OUR JOURNEY TO WELLNESS
"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise, we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear." - Buddha
Growing older is a journey. We have to learn to eat right, exercise and take good care of our bodies. When we are young, we don't think about aging. We yearn to grow up faster. When we get older we yearn to be young again. We cannot reverse growing older, but we can take better care of ourselves and slow down the process of aging.
I tore my Achilles tendon in 2007. I was working as a Manager at Macy's in Manhasset during the holiday season and studying to become a Sports Physical Therapist. My injury was a wake up call. I felt consistent pain in my left foot and calve and ignored it. Pain is a warning sign that we should learn not to ignore and endure. Our muscles are like rubber bands. When they are pulled too tight, they will snap. I woke up one morning and collapsed on the floor like Bambi! I could not walk. I went to the hospital and was ordered to walk with crutches for three months. I was forced to take a leave of absence from my job and take a semester off from school. The doctors told me I would never wear heels again. I took the cast off after three weeks. I refused to stay in bed! I rehabilitated my tendon on my own. I wrapped it. I ice it. I elevated it and did my own physical therapy exercises. I was walking again within a month and a half. When I returned to work, my job had been given to someone else and the Master's program for Physical Therapy became a Ph.D.
"Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful."
I decided to study Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in NYC.
There I learned that there is a huge difference in Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine. Western medicine believes there is magic in a pill to resolve our symptoms and ailments. This suppresses our symptoms, causes other symptoms and does not fix the problem. Pills are like a BandAid. A temporary fix. Taking medication is like suppressing a volcano that is bound to erupt. Years of taking medication will eventually deteriorate our major organs and cause other dysfunctions in our bodies. Eastern Medicine taught me to become more aware of self-care, resolve my health problems and bring the body back to balance.
While studying Massage Therapy and Acupuncture, I became enlightened. I didn't like to be touched. I was anti-social. I did not know how much pain I repressed until someone pressed in. I had many layers and barricades. Pain was lurking within me like a monster under the bed. There are different types of pain. Repressed years of emotional pain causes physical pain to grow.
"The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think."
The combination of Massage, Acupuncture and Aromatherapy bought my inner being to the surface. I became healthier when I learned to realize what I was doing to my insides. I was not drinking enough water and eating all the wrong foods. I became aware of my bad habits. I started eating healthier foods, drinking more water, exercising more and doing yoga. Our lifestyles and habits are the main cause of our ailments. When we change our lifestyle we transform our lives. I had no idea massage and acupuncture could magically relieve pain repressed deep within my soul and health issues that I endured for years.
"It takes huge effort to free yourself from memory."
Growth and transformation is our journey. Our purpose in life is to help others on their journey to better health and well-being. Enduring difficulties in life prepared me for the path to healing myself and others. Everything that I have endured has given me the drive and strength to push harder and become stronger. I encourage all of my clients to triumph over their injuries and ailments. Live your best life! Don't go back and forth dealing with pain. Life is too short and it is longer when you are unhappy.
"Life has a way of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once."
"When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."