Stopping Chronic Pain with Egoscue

Egoscue Trial – Day 1:

I did the Egoscue exercises Tim Ferriss recommended in his book The Four Hour Body as well as one specific to an my ankle injury I have had for eight months called Foot and Ankle Pain Exercises by  on YouTube.

Results:

Wonderful! They did tire me out a bit but I am out of shape. It felt great though. I feel stronger and more energetic and limber. I also got a mood boost: confidence and achievement.

Can’t wait to do them again today. Looking forward to learning more exercises too.

Reversing Injuries – The Methods

I am on the path to reversing injuries – both permanent and current. A topic I have been long been interested in. Recently I began reading about the work Tim Ferriss has done to rid himself of his past injuries – this has taken my interest to the next level. I have had an ankle injury since March 2012. It is now November 2012. That is too long. It affects way too much of my life to let it slide (well, any further. How have I let it go this long?!)

I have tried the following:

RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) – Although not for a very long period of time and not consistently. I did not see enough improvement to inspire carrying on with this method. Also, I am to impatient. And, I have stuff to do. like get my kid to school and play with him and run after him on his bike. Then there is the housework. (If only I could eliminate that one… perhaps I will. To be continued…)

Yoga – I think I may have furthered my injury because I really want to keep up with the class. I know I am supposed to be present with MY body and stay with my “edge”. Yoga is an incredible tool. I abuse it. So, after trying 2 classes I decided to stick with a home practice so that I can go at my own pace more easily. The only problem is that I don’t do it consistently. Far from it.

Positive Thinking / The Law of Attraction- I even watched The Secret. I loved that movie …except for some of the strong personalities that made me cringe a little and these weird dramatizations that seemed out of place. I looked passed that though and it was well worth it. I highly recommended. Or maybe the book version would be easier to take.

Everything is possible, nothing is impossible. There are no limits. Whatever you can dream of can be yours.

Some of it can come off as cheesy or unbelievable but I chose to look past what doesn’t appeal because there are many treasures to be found. Just take this inspiration from Bruce Lee:

Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.

• Acupuncuture - I went to see an acupuncturist across the street from my apartment before I moved from Oakland to Palo Alto and he did this amazing almost torturous massage (in a hurts-so-good sort of way) then he used needles. I felt impressively improved after that visit but I did not return for the other 6-8 visits that he said he thought I would need because of the out-of-pocket expense of $50 a visit (The initial visit was $60). (They did not take credit cards so I could not use my HSA account funds.) In hindsight, I should have just paid the money. What he did for me was true healing. I am still kicking myself for that. Now he is about a 50 minute drive away. I could go back to see him. But I will try my new MD Doctor who also does acupuncture in San Francisco (also a 50 minute drive) for now. The co-pay is $25.
These have all helped but not nearly enough. So…
What next?
  • Try out my MD Dr in SF for acupuncture
  • Watch and try out some Egoscue exercises/therapies.
  • Read the book sitting on my bookshelf on another posture correcting technique called the Gokhale Method by Esther Gokhale “8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back”. I went to their free workshop. It was wonderful! Between that and the free chapter of her book that I initially got improved my well being and my body awareness.
  • I really want to try ART (Active Release Techniques) - deals with healing connective tissue stuff that is the root of a lot of body issues. Check this out. Amazing stuff.
  • As well as Advanced Muscle-Integration Therapy (AMIT) - deals with healing connective tissue stuff that is the root of a lot of body issues. Check this out. Amazing stuff here too.

Here I go. On my healing quest. I will document it in my blog. So stay tuned to find out more and let me know if you have any thoughts or ideas.

Let the Bird Fly: Fail = Flight.

I am before my computer – figuring out what I am supposed to be doing. Living in fear. Trying not to fail. But this tactic has me spinning in circles and getting nowhere.

I am a mama. My little one is at gymnastics camp for four hours a day this week. That gives me a little time but, its an odd schedule. What do I do when I have time?

What is expected of me?

What do I want to do? DANCE, TEACH, YOGA, WRITE, SOCIAL GOOD. But how? Do people’s errands (ie. TaskRabbit), blog, post and promote myself, connect with people. There are lots of ways, actually.

Questions crop up in my head like:
Will these things make money? If I am going to do something worthwhile, something important then, that ought not be the focus. I will go by the “if you (passionately) build it they will come. Or, I will learn from what did not work and then build it again.
Will it be supportive of and accepted by my family? I still have a wee one. I have to care for him and consider him in everything I do. The most important think people can do for themselves and for one another is to first take care of themselves then, and only then, take care of others. Why? We are all role models for each other. Our happiness and power inspires people too.

So, what do people do when they struggle with an idea that keeps nagging at them? It goes something like this: I shouldn’t risk it. What if I fail. What will people say?

Scrap that. Because people need you to fail and to try again, and again, and again. That is how we learn. How we excel. Teach people how to do this and you are priceless.

Go fail. Failure brings us closer innovation and a pleasure in knowing we worked our asses off and did something, learned something, taught something to someone who deperately needed to learn how to go and fail in order to get somewhere.

If you don’t fail at LEAST once a day you’re not living up to your potential.

How can you reach out and learn something new, get somewhere closer to where you dearly want to be? How can you fail today?

On the Path to Becoming Indispensible

I am on my second listening to “Linchpin: Are You Indispensible” by Seth Godin. I started reading the ebook but could not find enough time to sit still to read it. So, I bought the audio version too. Money well spent. Because I finished! And am doing it all over again because there is more to learn. I am changed by my first listening. I expect to be changed even more and further along my own path to becoming a Linchpin. I am processing it and practicing living it and then falling back into fear then getting up and trying again. And I am loving it. Partly because I am loathing the status quo.

My main goals:

  • social good: to be a better member of society and an amazing mother and guide for my son.
  • enjoy rewarding work (this will actually feel like a gift!)

Being a Linchpin is challenging. But, the alternative is painful. I hate being what you may call a cog. I want to feel great about who I am and what I do. I want to tell the truth, point out new ways to go, and most importantly really enjoy my time, my life-time.

I wish someone could make it easy and tell me what to do. But that’s how I have been trained. Now, its time for me to try out new things, gain and follow my insights, learn from the process and to give gifts.

Does this sound like babble? If so, I either need to learn to explain myself better or, I guess you have to read the book. And, you get to make out of it what you want to. Anyone can do it. The only thing holding you back is that you have to choose to do it.

So, today, I have hidden behind avoidance of the work I want to, need to accomplish by:

  1. listening to the audio book longer than I felt was appropriate for me today.
  2. cleaning my house
  3. writing this blog post, even

Now, its time to get to work. I am about to change lives. Most importantly, my own. I hope to see you out there.

GO. Make something happen.  ~Seth Godin

Your “About” Page Really Needs an Update!

I just realized that my “about” page for for this blog was about 5 years out of date! Wow, that was a trip down memory lane… back when I was on bedrest for 10 weeks due to preterm labor while pregnant with Will.

He was only born “3 weeks and 1 day early”. He has been a very healthy little boy. Now Will in a Montessori preschool and growing so fast!

Here is an update to what’s “about” me these days:

Hi, I’m Christine. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I moved here from Portland, Oregon July 2005. I have since worked at the Apple Store (where I met my husband), a yoga studio, LululemonDeepRoot, and TaskRabbit. I also used to teach bellydance and perform with the troupe Gypsy Caravan of Portland, Oregon.

I am now in the process of re-inventing this blog and myself as my 3.5 year old son has just transitioned into (nearly) full-time preschool.

I’m hell-bent on becoming a linchpin, living the well, rasing an awesome child, and social good. I also dream about dance and how I will revive it both in sharing the knowledge and collaborating with other dancers (both in class and in performance).

What moves you?

Yours,

Christine

Contact:
email me at: christine [at] maternityshare.com

Failing to Fail Properly

Fail until you SUCCEED via http://fatfithealthy.tumblr.com/

I had to sweep the floor so that I could do yoga before I got started on my work. Then I had to check my email, my Facebook, and download Kickstarter gift from Beats Antique so I could have some sweet tunes to work to. But, actual my work is not getting done – and everyday this routine keeps repeating itself, the worse I feel.

Why am I stuck in a this cycle of avoidance? It SEEMS like I’m getting stuff done. But, that stuff is not what I need to get done first to show improvement in what I REALLY want to be doing.

My friend Almine posted a picture to Facebook today of a rock climber against a beautiful background so high up that only birds could (or so I would have thought) see that view. The caption was “Fail until you SUCCEED”. That image coupled with the spirit of Almine inspired me to post it on my own Facebook page so it would sit there as a reminder.

Okay, so, I know I am failing right now (because this blog post is not the work I am supposed to be doing), but, I don’t think that is what she meant by it.
In order to successfully fail I need to do my work. Put one foot in front of the other and JUST DO IT.

So, here I go. I am ending this post (which at least I can tally as writing practice) and moving on to the work I keep putting off: social media for an amazing new start up. I hope to be bold enough to post here about it here very soon.

Now, time to fail until I succeed.

Will, Framed by Paint the Moon

These wonderful frames are a free download as one of the many delights that come with Liking the Paint the Moon’s fun, friendly Facebook Page. I wanted to try them out and, loved them so much I had to write about them right away. (Ok, I should have photo edited my photographs before putting them in those lovely frames but I will just have to learn that part next!)

I found the Paint the Moon site (that offers Photoshop Actions and Textures) after I stumbled upon the wonderfully charming blog Dear Button by the multi-talented mama Annie Manning. Both sites are filled with eye candy and are vibrant communities that are pleasure to be a part of.

Please go check out these wonderful sites. Annie’s love of life, her family and, making the world an even more beautiful place is a gift for us all. Enjoy, and be inspired!

http://paintthemoon.net/

http://www.facebook.com/paintthemoonphotography

http://dearbutton.wordpress.com/

Evernote Improves Lives.

I have been working to streamline the information in my life and one of the ways I have been doing that is Evernote. I am offloading taxing information to my trusted friend:

Ah Evernote. Cross-platform, pictures, cool organizational features, and SEARCHABLE! I use it on my phone, computer, and iPad (anywhere I have internet access – or not – because you can use it OFFLINE too.

It has fast become a friend. And, a crutch. I realized that when I reached my capacity for my free account and ran into problems with workflow and sharing in the last two weeks. So, after a few days of denial, I broke down and went PREMIUM! $45 a year (you also have the option to go for the $5 a month plan if you just want to dip your toe in ;)

I will keep you up to date on how it goes. But, I am excited. Now I have lots of even cooler features available to me.

Some of my favorite features from that you can acces via the FREE version:

  • use smartphone to take pics of stuff (invoices, flyers for a show, sign up sheet at school to share with papa, etc, etc, etc!) LOVE THIS FEATURE!
  • create notebooks to file your stuff in (ex: receipts, journal, school info, health benefits card, and MORE MORE MORE!)
  • file sharing. Ooo-lala, not only can you keep info for yourself, you can share it with anyone you want to. Or, keep it private. Up to you.
  • search: search your files for your stuff by using keywords
  • clip articles and/or pics from the web (I store them in my “Read Later” file which is handy when waiting in lines.)
My upcoming adventures in the land of Evernote are as told to me by my confirmation email from the Evernote team:

WHAT MAKES EVERNOTE PREMIUM GREAT:

  • Your monthly upload allowance has been raised to 1GB
  • Your maximum single note size is now 50MB
  • You can access previous copies of your notes
  • For Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users, access your notebooks offline
  • We’ll make your scanned PDFs searchable
  • You can send up to 250 emails to your Evernote account per day
  • Any images you send into Evernote will be given priority treatment by our recognition servers
  • You will now receive premium support

I will report back on my experience.

In the meantime, check out some other great tips and resources on using Evernote by these smart mamas:

Aimee Giese, who is an entrepreneur, graphic designer, web developer,
and lifestyle blogger wrote a blog post for the Evernote blog: 6 Ways Lifestyle Blogger and Working Mother Aimee Giese of Greeblemonkey Uses Evernote, says “I love technology, but I’m slow to change.” But you wouldn’t know it reading her list of inspired uses for Evernote. 

Orange Marmalade Mama had lots of thoughtful and practical uses. She included video and tutorials too.