back in the 80's, so I felt comfortable with yoga to help with my healing process. Compared to other options, a home practice was cheap. Of course because I was so weak from my injury, I strained to do what I could. My healing process, really began to change when I found Gary Kraftsow as my teacher. Putting my various massage trainings together with Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and American Viniyoga Institute teachings, I gained a stronger constitution.
Yoga is not just exercise by the way. Massage is more than rubbing the body. We all need tools of empowerment.