How I beat Back Pain with Pilates: Week 11

Monday 

Can finally handstand again! The left wrist is feeling much better. My handstands feel stronger already. Went for a slackline session on Sunday, the first in many weeks now that my ribs have healed as well. Was surprised to find how much easier the Chongo mount is now I have been working on my flexibility at home. Positive stuff!

The “Chongo” Mount

Continue reading

How I beat Back Pain with Pilates: Week 8

Lessons learnt so far..

Collage of several of Gray's muscle pictures, ...

I’m about half-way through my back rehabilitation journey and I wanted to share what I’ve found to be useful lessons for decreasing my back pain..

Continue reading

How I beat Back Pain with Pilates: Week 6

December 2011 – I think I love Pilates for the reason that it is so strict. You either get it, or you don’t, which is what I need right now for my back to get better – perfect form. Flow yoga is so free, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, I think it can be a little unnerving, especially with a sports injury. I like playing around with it on my own, because I know my limits and can adjust myself accordingly. I have enjoyed learning the flow yoga, but ‘flowing on my own’ is my preferred choice now. I have one more class with my teacher before Christmas, and will continue to practice what I’ve learnt on my own, but for the New Year, I think I will just remain with Pilates.

Continue reading

How I beat Back Pain with Pilates: Week 5

I have decided that I want to do Pilates h/w in the mornings, and formal stretching after my bath in the evening. Having a hot bath is my cheat-way of warming my muscles before I stretch!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx3tokFuWTQ&w=420&h=315]

Continue reading

How I beat Back Pain with Pilates: Week 4

Monday

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WisGv2ZdFVE&w=420&h=315]

Class today was great. Difficult, however, as I had to battle through a bruised rib which sucked. But I made no excuses.
Continue reading