The Humpty Dumpty Challenge Session #7: Working through Another Setback

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

November 15th, 2009 • The Humpty Dumpty ChallengePrint Print

icepackSo there I was sitting down, icing my thigh/groin area, when Nina came to get me for my session. I told her what happened. And this is why she rules: Her response was totally matter of fact. First, she asked me to rate my pain in that area. Next, she asked me to walk back and forth, so she could see what was going on.

When we got upstairs for our session (via elevator, because of the pain), we bypassed the elliptical trainer that we usually start off with. The woman completely revamped our workout session on the spot, given the change in circumstances.

elevatorAre you taking notes, health care people?

So the first thing she does is bring me a big fat ball and asks me to sit on it. I start off doing crunches, going backwards and up. Next, she takes the green band (eat me, yellow — I’m still on green, even in a setback!) and wraps it around her waist.

Usually we wrap the green band around a machine, and I do my arm pulls standing, working against the resistance of the band against the machine. But impromptu style, Nina turned herself into a human workout machine, so that I could stay comfortably on the ball and do the exercise sitting. “I’m keeping you on the ball, so that you don’t put pressure on the area in pain,” she explained.

exercise ballI love this woman. As I said in a previous post, she’s got the creativity, flexibility, knowledge, and care that are imperative for someone working with a client who has any kind of sensitivity. And so, as I giggled while doing the arm pulls, I also felt myself emotionally leaning into my building trust of Nina.

Every ten minutes or so, Nina asked me to walk around. Each time I walked, it was different. Once I was still in pain and slightly limping. Another time, I didn’t have pain, but I was walking in a very guarded way — keenly aware that if I walked any other way, I would be in pain. And the last time, I was pain-free.

How cool is that?



Comments

Parin Stormlaughter November 16th, 2009

Unreal.  Sounds like what she did had the effect of moving the “pain energy” around to places where your body could sort of “smooth it out”, fix it, and utilize it.
I’m not anybody but I’m sure taking notes.  :)

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