Gem Client - Gem Trainer!
Feb 12, 2021
Hi Tim, Dana, and fellow OS’ers!
I’m newly certified Coach (November 2020), and now introducing resets to client (and dear friend too). She is in her late 60’s with 2 knee replacements as well as tons of nuts and screws (as she puts it) in both feet. She literally had no arches in her feet, and over time it greatly effected her overall gait, posture, and caused years of extreme pain. She was actually losing her ability to walk as it caused so much pain. We are now 2 years post major surgery and she has a deep desire to get back to quality of movement which of course will lend itself to better quality of life. The first few weeks I just focused on resets just as we did in the full day OS workshop; however, really emphasizing diaphragmatic breathing- (we are close friends so I can tell her to “shut your mouth”). It’s quiet during our sessions, and I will report an incredible difference in her breath! It is deeper, more relaxed, and at a much slower rhythmic rate. Her marching pattern is slowly becoming more fluid and much better coordinated- and when we slow it down she actually maintains static balance on one foot at the count of 2 seconds. She has not been able to do that- well, she can’t remember when! Standing Cross Crawls were nearly impossible- now we do them in sync throughout our session. We are now into week 5
(2 x 45 minute sessions a week) and I’m introducing weighted carry’s. When she starts to become a mouth breather, we stop and reset with diaphragmatic breathing/head nods. I’m observing a bit of a quicker recovery as her endurance is improving. She’s a “gem client” as she is so motivated and leaves the session feeling more able. We are both elated as we visually see the resets working. On her own, she is walking daily with “intent “- eyes on the horizon, nice and tall with shoulders back, her mouth shut, and being aware of contra-lateral movement of arms and leg. She tells me she is elated with reclaiming her original gait! My dear friend does tend to give a “big yawn” when we start with our breathing (standing w/hands above hips)... she says the breathing triggers yawning in her. I admit I had no clue as to answer that- but figured I’m surely in a safe group to ask!
Thank you for the opportunity to share my story, and please know you have made an incredible difference (and continue to do so) in our lives! - Cecelia
Wow! Thank you for sharing this with us.
Your friend may be a gem client, but you are a gem trainer. Seriously, you are an EXCELLENT trainer. Very good work, my friend.
As for the yawns, I’m not sure why she yawns, but I actually have people start out with a yawn, I call it the lion’s yawn, when they breathe. Maybe her body is just priming her to move. It loosens the muscles of the face and helps alertness. The face muscles are connected to the diaphragm. They affect it…!
It’s pretty neat...
Thank you again for sharing your friend’s progress. You two are doing amazing work!
Hello (again) OS Family!