Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! - On Determination, Process, Progress and Meeting My Threshold
Before I partnered with Jeffrey Spratt,MT, pioneer of the life saving Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy and creator of Spratt Muscular Therapies, I felt defeated on some level. While I was working so very hard and was determined to move beyond my past, I was tethered to the conditioning of my past.
After my first treatment with Jeffrey he looked deep into my eyes and said, "I want you to run unencumbered." I had been writing poems about running unencumbered and free and asking how would I ever reclaim my life?!
I have the Bermuda Half Marathon and the Hyannis 10K in the books, running those races despite warnings from the medical community in December 2014 that I should not run again, that I would need a total knee replacement in a few years and maybe if I did run (which they knew I was going to do anyway) I should not do anything more than a 5 mile race.
First I found my way to healer, chiropractor Dr. Ryan J. Means who reminded me that I AM the Placebo and turned me onto the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza and teachers from What the bleep do we know...
Within a month after working with and meeting Dr. Ryan I found my way to Jeffrey!
Jeffrey reminded me that this is my off season and a time to build strength and cross train. Last week I worked out on the Arc Trainer for 30 minutes and spent 30 minutes on the bike.
Given my body's response to that workout, I realized that I'd gone over my threshold...but...
This week I decided to do 20 minutes on the Arc Trainer with maintaining higher settings and did about 35 minutes on the bike. I am tracking my settings and being extremely mindful of going right up to my threshold and not going over it. I feel challenged, sore and strong but not over the top uncomfortable after this week's workout. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the pool this week doing two laps each of the four strokes of the distance medley and doing a repeat along with laps with kickboard, noodle, jogging in the pool, side steps, lunges and strength training in the pool. It's incredible to feel the progress in my strength and my endurance finding both ease and joy and the challenge!
Several weeks ago, Jeffrey was showing me a way to get a deeper calf stretch that I could share on our website blog. When I tried to do the stretch with knee bent on my left leg I could only feel the stretch in my hip and could barely bend my knee. Jeffrey tried to help me propriocept my calf and as he cued me with his hand he said, "Is this the polio..." and interrupted himself mid sentence and asked, "Is this the factory new left leg?"
I've been working on this stretch using mirror neurons as a cue from my right leg. What excitement I felt this morning when I was able to bend my left knee and experience the calf stretch.
I am totally in love with this process of healing now. There is moving forward and progress and sometimes I meet my threshold and then have to back off a little to find the balance between feeling challenged but not risking injury or too much discomfort.
I feel the determination and the fire in my soul to go the distance. I know that partnering with Jeffrey I can now at last reclaim advantage and reclaim life and am so blessed that the Universe has delivered to me all the resources I need to heal from the effects of paralytic polio and violence.
To your health and wellness!