My husband and I moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2001. I was very heavy at the time. The heaviest I had ever been. I was working at a music store at the time. I was in a plaza in between a Kroger and a Papa John's, so my "snack" every day was either a king sized Snickers from Kroger or a full order of bread sticks from Papa John's. After a few months of that, I joined Jenny Craig and started exercising. Exercising went great for many years. I was feeling better, stronger and lost a lot of weight. I was exercising to exercise videos at home. Something in my body started to change over time, however. When I used to be a physical therapist assistant student, I noticed that my classmates, who did not workout, could do things that I could not. It was drastic to the point that my instructors were concerned about whether or not I could physically handle being a PTA. When I took their advice about exercise and stepped it up in the manner they suggested, I would get better and stronger at first, but when I relapsed, I was worse than I was before and weaker, instead of stronger. The more I pushed myself, the worse and the more weak that I got. Fast forward after graduating massage school. I was told by another massage therapist that yoga is good and other types of workouts caused further injury. Since yoga made me feel better, instead of worse, I became a yoga only person for a while. For many years, actually. After years of being a massage therapist, I had taken some continuing education. Neurokinetic therapy and Voila Method of Structural Joint balancing changed my life so that I can do more traditional workouts again. Neurokinetic therapy addresses muscle function and compensation patterns and addresses it so that muscles can do their job. I realized when I was getting weaker, instead of stronger, that my muscles were dysfunctional. When you work out a muscle that is functioning properly, you feel stronger. When you workout a muscle that is dysfunctional, you feel like you are fighting a losing battle. Even the yoga had its challenges. By going to classes on occasion instead of only doing it from home via DVD, I realized that I used my neck jaw to compensate for my core whenever I did downdog or chaturanga. Having a teacher to watch you and correct form made all the difference in the world. And the person who did Neurokinetic therapy on me would fix these compensation patterns, so that I could use my muscles properly, as long as I remembered not to kick in my neck and jaw for my core. When I took the Voila Method class, that took my healing even further. Since it is gentle and can correct structure quickly, it got me back into my more traditional workouts, in addition to my yoga. When trained in Voila, the practitioner can do it on themselves, so I balance myself out before, during and after working out. Since working on ourselves is not the same thing as seeing professionals, I still see someone else for Voila and Neurokinetic therapy. She finds patterns that could have turned into something bad, even when I feel great and am there for maintenance/prevention. Now, the workouts have me feeling better than I have in years, instead of worse like years ago. It took me many years and seeing different people to get where I am at today. It did not happen overnight. I also worked out one on one with a fitness coach who watches for muscle function and can tell when your body is done. Working out with her gave me hope and a new lease on life. Now, she's a little bummed that her group classes aren't challenging enough for me, more like a warm up compared to the level of intensity that I am now used to with my DVDs LOL.
The most important take away is don't go at it alone. If you go at it alone, you will be more prone to injury. I have clients who workout at gyms without seeing the trainers or who workout on their own from home or ask me what yoga DVDs I like, etc. I do not like the idea of them making these decisions on their own. I used to do yoga on my own from home before going to a studio and I made a lot of mistakes with form that caused me more problems. I currently have a client right now who used to go at it alone. She kept giving me plenty of things to do with her each session. Now that she has a gym memebership and takes advantage of group classes with instruction, she is doing amazing in her sessions with me. She is now maintenance/prevention instead of treatments.
For more information about what Voila Method and Neurokinetic Therapy are, I have a page about each on my website:http://columbusmassage.abmp.com