Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! The joy of a gym rat!
On the Wave Health and Fitness Cruise last week, as Jeffrey Spratt,MT Owner and Principal of Spratt Muscular Therapies was introducing me as his personal assistant and Communications and PR Director, people were commenting that they thought they'd seen me around. "She's a gym rat," was Jeffrey's reply.
A gym rat -- me a gym rat. Growing up gym class was nothing short of torture for me as a survivor of paralytic polio. I was known as "Easy Out Alper" (my maiden name). There are so many stories of humiliation and embarrassment not only from my peers but from my two gym teachers as well.
My body did not stand a chance to heal and recover because shortly after coming out of my leg brace my father repeatedly raped me and after adolescence the sexual assault turned to beatings. It's no wonder I dissociated mind from body. It was a wonderful survival mechanism to get through the horror but I paid a terrible price. By age 53 my mind, body and soul were crying out for healing. I was diagnosed with post polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease. I realized that I needed to make some serious changes in my life and set out on a quest to heal my life.
The road to recovery had been slow and winding...that is until I partnered with Jeffrey in April of 2015. He pioneered the life saving Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy that has been the game changer for me in my health and wellness journey.
Every week I experience momentum, strength and healing. So many people bemoan the fact that they have to go the gym...me I find it to be an amazing opportunity to experience the beauty and power of my body.
Today I worked out on the Arc Trainer and the Bike. I could feel the heat build in my body and sweat began to pour off of me. From feeling so disconnected from my body to feeling afraid to work my body to now being able to push my limits in a workout is absolutely exhilarating.
I was so exhilarated that I had to take a selfie and post it on Facebook saying, "Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! This gym rat is getting her sweat on. #eyeofthetiger:
Who would have ever thought that I would be a gym rat sweating with the best of them? Well here I am reclaiming my advantage and reclaiming my life from the thieves who tried to steal it all away from me healing the effects of paralytic polio and trauma through the power of positive touch.
To your health and wellness!