February 13th, 2007 06:28 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Elaine Petrone, Author of The Portable Miracle Ball Method
When I was a young dancer, I had chronic pain. I was looking for a way to heal my body. I asked doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, dance teachers and everyone had a different answer. I needed to find a diagnosis. Unfortunately that is not usually the case with back pain and many other conditions like chronic pain from muscles, joints and bones.
There are few cures and there is much you can do for yourself. As I started to open myself up to anyone who might be able to help me I started working with people who gave me completely different advice. They told me not to stop moving. They told me to give into my muscle tension and notice how my body moved. I knew I was feeling different but I couldn`t figure out why. I started going on a journey from teacher to teacher. They had few students and their backgrounds were very diverse. Some were dancers, others were derivative of a teacher in Germany named Elsa Gindler who understood like no one else the way the body restores itself.
Many of these people had their own experiences with illness, arthritis and pain from injury. They worked with breath and movement in unusual ways. I started incorporating it with research I had read going back a hundred years on reducing tension and awareness of physical feelings when it came to knowing the triggers for your pain. Years went by and I started to combine all of these things with my hours of working daily to develop my own program. I believe it is user friendly. I hope I have encapsulated this in a way that everyone can experience the immense relief it provides.
Years of experience
Stress reduction expert and creator of ball therapy, Elaine both teaches and lectures to physical therapists, and psychotherapists. She researched lower backache and upper body soreness at Mt. Vernon hospital, and been involved with postoperative recovery programs at the Rehabilitation Center of Southwestern Connecticut. Currently, she is the Program Director of the Health and Fitness Institute at the Tully Health Center in Stamford, Connecticut.
Her Ball Therapy program has been featured in numerous national magazines, and the syndicated talk show: Crook and Chase, Lifetime, The Gayle King show, Leeza Gibbons, QVC, as well as ABC, NBC, and Fox 5 news. Elaine has written a book on her method that was released in February 2004.
For the past 30 years she has taught extensively in the related areas of stress reduction, backache, postoperative recovery, breathing, and movement awareness.
For More Information: www.elainepetrone.com
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