I don't often do book reviews, but this had to be done because of my total dedication and belief in Essentrics, Classical Stretch, and anything having to do with Miranda Esmonde-White! Ms. Esmond-White has done the Fitness Industry a HUGE favor by taking it from it's infancy to a better understanding of how the human body works, and how to keep it healthy, pain-free, and young throughout life!
Today, we see athletes actually accomplishing greater and more amazing feats on the track, field, and in the stadiums. But what we don't see behind the scenes is the massive toll on these peoples' bodies! Their joints have become prematurely arthritic, and injured, their bodies stiff and out of alignment. In other words, they are in pain! And why is this? Because while we know how to achieve world record results, we don't yet know how to keep the ones who achieve them healthy and pain-free after the work is done. We see basically the same kinds of symptoms in both sedentary adults and extremely active, athletic people--arthritis, pain, and discomfort. It's quite the paradox!
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In her new book, Forever Painless, Miranda Esmonde-White first walks us through our modern epidemic of pain and explains the reasons for that. Those reasons are very compelling and once you understand some of why pain is part of the American culture, you realize that it doesn't have to be you! Some of the commonly practiced things done to eliminate pain are actually the ones that exacerbate pain and put you in a cycle of increased discomfort! For instance, it is a common practice for doctors to tell people that they are "on the road" to joint replacement surgery. But on that road, they have no answers other than medication. They actually tell you they won't operate on you until your pain is unbearable and to come back for surgery then.
Forever Painless provides personal case studies for each common area of pain and a series of exercises for each pain-filled area--Knees, Hips, Back, Upper Back & Shoulder, Connective Tissue, Immune System, Arthritis, and Stress.
But even as she has provided us with the exact exercises for each area of pain, this is not the way she has designed Essentrics. It is the lengthening and strengthening of muscles, working simultaneously and in harmony with those 600+ muscles in the body that will achieve the permanent results of a pain-free life. If one group of muscles becomes weak through inactivity, it will produce a ripple effect to other parts of the body, because all of the muscles and bones are meant to work in harmony with one another! So doing a complete 24-minute Essentrics workout is essential because is a whole body stretching and strengthening workout!
Forever Painless served as a great resource guide for me and gives me a good reference for times when I may be out of balance in one of the areas of my body. I can then use the provided exercises to supplement my regular 'Essentrics' Workout. I've always felt that I am the best guardian of my body, not a doctor who may see me once a year, not a physical therapist that I only see after my pain is to the point I can't manage it on my own! This book motivates me even more to keep exercising, continue to be intuitive and mindful about my own health, and use tools that Miranda Esmonde-White has made available to everyone to be in charge of their own bodies and health!
Forever Painless by Miranda Esmonde-White is an awesome book for anyone who has ever dealt with chronic pain and for those who would like to take charge of their own health. It's easier than you think!