Archive for February 2011

Do you think you’re “too old”?

February 27, 2011

I’ll admit it, here’s one thing that drives me nuts: when someone says “yeah, but I’m __ years old, it’s too late for me.”

ugh.

The human body NEVER stops regenerating, it never loses its capability to be strong and vibrant and vital. If you are currently telling yourself this story that you’re “too old” (and I’ve heard that from people in their 50s on up), and if you WANT to hold on to this excuse, then stop reading right now.

But if you’d like to see an alternative, then I’d like to introduce you to Bob Keller

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You can read more about this 77-year old triathlete here.

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Thought you might enjoy reading this

February 26, 2011

I use a cool tool called “Google Alerts” to see who is talking about Egoscue in the online world. I get to meet some great people that way, learn new information, and kind of keep my finger on the pulse of what people are saying about what we do. I stumbled upon an online forum dedicated to people with “Myofascial Pain Syndrome”. These are great folks who have been through a lot and have pain that can range from mild to profoundly debilitating. Most are like I was back before I started as a client, they’ve tried a lot of things and are still struggling. Someone brought up Egoscue, wondering if that might help, and my google alert picked up on that post and that’s how I found these folks. When I come across something like that, I’ll often go post on that message board and simply offer to answer any questions they have about Egoscue. My goal is never to sell, but to simply serve. If people are discussing Egoscue, I just want them to have sound information. They can then use that to make the decisions they deem best for their own situation.

So I shared some info with them, got some good questions back, and just responded and as I finished my last post I thought some of you may benefit from reading it here. So I’m copying it below:

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I’m not sure I had the same body experiences of most of the folks here, but I had my own unique challenges. If you’d like to read my story, you can do so here:
https://egoscueaustin.wordpress.com/2007/04/08/my-story/

If I can come back from that, much is possible.

From the time of my accident to the time I found Egoscue and finally started to get my body back, it was over 6 years. That was a very lonely and frustrating 6 years. I felt like I was wandering in the wilderness with a bunch of people trying to sell me that their supplement or their therapy was the golden ticket. Most of them were genuinely caring practitioners, some were mercenary, but trying to separate wheat from chaff was enough to make one scream. So it was a VERY expensive process of trial and error, finding what didn’t work, seeing what helped, continually trying to move forward.

I know I would’ve appreciated the ability to interact in an open and honest way with therapists from various modalities, so I try to do that when I see the opportunities. It’s touchy, because I never want to come off as trying to promote Egoscue or “sell” anyone on what we do. I genuinely just want to be of service and provide whatever information a given individual or group may desire. What they do with it is up to them.

One core message for all of you: never stop believing in your body’s ability to heal. Some days that’s easier than others, I know that. Despite the pain, despite the confusion, know this: YOU ARE NOT BROKEN! You are whole and complete just the way you are with an ability to heal, to reach that which you desire to create for yourself. Keep holding onto that vision.

And if you can’t clearly see in your mind’s eye the physical reality you want to create, I would strongly encourage you to spend some time daily cultivating that vision. It’s fine to have a negatively-based goal, something you want to move away from (“I don’t want to hurt anymore”), but that has limited power to effect change, both physically and behaviorally. I’d encourage you all to ensure you have very vivid and well defined positively-based goals (and I like to structure them in the present tense), things like “I am walking 3 miles a day without any pain”, “I am back working full time in a job I love where I can be of service to others”, “I am now working out as hard and often as I desire and I feel great”, or whatever moves YOU. Make the goals lofty enough they stir your spirit, but grounded enough you can believe they can happen for you. For some people, perhaps that’s “I can cook dinner for myself and my family with no pain, and still have energy to have family time afterwards.” Whatever it is. But make it VIVID and play that movie in your mind every day. A great book along these lines is Psycho-Cybernetics, and I love the recent revised edition. Just a classic that can benefit all of us in productively using the powers of our imagination to create change.

man, I don’t know where all that came from, just kinda came out spontaneously. Sorry for rambling so. I gotta trust someone here was meant to hear that, I hope it’s of value to somebody.

Also, I wrote a blog post titled “How Egoscue Works” that was intended to introduce people to our thought process, how we assess a client. Some of you may find that helpful, you can read it here:

https://egoscueaustin.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/how-egoscue-works/
Final note, if someone would like to talk with a licensed Egoscue therapist but you don’t live anywhere near one of our clinics, we also do therapy by Skype. We introduced it a few years back and I was skeptical it could be effective, but I was wrong. Our skype clients do beautifully, and it allows people to get help regardless of where they live. All you need is an Internet connection and a webcam (and the free skype software). Every clinic does this therapy. So if you have more specific questions or are contemplating utilizing our approach at some level (whether it’s working from a book or getting personalized help), I’d suggest contacting the clinic closest to you geographically and then asking if you could do a free consult via skype with them so you can outline your issues, goals and concerns. Every clinic would be happy to do that at no charge.
all the best.

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The importance of assymetries

February 18, 2011

This is a great post by John Elder, our clinic director in Nashville. He talks about listening to the head trainer for a major league baseball club, and what the trainer said was literally astounding. John was very gracious in his post and referred to the comments in a very diplomatic way. Let me be more direct:

the trainer is an idiot, and he’s hurting the people he trains.

Want to know what the trainer said and what Egoscue thinks about that? Read John’s post here:

http://egoscuenashville.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/the-importance-of-asymmetries/

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Want more efficient muscles? Eat your spinach!

February 13, 2011

Many of our clients know how much I recommend green smoothies. For those not ‘in the know’, you need a high speed blender like a VitaMix or a BlendTec (my preference). Then you throw a bunch of good stuff in there and blend it up. My latest one has fistfuls of spinach, kale, celery, broccoli sprouts, along with a banana, an apple, and about half a cup each of frozen blueberries, cherries and raspberries. I blend it all up until smooth and then put it into a gallon jug and fill with water until I get the right consistency, about 2/3 of a gallon. Then my family and I drink it up over the course of a few days. It’s a great way to get your fruits and vegetables. One 8-ounce glass probably has about 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables in it, and it tastes great!

if you want to learn more about green smoothies, I recommend the book Green for Life, by Victoria Boutenko.

She talks about greens being the most nutritious foods on the planet and here’s an article with research about how chemical compounds within leafy greens help our muscles work more efficiently:

Want More Efficient Muscles? Eat Your Spinach

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Egoscue is coming to Houston!

February 7, 2011

The above title is true in both a modest way and a BIG way.

First, Stefani and I will be doing a travel clinic there this coming week and we still have just a few openings left. If you’re in Houston and would like to see us, or know of anyone there who would like to become pain free, have them call us today at 512-527-0030. We’ll be there Wednesday through Friday, 2/9/11 – 2/11/11. We do it at the Courtyard by Marriott Brookhollow, basically at the corner of 610 and TC Jester, on the NW side of Houston.

But the bigger news is Houston is getting a permanent licensed clinic! Our good friend Kristina McDaniel has finally gotten everything lined up and it is now no longer a question of ‘if’, but ‘when’. She is shooting to have her clinic open by the end of March or the beginning of April. Spring – and Egoscue – will both soon be in the air in Houston town!

Kristina is going to do a terrific job and we are all completely confident that she’ll take great care of the clients we’ve been seeing down there over the years. Her clinic’s address will be: 601 Sawyer St., Suite 105, Houston TX 77007.

We will pass along more info as opening day approaches, but this is great news for a city that has long deserved a clinic of its own. Houston has great folks who have done a terrific job of supporting Egoscue over the years and we’re thrilled to see a second Texas clinic finally opening.

And in the meantime, if you live in or near Houston and want some help, come see us this week at the travel clinic there, or come to Austin, or we’d love to meet you over Skype. We have clients all over the world with whom we work by webcam and it’s a terrific way to do therapy!

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This looks terrific!

February 7, 2011

ok, this looks freaking awesome. I’ve often thought “I wish
I could put health expert Y and health expert Z in a room
together and let them debate”, where the former is a raw
foodist and the latter believes some meat and dairy is necessary
for optimal health.

Well, these guys are doing it:

http://www.renegadehealth.com/ghd/event2.html

starts tonight. You can access each call for 24 hours for
free, or you can pay $50 and get permanent and downloadable
access to the content. I’m really excited about it, some
heavy hitters on all sides of the nutritional fence are
going to be not just lecturing, but actually debating each
other. Very, very cool.

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