Have you heard of Miranda Esmonde-White ?
She has one of the most watched shows on PBS called “Classical Stretch“.
Today’s blog post is all Miranda as I viewed her documentary on PBS two weeks ago, and I can’t shut up about it.
As each minute passed while I was watching, I said out loud:
“I have to share this with everyone as Miranda shares my beliefs around pain and movement.”.
We have both suffered from chronic low back pain and have overcome it through movement.
We are also passionate about teaching clients they can also overcome pain…as most clients need encouragement of “getting their pain-free life” back.
Our beliefs around movement are we must move in order to stay pain-free.
It doesn’t make sense, right ?
We are in pain, and yet we have to move to overcome it.
The problem is there are all sorts of wellness professionals and physicians who are telling their patients to not move.
It’s downright insane.
Who do you believe ?
Someone who has been to the ER with tremendous back pain or a physician who doesn’t even examine you.
I mean, let’s get real.
How many times has a physician given you an exam–where they place both of their hands on your body and not their laptop ?
I want to make it crystal clear that gaining range of motion is necessary to become pain-free.
If you lack range of motion in your neck, shoulder, your pinky finger… there is going be pain
I understand that people have fusions and operations to limit range of motion in a joint due to an injury or condition. (i.e scoliosis)
Just know that it’s not a life sentence of living in fear.
For the past 30 years, I have witnessed thousands of clients who have gone through total joint replacements, spinal fusions, and those who suffer from debilitating muscle disorders.
Each client who overcame their pain made a choice.
They were going to do whatever it took to learn about their body.
That meant learning how to flex, extend, breathe, and strengthen.
It also meant learning to trust that their body was going to heal.
Just like an athletic performance coach will tell you, “Athletic performance is 80% mental and 20% physical.”
Hearing that quote in college from my Biomechanics professor made me understand why I never became the next Chris Evert when I was 10 years old and playing in the USTA circuit in New Jersey.
I was born with an athletic body with Amazon strength, but my mind was a mess.
I broke tennis rackets on the court when I screwed up, and when I lost matches.
Definitely not Chris Evert material.
No one ever taught me about composure and how to visualize.
I was lazy and relied on my physical strength and technique to smash tennis balls across the net.
Slowing down was all I had to do.
It’s the same when you learn how to move past your pain in a slow and controlled manner.
Slow it down. Become aware. Breathe. Literally awaken.
There is a body that is crying out for help (pain).
Contact me if you need assistance to get beyond your physical pain.