Ginger Daniels Movement Specialist
Hello all and Happy Friday...
As I sit here listening to the rain outside I am thinking about something a client told me earlier today... that she just feels like she keeps falling backwards and that there is "no real improvement in her body." I reminded her that when we began working together nearly 6 months ago she could barely walk. Her feet hurt so badly that she could only perform about 3 repetitions of an exercise before her body would give out in complete and total exhaustion. She felt chronic pain and it affected the rest of her body: she could not sit straight, she was so twisted to one side. Her IT Bands were so tight and weak it also HURT her to sit which in turn, affected her piriformis. Her entire body was not only in poor shape, but she felt mentally helpless. However, one step at a time, over about the span of 3 months she gained not only strength, alignment and flexibility, but also a new confidence in herself that gave her a little extra kick in her step because she trusted me and herself enough to be PATIENT and work through it. I reminded her that not only does she not twist as much to her right side, but she also can perform 8 repetitions of an IT Band exercise now... a big step forward from 3 reps. Yes, some days are difficult and yes, she may still feel foot pain now and again, but she can walk, stand, sit and lie down much better than she did 6 months ago. She said, "but shouldn't I be using weight and performing at least 10 reps?" I replied, no. You should be doing exactly what you are doing. You should do exactly what is right for YOU and your body. You are EXACTLY where you are supposed to be because you are stronger and better than you were before. You will continue to progress even further if you can be kind and gentle to yourself. Patience... the most difficult thing to get a handle on for oneself, but when you practice it, it can work wonders.
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