Kate O'brien

Kate O'brien

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Assistant Trainer

Day 23: Balance!

  • Feb 8th, 2017 at 12:34PM

I am loving the balance postures this week. I enjoy the focus required. I love getting into a posture and then, a couple breaths in, taking a moment to break into a wide smile. It channels my breath and my energy. It feels good.

This past week I backed way off all shoulder-involved movements except those prescribed by my PT. After 8 PT sessions, we noted last week I was still experiencing pain, and not seeing the progress she'd expect by now. Instead of taking the "gently use your shoulder to keep up good blood flow there" tack, PT advised me to chill out. No snowboarding. No downward dogs or sun salutations. Major bummer.

But, by Day 4 of subbing in my PT exercises where the sun salutations should've been, I noticed the dull day-to-day passive ache in my shoulder disappeared. Shoulder pain stopped waking me up at night.

Back at the PT's office today, she noticed my lower trap muscles were firing (which had been underutilized for quite some time due to my injury), and although it meant there was a painful knot in my bag for her to dig into a bit, she urged me to view it as marked progress.

And so, I will continue to practice balance. Mental balance as well as physical. Sometimes doing less is actually doing more. I hope!

 
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6 comments

Bobby C.Bobby C.Alumni
almost 5 years ago

words of wisdom on the doing less is doing more, agree!


    Belinda R.Belinda R.Kenzai Member
    almost 5 years ago

    Bobby C beat me to the punch! That's exactly what I was going to say: the doing less is doing more piece is profound, Kate. Such a difficult lesson to learn (and learn, and learn, and relearn)--I love the way you phrased it. Glad your shoulder appears to be on the mend!


      Kim MurchKim MurchKenzai Member
      Traineralmost 5 years ago

      How interesting to stop doing something and have muscles react that way! The body truly is miraculous and you are lucky to have such a good PT. It must be wonderful to be in so much less pain. Very happy for you, Kate!


        Tuck O.Tuck O.Kenzai Member
        almost 5 years ago

        Just another obstacle and challenge to overcome in a winter that has been full to the brim of them. . .and just think the less now means more (mountain biking) come spring!


          Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
          Head Traineralmost 5 years ago

          Progress, be it a know in the back or otherwise, is so often painful. Stay fierce, Warrior Kate!


            Kim MurchKim MurchKenzai Member
            Traineralmost 5 years ago

            Hi Kate, how is your shoulder? Any more progress? Please post and let us know.


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