Archive for October 2007

Great photos – polar bear playing with a sled dog

October 20, 2007

I got this link forwarded to me by a friend, it shows stunning photographs of a polar bear engaging in play with a sled dog. Stunning stuff, enjoy.

Click here for the video.

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Tower Testimonial

October 15, 2007

Our clinic director in Phoenix, John Cattermole, sent an email out to all the Egoscue therapists with a story about a client of his, and that client’s experience using the tower to do one of the Supine Groin stretches. I’m going to copy it below.

(and a side note, if you live in the great Southwest and are considering getting started with Egoscue, give our Phoenix clinic a call. The Cattermoles who own and run it are terrific therapists and even better people, you’ll love them).

We therapists joke about “doing groins” and just how powerful a thing it can be. Need a root canal? Do groins! Diabetes? Groins!

Now obviously, we’re being facetious there, but the supine groin ecises ARE amongst the most powerful in our library and rare is the client who would not benefit from some serious tower time. The testimonial below is a great example of just how powerful and deep-acting the benefits can be of restoring your postural integrity.

Enjoy:

Interesting event.
A client went through the 8 step.
Complaint was weakness in his leg.

I knew he he had a bypass surgery because of circulation but…
he never told me the MD had mentioned it was likely he was going to lose
the leg within the next year or so the leg because of circulation
problems.

This dude LOVED the tower; made his own that actually looks better than
ours. Does it everyday.

I talked to him Sunday…he told me he saw the MD who told him his
circulation in that leg has improved dramatically and his doc doesn’t know
what to make of it. The docs view is that there is no way stretching
exercises could make that kind of change. So the client just looks at me a
smiles and says he’s telling everyone he can about the Egoscue method.

I asked him for a testimony when he sends it I’ll pass it on.

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Great story about holding on to your dreams

October 4, 2007

Got this in from an email service I subscribe to. The point of the story is right on. Forge your dream and then hold on to it tightly.

For many of our clients, one of their dreams is regaining a functional and pain free body. But they have neighbors or parents or children or doctors telling them all the reasons why that’s unrealistic. “you’re too old/you’ve run too many miles/everyone has some pain”, whatever. These people are well meaning, they aren’t trying to hurt you but when they offer this kind of advice and discourage you from pursuing a body free from pain and limitation, they are not doing you any favors. Along my path of healing I had a number of people, usually physicians, tell me that after the accident I experienced it was unrealistic to expect to get much improvement out of my body. When I encountered such a person, I politely disagreed (and in some cases, not so politely) and promptly found someone else to work with (and was blessed to find some great physicians who did indeed believe I could improve). I refused to work with anyone who didn’t support my goals. If I had family or friends trying to dissuade me, I thanked them for caring about me and told them I couldn’t receive that kind of input and that if were to continue spending time together, they would have to stop giving me such ‘advice’.

Don’t just create a dream; protect it. Protect it as you would anything so immensely valuable. For indeed, it is.

KEEP YOUR DREAM
by Author Unknown
I have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch
in San Ysidro. He has let me use his house to put on
fund-raising events to raise money for youth at risk
programs.

The last time I was there he introduced me by saying, “I
want to tell you why I let Jack use my horse. It all goes
back to a story about a young man who was the son of an
itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable,
race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch,
training horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career
was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was
asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do
when he grew up.

“That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal
of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in
great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch,
showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and
the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a
4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream
ranch.

“He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the
next day he handed it in to his teacher. Two days later he
received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F
with a note that read, `See me after class.’

“The boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class
and asked, `Why did I receive an F?’

“The teacher said, `This is an unrealistic dream for a young
boy like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant
family. You have no resources. Owning a horse ranch requires
a lot of money. You have to buy the land. You have to pay
for the original breeding stock and later you’ll have to pay
large stud fees. There’s no way you could ever do it.’ Then
the teacher added, `If you will rewrite this paper with a
more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.’

“The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He
asked his father what he should do. His father said, `Look,
son, you have to make up your own mind on this. However, I
think it is a very important decision for you.’ “Finally,
after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same
paper, making no changes at all.

He stated, “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.”

Monty then turned to the assembled group and said, “I tell
you this story because you are sitting in my
4,000-square-foot house in the middle of my 200-acre horse
ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the
fireplace.” He added, “The best part of the story is that
two summers ago that same schoolteacher brought 30 kids to
camp out on my ranch for a week.” When the teacher was
leaving, he said, “Look, Monty, I can tell you this now.
When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stealer.
During those years I stole a lot of kids’ dreams.
Fortunately you had enough gumption not to give up on yours.”

“Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart, no
matter what.”

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