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Wellness Vacation and Sweet Reunion

Our goals for the week were to reconnect, have fun exploring the scenery of Washington state, and help my cousin learn Yamuna body rolling (YBR).

A Sweet Reunion

Recently, my cousin flew out from the Midwest. As children, we were good friends, but our lives had gone in different directions for the past 40 years. We picked up right where we left off, having the common thread of our moms and grandparents who valued family. Our goals for the week were to reconnect, have fun exploring the scenery of Washington state, and help my cousin learn Yamuna body rolling.

Modifying the Yamuna Body Rolling Routines

My cousin presented with a complicated medical history including multiple surgeries. Therefore, she required a lot of modifications for her Yamuna Body Rolling program. Her body structure was unable to support the traditional routines on the balls. I refrained from setting an agenda; rather let each day evolve on its own. We started slowly with foot work, breath/ribcage movement and a simplified “rolling out the spine” routine.

 

Bowenwork Balances the Body

Bowenwork is also a very good place to begin.The basic relaxation moves for the lower body, upper back and neck deliver a simple, yet profound treatment for the whole body. By the end of the Bowen treatment, a deep relaxation response ensued, accompanied by a deep, full and slow breathing pattern.

 

Integrating Yamuna Body Rolling with Sight-Seeing

We began our week with reconnecting and therapy.  But we had plans for sight-seeing and playing too. Hurricane ridge boasted expansive views of the Olympic mountain range, wild flowers and friendly deer. Lake Crescent was vivid blue and serene. The plunging waters from Marymere Fall’s were a feast for all our senses. I was left undone with the beauty that unfolded that day. Taking time to embrace beauty nourished our souls.

Traveling in a car need not be a deterrent to treatment so my cousin used the pearl ball in her armpit while traipsing across the Olympic peninsula. This simple use of the ball brings relief to the shoulder joint and neck. Anatomically, it brings length to the trapezio-deltoid complex. Much like a nut distracts the arms of the nutcracker, the pearl ball does the same thing. It creates space between the arm (humerus bone) and the scapula/clavicle.

Bone Stimulation is a Key to Yamuna Body Rolling

Sternum Ribcage
Using the Yamuna Pearl Ball on the Sternum to help with Breathing and Posture.

 

As the week progressed, the focus of bone stimulation was presented. Weight bearing on bone using a Yamuna ball is a key component of Yamuna Body Rolling.

  • This activity helps to create supple bones.
  • It takes impact and rigidity out of our bones.
  • It increases circulation and suppleness to the living cells of bone.

Initially, this can be painful as was the case with working the front of the chest (weight bearing on the breastbone with the pearl ball). Removing some air from the ball and working on a mattress helped to lessen the intensity. My cousin was surprised that doing this same activity later in the week was not as tender as the first session.

 

 

Understanding Muscular Release with Yamuna Table Treatment

Another key component to Yamuna Body Rolling is understanding the concept of muscular release. How does one develop a mind-body connection and understanding of muscular release?

Yamuna Table treatment was an effective modality to accomplish this. With the ball as the fulcrum, my hands delivered traction along with alignment of the bones. Deep breathing fueled the process. I was able to feel the muscular release under my hands and then ask if my cousin  if she could feel the change in tension of the area being worked. The look of understanding was like a light bulb just turning on. Having made this connection will help her understand the process when pursuing her own rolling program at home.

 

Sad to Say Good-bye but Glad for our Time Together


photo_2By week’s end, my cousin’s body had benefited.

She had more flexibility in her feet.

Her posture had improved with increased length in her neck and torso.

Areas of trapped lymph with a hardened feel in her tissues had loosened significantly.

New breathing patterns had been learned.

Equipped with Yamuna balls and instruction, she is home now and is encouraged with a hope that change is possible. Creating space in her body, taking in the beauty of God’s creation and re-establishing relationships was a great prescription for a vacation.

To learn more about the treatment techniques utilized, click here…

Categories: Alternative healthcare, Bowenwork, Yamuna Body Rolling
Post by Mary Falk PT on July 24, 2013

Wellness Vacation

Our goals for the week were to reconnect, have fun exploring the scenery of Washington state, and help my cousin learn Yamuna body rolling (YBR).

A Sweet Reunion

Recently, my cousin flew out from the Midwest. As children, we were good friends, but our lives had gone in different directions for the past 40 years. We picked up right where we left off, having the common thread of our moms and grandparents who valued family. Our goals for the week were to reconnect, have fun exploring the scenery of Washington state, and help my cousin learn Yamuna body rolling.

Modifying the Yamuna Body Rolling Routines

My cousin presented with a complicated medical history including multiple surgeries. Therefore, she required a lot of modifications for her Yamuna Body Rolling program. Her body structure was unable to support the traditional routines on the balls. I refrained from setting an agenda; rather let each day evolve on its own. We started slowly with foot work, breath/ribcage movement and a simplified “rolling out the spine” routine.

 

Bowenwork Balances the Body

Bowenwork is also a very good place to begin.The basic relaxation moves for the lower body, upper back and neck deliver a simple, yet profound treatment for the whole body. By the end of the Bowen treatment, a deep relaxation response ensued, accompanied by a deep, full and slow breathing pattern.

 

Integrating Yamuna Body Rolling with Sight-Seeing

We began our week with reconnecting and therapy.  But we had plans for sight-seeing and playing too. Hurricane ridge boasted expansive views of the Olympic mountain range, wild flowers and friendly deer. Lake Crescent was vivid blue and serene. The plunging waters from Marymere Fall’s were a feast for all our senses. I was left undone with the beauty that unfolded that day. Taking time to embrace beauty nourished our souls.

Traveling in a car need not be a deterrent to treatment so my cousin used the pearl ball in her armpit while traipsing across the Olympic peninsula. This simple use of the ball brings relief to the shoulder joint and neck. Anatomically, it brings length to the trapezio-deltoid complex. Much like a nut distracts the arms of the nutcracker, the pearl ball does the same thing. It creates space between the arm (humerus bone) and the scapula/clavicle.

Bone Stimulation is a Key to Yamuna Body Rolling

Sternum Ribcage
Using the Yamuna Pearl Ball on the Sternum to help with Breathing and Posture.

 

As the week progressed, the focus of bone stimulation was presented. Weight bearing on bone using a Yamuna ball is a key component of Yamuna Body Rolling.

  • This activity helps to create supple bones.
  • It takes impact and rigidity out of our bones.
  • It increases circulation and suppleness to the living cells of bone.

Initially, this can be painful as was the case with working the front of the chest (weight bearing on the breastbone with the pearl ball). Removing some air from the ball and working on a mattress helped to lessen the intensity. My cousin was surprised that doing this same activity later in the week was not as tender as the first session.

 

 

Understanding Muscular Release with Yamuna Table Treatment

Another key component to Yamuna Body Rolling is understanding the concept of muscular release. How does one develop a mind-body connection and understanding of muscular release?

Yamuna Table treatment was an effective modality to accomplish this. With the ball as the fulcrum, my hands delivered traction along with alignment of the bones. Deep breathing fueled the process. I was able to feel the muscular release under my hands and then ask if my cousin  if she could feel the change in tension of the area being worked. The look of understanding was like a light bulb just turning on. Having made this connection will help her understand the process when pursuing her own rolling program at home.

 

Sad to Say Good-bye but Glad for our Time Together


photo_2By week’s end, my cousin’s body had benefited.

She had more flexibility in her feet.

Her posture had improved with increased length in her neck and torso.

Areas of trapped lymph with a hardened feel in her tissues had loosened significantly.

New breathing patterns had been learned.

Equipped with Yamuna balls and instruction, she is home now and is encouraged with a hope that change is possible. Creating space in her body, taking in the beauty of God’s creation and re-establishing relationships was a great prescription for a vacation.

To learn more about the treatment techniques utilized, click here…

Categories: Alternative healthcare, Bowenwork, Yamuna Body Rolling

Post by Mary Falk PT on July 24, 2013

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Cousins reunite to have fun, travel and learn Yamuna Body Rolling.

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