Archive for March 2011

She’s using Egoscue to help travel the world!

March 30, 2011

My wife Theresa has a client who is absolutely one of the coolest, sweetest women you will ever meet. And she’s doing something that just amazes me. She sold a successful business, sold her home, gave her car away, gave a bunch of other stuff away, and rented a small apartment to stash her stuff and then embarked on a 2-3 year ‘around the world’ trip by herself! She’s going to be exploring some really fantastic places. For example, she has a list of the top ten diving spots in the world and one of her goals for this trip is to visit each one of them.

She works with my wife Theresa via Skype about once a month, calling up from wherever she happens to be. Theresa saw her today and she sent out this email after the visit. She periodically sends out emails to her friends and family to update them on how her trip is going, and this was today’s update. Enjoy!


So there I was going along just fine and then I woke up with my right hip KILLING me. Seriously I felt as if I needed a walker.

It was getting depressing since I’m here in Paris – the land of walking – and the Parissiennes do it in HIGH heels while laughing and smoking and who knows what else..

So I called my trusted Egoscue therapist, Theresa, from the Austin Egoscue Center.

She put me on skype and told me to let her see me standing so she could see my knees, and sure enough my right knee was TOTALLY out of alignment – probably from carrying this heavy bag without wheels. And she gave me a new set of exercises – just like that. No wonder my hip was hurting. It was heading east and my knee was heading west.

The ONLY way that I can travel abroad is with my trusty Egoscue therapist, Theresa Mathes, there in Austin, ready to jump in and show me how to straighten myself out now and then.

That’s what so great about egoscue – I can HELP MYSELF – without drugs or devices. It’s SOOO empowering.

I TRULY believe than an investment in one’s alignment is an investment in one’s mobility. It’s all I can do not to jump on my soapbox when I see all these folks SUFFERING with walkers and canes and wheelchairs – barely shuffling along – if that.

If you have aches and pains in your shoulders, knees, feet, arms, legs, hips, back, or neck, PLEASE consider going to a local Egoscue center at

Yours in easy mobility

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Jack Nicklaus talks Egoscue!

March 28, 2011

The Egoscue Foundation recently organized a very cool fundraising campaign out at the Honda Classic golf tournament in Florida recently, and Jack Nicklaus stopped by for a chat with the Egoscue folks who were there. It’s always great to see Jack. Egoscue has done a lot for him, and in turn, he’s been very generous in telling people about us and we are grateful for that.

if you’d like to here from the man in his own words, check out this post from our Portland clinic’s blog:

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He’s a happy husband!

March 25, 2011

It’s always great when you see someone you love, who has been in pain for a number of months or years, finally get relief and improvement.

Like this couple! The wife worked with our Orange County clinic and did so well the husband tried a few of the ecises on his own and helped some of his own physical issues. Way to go, guys!

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Want a look inside an Egoscue appointment? Here you go!

March 24, 2011

Great stuff check it out:

A lot of people wonder what an Egoscue appointment is like. This is a great look “behind the curtain” to see what happens at a client’s visit.

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GREAT testimonial! Have you ever been discouraged along the path of healing? You’ll enjoy this.

March 22, 2011

This was forwarded from our clinic in Chicago. I really love this testimonial because it speaks to what many clients actually do experience in their healing journey. We all wish progress was fast and sure, but it’s often a road that less resembles and smooth path and more a roller coaster. It’s easy to get wildly encouraged by the ups, and also wildly discouraged by the downs. What I encourage clients to keep in mind is that the body ALWAYS regenerates and heals if given the proper stimulus. I applaud this client for staying persistent and doing what it took to get healthy and strong again, even on the days when she felt fear more than anything else. Remember, courage is not the absence of fear, but doing what you know you should be doing it in SPITE of being fearful. This client showed a lot of courage and I thank him or her for sharing their story. Here it is:


When I found the book, “Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain” by Pete Egoscue, I was suffering from chronic sciatic pain in my right leg as a result of a 5 mm bulge/ruptured disc in L4 and a 2mm bulge in L5. My pain level on a regular basis was anywhere from 6-10 and I couldn’t stand, sit or lay down without its constant company. At this point, my body’s functionality was limited to a very small box of about 8 – 10 inches in any direction from my waist in a vigilant attempt to not cause pain. I was taking anti-inflammatory drugs every 4-6 hours just to take the edge off, icing 3 times a day and minimizing movement as much as possible. If I bent my arms or my legs any more than 90 degrees, within minutes I would experience numbness.

I devoured the book and the Egoscue method resonated with every fiber of my being. So, I immediately took action. I began working with Brandon out of the Chicago office in mid-July of 2010.

As I progressed through the first few weeks of my menu, I noted that I generally felt better after completing the session. As I went into the 3rd to 5th weeks, I started experiencing an increase in the sciatic pain and new pains surfaced. Now, this was counterintuitive to me. In my mind, if I was working very hard every day doing these e-cises, shouldn’t I be feeling less and less pain? But, I got worse and it was very discouraging. It was time for a pep talk from Brandon.

Much to my surprise, he actually said what I was experiencing was a good thing and the amount of change told him that we were on the right track. Of course I thought he was crazy! He encouraged me with a quote from Pete Egoscue – “the road to being pain free is not always pain less.” He also gave me an article that discussed the impact of the “healing reaction” which basically tells us that as we heal we will go back through a period of pain. As difficult as this was to accept, I decided to pull up my boot straps and forge onward.

The Roller Coaster
The next 6 weeks were a roller coaster of pain to discomfort to relief and back again. After I had been working on a new menu for about a week or a week and a half, I would notice a decrease in symptoms and movement limitations would improve. Then, with the introduction of a new menu, the pain, discomfort and limitation cycle would start all over again.

However, I began to recognize that the e-cises that caused the most difficulty and pain started getting easier over time. That never seemed possible when I started them. I would say to myself regularly, “Right, like I am going to ever be able to do this!” But, I found that focusing on those small “wins” or glimmers of hope kept me pushing through each day. Deep down I still wasn’t convinced that it made sense that I would need to go through this pain cycle to heal. And, why was it taking so long!

I sought out Brandon on and off for a pep talk to encourage me and remind me that this was to be expected. I could see the changes in my body that the pictures were

1Egoscue Program Testimonial
revealing, so it seemed as if progress was being made. Near the end of this period, I had backed off on the need to use anti-inflammatory drugs to manage pain regularly. And, my body was moving a little more freely outside of the box I had started my journey in. Although, I was still in the grip of the fear of pain so I maintained strict limits. During this time, I had added taking an easy walk most days for 30 minutes and the Tower 1-2 times per week.

The Road Block
Unfortunately, around the 11th week of my program, my pain had decreased enough that my awareness about being careful left me for a brief moment. I moved in such an odd and twisting way that my bulging disc hit my sciatic nerve. This caused 1,000 times the pain I had ever experienced previously. It sent my body into spasms for at least 15 minutes. I went to the ground and stayed there for about 5 days and slowly became functional over the next 7. I had to seek medical attention, pain killers and muscle relaxants to manage through the awful event. A new symptom appeared – slight numbness in my right leg.

The first business day after this happened, I immediately contacted Brandon. Even though I was in excruciating pain, my first thought was that I could not miss doing my e-cises! I knew the worse thing for me was to remain motionless, but I wasn’t capable of doing my current menu. I was given what I called “My Healing Menu” of e-cises and continued doing those once a day as best I could after I injured myself.

This was a huge set back mentally and emotionally after all the work that I had done. I questioned how this could have happened when I had been working so hard and was getting stronger. An MRI revealed the L4 rupture/bulge was now increased to 6mm. I worried that I had lost all that had been gained. I considered and scheduled a discectomy only to cancel it after a long talk with Brandon. Thank goodness I listened to his counsel.

Within 2 weeks, I was already able to go back to the very first menu prescribed for me. I would find that I still had muscle memory and I recovered much more quickly than I thought I ever would.

After 6 weeks of working slowly back through the pain and discomfort of previous menu’s until I was comfortable again, I was ready for a new evaluation and menu to begin challenging my body once again. At this point, it was mid-December 2010, 5 months since I began my Egoscue program (with that huge road block in between). My focus up to this point had been on how the pain would change every moment of every day and more specifically while I was doing my e-cises.
Through that cloud, I wasn’t able to see the big picture – what amazing things were really happening to my body overall.
The Rainbow
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Around the first part of 2011 (just 2 weeks later), I wrote this in my status report email:
“I have this sense that I have been climbing this mountain, reached the summit and I am now progressing down the other side. It has been a kind of an awakening in my body. In the past I have been so focused on the pain and what was causing it and how it was changing. Now, as I do these exercises the pain is dwindled to nothing mostly. So, what I started realizing this past week is how I am able to twist my torso more and when I bend down and reach, it is with much more range and functionality. I must admit I have been afraid to twist and bend much over the past months in fear of hitting the sciatic nerve. But, there is some new confidence in my body that it says it is ok to do a bit more and not be so afraid.”

I am writing this testimonial just over 7 months since I started my Egoscue program. Today, I have no sciatic pain no matter how I move or twist my body. I can touch my toes! I can walk as fast as I want again while I am exercising. I have recently added running to my workout because my body told me it wanted more. When I bend my arms and legs more than 90 degrees, I can maintain that position for a normal amount of time without experiencing numbness. The numbness in my right leg is very minor. Needless to say, I no longer rely on anti-inflammatory drugs.

It is so amazing now to look back and remember how difficult it was day to day in comparison to how I feel today. I can hardly recognize that body that was in so much pain and could barely move. But with Brandon’s continued encouragement, my deep down belief that this was the right path, and a lot of hard work, the investment has paid off in spades.*

I recognize that this is a life-long commitment to daily e-cises to stay strong and pain free. But, I no longer question how the benefits outweigh the cost a thousand fold. I am not done yet as I am not 100% functional. Not having pain is not enough for me. I want the fully functional and healthy body that lives within this amazing machine. And, I will get it with the Egoscue method.

I have no doubt it is within reach for me and anyone who commits to it no matter how the pain ebbs and flows and how slow the progress may feel at times. This process is like seeing the rainbow appear at the end of an intense storm.

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Some great information on becoming a better learner

March 18, 2011

I’ve posted before some of the material I get from Learning Strategies Corporation. I’m a big fan of their work. They just sent an email out to their customers giving away a free 1-hour presentation from their president, Paul Scheele, discussing strategies for becoming a more effective learner. It’s an audio MP3 so you can download it and listen to it whenever. I’m copying their email below so you can see what it promises to provide and get the link to download the audio file.

Enjoy, and happy learning!


Free one-hour audio session with Paul Scheele to take your training/teaching/presentation skills to higher levels

Hello Rick,

To be an effective teacher, better communicator, and ideal learner, you need to understand how the brain learns and retains information.

In a special one-hour session that you can download right now at no charge, Paul Scheele will discuss this and other key principles of Accelerated Learning.

The ideal cycle of learning

The three key attitudes and nine behaviors that will ensure you learn anything you choose

Clear approaches to engage your natural brilliance when your brain feels like it’s ready to switch off

The only true role of a teacher

The best way to participate as a learner

Paul Scheele knows how to maximize the power of the mind. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities in brain-friendly, accelerated learning. That’s how he was able to develop PhotoReading at 25,000 words a minute.

Paul masterfully knows how to communicate with the inner, super-powerful genius mind, which is evidenced by the amazing Paraliminal sessions as well as the Natural Brilliance and Genius Code courses.

Your brain is a natural accelerated learning device

“The combination of your body/mind/brain makes you the perfect learning organism. Your ability to acquire and creatively use information is unlimited,” says Paul.
“But for most people traditional educational methods confuse our tremendous personal resources. It more or less turns us into slow, plodding, and disoriented learners.”

Paul knows how to turn everyone into remarkable, naturally brilliant learners. He’ll even tell you how in the one-hour conversation on accelerated learning that you can download today at no charge:

How can you accelerate learning?

“Many people confuse accelerative learning with ‘curriculum compression’ and ‘rapid delivery.’ In fact, the techniques to accelerate learning help you reclaim the natural capabilities of your body/mind/brain and put you in the position to learn anything you set your intentions upon.”

Paul and his colleagues have taught this breakthrough learning approach to over 1500 college instructors as well as teachers and trainers all over the world including the US Air Force.

The information Paul shares with you is invaluable if you are a teacher, trainer, presenter, or even a student. We are pleased to make this information-packed and immediately-useful session available to you at no charge. Absolutely free.

You may download it right now here:

And, yes, please forward this email to others.

Best regards,

Pete Bissonette

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A beautiful letter from Sendai

March 17, 2011

As we watch the horror of what’s happening in Japan, and as we lift our brothers and sisters there up in prayer and as we send our love and healing energy and intention to them, it’s great to read something like what I’m about to paste below. A friend forwarded it to me, a letter from a woman in Sendai. It’s a great testament to the fact that we can find beauty and blessing even in the midst of the most trying circumstances.


A letter from Sendai

ANNE THOMAS 3/14/2011

from Ode magazine

Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is even more worthy of that name, I am now staying at a friend’s home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.

During the day we help each other clean up the mess in our homes. People sit in their cars, looking at news on their navigation screens, or line up to get drinking water when a source is open. If someone has water running in their home, they put out a sign so people can come to fill up their jugs and buckets.

It’s utterly amazingly that where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in lines. People leave their front door open, as it is safer when an earthquake strikes. People keep saying, “Oh, this is how it used to be in the old days when everyone helped one another.”

Quakes keep coming. Last night they struck about every 15 minutes. Sirens are constant and helicopters pass overhead often.

We got water for a few hours in our homes last night, and now it is for half a day. Electricity came on this afternoon. Gas has not yet come on. But all of this is by area. Some people have these things, others do not. No one has washed for several days. We feel grubby, but there are so much more important concerns than that for us now. I love this peeling away of non-essentials. Living fully on the level of instinct, of intuition, of caring, of what is needed for survival, not just of me, but of the entire group.

There are strange parallel universes happening. Houses a mess in some places, yet then a house with futons or laundry out drying in the sun.
People lining up for water and food, and yet a few people out walking their dogs. All happening at the same time.

Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No cars.
No one out on the streets. And the heavens at night are scattered with stars. I usually can see about two, but now the whole sky is filled. The mountains are Sendai are solid and with the crisp air we can see them silhouetted against the sky magnificently.

And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, and I find food and water left in my entranceway. I have no idea from whom, but it is there. Old men in green hats go from door to door checking to see if everyone is OK. People talk to complete strangers asking if they need help. I see no signs of fear. Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, no.

They tell us we can expect aftershocks, and even other major quakes, for another month or more. And we are getting constant tremors, rolls, shaking, rumbling. I am blessed in that I live in a part of Sendai that is a bit elevated, a bit more solid than other parts. So, so far this area is better off than others. Last night my friend’s husband came in from the country, bringing food and water. Blessed again.

Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed an enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don’t. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.

Thank you again for your care and Love of me,

With Love in return, to you all,


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