You might say 'I know I've got terrible posture'. You get sore and aching shoulders and neck, you feel really stiff and your neck makes a disturbing crunching sound when you turn it. You find yourself trying to stretch it out and this might give you temporary relief but that feeling of tightness soon creeps back. You sometimes catch sight of yourself in the mirror or see photos of yourself and you think ' I really must stand up straighter/put my shoulders back' but it's easy to slip into bad habits again. It's hard to remember when you are so busy in life and you only really think about it when you are hurting. And maybe that seems to be getting more often these days.
You're at a loss as to know what to do. You may have hurt yourself with either an accident or a fall and when the pain didn't go away, you might have visited the doctor. You might have been checked but there appears to be nothing structurally wrong with you. So why are you still in so much pain? Jessie Badal runs a private catering and food pop-up business in SE London specialising in healthy, organic and delicious food much of which is sugar-, dairy- and gluten-free. Last summer, while she was at Glastonbury festival with some friends, she tripped and badly hurt her ankle. Although it was painful she was in the festival spirit and just decided to grin and bear it.
I'd like to share Jessie's story with you....
I was feeling terrible. I had been having a great time with friends and I didn't really realise the extent of what I had done. I got through the rest of the weekend determined to enjoy the festival and then I went straight on holiday, so I was walking around..or trying to at least. It was so painful but I had never damaged myself so much that I was unable to walk. I thought it would get better. I saw 2 doctors who did various tests on me and said that it wasn't broken. I was trying to get on with my normal day to day life but the 10 minute walk between the train and my office took me half an hour and I was always missing the train. It started to really affect me emotionally and looking back I know I was quite depressed. I didn't want to go out and see anyone because of the pain and I lost touch with my friends for some time.
Just before I met Lorna I was thinking, I really need to find someone to help me with this, I just can't go on like this. And then, by fate I met Lorna at the Lambeth County show.
I had no hesitation about trying Amatsu. I am quite up for trying things anyway and at that time I was so desperate for anything to happen that I would give anything a go. When I spoke to Lorna, she was friendly, engaging and approachable. It gave me a glimmer of hope. I genuinely believed she could help me.
After the first session, the most immediate outcome was the miracle of me walking! I know that Lorna doesn't like me saying this as not everyone gets such a huge shift straight away, but it was such a massive breakthrough for me! It had been 6 weeks since I had had the injury and I got to the point where I was thinking, I am not going to be able to walk properly again. Just the fact that I was able, after my first session, to put my foot flat on the floor again and for my body to work in harmony again with my ankle was amazing. I remember telling everyone afterwards that Lorna had taught my foot how to walk again!
After a few of weeks of working together, Lorna said that she felt things were not progressing as they should and suggested that I go back to the doctors and insist on an Xray which I hadn't been offered before. It turned out that it was in fact broken but as it had been 6 weeks since the injury I was given a boot to wear as opposed to a cast and told to have physiotherapy - but I stuck to Amatsu.
In future sessions, Lorna also observed that I was compensating by throwing my hip forward to enable me to walk. I started to become more aware of how I was moving and I began to observe it in myself on a day to day basis. After a few more weeks of treatment, I was feeling so much better that I wanted to push myself and get back into the London routine of rushing around everywhere, but I realised that as a result I was falling back into the old bad habits to allow me to walk fast rather than walking properly, so I slowed things down again and could move more easily. I started to listen to my body.
I now feel like my whole posture is a lot better and in later sessions, Lorna found that I had some issues in my neck that were also affecting my walking. I feel like my body generally feels better particularly over the later sessions now that my ankle has recovered.
I have been telling so many people about Amatsu - even a guy I saw in the street with a leg brace! But I think anyone who has had an injury could benefit from Amatsu. What surprised me when we thought it was a sprain was that when Lorna knew I had had it for 6 weeks, she said it would have been great if I could have found her sooner. I had always thought that you would need to wait for a while until the body starts healing, but when you think about it, that doesn't make sense at all. It would be healing in the wrong way. I came to Lorna with this particular problem, but I would like to continue to see her because I think that it does my whole body good to have an MOT.
I just think Amatsu is fantastic. I didn't know what I was looking for but I am so pleased that I met Lorna and got to know about Amatsu. I still don't really understand it but it worked so brilliantly for me!
Can you identify with Jessie's story? Have you have been affected emotionally by your pain or felt that you will never be able to live your life normally again? Come on over and join the conversation..
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