How to perform this stretch 😃
🔹 Start by kneeling on something soft like a mat
🔹 Place the hands over the ankles
🔹 Bring the head close to the knees as much as possible to arch the back
🔹 Take slow deep breaths to further stretch the back muscles and joints
🔹 Optionally use a pillow between the tummy and legs to encourage squeezing the abdominals and increase the stretch
What if I’m feeling pain in the knee? 🤔
This may occur due to 1️⃣ inflammation, or, 2️⃣ wear and tear in the knee. However, doing this stretch in the long term will reduce stiffness, which is often the cause of pain
If kneeling option is difficult here are 2️⃣ alternatives
🔸 Place cushion(s) between the knees and the floor
🔸 If still difficult, take a look at my Office Stretch Series for Cat/Cow and Seated Child’s Pose Stretches.
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So grateful for people like Perry Nickelston @stopchasingpain who understand so much more about the complexities, interconnectedness & the mind boggling amazingness of the human body...AND is sharing the awareness so that people can learn & heal themselves. PAIN tied up with emotional issues is something that I see & resolve on a near daily basis. Chakras (as far as pain & emotional resolution go) can hold a veritable treasure trove of findings & links to resolve the painful issues at hand. ・・・
A great quote from Eric Robins, M.D. a successful urologist. Yes, urology. He gets it!!
I agree based on my experience these last 25 years in healthcare, especially after seeing so many chronic pain clients. And my personal experience with chronic issue, particularly urological. I’m an open book of sharing. I had a prostate from hell
Interestingly the root chakra sits right where the prostate lives. Perineum. Not named after me Perry lol
Key characteristics of the root chakra:
1. Security, safety
3. Basic needs (food, sleep, shelter, self-preservation, etc.)
4. Physicality, physical identity and aspects of self
6. Support and foundation for living our lives
The root chakra provides the foundation on which we build our life
Many of my issues tied back to the loss of my father from cancer when I was 13. Loss of security and safety and the man I modeled life after. Emotions run deep for decades and then can manifest symptoms. That’s why they are so easy to overlook
I combine emotion techniques with physical corrections. That’s the magic
Human beings with energy and a soul are what we treat. Not body parts. Treat the parts and don’t forget the person too
TIP: Be thankful for what IS working well🙏
#anatomy time !!! So I’ve finally discovered how to study and the best way that works for me and I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. It takes a lot for me to retain and don’t get me wrong I probably still couldn’t spit out everything I just learned on the spine but with my notes I could. So I listen to the instructors lecture and scribble horrible looking notes with everything misspelled and all over the place and write down the main points and key words and NOT try to to understand it. THEN I go to my trusty iPad and google the terms and phrases and re write them in a way I can understand as short as possible. 🤦♀️ why has it taken me this long to figure out how to study and in a way I don’t feel lost and overwhelmed 😩 so this is my ahhhhh moment and totally loving learning Anatomy 😍🙌 #bookworm#nowigetit#study#pilatestraining#pilateslovers#pilatestrainer#pilatesinstructor#clubpilates @clubpilates #spine#health#fitness#thyroidectomy#chronicpain#fibromyalgia#fatigue#add
**Saying goodbye is never easy.** Today I said goodbye to a lovely client (who wishes to remain anon) who I have been working privately with for the past 8 months, teaching her how to manage her pelvic dysfunction while working on movement that matters.
You build a special relationship with these women, you see them every week and a connection forms as you begin the process of building them up, teaching them the mind-body connection, asking them to trust in their body and holding space for them to share their mental and emotional blocks.
This client started with me highly anxious, in constant and chronic pain and she felt benched on the sidelines. She felt she had no life because every time she moved she was scared that she would make her condition worse. She had lost all hope that she could do the most simple of tasks ever again.
After 8months of coaching, today, this client announced that she was ready to do more. YES!! Do more!!!! She said she cannot believe how far she has come in such a short amount of time and wants to get into more movement and incorporate a weekly plan. If you had met this client when she first started to now she is a totally changed person.
Many years ago she used to enjoy group classes with other women and she wants to see if she can do them again (in a capacity that suits her condition) so we devised a plan where she will start with our group fitness classes twice a week. So it is not a total goodbye because I still get to coach her and see her every week, see her grow in confidence and ability.
IT IS A BEAUTIFUL THING TO BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF.
I am just SO proud of her and I am overjoyed she can now integrate back into something she so dearly loved in a new way, creating her new normal.
So, I now have a private coaching spot available and I am on the lookout for a woman who wants to commit to break down barriers, connect her mind and body and step off the sidelines to lean in to the life she deserves.
PM me for a complimentary Soul Call so we can work out if we are a good fit for each other.
🌅☀️🌊 One of the things that I’m discovering with my autoimmune issues is that too much sun exposure has me aching the next day. One of the ways I’ve been fighting that is to have some floating/swim time in the ocean. I’m not sure if it’s the sea salt or being weightless, but
the water has been so warm these last few weeks, it’s making swimming and body surfing into wonderful ocean detox sessions as opposed to brisk “refreshing” icy plunges that have me running out after 10 minutes.
On Saturday it had my entire energy levels changed and recharged for the positive. That I was with great people also helped. 🙌🏼 Also, I can’t get enough of these beach sunsets!
Today I had a physical therapist that I'm required to see before I have surgery this Thursday interfere with my service dog alerting me of a pain flare and migraine. As she was having me do exercises that was making my pain worse she shoved hustle away as she was trying to alert. This is fairly upsetting because she's a medical professional and I'm sure she has dealt with other service dogs. This is highly inappropriate to mess with someones service dog that is trying to alert. A service dog that is wearing a vest should not be touched by anybody except the handler so please if you run into a service dog and handler please have respect and do not interfere I understand that some people may not know this but it can actually be dangerous if you mess with a service dog that is working. Hustle handled it very well she was very persistent and did not give up on trying to alert so that I could have some time to get A) somewhere safe or B) take precautions I need to so I can try to stop my pain or migraine from getting worse. Another reason this was frustrating is because hustle is still in training and this physical therapist interfering with her trying to alert me can mess with her training and can cause issues later on. Please respect service dogs and thier handlers I know it can be tempting to talk or pet the dog but they have a job to do so please do not distract them. Thank you for reading this. 💖🐶
It’s 2016 me — well, you. Crazy, I know! Right now, you’re buckled in, and the biggest, scariest roller coaster of your life is about to take off. You’re going to scream, cry and laugh more than you can even believe. But don’t worry, I’m here to give you pointers on how to get through this ride in one piece — well, with most of your pieces.
You’ll see people you thought were your friends disappear. You’ll try and try to keep those relationships alive, but sometimes you have to learn when you stop CPR and call it. You’re 23 and you’ve little to nothing in common with them anymore. And that’s just fine. And if you have to cancel plans, that’s OK too. Don’t push yourself; if you do, you’ll pay the price later.
And that’s the bright changing, you’re “abnormal.” The majority of people will never know what you’ve learned. They’ll never have the strength and courage you have. You’re growing into this strong, intelligent fighter. Every day you strap on your boxing gloves and step into the ring with an opponent that never tires or weakens. That kind of endurance is admired far and wide. Your new independence allows you to be strong enough to do things on your own and take control of your life. You’re going to laugh more than you ever have. You’re going to appreciate things more than you ever have.
Some days you’ll wear the pain and fear like the rarest of gems. But some days, you’ll wear them like a “Warning: Toxic” sign. Either way, that’s okay. You’re allowed to have rough days, and you’re going to have rough days. There are going to be days that you don’t think you’ll make it through. There will be days you don’t want to make it through. But you will. And you will be a better you for it. Your friends will be truer, your love deeper, and your compassion stronger. These are things people would kill for. Be proud of them.
This is going to suck, But you got this, kid. Don’t ever doubt that.
The 2018 badass broken warrior Peter Partridge •
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So this past weekend was really wonderful, but I overdid my body. I went for a long walk with my cousins to find a bridge. Every year it seems that we get lost on those roads/trails. This time we did again, but it was different for me. I was not doing well physically. We were out for about 3 hours, we finally found the bridge and took a break there, but we got lost trying to get back too.
On our way back, my fibro really worsened. I honestly think the only thing that got me back was sheer will power. When I finally made it back, I found my parents at a picnic table and sat down. Once I did so, I didn't feel like I could move, but I was so thirsty and hungry. My mom was so kind to me, she offered to get me some food and water. I couldn't have been more thankful.
Later I decided to go swimming even though I knew my body was done. It was wonderful for a while, I even felt good for a bit. But shortly after I got out of the water, I collapsed. I did what I could to help get stuff out of my tent, but I was in so much pain I was crying. I ended up just sitting on a chair, completely hunched over while my parents took down my tent. I had never felt so incapacitated before. I was crying in agony, shame, and sadness. Just thinking about everything.
On the ride home, my mom gently held up my head, as I didn't have the strength to. The next day (yesterday) I was fairly bedridden, but I felt better. Better than I expected. I went to bed last night, in pain. Then I woke up in the middle of the night and threw up on my bed 😖🤦🏼 I didn't feel sick, and I still don't, so I think my body was just overwhelmed. I pushed it way too far.
Today, I was in bed until 8pm. I didn't even get up to go to the bathroom or eat. I'm in so much pain today. I only hope this will pass.
I have not left my house since June and that was my oldest daughters college graduation. I was in so much pain, it’s a blur even 😥I have had a hard few weeks and something today just put it over the edge but I have my pain doctors tomm. I am so excited to see him because he is my fav doctor and we are going to discuss cannibas more! Well I am telling him I am going natural but I do still need his help some. So we will see. But I am also worried about what that NP has on my chart now! I am hoping to be able to go get my new glasses because mine are from 2008 (I wish I was kidding, I am just last on my priority list) and maybe go by cvs if my body lets me! Then it’s back home in bed with heating pads! Because Thursday night is DSO! I can’t wait to see all my girls and I am so exited! I poss will also have lockn Friday night for wsmfp ❤️next week and I am talking hubby into poss camping. But I have driven him crazy for panic and he knows what hell these weeks have been! My outfits in planning. Prob would do this with cut offs and booties! I need the cushion in my feet and every since I gained weight! It went two areas, my butt and my boobs 🤦🏼♀️ prob will wear a T-shirt under this or something loose! The hat is so I don’t get fried in the sun. I also found my ring that helps hold my finger in place. It’s so cute and no one knows what it really is! It’s 1am and I am nervous for tomm and still shaken up from today! I pray that my body will give me this! I now need to sleep but i have no idea how! #ehlersdanlossyndrome#givemethisplease#chronicpain
To the girl who thought it couldn't get harder, the next day life changed... Life got harder at least that was a good night and I brought in the new year happy and relatively pain free. Life goes by quick, you struggle through it, you have good days... And horrible days except you can count how many good days you have instead of the other way around. Chronic illness is... Life altering, but teaches you to enjoy your good days... And to be proud of your accomplishments... Even if you feel like you should have been able to do better.... Going from getting A's to struggling to pass a class... Is tough. Learning to love yourself in not the so easy moments is tougher, but hey! We did it, we finished our degree and am still pushing, still fighting... But life is a dance 💃I miss the girl who was pain free, but I love the me who I am turning into #chronicmigraines#hemipeligicmigraine#chronicpain#invsibleillness#onedayatatime
Yesterday's appointment with the Pain Clinic was honestly pretty fruitless and left me with more questions than answers.
They told me that they're not so sure that I have Fibromyalgia, but that I definitely have a Joint Hypermobility Disorder, and that there's definitely a big chance that I have hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. However, they won't do the testing for this, because it's a systemic collagen defect caused by a genetic mutation; therefore making it a connective tissue disorder and outside of their expertise.
However, after seeing my GP today, I'm feeling more optimistic. She does feel that I probably have hEDS and POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), but because she's only had one other EDS patient before, she sent an email to her close friend who is a rheumatologist and works at one of the public hospitals as a professor.
So the great news is that my primary care doctor and I are on the same page. I'm not a hyperchondriac, I'm not exaggerating, there's an actual issue in my body and both myself and my doctor think it's the same thing.
I go back to my doctor on Friday and hopefully by then she would have heard back from her friend.
In terms of how I've been feeling this week, my answer is less optimistic.
My right hip has been in severe pain since Saturday, and is having trouble staying completely within its socket. I bought a cane and tried it on Monday and Tuesday, but unfortunately, just as I'd thought might happen, it messed up my right shoulder, because my shoulders sublux and are in pain frequently too.
Today has also been a struggle. I've been tachycardic all day, and making my bed jumped my heart rate above 145BPM.
After going to the doctors, I'm back home now and laying in bed, hoping to fall asleep and nap soon.
I love my bed so much ❤️ PS. If anyone has a diagnosis of EDS, do you have any advice on the early stages of trying to get diagnosed?
Also, I'm getting a mobility scooter very soon and I think I'll get the Invacare Colibri, but if anyone has suggestions for small, portable scooters that aren't ridiculously expensive, I'd really appreciate it 😊
I love God's word. If you are suffering from a disease, ailment, sickness, whatever the case may be, read this passage!
I have been told I do not have enough faith because I couldn't pray my Fibromyalgia away. As a woman who LOVES Jesus, those comments have not sat well with me. I have seen God work miracle after miracle in my life and I have no doubt one day I will be fully freed from my health issues. After weeks of dwelling on the comments made, I put it behind me. I had actually forgotten about the comments that were made over a year ago until last night when I sat down for my nightly date with God.
Namaan had leprosy and he expected to be healed. I would even say he had faith the Lord would heal him of this horrible disease that separated himself from the life he wanted to live. He was confident in being restored. Elisha, a prophet, instructed Namaan to go wash himself seven times in the Jordan River. Basically, Namaan had to not ONLY have faith, but also be willing to put in the work to get his healing.
Too often we put God in the genie lamp and think instantaneously our wishes will be granted. This life is a beautiful journey filled with growth. God uses every part of our lives to craft our hearts. God doesn't say magic words and poof we are healed, sometimes there are lessons to be learned along the way.
About two years ago I prayed for God to use me in a big way. I was sure this would land me speaking engagements at conferences and churches where I could share my testimony with countless people, inspiring them to want to know Jesus more. Well, that didn't happen. Instead I have been gifted with Fibromyalgia. I know, I said gifted. Every good and perfect gift comes from above. While Fibromyalgia hurts worse than any pain I have endured, the beauty rests in me knowing how many people I have helped who have the same autoimmune disease.
Peace overcame my heart as I read this passage. God showed me my work that He has guided me to do is leading towards a full restoration. I have not lost faith, but gained strength and endurance while fighting this battle.
If you are suffering and have worked so hard towards healing, do not give up hope. 💙
It's 1 a.m. and while I'm completely a night owl, this girl is ready for bed!
2 secrets from my sleepy time routine... 1️⃣ I've been making my golden milk with finely grated fresh turmeric and ginger and enjoying them instead of straining them out. In the morning, I'll add a link to a piece I wrote about all the benefits of golden milk. For now, know that it's an Ayurvedic bedtime miracle.
2️⃣ I figured that since CBD is popping up in designer drinks that it might work here so I've been experimenting with my favorite CBD. For me, 3-4 pumps of CBD blend beautifully. The herbs and spices have a synergy that sends my body the signal that it's cool to relax, release, and rest.
I've been dealing with mysterious chronic illnesses for the last couple of years since my immune system crashed. After multiple visits to doctors telling me I was perfectly normal, I nearly collapsed in the emergency room barely breathing. I couldn't walk for days because my blood pressure was so low it was like I wasn't even alive. I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful support system and literally a village to turn me into a functioning human being, but I still have a long way to go to feel normal again. I'm coming to realize that this might be something I will be fighting off for a long time, but I am grateful to be alive. If you haven't seen the Netflix series "Afflicted", I highly recommend it. It's such an interesting glimpse at the lives of people suffering with chronic illnesses with no diagnoses or relief. We've come to a point in time where our environment is overburdened and our biology pushed to the limit. Which bring me to this first sketch - I will be producing a series of drawings around the symptoms, effects, medications, and journey of living with chronic conditions. #chronicillness#autoimmune#chronicdisease#chronicpain#histamineintolerance#adrenalfatigue#breathingproblems#ichooselife#toxicworld