Sponsored Post – MIRACLE STRETCH, Reiki & Aromatherapy
Quick question: When was the last time you got out of bed in the morning without feeling an ache or pain somewhere? For me, I think it was… oh, never mind. If you’ve made it to your 40s or 50s and are still pain-free, consider yourself to be one of the lucky ones!
For the rest of us unfortunately, this is not the case. We’ve encountered sports injuries along the way or arthritis is starting to rear its ugly head. Does anyone else have chronically tight hamstrings and hips like I do? Most baby boomers I know also have had too much ‘experience’ with anti-inflammatories and physical therapists too. At least that was my modus operandi for awhile.
That is, until my perception of traditional medicine started to change. A few years ago, I had suffered stiffness from arthritis and debilitating back spasms. No treatment plan seemed to work for me until I shifted gears, and started practicing yoga and core yoga (pilates). Miraculously, my back pain along with my stiffness disappeared. I realized what was considered by most practitioners to be the first line of treatment—medication followed by physical therapy—never seemed to work for me.
Does that sound like a path you’re on right now? I’m hopeful that’s about to change.
Last month, new guidelines were released by the American College of Physicians stating “to try exercise, yoga or massage” first when treating back pain. The new guidelines also suggest techniques to speed up the healing process, including heat wraps, massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation which can “relax the muscles, joints, and tendons so people can be relieved of their low back pain sooner, rather than later”.
These guidelines seem obvious to me and at the very least, I am happy to see that health care providers are finally turning a corner regarding a more holistic approach to treating so many different ailments. This was further validated when I met Marina Simovic, a Stretch Therapist from Flex Healing. It was as if the planets were finally aligning for me.
Marina Simovic and I met through a mutual networking contact we both knew. Ironically, she and I had our first meeting in a yoga studio in NYC. After initially speaking with Marina for only a few minutes, I knew she was someone who was completely in sync with the way I now perceived healthcare, given my success with less traditional methods. If only I had met her years ago!
Marina has an interesting background which seemed to logically flow into what she is doing now.
She began working as a personal trainer but felt she needed to take it to the next level. With her knowledge of anatomy and focus on health and wellness, it seemed like a perfect transition for her to then segue into working with MIRACLE STRETCH. For those of you not familiar with this type of therapy, allow me to explain.
During MIRACLE STRETCH, the mindsight is that the limited range of motion is not due to the length or elasticity of the muscles, but rather the nervous control of their tension. Using carefully designed tables for this therapy (which are adorned with adjustable belts, pads and straps), Marina guides the injured body parts a few degrees past the active range of motion, thereby allowing the muscle to go back to zero tension before the muscle reacts by going into a protective contraction.
Through MIRACLE STRETCH, the patients achieve a greater range of motion, with decreased stiffness and soreness, without having to resort to meds.
What I loved about Marina (in addition to her down-to-earth personality) was that she continues to evolve and grow her practice in different ways. She also performs Reiki, a healing technique which originated in Japan in 1922. Reiki is based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body, thus restoring physical and emotional well-being. In addition to performing Reiki, Marina is also a big fan of aromatherapy and utilizes essential oils in her practice as well.
As someone who looks forward to her yoga teacher using beautifully scented oils at the end of class, I can attest to the fact that they are like the icing on the cake. I love inhaling the scents (especially lavender) which really help me relax.
In hindsight, I wish I knew about MIRACLE STRETCH when I was going down such a frustrating path getting no relief for my aches and pains. In moving forward, it’s definitely something I will seek out as my first-line of therapy should I need it in the future. In so many instances, medication only masks the pain and the body has such a unique way of healing itself in a more natural way. With any luck, this trend will continue to resonate with the mainstream public.
For those of you in the NYC area, Marina has offices in Manhattan and Queens and can be reached through her website: www.flexhealing.com
And if you’re in the mood for some calming aromatherapy, make sure to visit her at www.youngliving.org/marinahealth