The Study of Darlene - Livin' the Good Life
Aug. 14th, 2009
08:03 pm - The Study of Darlene
Sounds pretty self-centered, doesn't it? Steve is out of town for a few days, and I am once again working on health issues. Mainly I'm addressing various little aches and pains with the exercises from the Egoscue books. The thing is, for as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with bones, and this book is all about the human frame. You know, bones. It shows how to use your muscles to correct faulty posture and get those bones back where they belong. Back in perfect symetry. I can't tell you how much that idea appeals to me! So, I am going through both books with a fine-toothed comb trying to REALLY understand everything in them. I find that every single sentence is so interesting that I have to stop and read it again. Then I have to think about it and see if it applies to myself. I've learned more from these books than I have from anything I've read in a very long time. My thought processes go something like this: "Hmmm... Maya says my left shoulder is higher than my right. Now what does that mean? Am I tenser on that side? (think, think, think, all the while sensing my shoulder muscles) My chiropractor says my left leg is shorter than my right. Could that be related? Am I hoisting up my left side?" Then I go look at some pictures I had Maya take of me today, one frontal and one profile. I draw vertical and horizontal lines through the pics to see how level my shoulders are (which takes some doing to figure out). "Yep, my shoulders are definitely cock-eyed." So I read a few more sentences in the book. It talks about tilted pelvises. "Oh, I'm very familiar with tilted pelvises! Yes, I've read all about them in my childbirth books, and Egoscue said that a pelvis that tilts forward allows a baby to pass through it faster than a pelvis that tilts back. (But, the ideal is a pelvis that is level. According to him, not many pelvises are level.)" So I go off on a tangent and get out my childbirth books. "How can this information help my students?" I look up and read about pelvises and think through that for a while... Make some notes. I get really excited by this information. "Maybe women can insure that they have an easier childbirth if they will do the necessary exercises during pregnancy (preferably before), and what an incredible thing that would be!" Then I go back to the Egoscue book and read some more. "Oh my gosh, I'm really starting to get this! Now I understand why this particular exercise is so uncomfortable for me. It forces my pelvis to get in a neutral position while it strengthens my lazy quads and relaxes my abdomen. What a strange feeling it leaves me with every time." I get up and try the exercise. "What an excellent exercise! It does exactly what he says it will do, and it perfectly addresses my weaknesses." The exercise is called Air Bench. It's harder than it looks. In fact, for me it's a sweat-producing, muscle-straining, "help! how much longer do I have to hold this? Two more minutes?? You've got to be kidding!" kind of exercise. But, it feels so good when it's over, it's worth it. I look at the pictures again. "Am I leaning forward in this profile picture? It looks like I could easily fall over. Is this how I really stand, or was Maya holding the camera at a slight angle? I think the camera is little off balance. Now look at my feet. Sure enough, they are everted. My right more than my left. I wonder how that effects my walking?" I get up and walk around. I look in the book again. "What does it say about feet again?" I read for a while. "Hey, I bet if I look at my shoes I can see how I'm walking by looking at how they are wearing on the bottom." I get out three pairs of shoes of varying ages. "Sure enough!! My really old pair of sneakers are worn on the outside heel, just like he said it would with an everted foot! And the right one is more worn than the left... the foot that everts the most. He was right! Now what did he say again about correcting that problem?" Back to the book. "Hey, maybe I should go look at my footprints in the sand from my walk this morning." I go out and look at the prints heading out our driveway. "Hmmm... I didn't know I walked so much like a duck! Look at how much they flair out. Jeeze.... is that normal? It doesn't say anything about footprints in the book. It just addresses how you stand. I better add that to my list of questions for the clinic. I'm gonna call them on Monday. Darn, that's a long time to have to wait to find out." I go write it down.
This is what I've been doing for the last few days. Sounds REALLY self-absorbed, I know. But, it feels so right. If I am going to be my own doctor, I need to really know myself. And that is what this book is helping me do. And I just love to learn things that help me. For that matter, I just love to learn things. I love to be thoroughly engaged in some subject to the point where I don't know what time it is, and I don't care. Where I forget to eat because I was so absorbed and excited. Where I have to think hard and stretch my brain to find out something I really want to know. And when I figure it out I feel triumphant. Like I just discovered a new land. Something I didn't know was there before. Something that answers questions I've never quite been able to formulate, and now I know what the questions are AND what the answers are. Now that's fun! So this is how I am passing the time while Steve is away. Actually, there's more. But that's for another day.