I'll get right to it today. So in the last couple of weeks, I have seen some some dramatic changes in my physical and mental well-being (mental likely due to the decrease in physical pain and the increase in the feeling of attachment to my own body). I started attending "massage" at a wonderful place called Precision Massage in Peoria, AZ (I am not getting paid by them, this is for real). Their approach is not like the typical relaxation massage, it actually uses precise target points to relieve pressure to areas that need it most, and help everything to align in the process (so goes my understanding/interpretation). (It is technically called "Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT)" ). All I really know is that after my incident, I always felt like my head tilted to the left and that I had to physically move my right ear down towards my right shoulder in order to see straight- and- AFTER ONLY ONE SESSION WITH STACEY- I could see straight. I'm not going to try to BS you and lie and say that the whole time it felt wonderful and I heard birds singing, but it did not cause pain, I felt good, and I was never in any sort of actual pain, just a strange discomfort which I imagine is built-up from 4.5 years of incorrect muscle alignment; it became very evident and very relaxing when my muscle relaxed though! It was great!. It has been two weeks now, and I can still hold my head above my shoulders without any pulling and everything looks straight (besides the double vision, that is!). :)
WELL WORTH IT!
This week, I tried cranial sacral massage with Laura and had an introduction to core strengthening (with nervous system focus) and yoga nidra with Faith. My cranial sacral massage incorporated harmonics into the table I lied on, and was extremely relaxing. I totally understand that this method of alternative therapy is debatable- I have read the pro and con articles and opinions. However, I believe that I am willing to try anything at this point that is not more medication in my body to help me feel better and continue my path to feeling whole, and to feeling like the "best me" possible. With that said, I really enjoyed my experience. I also think I even looked better after. When I looked in the mirror, some of the dark circle below my eyes had diminished, and I looked and felt very relaxed and refreshed at the same time. The introductory strength was not what I expected.
I think most people think strength training will involve weights, a whistle, and someone standing over them yelling. (I would not respond very well to those right now... well, I likely never responded well to someone yelling at me). Well, let me tell you it was nothing like the standard expectation. Faith is a very sweet and knowledgeable lady, who actually helped me learn to walk better by having me lie down on a table and practice. I did not realize how difficult it is for my to hold one hand straight and move the other up, while at the same time moving one leg and foot and holding the other... it was a workout without feeling like I worked-out! Once I was done, I experienced yoga nidra, which takes one to a state between being awake and being asleep and provides a sense of relaxation equivalent to one of the best naps I have ever had- in 15 minutes. It really was fantastic, and I actually look forward to working-out again! Maybe I will even learn to stand without falling and - dare I say- maybe even be able to *lightly* jog again with some sense of coordination- WOOHOO! A girl can dream!!!
I will keep blogging about my new alt treatment. I will be doing some regular medical treatment starting again in October this year, but as I stated, I feel as though I have enough medication and would really like to keep the addition of anymore off the list of options.
WHAT TREATMENTS HAVE WORKED BEST FOR YOU?
P.S. If you are interested in checking out the website for Precision Massage, check out this site! precision-massage.com/home/
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