Archive for December 2009

What do YOU believe?

December 30, 2009

I had a client in my office late last week, very nice guy. He’s in his early 70s and is a nationally ranked tennis player and a member of the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame. His goal is to keep playing tennis at a high level for a long time. But he’s had a challenge, he was in for his 8th visit but he’s still never really committed, never really gotten after fixing his posture and diligently utilizing Egoscue as a tool to help him achieve his goals. He’d do his menu maybe every other day and then lament his lack of progress.

We’d consistently talked about the importance of consistency, how important it is to do menus every day to train your posture where it needs to go and he’d nod his head, then go home and not do it. So at this visit I asked him “what do you believe to be true about your body?” and we found that one of his core beliefs is that aging necessarily means one HAS to get weaker and less functional and have more pain. When I told him – again – that I don’t believe that to be true and that I believe he can be stronger and more functional and in less pain at 75 than he is at 74, he just shook his head in disbelief. “I just have a hard time believing that’s possible”, he said.

Well, that put things into crystal clear context. Of COURSE he wasn’t doing his menus every day, why would he? If I had work to do that deep down I believed would not produce my desired result, I wouldn’t do it, either. So we talked about beliefs, about what’s possible. I asked him “do you know anyone in their 60s or 70s who got stronger from one year to the next?”

Well, he did, actually. He had just been beaten by a player in a tournament who he regularly trounced. But this player committed to his game and improved to the point where he beat my client, to his surprise and dismay.

I asked my client “how do you think he did that?” We talked about the work that player had to put in, both on the technical side of his game but also on maintaining his body and my client started to nod. Then he said “and there’s my mother.” I asked him “what about your mother?”

well, she’s 97, still drives, swims several times a week, walks every day, gardens, lives alone and is in very good health. So I asked “well, what’s she like?” He responded that she’s enthusiastic, never feels sorry for herself, believes she should always be moving and that she likes to say she doesn’t have time to slow down. I LOVED that. I emphasized to my client to look at her beliefs. She didn’t have the belief that the passage of time meant her abilities had to diminish. And her results were living proof that it doesn’t have to be so.

I told him “look, I can give you another menu, but you don’t need another routine. What you need is to decide what you believe. Can you get better or are you stuck? I don’t believe you are stuck and I’m absolutely convinced you can get MUCH better than where you are now. But it doesn’t matter what I believe, it matters what YOU believe.”

so I encouraged him to go home and think about this, meditate upon it, pray about it. If he decides he can’t get better and it’s all downhill from here, then there’s no reason for him to come back and see me and I wish him all the best and I’ve enjoyed our time working together. If he decides to raise his standards and to believe he CAN get better, and is willing to commit to making that happen, then he absolutely needs to come back to see me.

I hope for his sake he makes a quality choice here, but it’s HIS choice to make, and to a very significant degree it’s going to define the physical quality of the rest of his life.

So I ask you as we head into a new year, what do YOU believe about your body? Are you stuck? Or can it get better? Can you be stronger and healthier by the end of 2010 than you are now at the end of 2009? I believe you can, but again, that doesn’t matter. If you believe things can get better, good for you! Now it’s time to create a plan and work that plan. If you’re already a client, call your therapist, communicate your goals and tell them you want them to help you map out a plan to achieve them and to tell you frankly the work required to do it. If you’re not a client, I invite you to call us so we can begin this discussion with you.

Let’s make 2010 the year you get your body back. Raise your standards, stop settling. That pain you’ve accepted for the last few months or years? You don’t have to live with that limitation. Believe it can get better and then let’s get to work to make that improvement a reality.

I wish all of you as happy, prosperous and healthy a new year as your beliefs and your work ethic will merit. And we look forward to joining you on the journey!

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How do we achieve peace?

December 22, 2009

A great quote from Lao Tzu. Many of us bemoan the state of the world and ignore our internal state. We want peace in the world but we don’t have peace within ourselves. This quote comments directly on that paradox. What are you doing TODAY to have more peace within your heart?

During this holiday season, where it’s common to wish “peace on Earth and good will to all”, I do indeed with this for us. I wish for each of us peace in our hearts that is so powerful, so compelling, that this peace then infects our homes, our communities, our nations and then the world. A lot of nasty things go viral. Fear, viruses, economic troubles. How about a change? It’s time for peace to go viral, to spread like a wildfire through dry brush.

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

— Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)

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How a Triathlete Used Egoscue to Compete Again

December 15, 2009

This article was published last month in the Marin Independent Journal, about a triathlete who used Egoscue to be able to compete again, and compete at an elite level. I love a couple different things about this article. First, obviously I simply love the fact that she used Egoscue to get better and stronger. But then in the middle of the article there is a little line that a lot of people might miss:

In April, Mueller won her age-group in Sonoma County’s Vineman Showdown sprint triathlon and took second at the Napa Valley Sprint Triathlon in May, confirming that the World Championships were within her reach. Later in May, however, a bike accident on Paradise Drive nearly ended her season.

“I landed on my head and my lower back came down right on the edge of the sidewalk,” she said.

Nursing a herniated disk certainly derailed Mueller’s training plan, but it also presented her with a unique opportunity to put her Egoscue methodology to the test. Despite the pain, Mueller was quickly back in action, winning her age-group at the Golden Gate Triathlon in June with a 5K run split (18:23), which was faster than her best stand-alone 5K time in college. Mueller went on to win her age-group at the Treasure Island Triathlon in July before heading to the Pacific Coast Triathlon in Newport Beach, the national qualifier for the World Championships.

This makes a GREAT point about Egoscue and how our bodies work. I’ve lost track of how many people I’ve spoken with who believe they hurt because they have a herniated disc, and that the reason they have the herniation was because of an accident. They give all their power to this accident and now feel powerless to do anything about it. So they don’t start working with us, they continue to hurt and life doesn’t get better and typically they’ll end up getting surgery which may or may not help with the pain.

Those who know my story know I had a severe accident. And several years later I had ruptured disc in my low back, but after a long talk with Pete Egoscue at my first visit to the San Diego clinic, I was convinced that the foundation of my pain and my ‘condition’ was my compromised posture and I set to work on bringing my posture back to balance. And guess what, it worked! And that’s exactly what Mueller did. She injured herself, but she just kept believing in the importance of working on her posture and what happened? The limitation from the herniated disc went away and she kicked some serious butt.

There’s a message here, folks. If you hurt, most of you have been told by some doctor or other “expert” why you hurt and that ‘why’ almost certainly related to the condition of your body. You have arthritis, or you have a disc problem, or stenosis, you’re ‘bone on bone’, and on and on and on. I cannot stress this strongly enough: don’t worry about the condition, and instead, focus on restoring your postural balance. If you do that, I promise you, life will get a LOT better. It happened for a world-class triathlete, and it WILL happen for you, too! You just have to decide to take action.

Here’s the article in its entirety, enjoy!

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Excellent article on raw vs cooked food

December 9, 2009

This is one of the best articles on nutrition, diet and the topics of cooked vs raw food that I’ve read in a long time. It’s from Jon Barron, one of the people in the ‘alternative’ health field whom I most respect. He takes a very science-based approach to his work, which I deeply appreciate.

I tell our clients that if you want to optimize your health, diet is a big piece of the puzzle. Most people eat WAY too much processed food and heavily cooked food and way too little raw vegetables, greens and fruits. This is a good article talking about the subject in a very sensible way.

Also, note his discussion of enzymes and probiotics towards the end of the article. I’ve encouraged clients to utilize those tools, as well.

Here’s the newsletter, enjoy:

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A nice way to support our troops

December 8, 2009

A client emailed this to me. I went to the site and went through the process and it works exactly as advertised. Took me maybe 2 minutes to complete, and that was typing my own message instead of using one of the options provided. If you’d like to add some holiday cheer to a soldier stationed overseas, this is a cool way to do it.

Here’s the message:


If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them.

This takes just 10 seconds and it’s a wonderful way to say thank you. Please take the time to pass it on for others to do. We can never say enough thank you’s.

Thanks for taking to time to support our military!

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Very cool (and short) video

December 3, 2009

a friend sent me this and I just thought it was really beautiful. We can see the magic in our world if we just slow it down. Maybe there’s a life lesson there, huh?

Anyway, check it out. Think you know what a drop of water dropping into water looks like? Think again.

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Exciting new research on cancer and vitamin D

December 2, 2009

I’ve posted before about how Vitamin D appears to be a VERY powerful nutrient and has strong disease-fighting properties, and how a lack of vitamin D in the bloodstream is correlated with a number of diseases. Here’s a new study indicating that several cancers can be massively reduced using vitamin D. And just as exciting, it implies there may be available a completely new screening model that may allow us to detect cancer FAR before it gets to the tumor-building stage.

Good stuff, the video is less than 6 minutes long.

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